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this is pretty cool. i think these photos look so much like photos of models because of the way the tilt-shift lens emulates a shallow depth of field. usually in photography this effect of two out of focus background and foreground this dramatic only happens on things that are pretty small and close together, like a model, not on things that are far apart like cites. this has always been the mark of a good model photographer, mastering control of depth of field to emulate the non-miniature world. that why often times it is so obvious in movies that use minatures that it is not real no matter how well designed the miniature set is.
i think it is pretty interesting that our brains can recognize a weird quirk of optics as making something real or not real. kind of a good lesson that video game and CG effects guys learned a while ago.
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