Tilt-shift effect

I wrote about the tilt-shift lens recently, and I will stick to it a bit today to. You maybe heard of the tilt-shift effect. It’s a way of taking a photo to make it look like a miniature.

To tell the truth, I don’t understand why it’s called tilt-shift. To get this effect, you use the tilt function of the lens, not the shift. So it should be the tilt effect then, no? But maybe it got called that way after the whole lens, not just the part one uses.

But you can get this effect also in post processing, and Photoshop has a tilt-shift blur filter build in. And as today’s photo of this small mountain town looked like one that it would fit, I created a version with the effect. Which one do you prefer?

Btw. funny thing, my first photos that I ever posted online (to Flickr here) were tilt-shift photos :)

Small mountain town

Today’s photo was taken from quite high up. I took it while visiting the Five fingers lookout platform in Alps, close to Hallstatt, Austria. If you like a great view, this is a place to go, and you can take a cable car almost completely to this spot. You just have to walk like 15 minutes from the spot the cable car ends, and not even up the hill. You can see the full view in this post here.

For this shot, I zoomed in as much as I could with my 200mm lens. It of course was very hazy with such a view, but the dehaze slider in Lightroom really helped here. For those curious, this is the town of Obertraun.

This is a blend of two shots, edited in Lightroom and blended in Photoshop.

Small mountain town, Obertraun, Austria

And here are few details:

Small mountain town, Obertraun, Austria

Sleeping giant

When I combined this panorama, I immediately noticed that it looked a lot like a giant laying on the ground. Due to the position of the shadows, and the reflection the right side completely looks like a head, doesn’t it?

This is a two shot panorama, both shot taken while using a 10 stop ND filter. Combined in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop. This photo was taken in Traunkirchen, at the Traunsee lake in Austria.

Sleeping giant, Traunkirchen, Austria

And here are few details:

Sleeping giant, Traunkirchen, Austria

Very hot weather

It’s been so hot recently. Every day I look at the forecast, that shows rain, and every day there is none. Would take few days of cold right now. Is it just me or do you all get tired and lethargic from this heat? Not in the mood to do anything at all. Just borrowed a infrared filter, thought about going to the botanical garden to get some cool shots, but so not in the mood right now. Hope it changes soon.

Sunset at the lighthouse

No panorama today. But I do regret a bit not taking one the day I took this photo. The sunset was just so perfect. This is the only lighthouse in Central Europe, at the Neusidlersee in Podersdofr in Austria. Really a nice place to visit, but not really in summer, as the number of people being there is just too big.

This is a blend of three exposures, done in Photoshop.

Sunset at the lighthouse, Podersdorf, Austria

Removing white outlines

This was quite an issue in the today’s photo. Quite often when you correct a very big brightness difference in a photo, it may hapen that you end up with a outline around the dark area. Hapens a lot in HDR but also with other edits. And if you have that problem and want to correct it, I have a full guide to it here.

Sunset at Schloss Ort

For today’s photo, lets stop in Austria, in Gmunden at the Traunsee. They have there this castle/chateau there right in the middle of the lake. You don’t see it form this side, but it on a small island with a bridge going to it.

I still remember how crazy bright the sun was that sunset. I had problems doing a composition, as I could not even look towards the sun. It was a warm day in the middle of January, in the Alps.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sunset at Schloss Ort, Gmunden, Traunsee, Austria

Creating a panorama

Yes, it’s another panorama. They just work so well for landscape shots. And if you want to learn more on how to create panoramas, I have these articles for you:

Taking a panoramic shot is really easy, and while editing is a bit harder sometime, it’s usually worth it :)

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt

I took this photo while visiting Hallstatt last year. As it is in the middle of the Alps, the sun goes down quite early as it hides behind them. And this was taken right at that moment, when only some sunlight still lit up the peaks of the surrounding hills. It all looked really nice :)

As you can see, the sky right above Hallstatt was not that interesting. Just no golden color. But the clouds further away were stunning. So of course I went with a panorama, to get as much as I could into the shot :)

This is a three shot panorama, merged in Lightroom, finished in Photoshop.

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt, Austria

And here are few details:

Sunset panorama from Hallstatt, Austria
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