Keith Loutit's time-lapse, tilt-shift films


21 Responses to “Keith Loutit's time-lapse, tilt-shift films”

  1. Chippets says:

    I feel very fragile.

  2. Johnny Cat says:

    I was unaware of tilt-shift photography before, and must say WOW. It’s a thrilling effect when combined in this time-lapse manner, and really hard to believe it’s not animation. Good work, Keith!

  3. JohnLarkin says:

    Thanks for posting this. Shall explore this and share it with my students.

  4. doublethink says:

    I had to do some research on this because I couldn’t really understand exactly what I was looking at.

    The effect combined with time lapse is really incredible. I’m sending this to everyone.

  5. sammich says:

    It’s lovely… and it makes me want to build an ant-farm :)

  6. RandomConnections says:

    @Steamkev – thanks for linking to my site. But, more importantly, thanks for sharing the Las Vegas tilt-shift video. That one by Wholphin is quite nice.

  7. Evil Jim says:

    It does look weird but when only a small percentage of the photo is clear & visible, when the viewer has to search & search through the blurry areas to find what the heck the subject is it’s just not good photography. Surely there must be a better way. Real miniatures can be photographed with much more clarity.

  8. Pipenta says:

    “when the viewer has to search & search through the blurry areas to find what the heck the subject is it’s just not good photography”

    Sez you. Depends upon the intent of the photographer/filmmaker. Myself, I think it is a pretty cool effect. And I don’t mind doing a bit of work on my end, on the viewer end, of various artforms. Just so long as there’s a good pay off, and in this case, I think there is.

    We’z like bugs. It’s all a matter of perspective and, uh, depth of field.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It can actually be done physically, as well as with a photoshop filter.

    canon has a line of “tilt shift” lenses and Nikon calls theirs “perspective control”.

    they run up to about 2000$ for the lens alone though, so maybe lets just stick to the effect.

  10. Derek C. F. Pegritz says:

    Nixar–THANK YOU! That song was instantly My Jam(tm) and I would’ve beaten the bush savagely until I discovered it.

  11. SteamKev says:

    Here’s the Wholphin TILT SHIFT video that I “thought” was the one in my earlier comment, sorry!

    It’s all Las Vegas from a helicopter!

    Just wait until the film gets to the casinos…..

  12. Duffong says:

    @nixar , oh you make me happy. Thanks for finding it so quickly.

    Tilt shift… was this real tilt with the acordian lens adapter or pshop made? Is there a difference?

  13. Saucyfossy says:

    I am in love with the way this looks.

  14. matt_riviera says:

    You can read my interview with Keith Loutit published this week at

  15. darlyn says:

    Beautifully awesome. What’s even more amazing is the ease at which this effect can be achieved; take a time-lapse video, apply some sort of lens blur, done! I think shifting the blur area would be interesting.

  16. tp1024 says:


    There is no depth of field involved in these photos at all. All that the tilt shift does is to make the upper and lower part of the picture blurry, which happens to coincide with the actual depth of the scene.

    This confuses the brain enough to make it think that everything must be really small, because how else could the close parts as well as the far parts be so blurry? :)

  17. midknyte says:

    > Found the music on emusic


  18. SteamKev says:

    Here is one from a Wholphin video that is from a helicopter!

  19. SteamKev says:

    That shallow Depth Of Field in such a large area is CRAZY!

  20. kiddr01 says:

    It’s nice and all, but this whole thing has been flying around a bit too much to be deserving of any serious attention.

    Nice effect, but that’s all it is.

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