First, I won’t claim this is anything more than some fun-tastic snap-shot photography. It isn’t. All these pics were taken with a point-and-shoot Canon Elph 330HS with one of the built-in filters active.
But there I was…. standing on top of the Empire State Building.
I was packing my dSLR, of course, and I was swapping out between my 100mm to get some interesting long-shots with some awesome depth of field on the buildings, and my Lensbaby FishEye, which was letting me snap some (very, very manually-focused) wide, wide angle shots from the high-up perspective.
Barely worth mentioning, I also had my cell phone camera (which I was rocking for the exclusive purpose of nabbing pictures so I could live-blog them later), my GoPro, which was taking photos and videos simultaneously, but since I had no display on the camera it was a crap-shoot for what I was getting, and then this one: the point-and-shoot.
These little pocket cameras have so many cool little features built in, and I think I take as much joy in using those features in ways they were probably never intended as for using them exactly how they were intended. For example, I took all my “Shopping” album pictures in the exact same mode as these tilt-shift pics. Over-saturated colours with this faux-filter of a narrow band of focus, plus it does amazingly great in low light: it made for some inconspicuous yet interesting merchandise photos. Or, I think so.
But, again, there I was…. standing on top of the Empire State Building.
Enjoying the view. Snapping some photos. And I’m thinking: man, I’ve got this miniature mode on my little camera, so… why not? I’m up high. I’m looking down on one of the coolest cities in the world. How often am I going to have this opportunity?
You can judge the results for yourself. It’s not high class tilt-shift by any means –kinda low-class, and the lines are a little too sharp– but I think the result is interesting and intriguing anyhow. It’s got that feel of something big-made-small. It’s got the tilt-shift sense to it, if a little imperfect in the implementation.