Van Gogh Tilt Shift

There are some fantastic examples of tilt shift photography all over the internet, making everyday scenes from the world look like tiny replica models or toy sets.  It is a fairly simple technique, though hard to judge and execute perfectly even using Photoshop (you can even achieve similar effects with built in focus sliders that Instagram has within the app itself).

The idea is to tweak an image’s colour and depth of focus (see tutorial here for more of an explanation) to achieve the desired effect.  When the same technique was applied to works of art, that’s paintings and not photographs, it really caught my eye.

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The tilt shift technique has been applied to some classic works of art by Vincent van Gogh, transforming even the most recognisable of his masterpieces into something new.  By adjusting the focus of the painting (presumably much to the annoyance of van Gogh!) it draws out key features and brings to life aspects of the image you may not have noticed before.

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Some elements that were deliberately painted as background features by van Gogh are now brought out so that we see them as the main feature.

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Wonderful stuff.

These are just some of my favourites from the set that has been manipulated, but there is a whole tilt shift collection to see over on Art Cyclopedia.

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9 Responses to “Van Gogh Tilt Shift”


  1. 1 artmoscow January 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    It is a fun. Both to see and, I assume, to play with the paintings. But it kills VG’s ideas )

  2. 3 stephanissima January 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    These are so cool! People can be so creative

  3. 4 stitchesinlife January 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I love new perspectives on existing art. This just takes it to another level.

    And Van Gogh will always be one of my great loves.

  4. 5 Gemma Lily January 27, 2013 at 4:54 am

    I always wondered how this was done! So cute!

  5. 6 Gemma Lily January 27, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Reblogged this on Archvillainess and commented:
    Wondered how this was done…must try once I get back to playing with my cameras.

  6. 7 best monetizing techniques 2013 January 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

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  7. 8 semsen February 25, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    really Love the idea! very creative and we can say it’s a beautiful inspiring art…
    although I think it shouldn’t be related to Van Gogh.. :/


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