Streetcar - canon G5

2005-03-08: A Toronto 'red rocket' streetcar.

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  • adam

    Like Orbit1's latest post, defintetly has a 'model train' effect. Awesome DOF.

    2005-03-08

  • BigA

    Kick ass! The angle of this shot works so well with the effect. Nicely done!

    2005-03-08

  • Stephen

    Very cool effect indeed... I assume this was done in photoshop? I'd be curious to know how you achieve such an effect if you don't mind sharing :-)

    2005-03-08

  • laanba

    I don't know how you did it, but I love it.

    2005-03-08

  • zac

    another great photo. you rock.

    2005-03-08

  • leova (↑)

    first you was master of portrait!
    now you also a master of "model shot"
    super!!!
    excellent work!!!
    love it~thanks

    2005-03-08

  • alex

    The dof is great. It does look photosoped, but there's nothing wrong with that. Nice one :)

    2005-03-08

  • Bruno Correia

    very impressive, you are a very good photographer. I am happy when I come across inspiring work.

    2005-03-09

  • Susan B.

    So cool. I had to look at this one several times to decide if it was a model or an actual street shot. The exceptional clarity of the streetcar contrasting with the DOF makes it even cooler. Photoshoped or not--very cool.

    2005-03-09

  • Andy (SensorChip)

    Fantastic Miles!!!! You are really good at this. I had a crack myself and had some good feedback also. Thanks for being a constant inspiration.

    2005-03-09

  • Sakana

    Arg Great ! How you did it ?
    It's great, I like this composition, the DOF is just perfect.

    S.

    2005-03-09

  • miklos

    Nice one miles

    2005-03-09

  • dongidel

    itīs great
    but how?

    2005-03-09

  • Dan Simpson

    this is a pretty great picture. so good, that i'm leaving my first post.

    i love how everything looks like toys. again, we need to know how you did it. -dan

    2005-03-09

  • zerosun

    i can't get over this effect, its so amazing! i have to try this some day. beautiful as always miles. (you should superimpose one of those plastic Godzilla figures in the background. heh heh.)

    2005-03-09

  • Alec Long

    Another great image. Love this effect, Miles. Superior stuff.

    2005-03-09

  • John

    Miles

    stop making me envious. This shot is lovely, now produce something bad to make me feel good.

    2005-03-09

  • David H-W

    Great DoF that gives the model feel about it. Great work!

    2005-03-09

  • miles

    Thanks all. These efforts are a little different from the effect that you can see at:
    http://www.orbit1.com/dailyphotos.aspx?photoid=967

    There he is using a large format camera and by tilting the lens plane slightly away from the film plane it causes this effect. Special lenses like the lensbaby or tilt and shift lenses can be used with SLRs.

    What I'm doing here is slightly different because I'm actively trying to create a depth of field effect, using a lensbaby for example you get an area of focus surrounded by blur without regard for the visual-plane subjects sit on within the image. Some people use home made lensbaby-style lenses to get great results from this effect but it's not really a depth of field effect, here's an example from John again (because he's so damn good):
    http://www.orbit1.com/dailyphotos.aspx?photoid=809

    What I do with photoshop is separate the different visual planes in the image using a layer mask, light for in focus to dark for out of focus. The lens blur filter in photoshop CS then uses the layer mask as a guide to blurring the image. There's a bit of trial and error finding the right layer mask 'silhouette' but eventually you should be able to get a result you're pleased with. Once you've applied the blur turn the layer mask off to see the effect. It really is that simple, the only hard part is creating the layer mask. For this shot I filled in the streetcar with white, then used various shades of grey for other objects as they visually receded, like the cars on the left, until I left the buildings in the background as black. If you create a gaussian blurred layer underneath the one you're working on you will have a 'preview' of the final image, but I find gaussian blurring to be too soft for the final image.

    I think the most important thing is starting with the right image, not every image will work well, you need a focal point that you can work from. In this case the streetcar works nicely but in many ways my previous effort, 'sunset street', was more successful because the raised perspective created more of a table-top look. I don't know what the aim is here, it's certainly not to create a realistic or obtainable depth of field, but I love playing with this technique :)

    2005-03-09

  • Mike

    Nice shoot

    2005-03-09

  • frisky?

    there it is again! i love that effect!!! brilliant! thanks for the writeup! i will try it some day.

    2005-03-09

  • Pramesh

    miles, firstly, great picture. After reading your quick tutorial i undertand what you've done. my question is, did you have the intent of creating this effect before you took this shot, or did you decide that this is what you wanted to do during post-processing?

    2005-03-09

  • KevinG

    Kicks. Butt.

    2005-03-09

  • miles

    Pramesh, the intention was there when the pic was taken but it's taken me this long to get around to it.

    2005-03-09

  • Kathleen

    Spectacular, Miles! :)

    2005-03-09

  • Pramesh

    Thanks for the feedback Miles. I know the intersection very well. I work down the street from there!

    2005-03-09

  • mot

    I think most things are already said... but I love this one to, marvelous !!!

    2005-03-09

  • Walker

    I hate to be the one dissenting voice (and I'm not really trying to be negative)... but this one doesn't seem quite as believable as some of your others. This type of DOF might be possible with a really large format camera (maybe 8x10 or larger) but I think the problem is that the bus wouldn't be completely in focus all the way through in reality. Obviously this wouldn't be the case if the bus were exactly perpendicular to you.

    So my only suggestion would be to add some falloff to at least the far end of the bus. Otherwise, a really nice image.

    2005-03-09

  • Smoove D

    Way cool!

    2005-03-09

  • miles

    Walker I know what you mean but, as I mentioned above, I'm not trying to create something that's realistic or obtainable, rather I think it's that unobtainable factor that makes it interesting. Maybe this isn't the best subject for this treatment because the subject is too large to fit comfortably within one visual plane. Having said that I'll play with it a bit and see if it makes a big difference :)

    2005-03-09

  • patrick

    wow.

    2005-03-09

  • alex

    There's no need for a lensbaby.. I just take off the lens and tilt it by hand..

    2005-03-09

  • adam

    miles, thanks for the great comments on this. I'll have to give the ps way a shot on the appropriate photo.

    2005-03-10

  • deceptive

    Great effect Miles, really very nice.

    2005-03-10

  • megaszu

    Very cool.. but what i want to know is.. did the rocket hit that car? :)

    2005-03-10

  • Marina

    Indeed: really amazing -> very good work!

    2005-03-10

  • Greg.O

    So cool!! Would love to print it out and hang on my wall. Instead of pin-up girls posters (not that I have any, mind you). I could stare at it for hours... Beautiful.

    2005-03-10

  • Michael Ceiszperger

    The whole shot looks so crisp. I've played around with the same technique with some graveyard shots, but it didn't have quite the toy effect:

    http://www.learningtosee.org/post.php?image=_DSC6319

    2005-03-10

  • marc

    Given the name of the image (red rocket), a more interesting treatment than the fake blur may have been to desaturate everything around it, and leave the streetcar in colour (red I assume).

    2005-03-11

  • Crash

    ummm ... is that a model toy or real? awesome pic!

    2005-03-11

  • Aesop

    Lovely photo.

    Thanks for sharing the description of your Potatoshop technique. I'll attempt emulation.

    2005-03-31

  • Robert Simpson

    I really like the way you've made the rocket stand out by blurring and lowering the contrast (just the right amount) of the background. I will have to experiment with this myselft.

    2005-04-03

  • Monkeygirl

    This is so cool! Did you do this effect in PS or with some special lens? I'm trying to fix this blurry effect but it's very difficult. Your picture is just perfect, well done :D

    2005-07-22