Monday, April 5, 2010

Cactus Monday: Tilt Shift photography in South Mountain Park - Phoenix AZ

See the cacti in there?  Trust me, this picture is riddled with Saguaros!  Just click on it for a close up view.  Above is a picture of my husband (on the left) and his co-worker overlooking Phoenix from the mountain top.  This was taken on the relocation trip the company arranged for us.

So what is Tilt Shift photography?  "Tilt-Shift miniature faking is a creative technique whereby a photograph of a life-size location or object is manipulated to give an optical illusion of a photograph of a miniature scale model."

I have been wanting to try this for a while, and this is my first attempt.  It's sorta there, but I think it can be better achieved.  I just googled "how to do Tilt Shift photography" and went all Photoshop ninja on this image!  In addition to the instructions I found, I dodged and burned, blurred and sharpened, adjusted hues and saturation, variations, levels and curves.  It was fun, and I'm looking forward to doing more!

Happy Cactus Monday fellow cactuteers!

6 comments:

Margaret Ann said...

What a clever photo! Love your header...very clever indeed....Have a glorious Cactus Monday! :)

marianne said...

Wow si many techniques so little time........
This turned out great It is fun to work with those programs.

HCM!!!!

Teri C said...

What fun. I recently got Photoshop and am in a major learning curve.
So are you here in AZ yet?

HCM

Cynthia DiBlasi said...

I will be in Arizona April 21st! We are so busy packing, last minute visiting and all kinds of other stuff. So busy!!!

Photoshop is a wonderful program. I have been using it for years, and am very fluent in it being a Graphic Designer. A very helpful tool for artists!

jyothisethu said...

cynthia,
this time you have amazed with the skill you have mastered...
i am following you all the way...
congratulations...

life without novacaine said...

I have so been wanting to do this technique! Congratulations on nailing right off the bat. Looks great!
Best to you on your big move!