Tilt Shift Photography Using Google Earth

DigitalUrban blog regularly provides a look at many different visualization techniques for cityscapes with a special emphasis on 3D building views. Recently DigitalUrban has been writing about tilt-shift miniature faking photography (see Wikipedia) – which can be used to make a life-sized location or object look like a miniature scale model. The technique distorts the focus of the photo to simulate a shallow depth-of-field. Using image processing software you can even use normal images and simulate the tilt-shifting technique. This morning, DigitalUrban pointed out Google Earth is an excellent source of material for faked tilt-shift videos and shared a video someone made using the technique with San Francisco as a subject. It’s a really cool way to use Google Earth and the “miniature” effect is quite noticeable. Check out the video yourself – produced by Inoue_k3D at Vimeo:


Flight over Miniature San Francisco (Tilt-Shift) from Inoue_k3D on Vimeo

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