40 Stunning Tilt-Shift Images of Urbanity

Tilt-shift photography involves using both tilt and shift camera movements to simulate the depth of field of a macro lens, making life-size objects appear as though they’re actually miniature in scale. The effect can be incredibly powerful, instantly turning a sprawling metropolis into a miniature village or toy town. Many people have been tricked by it over the years and you’ll have to inspect the stunning images below carefully to believe that they are, in fact, real.

While some photographers prefer to use expensive cameras and lenses to create their tilt-shift images, others choose to use postproduction techniques instead. By blurring the top and bottom of an image, as well as increasing its contrast and saturation, you can create a tilt-shift miniature fake that looks just as good (if not better) than the real thing.

Queensland- A Surfer’s Paradise

Image: Erik K Veland

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Hilltop View of Bergen, Norway

Image: aha42

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A cluster of homes in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand

Image: wellurban

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Mini London Skyline

Image: magnetstudio

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View of London’s Millennium Bridge from the top of St Paul’s Cathedral

Image: magnetstudio

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London’s Shell Centre

Image: tiltshiftphotography.net

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Calvin College, Michigan

Image: michael baird

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Football Game

Image: pattagon

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Otaru Street, Japan

Image: .mushi_king

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Baltimore Street Corner

Image: wumpiewoo

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Tate Modern, London

Image: jeangenie

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Soccer Players

Image: m4r1usha

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Christmas in Knoxville, Tennessee

Image: mechwolf42

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Nagoya Airport, Japan

Image: pattagon

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Traffic in Thailand

Image: 27147

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The Spoon Bridge in Minneapolis Sculpture Park

Image: someToast

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Sydney Opera House

Image: hey tiffany!

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Steam Train

Image: aussiegall

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Car Show

Image: baldheretic

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Oregon State Beavers

Image: Wikimedia

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Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia

Image: JAMESD Photography

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Fairground

Image: spike55151

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New York City

Image: .mushi_king

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London’s Millennium Bridge on a Busy Day

Image: The Daily Telegraph

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Key West, Florida

Image: curious oddities

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The Bundestag in Berlin

Image: Thpx

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Train Station at Night

Image: JanneM

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Sydney, Australia From Above

Image: Becky E

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Miniature Manhattan

Image: [email protected]

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A Quiet Highway in Nagoya, Japan

Image: Guwashi999

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The ImaginOn Building in Charlotte, North Carolina

Image: Zevotron

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Image: hey tiffany!

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Fake-Looking Houses

Image: [email protected]

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The Square in Christchurch, New Zealand

Image: Joe_Focus

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A Little Market in Barcelona, Spain

Image: oseillo

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Gravina, Italy

Image: luigi scorcia

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A Village in Greenland

Image: Dylan Bishop

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Big Ben Captured From the London Eye

Image: Suviko

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View From the Sky Tower, Auckland, New Zealand

Image: Dirk Hartung

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Market Street, San Francisco

Image: Reven.

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