Tilt-Shifted: Surfing Tahiti & Coachella Festival

Posted on January 5, 2012

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Making the interwebs rounds –as these should– are recent tilt-shift photographs by Tim McKenna. They’re amazing, and certainly one of the better examples and uses for the tilt-shift practice.

Surfing at one of Teahupoo, Tahiti's infamous breaks. As seen through the tilt-shift lens of Tim McKenna.

Surfing at one of Teahupoo, Tahiti's infamous breaks. As seen through the tilt-shift lens of Tim McKenna.

For more about tilt-shift photography in the French Polynesia, visit McKenna’s site.

Looking for some tilt-shift gear, check out B&H.

About tilt-shift photography (and a sweet video, below):

“Tilt-shift” photography encompasses two different types of movements: rotation of the lens plane relative to the image plane, called tilt, and movement of the lens parallel to the image plane, called shift. Tilt is used to control the orientation of the plane of focus (PoF), and hence the part of an image that appears sharp; it makes use of the Scheimpflug principle. Shift is used to adjust the position of the subject in the image area without moving the camera back; this is often helpful in avoiding the convergence of parallel lines, as when photographing tall buildings.

From "Coachelletta," a tilt-shift time-lapse video by Sam O'Hare.

From "Coachelletta," a tilt-shift time-lapse video by Sam O'Hare.

Tilt Shift lenses are frequently used in architectural photography to control perspective, and in landscape photography to get an entire scene sharp. They can also be used to create a selective focus area to simulate a miniature scene. Outrigger canoes, small boats, jetskis and surfers are perfect subjects for this. This is the photographic effect Tim has been working on while flying around French Polynesia these last few years.

This is a great tilt-shift time-lapse video, titled “Coachelletta” by Sam O’Hare, from the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coachelletta from Sam O’Hare on Vimeo.

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