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    Ohhh that is just about the coolest thing! I wonder if I could do that to the camel? Now wouldn't he make just the cutest little chess piece? Hmmm I think I'm going to put off compost plans to go play!!! Kim


    I'm back...camels are much harder to miniaturize than flowers and gardens!


    Very cool. And getting inspiration from other blogs is a great thing - definitely not stealing!
    Regards, VW

    susan (garden-chick)

    Kim - yes, people and objects don't seem to work as well. I tried it on the picture of myself that's on my about page, and all I did was end up looking like I had bedhead (not the sexy kind, just the messy kind).

    VW - Just trying to get a little buzz going for myself. That edgy, outlaw Garden Chick, she really pushes the boundaries on garden blogging! Pass it on.


    re-purposed posts!
    how fun!
    I had a great time with the tilt shiftMaker, too. I have not posted it yet...I have photos of Japanese gardens, and the method was trippy with those.


    after I posted a comment here I saw your message! Well, thank you!


    RE the Garden Snob post (your site wouldn't let me post there - so I'm doing it here). I always thought garden snobs were people who didn't like plants just because they were too commonly planted, ie those that hate agapanthus because it's planted around every gas station in California. Having lived in California (Santa Clara) for just 3 years, I still adore agapanthus and am very excited for the new, hardier hybrids coming out. High Country Gardens has a white one supposedly hardy to zone 5 - my zone - though I'll probably have to find a warm miccroclimate in my yard to ensure its success. Guess I'll have to do a little envelope-pushing. . .
    Regards, VW


    That's amazing. Technology blows me away. Beautiful photos. I was fooled by the statue. I thought it was a person.


    Nice photos. I work in Photoshop often and I've seen many published tutorials on how to do the same technique. It reminds me of photos of small-scale models. Cool.


    This really a cool idea...I will see if I can do it, sometime. I can't seem to find time to do posts lately...and have a life at the same time:) So now, I know how to enlarge and miniaturize...hmm...does that make me a 'professional' photographer?!! Ah, no way:(
    Great post:)


    Very cool Susan! I never even heard of this before. And I really like the gardens, especially the tiered one. Very nice!

    rob (our french garden)

    hi Susan

    Great post. Tiltshift eh, think I'll be playing around with that.

    Great pics, your backyard looks beautiful.


    susan (garden-chick)

    Philip - looking forward to seeing your Japanese garden photos. That does sound like good subject matter for tiltshifting.

    Grace - thanks for stopping by! I actually like the miniaturized photos better. There's an interesting color and sharpness about them.

    Jim - I had seen photos treated like this before I realized how it was done and it made me wonder if I was actually seeing a photo of a scaled model. I love photoshop, but it is easy to get caught up and spend a lot of time messing with a photo. The tiltshift website is really fast.

    Jan - I hear you. All we bloggers need is yet another excuse to play at our computers.

    Tina - thanks for the compliment. That is one of my favorite gardens as well.

    Rob - Based on the photos I've seen on your site, I think you have a lot of good material for this process.

    susan (garden-chick)

    VW - Funny you should mention agapanthus, because one of my favorite plants is Agapanthus 'Summer Gold'. I use it in almost every design and have it in my front yard as well. I included it as one of my five favorite plants at my Association of Professional Designer's meeting last week, and I was a little self-conscious, as this plant is looked down upon as way too ordinary by most designers and serious gardeners.

    I'm not quite sure what I'm going to post in the garden snob category, but I like the idea there is a place where I can gently tweak myself and fellow gardeners and designers a tad. We do take ourselves awfully seriously on occasion.


    That's a fun software tool! I still use a view camera, one of those old-fashioned kinds with a bellows and a darkcloth that you hide under while you take the picture, for most of my "serious" photography. The things you can do in an analog way, including REAL tilting and shifting, are really cool, and they can give you amazing control over the final picture that even photoshop and a handheld camera can't. And if you have a camera with interchangeable lenses, there's a recent-ish invention called a lens baby that lets you do your own lens tilts. Don't get one, though, because you'd never get back to the garden!

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your neat experiments!


    Wow, I'll have to give that a go on Gimp, and see if I could recreate that effect. I love your Blog by the way...

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