Tilt/shift picture simulations

Tilt & shift lenses are quite expensive. But you can easily simulate pictures to have that “tilt & shift” feel to it. It creates a selective focus, ideal for simulating a miniature scene. City landscape pictures are the ideal startingpoint, all the better if you have people and/or cars on it.

Traffic junction in downtown Singapore

In photo-editing software, start by selecting the area you’d like to be in focus. In Photoshop you can use a quick mask. Inverse the selection and blur it sufficiently. Then increase the colour saturation and the contrast to further increase the sharpness of the in-focus area. Below are two more example pictures, one of the harbour of Arild, Sweden and one showing a scene at the Riva degli Schiavoni at San Marco, Venice, Italy.