Tilt-shift photography wasn't invented to transform real world scenes into small scale models, but who's complaining? Here are 15 faked miniatures, by you.

Winner: Tiny Texas Tech

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

My first Shooting Challenge. Stadium architecture always fascinates me. Photo of Jones AT&T Stadium on the campus of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi; Lens: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6; Shot at 18mm F/11 ISO 100 1/8s Exposure. I used Photoshop CS6's tilt shift effect with a little iris blur included. Also upped the saturation a bit.

- Jason Angoy


La Tuna

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

I hike every week on La Tuna Canyon, and from there I can see the 210 in all its glory. Usually sunsets over La Tuna are gorgeous but it did not worked for a sunset photo today.

I used my Canon 70D, a Lensbaby with Edge 80, f2.8, 1/640, ISO100, I also used Photoshop for some adjustments.

- Alecio de Paula


Leukerbad From Above

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

After staying at the historical Berghotel Schwarenbach in Switzerland, our next stop was Leukerbad. A two-hour hike led us to the awe-inspiring Gemmi Pass that looks down on Leukerbad.
Shot on Canon T4i / Canon 24mm 1.4 L : f9.0 1/125 ISO 100. Tilt-Shift effect done in Photoshop.
- Brandan Gajic

The Littlest Lighthouse

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

Shot with Nikon D5200; Sigma lens 70-300 f/ 8.0 1/500 sec ISO 200. Tilt-shift effect added in Fotor, contrast adjustments made in Lightroom

- Chris Hollis


Toy Car Gas Station

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

It was a cold, grey day, so there wasn't much color available. However this gas station stood out. I created the tilt-shift effect with GIMP.

Canon T3; 50 mm/f 1.8 lens; ISO 400; f 6.3; 1/320 sec

- Christopher Sears


Svetonedeljski Breg

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

This picture was taken on a break, from riding a bike, on place Svetonedeljski Breg, Croatia. Day was windy with dull sky, as you can see on image

Camera is Olympus E-PL1 and lens is beautiful Sigma 30mm 2.8.

- Ivan Vranic


The Street

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

Couldn't find anywhere where I could get an above view of town, so I had to settle for a ground view. Applied the tilt shift effect with photoshop.

Camera: Canon T3; EFS 18-55 kit lens; f/5; ISO 100; 1/125 exposure

- Jason Dennett


Mini Miami

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

South Beach, Port of Miami, boaters and a small patch of reef line up nicely to show case the many dimensions the city of Miami can offer.

Sony NEX 7, Minolta 50mm F1.4, Minolta to NEX tilt adapter. F2.8, ISO 100, 1/1000

- Jason Mauricio


Bitty Beach

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

- Lou Diamond


Mechanical Mod

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

Shot of my Mechanical Mod (Ecig) on my work desk. Mod is a Sentinel M16 in 18350 mode with a Kanger ProTank II.

Shot with a Samsung Galaxy S3 (Sprint model) running CM 11; ISO set to Auto. MP set to 8. Touch focus set to 5 sec. Image Quality set to Superfine. Tilt Shift Effect added using Pixlr Express. Pixlr Express was also used for adjusting the ambiance to 100%. Lighting is natural office lighting

- Matt Weed


Green River

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

It's that time of year in Chicago. This was the first time I went to see the dying of the Chicago River and it was an awesome experience! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Canon 5D MarkIII; ISO 400; f/ 3.2; 1/500

- Michael Durr


View From a Hilltop

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

I took this shot from Hilltop Park in Signal Hill California overlooking the city.

I took the shot using a Rextar 85-205mm f3.8 telephoto Lens adapted to Sony NEX E mount using my Sony NEX-3N at 130mm Zoom. The Tilt-Shift effect was added in Adobe Photoshop as well as color saturation and contrast adjustments to create the plastic toy feeling.

- Ryan Derbyshire


San Gabriel Mountains

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

I was up in the San Gabriel Mountains looking down on Hwy 39, when I thought of how much this stretch of road reminded me of one of those Hot Wheels tracks I had when I was a kid. I waited for a sports car to drive by, but my patience waned quickly before seeing one.

Canon T3i, EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS II, 39mm, 1/90 sec f/11, ISO 100. Applied the tilt-shift technique in Ps CS6 and increased the saturation and contrast a bit to give it a more plasticky feel.

- Ryan Roppel


1:87 Winter

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

In the waiting room at one of the Mayo Clinic buildings in Rochester Minnesota, I noticed a pretty impressive vista and made a mental note to grab a shot of it later.

It wasn't until the next day that I remembered to grab my iPhone 5S and take a photo, but by this time the snow was obscuring most of the distant landscape. So, I later combined the blur of the tilt-shift with the natural haziness of the snow to salvage what was supposed to be a cool shot of a vista.

- Tim Piper


Himalaya Flight

15 Faked Miniature Photographs

Typically, tilt shift photos I've seen are clicked from above the subject of interest. Here reversal of the convention has been experimented with the miniaturisation of the already tiny nuns against the backdrop of the Mighty Himalayas. They were walking to or from their monastery when they stopped to watch the descent of a paraglider in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India.

Tilt shift option from Fantasia Painter app applied on photograph clicked using cellphone Nokia Lumia 920.

- Marisha Sharma

It's remarkable how simple it is to hack our perception, isn't it? Excellent entries all around. Find the big versions on flickr.