Comments: miniature tehran


Posted by dollar[CHN] at March 2, 2006 02:51 AM

wow! awesome :D

Posted by Adam at March 2, 2006 02:53 AM

In a word, unreal !

Posted by HiMY SYeD [] at March 2, 2006 02:53 AM

Is this a real life shot? If so, well done. More miniaturesque than the pic from the plane.

Posted by John at March 2, 2006 03:34 AM

Yesterdays 'Yonge Downtown' almost looks like it was taken with a tilt-shift / perspective control lens. How did you keep the vertical lines straight? Was this achieved in PSCS? Thanks!

BTW, I often drop by your site to see what you're up to and I'm always impressed by your views of Toronto, the place of my birth. Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Blayne at March 2, 2006 03:52 AM

Superb results!

Posted by mohsen rasoulov at March 2, 2006 04:18 AM

Yay! Sam catches the tilt-shift pandemic! :-) Hehehehe, I've been meaning to experiment with this effect myself. The subject you've chosen works really well, especially with the hill and greenery in the foreground, like some painted sponge you'd get on a model set! Very nice.

Anyway, Sam, on a more personal note... (everyone else, please scroll down to the next comment!) I've been looking at and commenting on your blog for several months now, and you're the original photoblog that I had (and still do have) set as my homepage at work. Your site was the main source of inspiration that pushed me to start my own photo blog, which I finally did just over a month ago. There's not a lot there at the moment, obviously, but hopefully one day I'll post an image half as good as some of yours. That's the aim anyway (hey, miracles can happen!)

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks so much for the inspiration. We now return you to your regular programming...

Take it easy,

Posted by David [] at March 2, 2006 04:43 AM

It´s like a "serie b" movie!

Posted by Ramon at March 2, 2006 04:49 AM

So incredible this is not really a minature scene. Definitely looking forward to seeing the end result from the rented lens.

Posted by ROB at March 2, 2006 05:04 AM

Wow, as the picture was loading I assumed it was another shot of a model from the Gehry exhibit. How many different layers of blur did you use?

Posted by David S. at March 2, 2006 07:51 AM

Beautiful as always. This is the greatness that keeps me coming back.

Posted by Bryan at March 2, 2006 08:08 AM

Terrific job on the fake TS effect. Well done.

Posted by Otto K at March 2, 2006 08:32 AM

very cool effect. neat shot!!!

Posted by DeWaun at March 2, 2006 08:40 AM

hah, thats a cool effect. I never thought of using photoshop to replicate it, but I as I can see it works perfectly. I'm guessing thats just gaussian blur to some extents...
sweet picture :D

Posted by Pavel at March 2, 2006 08:47 AM

I've been working on this technique recently myself. Looks great on this image.

Posted by Bob at March 2, 2006 08:56 AM

You did a truly marvelous job with the artificial blur. I think its amazing how the eye and brain thinks its a model landscape! ;)

Posted by Kenny at March 2, 2006 09:19 AM

I don't think I've seen better!

You really have got this one pretty much perfect IMO. It's not an easy thing to do well, real large format feel to it too.

Posted by Andy at March 2, 2006 09:24 AM

Cool! This looks perfect. Great job cutting around the building on the right, that really sells it. I'm going to try this myself - it's getting very popular!

Posted by Scott Murdoch at March 2, 2006 09:31 AM

Amazing!! can you explain more better how to do this effect?

Posted by SwampThing - Luigi at March 2, 2006 09:36 AM

I enjoyed your explanation of how you took this photo... Photos like this one make me want to get back into photography, five or six years now and I have not touched a camera... Love your work. Love seeing what Toronto is like....

Posted by Gary Bailey at March 2, 2006 10:34 AM

Looks amazing.

Can you post instructions for exactly what yoiu did to achieve this affect. I follwed the steps ouitlined in the blog for how to do it, but my results are not nearly as good. Thanks for any help.

Posted by Michael at March 2, 2006 10:45 AM

This picture looks so fake. It is awesome, however you did this. Maybe I should look up the tilt shift lens and see what it's about. This a really cool looking shot though.

Posted by Nate at March 2, 2006 10:46 AM

Heh, reminds me of Mr. Roger's Neighbourhood for some reason. I have to say, from a technical standpoint this method is really cool. One can achieve some very interesting effects. However, from a more aesthetic point-of-view, I'm not sold. It just looks like a miniature... Dunno, guess I'll have to try it myself as part of my personal learning. I do have to say though, that this image is fabulously done. You really have the technique nailed!

Posted by Daniel Seguin at March 2, 2006 10:51 AM

It looks like a very detailed HO guage layout. I'm old fassioned I still feel the best use of a tilt shift is to remove distortion. D.D.

