This Gorgeous Tilt-Shift Time-Lapse Turns the City of Sydney Into a Tiny Oasis

Put together by Aussie photographer Filippo Rivetti for Expedia, ‘Tiny Sydney’ is an incredibly beautiful tilt-shift time-lapse captured around the New South Wales capital (not the Australian capital… that’s Canberra), Sydney.

The tilt-shift effect was applied in post-production, so trolls feel free to whine about that, but the gear used to capture the raw footage was a Canon 5DMIII, a Canon 7D, a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8, a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8, a Canon 24mm f/1.4 and a Zeiss 50mm 1.4. Post-production involved using both LRTimelapse and Adobe After Effects.

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Rivetti also makes note of the locations shown in the video for those wanting to check out any of these particular vantage points the next time you’re shooting in Australia. He specifically notes Bondi Beach, Sydney Tower Eye, Pylon Lookout and Dudley Page Reserve in the video’s description.

We’ve all seen plenty of time-lapses, and even tilt-shift time-lapses, but between the clever text integration at the beginning and unique perspective morphing from one scene to the next, this one stands out from the crowd. Give the short video a watch… we don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

(via Laughing Squid)

  • Lynda Bowyer

    Brilliant and fun. Thanks for sharing this with us :)

  • James Tarry

    Interesting, nice production. I like the zoom in-out-sideways effect. For me, personally there will only ever be one TL Tiltshifter: Keith Loutit :)

  • Sarmad Berlin

    Welcoming video. Much appreciated…

  • Rob Mclaughlin

    Loved it! Still can’t quite figure out how exactly tilt-shift like this works tho…

  • anon

    it’s basically the same concept as putting a Gaussian blur to mimic macro photography’s shallow DOF and applying it to a video. selective blurring on the plane they wanted is really all they did. i don’t know if i’d call it tilt shift.

  • Rob Mclaughlin

    Sorry, I was maybe a little vague – I understand the concept & how it’s done (I read a lot of photography blogs) I just can’t figure out why the human eye perceives the scene as being a miniature.

  • petard808

    Fake tilt, no shift. Call me a whiny troll but although this is a cool video, there are two things it is not.

  • Bob Shea

    I’m with James Tarry. I wanted to see a credit at the end, “Inspired by Keith Loutit”. Or even… “I tried to copy Keith Loutit, but didn’t really get close”. Lots of love, Whiny Bob ;)

  • Bob Shea

    With you there dude. Whenever I see someone try to emulate Keith… It inspires me to go back to his Vimeo page and rejoice in his brilliance. No one will ever come close. In fact I think I’ll go there right now… ;)

  • Bob Shea

    Sorry I should say that regardless of my whingy bit above… it is a beautiful video.

  • James Tarry

    As an owner and user of a TS lens, the “fake effect” does stick in my craw, but then so does HDR and any over manipulation of imagery in photography these days… i’ll shut up. haha. However yep, Bob, I am with you too, as great as this work is (and it is) straight after watching it i went to Keith’s page and re-watched all his videos :)


    Amazing work, period.

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    This makes Sydney look far more interesting than it actually is – so as a tourist advert, it’s perfect.

  • Shanna @ pineapple and coconut

    I am with Rob Mcluaghlin on how its baffling that the eye perceives this as miniature. It does and its fantastic, but how? I am mesmerized by time lapse and to add in the tilt/shift element (via lens or post process) is so cool to watch. I would love to learn how to do this.

  • Pierogi Power

    No offense, but Keith Loutit did not invent tilt shift photography nor the ‘fake’ effect. He was merely the first one that made it look extremely miniature in a video and was vaulted as the creator of some sort. If you do just a bit of research you’ll find that 100’s of people had perfected the fake miniature tilt shift in stills well before any of his videos were released. His stuff is phenomenal but let’s not get ridiculous.

  • Chris

    Keith Loutit is awesome but this video does not appear to be like him. It uses timelapse but is not the same look. This video shoots some amazing holy grails with the smooth panning transitions from scene to scene. Keith Loutit has a jerky animated look to his works.