Seeing Chicago Like This Makes Me Want to Go Even More

I've always wanted to see Chicago. I just haven't had the chance yet. This gorgeous tilt-shift time-lapse of the city, taken by WGN TV, is more proof that I need to go. I will have your deep dish pizza.





Not being a photographer, I've been trying to figure out what properties are altered in tilt-shift photography that create the "miniature simulation" effect. I'm not asking about how these photos are taken, but about what properties are different in the image that makes us perceive it as mini.

The best understanding I can summon is that the shifting of the lens "undoes" the natural convergence of parallel lines due to angle and distance. With that convergence removed, our brains can only assume there is not enough distance to produce it, making it look miniature.

Am I anywhere close to the truth?