Posted by Don Davis at March 2, 2006 11:16 AM

awesome - the selective focussing - is that the miniature effect?
whatever it is - am sure i'll get to see the real effect soon..

Posted by prasoon at March 2, 2006 11:17 AM

I am baffled as to what is achieved with this photo except to remove depth of field - which I find pointless. In fact the loss of sharpness destroys the view to my interest.

To me, the use of a tilt lens is more to improve depth of field as well as maintaining (in most cases) vertical lines parallel. I'm not keen on this limited plane of focus idea.

But, just as a note on Kamshots - your friend in Oxford - has given me a clue, this being Tehran seems to increase the liklihood of you lads being Persians by birth. This I find interesting. Good to have you here in Canada, Sam.

And so what if I don't like one picture of yours - there's all the others.

Posted by Hugh Petrie at March 2, 2006 11:19 AM

That is SOOOOOOO freaky......... I keep expecting to see a Lionel train zooming through the landscape, and the giant hand of a retired man coming into the shot to add a few more fake trees......

Posted by Kathy at March 2, 2006 11:25 AM

Uh--oh! I'm in the minority. I don't care for this shot at all. Without the near foreground it *might* be interesting; as presented, it looks totally fake. Not modified reality, not miniature. The background is too detailed - and focus is too non-uniform and disappears too quickly - to give the miniature effect. I applaud you for the effort, but have to rate this as a (barely) C-. (Most of your shots are B+ or better.) In any case - thanks for keeping the images coming. I know tomorrow's will be better, as was yesterday's.

Posted by alborak at March 2, 2006 11:46 AM

My Friend;
Please add lots smoke to this miniature & try again!

Posted by hamid at March 2, 2006 12:44 PM

I love this shot, i've been checking your site for a year now and love the explanations you give for the shots. I would love to see the mask for this blur that you created, thanks!

Posted by Zane at March 2, 2006 01:09 PM

that's scary ;) *covers eyes*
I was really thinking those buildings are little model fixtures made with cardboard and art materials from a craft store.
I guess I get tricked visually easily :P

Posted by Peggy at March 2, 2006 02:05 PM

I KNOW this is real, but I can't convince my brain that it's not miniature. In my opinion you did not only try to fake it, you did it. I love when you do that kind of stuff, keep up the good work Sam!

Posted by James Carmichael at March 2, 2006 02:28 PM

ُSame aziz, eykash meydane arjhantin hammishe ingooneh bood. Movaffag bashid.

Posted by N.Kohansal at March 2, 2006 04:40 PM

So this is the GOD's view! we little poor and helpless ants walking on the earth! ... :D

Posted by Ila at March 2, 2006 05:46 PM

PLEASE show us the original pic to so we can compare side by side..that will truely show our brains that it is being tricked. Thanks!

Posted by Matt H at March 2, 2006 06:00 PM

I thought this was an elaborate Gehry at first, I'd like to see the original photo.

Posted by darren at March 2, 2006 06:41 PM

Fantastic shot! I can hardly believe that it's real and not some toy city.

This is today's photo of the day in The Invisible Man. :-)

Posted by nuno f at March 2, 2006 07:48 PM

This is awesome, i am speechless,

Can you please explain how this is done in photoshop?? And also a comprasion with the original would be fantastic!



Posted by Hilary at March 2, 2006 07:50 PM

That is really cool. It's hard to believe it's not a tiny model.

Posted by Rob at March 2, 2006 08:12 PM

pretty cool, it looks like a toy train set.

Posted by Matthew Greco at March 2, 2006 08:44 PM

Hey, I am unable to understand.. this is NOT a miniature? If yes, then it's a wonderful effect.... and better than the one in the link. If not, it's a great shot.

Posted by Rahul Kumar at March 2, 2006 09:31 PM

I really like shots post-processed like this. For some shots, though, it just doesn't work well. On this one I read the comments to find out for sure whether this was a model or not.

Well done.

Posted by Daniel Cormier at March 2, 2006 10:17 PM

Wow, this is the most realistic fake tilt shift shot ever. I had to do a double take on it. everything looks like real miniatures, especially the trees. kudos mate!

Posted by Joshi-porgy at March 3, 2006 12:49 AM

Amazing - it looks undeniably like a miniature!

Posted by Phil at March 3, 2006 02:32 AM

I like this effect a lot. Thanks Sam... now I am going to research "tilt-shift" lenses and get even more broke. ;-)

Posted by Abe at March 3, 2006 04:00 AM

Can hardly believe this is not a real miniature. Maybe a "how I did it" tutorial would be praised!

Posted by Ioannis at March 5, 2006 12:07 PM

Has anyone ever found instructions on how to do this Photoshop manipulation?
I've played around with the lens correction filter but to no avail.

Posted by Dave at March 8, 2006 07:14 PM
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