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February 8th, 2010


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03:49 pm - no burl ives or leon redbone snowmen, but it'll do
I've always been on the fence about tilt-shift photography. On the one hand I think it's pretty awesome you can make people and cars and stuff look like miniatures, but that's pretty much the extent of it for me and it runs the risk of becoming way too old way too soon.

So boy howdy is it awesome to see what happens when someone gets the bright idea of taking a whole buncha tilt-shifted pics in sequence and animating then. Now you've got real-life stop-motion animation that looks like the real thing goshdarnit. Here, for example, are two videos taken at Walt Disney World in Florida: A day full of scenes from EPCOT Center and another one from the Magic Kingdom.

Not every effect works, granted, but the ones that do are great. The boats in the EPCOT video are fascinating as well as the way the breeze goes through the trees, looking like the work of an overexcited animator who was assigned to tree detail and wanted to make damn sure those trees moved. The nighttime parade shots in the Magic Kingdom piece are also fantastic.

I don't think this expands the range of tilt-shift stuff, personally, but it does show you something really cool and in that case who cares about range expansion?

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From:srakkt
Date:February 8th, 2010 09:16 pm (UTC)
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You've got me thinking of combining tilt-shift with other techniques, and so now I wonder about the feasibility of effectively doing the *opposite* of this effect by combining tilt-shift photography with the very-long exposure times and minimal light-gathering of something like a pinhole camera.

I have no idea if something like that would be feasible at all, really.
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From:srakkt
Date:February 8th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Basically it would look very much like a macro photograph of some stationary object. Artifacts that were too mobile wouldn't show up at all. It'd look almost unfinished and awfully empty, methinks. I may be incorrect.
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From:thetathx1138
Date:February 8th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
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You'd be right: this was done back in the early 1900s by a French photographer whose name I forget. VERY long exposures over the course of a day, created the illusion of empty streets.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Cartier-Bresson played around with time-lapse photography on streets and such, but the only one I remember with any clarity is the shot of the street with the ghostly bicycle on it. Hmm.
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From:sovay
Date:February 9th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
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VERY long exposures over the course of a day, created the illusion of empty streets.

The first-ever photograph of a person was a complete accident: Louis Daguerre took a ten-minute exposure of a street in Paris circa 1838 and a shoeshine customer was the only figure standing still long enough to register.
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From:metahacker
Date:February 9th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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Even 5 seconds is enough to cancel out most people. It can get very eerie very fast. Someone did ~30 second exposures at Pennsic at night...long rows of empty crowded corridors. I took a few like this in Harvard Square last week, got some isolated straggler alone in a world without other people...
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From:tyopsqueene
Date:February 8th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh, those are adorable. /adds nothing.
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From:derspatchel
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
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Of course you add stuff! You bring in the fidh, bring in the funk.
From:huskyscotsman
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
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This seems like just another optical illusion, so I'm not sure how important it is to try to expand its range. It is a cool illusion, though.

I agree, the boats look especially good in that EPCOT video.
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From:ruthling
Date:February 8th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
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I love how they can make real things look like animated things, or maybe real fake things look like fake real things. Or something. In any case, very much fun watching.
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From:jp_land
Date:February 9th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
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I like the music they used, especially in the Epcot one.

Other than that... Makes me remember why I have zero desire to visit Disney.

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