Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mini Metropolis

Have a look at “Miniature City Shanghai,” a film of real urban life shot in time lapse and tilt-shift photography. (For feed readers here's a direct link to the video.)


For those who aren’t familiar with it, tilt-shift photography creates the impression of the shallow depth of field in actual large scale scenes. Since we’re accustomed to experience shallow depth of field and fast movement only with small scale scenes, it’s very hard to overcome the impression that we’re looking at frenetic miniatures.

Now try watching Chris Burden’s “Metropolis II,” (direct link to video) an ambitious kinetic model representing the rhythms of urban life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llacDdn5yIE&feature=player_embedded



The macro and micro worlds seem to meet in the middle.


Wikipedia on Tilt Shift photography
Book: The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images

5 comments:

Matthew said...
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Matthew said...

Tilt-shift is a very cool effect, especially in video. There are some nice lenses that achieve this for your regular camera and I've come across really easy and effective apps for smart phones.

These 2 links are my favorite tilt-shift videos using time lapse as well. Disney parks which are already bright in color and fantastic in theme blur the line further between what it real and miniature. Enjoy!

Epcot
Epcot

Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom

Deborah Secor said...

Is this the same Chris Burden who had himself shot in the arm and his hands nailed to a car as performance art back in the 70s? I think it is. At least this has an esthetic I can enjoy. Not as much of the angst.

Mark Heng said...

Thanks for this post- I've always wondered how they do this effect, and I didn't even know where to begin looking! Great tune on the first vid, too.