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

Sydney, Australia-based photographer Keith Loutit creates lovely tilt-shifted time-lapse short films. His aim, he says, "is to present Sydney as the Model City, and help people take a second look at places that are very familiar to them." You can see more of his films on the Keith Loutit Vimeo page.

Previously on BB:
Cranford Rose Garden tilt-shift timelapse


  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. @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?

  7. @9:

    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? :)

  8. 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.

  9. “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.

  10. 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.

  11. @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.

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