Comments: miniature bikers


so mini so amazing

Posted by dollar[CHN] at March 3, 2006 03:19 AM

Sam, you always surprise with interesting new subject matter. Kudos!

Posted by James at March 3, 2006 03:34 AM

You've fooled me. I thought it was another photoshop trick of a real life situation. :-)

Posted by nuno f at March 3, 2006 03:40 AM

i love yesterday's picture but i have to say that the effect looks ssssoooooooo much better with no photoshop!!!!

Anyway, thanks for the great work Sam.

Posted by nicolas at March 3, 2006 03:45 AM

This is great - I like it a lot! It looks so real, especially where the guy has fallen off his bike!

Posted by Abe at March 3, 2006 03:58 AM

Excellent shot. Just in time too. When everybody and their uncles are making photoshop fakes, this one wins the prize :)

Posted by jbuhler at March 3, 2006 04:05 AM

this thing is HUGE in germany, it's on documentary television nearly every week. each year, they add a new world, as far as i remember the last one was a scandinavian one with fjords and ships and so on... it really bothers me up to now i've never had the chance to visit it. really nice photo by the way :)

Posted by moritz at March 3, 2006 04:08 AM


Posted by Lauer at March 3, 2006 04:16 AM

i'm almost sure that this can get on to the frontpage of flickr interestingness!

Posted by doreen at March 3, 2006 04:49 AM

If anyone wants to learn more about tilt-shift photography they should check out the page of links I have assembled (click on my name to go to it) ... included are pointers to galleries of established t/s photographers, descriptions of how to achieve the effect with lenses and in Photoshop, and a listing of tilt-shift lenses for use with 35mm and medium format cameras. It's a work in progress so new stuff is being added all the time!

Posted by Hamish Grant at March 3, 2006 05:32 AM

If you like miniature wunderland.. I recommend you to also take a look at Madurodam.. In the Netherlands near The Hague.

Great picture!

Posted by Cees at March 3, 2006 06:06 AM

Wow, for a second there I really thought this was a real shot until the cars gave it away. Very cool!

Posted by NoLabels at March 3, 2006 06:13 AM

perfect shot and nice DOF.

Posted by Pooriya at March 3, 2006 07:22 AM

Cool shot. It took me a while to work out what was going on...because of the scale etc. Very good.

Posted by noon at March 3, 2006 07:23 AM

What a minutious work! I like it :)

Posted by Amande at March 3, 2006 07:26 AM

this looks amazing. great job

Posted by luked at March 3, 2006 08:07 AM

Whoa... Have you ever thought of becoming a archectural model photographer? A few years ago they were a specialized subset of commercial photographers; even with their own fiber optic flash kits! Do they even exist in this day of computers? Am I showing my age? I do feel bad for the fallen biker; he does seem to draw my attention.

Posted by Patrick at March 3, 2006 08:41 AM

for a second my jaw dropped. but then the cars/road didn't look very real, so i decided it was a REAL tilt-lens phenomenal.
i absolutly love miniature cities, they're magical. i would love to see this one in person! thank you for sharing a glimpse.

Posted by Victoria at March 3, 2006 08:51 AM

Wow, they look so real!

Posted by chris at March 3, 2006 08:52 AM

i love minatures. this is awesome.

Posted by aaron at March 3, 2006 09:11 AM

Man, contrasted to your other shots, this one is strangely quite timely. Weird stuff...

Posted by Daniel Seguin at March 3, 2006 10:03 AM

One has to wonder at the values of society when there is so much money to build things like this display but none to house real people.

There is something seriously out of balance.

This surely looks real though. Quite amazing!

I think I would try for max depth of field in a situation like this, but at f2.5 it's quite shallow.

Doubtless you did what you could (tripods are awkward to carry) and as a photo it looks like a real place.

Posted by Hugh Petrie at March 3, 2006 10:12 AM

quite realistic! im impressed! although the only thing that seems outta place is the Bettle's missing headlights. other then that, superb!

Posted by Andy at March 3, 2006 10:34 AM

Victoria, BC has which is also incredible with its' different mini themes and trip through time...not to mention also the nearby Royal BC Museum which showcases the natural and human history of British Columbia and of course Butchart Gardens. FYI

Posted by The Canadien at March 3, 2006 10:51 AM

wicked good picture.

Posted by JELIELĀ³ at March 3, 2006 10:51 AM

Great to see your consistent playfulness and exploration! ES

Posted by Eli at March 3, 2006 11:15 AM


Posted by A thinker at March 3, 2006 11:58 AM


I was in Hamburg only last week and would've liked to go and take in the exhibition. I've been looking at you site for months and really like your shots.


Posted by Keith at March 3, 2006 01:10 PM

The guy who fell looks so disappointed to have dropped outta the race. So sad.

Posted by Phil at March 3, 2006 03:53 PM

Amazing! I did a double take on this one. It really looks so real.

Posted by David Warren at March 3, 2006 04:10 PM

I took exactly the same picture some weeks ago, it really looked amazing. During I was transfering the files to my notebook it crashed all the images. :(

But really good work :)

Posted by xeo at March 3, 2006 04:37 PM

This shot cracked me up! At first these guys were real! I hope the one who has fallen gets up alright and keeps on peddaling..cheers mate

Posted by david at March 3, 2006 08:14 PM

The series of miniature photos, be it real or simulated, is really adorable. It reminds me of childhood, when i spent lots of time playing with construction blocks and miniature figures and making up stories for them. :)

Posted by PlasticTV at March 4, 2006 12:27 AM

You was in Hamburg, Germany?
Damn it! I live in Hamburg and I'm a big fan of your pictures. Danny

Posted by dannyone at March 4, 2006 04:25 AM

Hi Sam,
I am happy to see you back on track. This one is amazing. I did not have a clue such a thing exist at all, otherwise I would go to Hamburg when I was in Germany three weeks ago. Seems that I am geting old and missing so many things that I would love to see.
Anyway, it is Saturday 4 March and for the first time I see there isn't any new picture here!!! Is everything Ok? Your blog is the second thing I check everyday and this is quite worrying that no new picture was added today. Last night we had a little bit of snow in Manchester and comparing to the norms it was heavy for our town, do you think that might have caused any problem? ;^)
Take care and add the new one asap.

Posted by Payam Nikdast at March 4, 2006 05:44 AM

Almost real enough. First tip-off was the height. Then the reflection from the street is wrong, and not enough dulling rubber grunge on the street nor soot on the yellow truck. And I think the sequence of bicyclists is off as well. The fallen one would not be in that position till the group would have nearly or completely passed. And till then, the group would have bunched right out of uncertainty as to how he would move. Also, would have taken too long to focus that way if it were happening in real-time.
Great photo! Funny! Makes you do a double-take. Makes you Think! Love the focus effect!

Posted by Javilk at March 13, 2006 11:22 PM
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