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Nostalgic images combine miniatures and real-life backdrops

By dpreview staff on Nov 25, 2013 at 21:07 GMT
Forced Perspective Photos Evoke Mid-Century America
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Forced Perspective Photos Evoke Mid-Century America

Setup shot of the previous image. Michael Paul Smith, December 1, 2012.

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Total comments: 37
jtan163
By jtan163 (1 month ago)

Great work - really nice models, especially the buildings - imagine they were scratch built, not kits.

These are models, but the shot with the Model T's(?) reminds me of something that always fascinates me when I see photos of old city streets - how wide the roads seemed to be in the early 20th Century.

You see shots like the one in this set, but also real shots from life in places like London, NYC etc and the streets appear to be wide enough for 10-15 vehicles accross -even wider sometimes.

Remembering that 10 or so years before those days it was horse and cart it kinda makes you wonder why the roads were so wide.

I'd imagine if you equate a semi trailer with a horse and cart today's equivilants would have to be over 100m wide.
Pity they went away.

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Chris_Downunder
By Chris_Downunder (5 months ago)

Amazing work.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

Nicely seen, nicely done!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (5 months ago)

Not sure what the actual purpose behind these shots is? I mean, there are plenty of available photos of 1950s era automobiles available that were taken in the 1950s. These are different (better?) -- how? Not trying to be difficult, mind you, I am just really "not getting" these ones here.

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inframan
By inframan (5 months ago)

Forget it. You'd need a little imagination to understand.

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woonwoon1
By woonwoon1 (5 months ago)

Did you read the article and understand how these photos are made. the car are all small-scale models photographed to seem life-size, without the toyish look.

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T3
By T3 (5 months ago)

Ignore him. Francis is just trying to be difficult, as always. He doesn't "get" a lot of things. LOL.

His comment is like asking why people get into model railroads, when there are plenty of perfectly fine real railroads out in the world! LOL.

And yes, there are people who are into model railroad photography, too.
http://www.modelrailroadphotography.com/

He probably doesn't "get" that either. What, exactly, is there to "get" about any hobby that gives people pleasure and enjoyment?

Or lets take it even closer to home: what's the point of any of us doing photography when a bazillion photos already exist? ("These are different (better?) -- how?") What's the point of taking a picture of a flower if there are already countless great flower photos available, and many of them probably look a heck of a lot "better"? It's simply because we just enjoy doing it. What else is there to "get" about that? Anyone who is "not getting" it is either being difficult, or just weird.

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glennwith2
By glennwith2 (5 months ago)

Absolutely brilliant - had me fooled completely. I'm wondering if I could use focus stacking to get enough dof with a FF camera?

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jtan163
By jtan163 (1 month ago)

Can't you just stop down?
I'm confused by what you mean.

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (5 months ago)

Excellent!

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Sonyshine
By Sonyshine (5 months ago)

Brilliant work, I have enjoyed following his Flickr stream, well worth visiting.

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APenza
By APenza (5 months ago)

Would have completely fooled me had I not seen how the photographer set up the shot. Very nice indeed. Now if only I stil had those model cars and planes I built as a kid so long ago.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (5 months ago)

incredible .. unbelievable .. and very inspirational!!!

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deluk
By deluk (5 months ago)

For some additional views and more inside info on how they were taken, have a look here. Using Bing translate is useful.

http://irkar.livejournal.com/25223.html

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (5 months ago)

Good stuff. Keep it coming...

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fnannini
By fnannini (5 months ago)

Truly amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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JohnEwing
By JohnEwing (5 months ago)

Excellent!

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artistguy
By artistguy (5 months ago)

Just shows that creative photography lives between the ears, not in the next to be released gear upgrade.

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Johannes Zander
By Johannes Zander (5 months ago)

Cool!
Is this also called tabletop photography?

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

Usually referred to as dioramas, the first of which not built for photographs; boxes with models and painted backgrounds viewed through a peep hole. They were very popular during the Victorian Era.

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migus
By migus (5 months ago)

Plan, thought, work, dedication... thank you for these results!

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obeythebeagle
By obeythebeagle (5 months ago)

Brilliant. Fun and have not seen it before.

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mrdc76
By mrdc76 (5 months ago)

Well, I bet you have: this technique must have been used in many, many movies before CGI and green screen took over.

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

mrdc76: true but those were studio constructions and did not play upon the perspective relationship between the diorama and real backgrounds. Of course did share incredibly detailed model making.

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b craw
By b craw (5 months ago)

An odd stillness of tone; immaculate silences - common or mysterious.

Really enjoy these images.

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jwkphoto
By jwkphoto (5 months ago)

This is great and beautifully photographed!

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Gerard Hoffnung
By Gerard Hoffnung (5 months ago)

I love classic cars and these shots capture the feel of the era of the models.
Almost as impressive is that there are no whining complaints about something or other (so far).

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sixtiesphotographer
By sixtiesphotographer (5 months ago)

Superbly done!

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contadorfan
By contadorfan (5 months ago)

Love these! And shot with a mid level point & shoot too -- wonderful!

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photogeek
By photogeek (5 months ago)

Very cool, and very creative.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (5 months ago)

He even has the color palette down. These are great.

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Murat Sahan
By Murat Sahan (5 months ago)

Very cool indeed. Thanks for sharing and an extra + for the behind the scenes pictures.

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BBking83
By BBking83 (5 months ago)

Very nice! And yes, thanks for sharing. :)

He can't have used a FF camera. The DoF is too wide!! ARGH!!

NOT ENUFF BOKEH!!!

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kwa_photo
By kwa_photo (5 months ago)

Incredibly cool!!! WOW! I love it, unique, well done and fun to see. I'd love to see more behind the scenes :-)

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Ian Leach
By Ian Leach (5 months ago)

Beautifully done

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Apewithacamera
By Apewithacamera (5 months ago)

Cool!

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slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (5 months ago)

These are great, thanks for sharing.

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