View from Above
Posted by Ben on February 18, 2012
One photographic “trick” that’s always sort of fascinated me was Miniature Faking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_faking). Using either special lenses or postprocessing, you can simulate the effect of looking at a miniature version of the scene you are photographing. Unfortunately, one of the things that is usually required to generate this effect is to be looking down on your scene from above, as if you were standing above a model of the scene. I’ve found that very few of the things that I generally photograph lend themselves to this kind of angle. There have been a few shots that I’ve taken that work pretty well though. Below is an example of one of them. First is the “before” or original photo that I took. Second is the product of some selective blurring and increased saturation in photoshop, not too difficult of a process surprisingly
So, maybe not the best example of this effect, but I still think it came out alright.