The annual Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is considered to be the largest carnival in the world, with a whopping two million people roaming the streets. Keith Loutit and Jarbas Agnelli decided to turn their cameras on the city and the carnival last year, creating this stunning tilt-shift time-lapse video that makes the city look like a diorama and the attendees look like ants.
Photography enthusiast Maciej Pietuszynski jumped into tilt-shift photography recently by building a do-it-yourself tilt-shift lens out of an old 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, a shower head, and a rubber glove. The process isn’t for the faint of heart — it involves disassembling the lens. You can see some of the resulting photographs in this Flickr set.
Flickr user Alex12Ga turned his Canon 5D Mark II into a DIY digital view camera by mounting a Novar-Anastigmat 75mm f/3.5 lens from 1949 with its original bellows. He mounted the bellows to his camera using an aluminum plate and an EOS mount ring that he salvaged from a broken Sigma lens. Read more…
Norwegian design studio Skrekkøgle — the one that printed a photo with a cremated dog — has a creative project called “Big Money” in which they made a giant 20:1 replica of a 50 cent Euro coin. They then placed the coin next to large objects and photographed them together, making the objects look like tiny toy replicas. Read more…
Pre-med student Ryan Killackey and his wife spent nearly two years shooting 10,000 photographs in California using a Canon Rebel XS with a “nifty fifty” 50mm, 18-55mm kit lens, and 50-250mm. They then combined the stills into a short time-lapse video — adding a fake tilt-shift look to some of the footage using After Effects — creating a beautiful and creative portrait of California.
Some photographers try to make miniatures look like the real world, while others aim to make the real world look like a miniature. “The Village” is a charming portrait of a tiny Portuguese town, made to look like a miniature via tilt-shift and time-lapse.
Sam O’Hare is developing quite a reputation for his tilt-shift, miniature faking videos. O’Hare is the same guy that created The Sandpit, a beautiful tilt-shift video of New York City that has been watched nearly 2 million times. He was recently commissioned by the Coachella Music Festival to create a similar video for Coachella 2010, and the resulting video (shown above) is just as stunning.
It was created using the Nikon D3s, with 4 frames captured every second for the day shots and exposure times of up to 2 seconds per shot for night shots. Roughly 50,000 still images were captured, and the tilt-shift effect was added in post. There’s a pretty informative interview with O’Hare that discusses this new video here.
When Jon Martin found an old Kodak Ektar 101mm f4.5 lens from the 1940′s at work, he decided to try it on his D700 by freelensing to testing and see if it was compatible. After finding that it was, he began on building a rig to use it as a tilt-shift lens. He ended up building a rig using old camera gear and some custom wood parts. Read more…
Shukhrat of MINIMUS DESIGN created this time-lapse video of his favorite places in San Francisco, using a tilt-shift effect to make them look like miniature models. It reminds me of “The Sandpit“, a similar video done in New York City that went viral on the web back in February.