Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Kiev in Miniature


No Scavenger Hunt Sunday today, unfortunately.

The weather this past week has kept me cooped up in the house with little desire to wade through the puddles and mud to take photos!

But I did find something photography related that had me very interested this week.

I have known about tilt shift photography for a few years now and it always intrigued me. I think that miniaturized view is so creative.

I came across this time-lapse video of tilt shift photography (or the effect, anyway) over Kiev, Ukraine on Petya’s blog.

I was captivated.

Tilt shift lenses produce a very shallow depth of field. This can result in making a scene look somewhat miniature in scale. Other times, such as in this video, the effect is produced after the fact in post-processing. However it is done, the effect is awesome.

The creators of MiniLook Kiev (Efim Graboy & Daria Turetski) had this to say:

We shot MiniLook Kiev with Canon 550D, during 5 days and 2 nights, shot over 25,000 frames,
from all of them we used about 4,500. The post-production was the hardest part of the creation, it took us a few good months, but finally it’s done!

I am thinking about attempting a video of my own when I get back to Sofia. I have a few months to learn how to produce the effect in Photoshop!

Oh, and how charming is Kiev? Another city on my bucket list!

{hopefully} I’ll be back with a SHH next week.



9 thoughts on “Kiev in Miniature

  1. I love this! I visited Kiev a few years ago, it’s great to see this perspective!

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  4. That’s such a cute video! My ancestors came from a tiny village that no longer exists on the outskirts of Kiev. I really want to visit one day!

  5. One thing that is really interesting about the tilt shift photography concept is that it really does captivate you. The MiniLook Kiev video is amazing. I loved the background music which blends with the miniature views. Although it took so several months to create this video the end product is enjoyable. As you embark on your tilt shift photography video I wish you good luck with your work and I’ll be looking forward to have a look at the video.

  6. I just wanted to thank you for writing this article on Kiev. I liked reading it. Best wishes, Steffi 🙂

  7. Good Luck with your photography! I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award-

  8. So cool! I love tile shift and the way they used stills with a longer time gap between them to make the action jerky as if was animation was so clever 🙂

    The only problem with pp tilt shift is that it blurs the top and bottom of the shot rather than blurring foreground and background leaving the middle in focus. It means you have to carefully choose the shot to avoid too many tall buildings which fill the whole height of the shot as when the base and top of the same tower is out of focus it doesn’t look right if you notice it. I guess part of the trick is to not use too many like that and the ones you do, make sure there is enough action in the focussed part to draw the eye so it doesn’t notice. That was a very clever film, it would be cool if you could do one like it of Bulgaria!

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