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Couldn't sleep this morning, so I got up and made this model village...



In fact I was quite pleased and got out more modelling clay and made this as well




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PS. You'd be surprised how many shots this effect doesn't work on :-)
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Re: Model Village

It's a really weird effect isn't it. I haven't tried it out myself, but armed with this website I may be tempted.
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Re: Model Village

I like this effect a lot.

I found this link a while ago and it took me a minute or two to understand what I was looking at .... since then I find it inspirational, great music too.



This chap must have got up very early in the morning!

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Re: Model Village

What software did you use?
I tried it with elements while I was on my OU course, but wasnt too successful. Yours look great
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Re: Model Village

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What software did you use?
I tried it with elements while I was on my OU course, but wasnt too successful. Yours look great
This is straight out of the box CS3, no special software or in-camera art effect.

Take your picture and make a duplicate layer. Use Filters\Gaussian blur set to 8-10 pixels to make a soft version of that new layer. Now add a layer mask (that is the bit I couldn't do with Elements 5) and use a centre gradient [black to transparent] over the part you want to be sharp. A centre gradient is one that goes transparent at the bottom, fades to black in the centre and fades back to transparent at the top.

Voila, you picture should be sharper in the middle and soft at top and bottom. The how-to-do-it link further up this thread pretty much follows my plan. At this point they add a tweak to curves to make it look more artificial, and less like a real scene. I finish it off with some light overall sharpening, resize then sharpen some more. Flatten image, save as jpeg. Low oven for 20 minutes.

The essential starting place is a long (telephoto) shot looking down on a scene where each sucessive layer up the image is further away. In the second example above I mangled the layer mask to allow for places where this rule didn't apply...

Have a go and show us the results :-)

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Re: Model Village

These are excellent................I`m going to have a go, & see what I can produce
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