Miniature Worlds: Using Tilt-Shift Together with Time-Lapse Photography

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In his timelapse video entitled “Toy Boats,” photographer Nathan Kaso combines a collection of still photographs taken in Sydney, Australia with an effect known as tilt-shift to create a whimsical presentation that almost resembles stop motion animation or claymation (Gumby, anyone?). Tilt-shift refers to a photographic treatment that makes life-size scenes and objects appear to be miniature-scale models. This effect can be achieved by using a special tilt-shift lens or through post processing using Photoshop or other software, as Kaso did. Take a look at the results below:

Most of the images feature harbor scenes from the Sydney waterfront. Some of the locations Kaso photographed include Circular Quay, Sydney Tower Eye, Pylon Lookout, Camp Cove, Cahill Expressway Lookout, and Observatory Park. Here are some highlights from the video sequence:

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Kaso shot the sequence using a Canon 5D Mark II with 17-40mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L, and 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM lenses. He created the tilt-shift effect in Photoshop, compiled the timelapse sequence in LRTimelapse and After Effects, and edited in Premiere Pro CS6.

For Further Training on Time-lapse Photography:

There is a new COMPLETE guide (146 pages) to shooting, processing and rendering time-lapses using a dslr camera. It can be found here: Time-lapse Photography Guide

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One Comment

  1. Graham says:

    Great collection of snippets of Sydney life. Especially like the inclusion of the ‘sculptures by the sea’. I live in Sydney and would be interested to know the viewpoints Nathan used to get some of these sequences.
    Great job Nathan.

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