The “miniature” is no more than an optical illusion for those who once played/play with Matchbox cars and model railroads (guilty of both). By “distorting” the foreground and background by throwing it prospectively out of focus, when you let yourself fall into the photo, your mind replaces reality with fun. I’ve attempted to explain this in the past with little success. When shooting at Laws, it came to me to try to communicate the effect by shooting a video with the D3s during the process of tilting the lens.
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I reprocessed a couple of the HDR I did that day, like I mentioned I only liked about 50% of what I produced. While I’m liking this a little more, the feel of the “hot” Owens Valley light still doesn’t come through. More work, more experimentation, more fun ahead.
Photo captured by D3s, 24PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film