A Tilt-shift View of Eureka Springs

I have written a couple of posts about using my tilt-shift lens set up recently. I wrote about using the technique to give motion and focus to a country road, and used it to take some portraits of an old friend. I thought I would do a post how tilt-shift is typically used. The tilt-shift lens can be angled so that it is not parallel to your camera’s sensor – this gives you a slice of focus and changes the perspective of your shot slightly. It is mostly used to give a feel of miniaturized cityscapes. I don’t live in a city so I went to a scenic overlook in town. It’s a tree covered area that is about midway between the bottom of the hollow that is Main Street and the top of the ridge where the Crescent Hotel sits. Shooting through trees makes it tougher than the shots you typically see – classic tilt-shift is shot from high above and focuses on the tiny details below. It’s all manual – you tilt then focus by hand. You can set the shutter speed and ISO in camera, but the rest is all done by the photographer.

Here’s a little tour of the city I call home at just past the peak colors of autumn – Eureka Springs, Arkansas, one of America’s favorite SMALL towns. All of these shots were taken from the East Mountain Overlook, facing west.

So what do you think of tilt-shift photography – is it interesting or does it make you dizzy?

28 thoughts on “A Tilt-shift View of Eureka Springs

  1. I’m still formulating my thoughts on tilt lens pics, so here you go. It’s a tool to use to increase or decrease attention on a specific part, or parts, of a picture, much like manipulating shutter speed or aperture for depth of field. Blur can add or detract from the picture,depending on its use. I agree with some, it can be dizzying, but maybe that will decline with more use. Tilt lens just creates a different blur. Does that make any sense?

  2. WOW!!! I keep coming back to all your fall pictures because of the colors, sometimes just sitting and staring. I love your fall pictures. It’s ALMOST like being there. So much better than our Ohio fall colors. The pictures make my day better and I’m glad you captured the best of fall for us to enjoy all year.

    • You know Greg, my first Ohio autumn was the first time I saw real color. Mostly orange maples, but still so much more that Vegas or Klamath. Here the variety is so wonderful – red dogwoods, orange maples, yellow mulberries and oaks. It’s a feast. I feel myself smile driving through it. Sadly most if the color is in the ground now.

      • The colors may be on the ground, but you have them recorded to be able to visit again on the coming cold,wintery days when the scenery seems so bleak. They will make my winter better.

  3. I travellled America in November (many years ago!!) and the vivid reds in the foliage is the one thing that always brings back fond memories of that trip. We do not get the red autumn colours here. Thanks for this post.

    • The reds and the oranges are my favorites – I just love them. I grew up in the desert where the leaves just became brown and fell – this is the best part of the year here. Just driving home makes me smile.

  4. Your header looks like a Peter Max paint-by-numbers image. I love the colors and the glow of the lights outside the building.

  5. I think it makes me a wee bit too dizzy, but then I do have a problem with intermittent vertigo and balance. I can’t scroll quickly through sites on the computer either. So I wouldn’t take too much notice of my comment.

    The Autumn colours in your area are just magnificent – you must look forward to this season every year.

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