More tilt-shift fakery:
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It really helps to be above and a distance from the subject to make the illusion work. Medium-tall buildings are good, as are stadiums. Too high and the subjects are too far away. This is a bit borderline, but it’s a good downward angle.
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For those non-Seattleites out there, Ballard is a community on the edge of Seattle. Forcibly annexed way back in 1907 (after Seattle decided that if Ballard didn’t want to come to our party, we wouldn’t um… give them any water), it is traditionally populated by Scandanavian fishermen and other characters of similarly ill-repute. They’ve got boats down there. They’ve got one of the two remaining Sonic Boom locations. They’ve got hipsters. And they’ve also got the Jolly Roger Taproom, with great little Mahi Mahi sammiches, which is why I was there. From what I’ve seen, they also have Volvo-weilding alcoholics. Just sayin…