Tilt-Shift Photography On The Cheap

So there’s this thing called Tilt-Shift Photography, which I guess could also be called “using a tilt-shift lens on your camera.  What is a tilt shift lens?  It’s a horrendously expensive specialty lens often used by people taking architectural photography.  Why are you reading this?  Because tilt-shift is fun stuff:

Soap Box Derby Banana

Alright – I admit it.  That’s not real tilt-shift.  The good news is that you can fake it too – easy!  Click the link and I’ll tell you all about it.  It’s easy.  Did I say easy?  I meant easy.  Click the jump.  Do it.

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Digging In The Vault #1 – Thailand

Sairee Beach on Koh Tao is pretty great.  Very picturesque, nice sand, and every tourist around will be there to shoot pictures like this around sunset.  But I think this post sets a different kind of record for me.

Boulders at Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand

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I’ve been employed for all of two weeks now and already I’m digging in the vault as I’m out of new stuff.  Of course this pic is from my trip a while back, but it’s still good stuff, right?

Anyway, these sorts of rock formations were all around the beaches on Koh Tao and I lived them all.  This one seemed to have particularly nice asymmetry.  I can’t figure out if I’m happy with the framing in this shot or not.  On one hand, the subject is halfway up, seeming screwing up the rule of thirds pretty good.  On the other hand, horizontally, I think the positioning is very nice.  I’m coming around to the idea that the vertical symmetry and the horizontal asymmetry make it work.  But I took it, so I’m a little biased.

The Last of the Long-Tails

Long-Tail Boat Close-up

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I don’t know if I’ve done it justice so far. About 50% of my pictures are long-tail boats but I’ve only posted a couple here. I like this shot as most of mine were taken from the beach so you just see the boat in profile. It’s always nice to be able to shoot down at something or up at it – angles, man! This was from the pier in Mae Haad as we waited for our ferry to come.

Thailand Stereotypes: Long-Tail Boats

Tail-less Longtail Boat

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After Phad Thai and images of the King, there is nothing you will see more often in Thailand than the ubiquitous Long-Tail Boats. Built for speed in narrow waterways (I can confirm – *very* fast), they are all over Bangkok, but also all over the numerous island shores. This shot was taken off Sairee Beach on Koh Tao. Missing, of course, is the long-tail part – you can see the usual look here. Gotta love that color-changing water too.

Open Flame on Koh Tao

Beach Lanterns on Koh Tao

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Walking down Sairee Beach on Koh Tao, I stumbled across a wedding. These lanterns were bordering the fringe. Whenever I travel outside of the US one of my favorite parts is always the ability to have fun in a way that might put you on the wrong side of some lawsuit at home. These were one thing, but the flying incendiary balloons were much… better? worse? I didn’t ask if they only launch these things when the wind will take them offshore.