**Updated, 01 Feb 2011**
I imagine most of you read this blog to stop you from going crazy during those rendering periods, so I thought I would share the below link that I found today.
These are not rendered, but are real-life photos creating the effect of a minature world. I'm always fascinated by photography and strongly believe this helps with my computer rendering, so with this in mind, grab a coffee, and have a look at this external link of Tilt and Shift examples. (Update: Regrettably it appears the previous webpage is no longer live. Instead, take a look here. )
The secret, In my opinion, to recreating Tilt and Shift imagery is:
- Strong contrast,
- Heavy use of realistic Depth of Field
- and an increase in Colour Saturation and Vibrancy.
There are many amazing examples out there, but one of the finest for film is the very talented Sam O'Hare, (Ex-Uniform employee, and now working as a Director in NYC.) It's worth noting how the clever manipulation of frame rate exaggerates the 'little toy world' feeling.
"Please view in HD and full screen for best effect. For a description of the shoot, camera, lenses and workflow, please see here: bit.ly/aFmaPZ"
And Finally, If your hungry for more examples, you can visit this Flickr community to go through the thousands of uploaded examples.
I hope the above provides some inspiration, and as always..... Happy Max'ing.