Let's have some fun with Fake Miniatures.
What are Fake Miniatures?
Wikipedia defines it as a process in which a photograph of a life-size location or object is made to look like a photograph of a miniature scale model. it is done by blurring the upper and lower parts of the picture, simulating a shallow depth of field. In addition the colors are enhances to create a toy like appearance
Others may call it TiltShift photography, as using tilted lens creates the same impact
I obviously took the simpler path of processing the digital image, and the number of options is large. One may do it manually by using image editing tools such as CS5, GIMP or Paint.net. Others may write scripts or use a dedicated plug-in. I found a very nice web based tool that automates all steps required to create a Fake Miniature, and does it quickly and in a simple manner. The tool is called TiltShift Maker, and is located in the following address: http://tiltshiftmaker.com/. You may use it free of charge for limited output resolution, and for higher resolution you need to pay per the picture size.
here is an example of taking a rather dull photo and converting it to a more interesting one using this tool
Before: St. Thomas island in US Virgin Islands
After: the red roof buildings are kept in focus while the other regions are blurred, look at the cars, how seems to be toy cars now
Now, some homework :) can you create your own Fake Miniature, either using this toll or any other and share it?
FYI, there's a group in Flickr, dedicated to TiltShift fakes: http://www.flickr.com/groups/tilt-shift-fakes/