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Monday, September 12, 2016

Tilt Shift Miniature effect: Murfree Spring

Tilt Shift Miniature effect: Murfree Spring

A couple of years ago, I enhanced my digital camera collection when I got a good deal on a used Canon Powershot SX40 HS. (This camera will be my backup to complement my dSLR.) It has a couple of toy settings, and perhaps the one I will play with the most is Tilt Shift Miniature Effect.

If this is new to you, it's a camera trick to make he subject of your photo look like a miniature. Now, the camera can perform this trick when you take the picture. A few years ago, I dabbled in this as something you could do in post processing. Before photoshop, there were expensive specialty tilt shift lenses you had to purchase to do it. Essentially, by blurring the top and the bottom area of the photo, your mind is tricked into thinking you're looking at something small.

Regarding the subject of this photo: In the early 19th Century, the town of Murfreesboro was established not far from the town spring. Time passed, and the city expanded; eventually the spring was forgotten as several new developments encroached on the area. Starting in 2002, with the building of the Discovery Center nearby, the city and local parks department brought the spring back to its former glory and developed the Murfree Spring Wetlands. This spring emerges from the end of a 70 foot cave.

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