Following up my last post about the Arri Shift & Tilt system, I dug into my archive and pulled out 2 shift tilt examples. These aren’t images of a flat surface, which would be the best example, but you will get the idea – hopefully. I used the shift tilt to isolate a specific part of the frame in focus while throwing the rest of the frame much more out of focus than I could achieve with a regular lens.
Photo 1 – In this photo, the freeway starts to look a bit like a miniature. This is a side effect of the shift tilt system that lots of people strive for when using the shift tilt for cityscapes. I think it has to do with the human perception of the world and the fact that we are trained to associate very shallow depth of field with miniature photography. Miniatures are usually shot with macro lenses and when you get macro you tend to have a very shallow depth of field, thus leading us to this association. Be sure to swipe to the 2nd photo to see where I isolated the plane of focus
Photo 2 – Here I used the shift tilt to create a dreamy feel. I wanted it to feel like a childhood memory of decorating the Christmas tree with your grandmother. Again, in the 2nd version of the photo I isolate the plane of focus for you to see. The parts that are not in focus are much softer than normal creating the dreamy look. It is also interesting to see the result of the shift tilt in the specular highlights of the Christmas lights, especially on the tree in the background.