jueves, 2 de mayo de 2013

The tilt shift wonders of the world! Photographer shrinks the globe's most spectacular sights with camera trickery

The Wonders of the World have always inspired awe in visitors. But if it's possible, these mind-bending photos of them will prompt more gasps.
Wonders of the world have been transformed into their mini-versions in a seven-year round the world adventure - that cost £20,000.
From ancient wonders like the legendary Acropolis of Greece and the stone heads of Easter Island to modern icons such as the famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York and London's Houses of Parliament - these are the mini-monuments that will dazzle you.
Other outstanding pictures include the Eiffel Tower made to look like a toy over the Paris, the jaw-dropping vista of Machu Picchu in Peru made tiny and while not technically a wonder the fun image of a dreamy landscape invaded by hot-air balloons has been included. By using a photo-processing method called tilt-shift, New York photographer Richard Silver, 51, spent £20,000 over seven-years to create the eye-popping visual feast from across the planet.
'In this picture-series you are traveling the world with me,' said Richard.
'Since 2006 everywhere I have travelled I take a few photos that will be tilt shift-ed and added to my portfolio. 'What I am trying to accomplish is to shrink-fit the world, one city at a time.
The globe-trotting snapper's master-plan is to one-day photograph every city on the planet using his quirky technique for making the epic become miniature.
For Richard it's the reaction of people who view his work that makes it all worthwhile.
'Most people are able to recognise the places that I photograph,' he said.
'When they recognise the location the smile that seeing my pictures brings to their faces makes all of my work worth doing. 'Some people don't believe me, even after I tell them that it is a real photograph with real people.
'My favourite question is 'is that a model or is that real?'. 'When that is asked, I accomplished what I set out to do.' Richard's work is on permanent display at the LaGrange Gallery, Georgia, USA.

A new view: The colossal Pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, in Egypt - which measures 241ft long - are given a new look in this mind-bending photo

The Pyramids in Giza, which covers an area of 566,000 sq ft, are transformed into its mini-versions in a seven-year round the world adventure

One of the most famous sights in the world, the Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, India, which took 20,000 workers to build, is given a fresh perspective through camera trickery

Chichen Itza, a pyramid built by the Maya civilization in a large pre-Columbian city in Mexico is part of the eye-popping visual feast from across the planet

A pair of fresh eyes: The Atlas Mountains, Morocco, which extend for 1,200 miles, appear peculiarly small because of the creative focus

Stonehenge in Wiltshire is Britain's largest prehistoric structure stretching for 10.5 hectares, the equivalent of 10 football pitches - but this picture makes it look like it's built from, pebbles, and not huge boulders

The Whitehouse in America measures 168 feet (51.2 meters) long 85 feet 6 inches (26.1 meters) wide without porticoes and are 152 feet wide with porticoes - but it looks like miniature version in this mind-bending picture

Mini models! The colourful houses that sprawl across Reykjavik, the largest city and capital of Iceland, look like they could be dolls houses

Made you look! Teotihuacan in Mexico appears tiny. The result can be achieved through a blurred focus and photographing a subject from a high angle

The famous Brooklyn Bridge in New York is dwarfed in this imaginative photo. By simulating a shallow field of depth, subjects can appear smaller than they are

At 28m, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, Brazil appears to be a fragment of its size - but this is all down to the photography trickery by Richard Silver

Some of the Monolithic Maoi statues of Easter Island reach 7m tall and have entranced the world for centuries - but they look positively miniscule in this image

The Acropolis in Athens has theatres, temples, sanctuarys and odeons - but in this picture it looks like it would struggle to hold a hundred visitors

The Western Wall - known as the Wailing Wall - in Israel, is about 485m long and much of it is hidden by the buildings adjoining it. But this extraordinary tilt-shift photo makes it look a tenth of its size

Toy town! The 15th century Inca site of Machu Picchu in Peru covers13-square metres and is built 7,970ft above sea level

The World Trade Center in America is a complex of skyscraper buildings. One building, once finished, will reach a huge height of 1,1776ft, making it the tallest structure in the states

It was largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It may be the largest amphitheatre in the world, but the Colosseum in Rome looks a fraction of its true size

The artificial archipelago of sprawling Dubai palm islands appear shrunken - but in reality they are so big they added 520km of beaches to the city

The Eiffel Tower in Paris looks like a toy in comparison to the 320m-tall structure - that is the same height as an 81-storey tower

The Great Wall of China may measure 13,170.69 miles and snake across the huge sub-continent, but this picture makes it look so small that it could be crossed in a day

The Hagia Sophia, Istanbul may be 82m long and 55m high, but it appears minute in this picture. The mosque and dome have entranced architects for years - but this picture makes it look as if visitors could circle it in minutes

Boudhanath Stupa in the Kathmandu region of Nepal is the largest stupa in Nepal and the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet - but its huge dome looks tiny from this persepctive

The magnificent Houses of Parliament, which holds Big Ben and is the most central government building in the UK, look like they're part of a small-scale model - right down to the tiny cars crossing Westminster bridge

Petra, the historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges - not that you'd know it from this picture

The Hemisphèric, at Santiago Calatrava¿s City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, is a sprawling complex - yet looks dainty after Mr Silver played with his camera's focus

The colourful streets of Tokyo, Japan, are renowned for their bustling pace and towering buildings - but this concrete jungle looks more like a playground in this photograph

The Halong Bay, Quang Ninh province, in Vietnam is known for its towering limestone karsts which thousands of tourists sail around - yet they look like a far smaller spectacle here

Hawaii beaches are known for their long stretches of sand that hug the coast - but during this seven-year trip the photographer - whose work is on display in Georgia - saw a different side to the sights

A bustling street in Korea looks like something out of a game - but the vehicles are actually navigating huge traffic arteries in the Asian country

At 65m high with its distinctive blue paint, London's Tower Bridge is one of the most well-known sights in the capital - but Richard Silver turns the tables on a well-known sight once again

This field of hot air balloons would typically fill the sky with brightly-coloured globes - but they look more like the size of water balloons here

The Mykonos Windmills are an iconic feature of the Greek island of the Mykonos. From as early as the 16th century one of the most recognized landmarks on the island, which is one of the Cyclades islands

Credits: Mail Online
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