Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Sandpit

File under: things that are WAY TOO COOL to worry about whether or not they're "Internet old." If you haven't seen this, watch it. If you have, watch it again. [Via]


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SaltTooth (#915)

[sigh], *flutters eyelashes*

Christina Tkacik (#3,723)

Love that tilt shift miniature faking

Nrbelex (#1,742)

This one is, in my humble opinion, amazing and the best:

People always love the tilt-shift effect, especially in video. But I think if it becomes popular, people will get desensitized and it'll lose its cool. Then again, it's kinda hard to pull off, so maybe it'll never get popular.

Kurt McNamara (#3,788)

I'm afraid its already loosing its cool thanks to Allstate using it in their new commercials:

I can't wait for Chatroulette to start showing up in mainstream advertisements.

Asa (#1,055)

I have been desensitized and it's lost its cool. A bunch of my friends went crazy with awhile back. Admittedly, the videos are cooler and better executed.

deepomega (#1,720)

My rule of thumb is, if Flickr groups are banning a treatment because it's too easy and too prevalent, then it is played out. See also: HDRI

Art Yucko (#1,321)

Tilt shift is like herpes over at Flickr, everyone and their pet D60 has taken a stab at it. I bet half the people who use it don't even understand why it's called "tilt-shift" and have probably never even seen or used a large-format camera.

Asa (#1,055)

Well over half the people don't know what "tilt-shift" actually means.

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

This thread has really affirmed my decision not to keep up with Flickr trends. The internet is trying to ruin everything!

(To be honest, I didn't know Flickr HAD trends.)

NinetyNine (#98)

Can't tell from his site — can you post-process tilt shift in video like you can in Photoshop (I guess I mean "as easily" — I assume you can do just about anything in CGI if you want to spend the time)? Or did he just use a newer DSLR that shoot short snips of hi-res video with a real tilt-shift lens?

deepomega (#1,720)

Both are options! You can use After Effects (or the like) to do tilt-shiftery on video, or you could use a lens baby on a video-shooting DSLR, or you could shoot time-lapse photography on a DSLR, which will make it look all stop motion.

If I interpret his explanation correctly (from the interview here:, he did time-lapse photography using a regular digital camera (on pic at a time), and did the tilt-shift effect later, in post-production.

deepomega (#1,720)

You interpret it correctly! And I'll note that while the look is getting played, this is a great example of it and he put in the time (painting mattes, etc.) to sell it as actual miniatures instead of just slapping a lens blur on it.

Yes! And however played it may be, nothing can stop me from loving his shots of the helicopters. My shitty day just gave up and died.

mrschem (#1,757)

Wow! I spotted a brand new 'LIFT PLOW' sign!
I love, love, love this perspective.

mcbeachy (#548)

I think I saw my car turn a corner.

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