'Silly Spring' Highlights Tiltshift Timelapse Beauty

by Cara -

Tiltshift photography is an increasingly popular style of photography that makes real-life scenes appear miniature in size. It specifically refers to the use of camera movements on small and medium format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene. Sometimes the term can be used when the shallow depth of field is simulated with digital postprocessing; the name may derive from the tilt shift lens normally required when the effect is produced optically.

When the selective focus effect of lens tilt is applied to timelapse footage, the resulting scene appears to be acted out in miniature. For instance, in 'Silly Spring,' a stop motion, timelapse/tiltshift animation of downtown Silver Spring, MD, the downtown area, including cars, people, etc. all apears to look miniature in size. This animation was shot with an iPhone 4, and assembled with iStopMotion. It's a terrific example of the unique look and feel that tiltshift, combined with timelapse, can give to a stop motion animation project.