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

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


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