I Like to Play!

August 26, 2009

When I was an undergrad, our photo program strongly encouraged us to study “alternative processes”.  At that time,  that phrase meant things like cyanotypes, uranium and platinum prints etc.  I’ve never lost my love for “different” ways of doing things, even with digital imaging.

While I’d like to say that this image is of a small diorama I built of toy figures and astro-turf, it’s obviously not.  But that’s what it’s supposed to look like.

This is a “Tilt Shift Miniature Fake” where full size scenes are made to look like photos of miniature sets.  Think how it would look if you were really photographing a small scale model with a macro or T-S lens.  Shallow depth of focus, high contrast etc.  These effects are simply artificially induced in Photoshop to make a normal scene look miniaturized.

While not something I’d do a lot of, it’s an interesting process to experiment with. You quickly learn there are certain subjects and perspectives that lend themselves to this.  Try it, it’s fun.  Google “Tilt Shift Miniature Fake” and  you’ll find plenty of “how-to’s”.

A "Tilt Shift Miniature Fake" of a local High School band.

A "Tilt Shift Miniature Fake" of a local High School band.

Smile!

June 4, 2009

Smile!Another G-10 shot that I probaby wouldn’t have captured with a bigger camera because I probably wouldn’t have been carrying it.  This building had apparently just been renovated. The tile and brick work were fresh and covered with dust.  Someone had come along and done their own “contribution” using the dust as a medium.  I’ve always admired the work of Piet Mondrian (19th  and 20th century Dutch artist) and this tile work just struck that chord.  The dust-fitti on it just added to the overall message.