Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mash Ups AKA James Bond's Fake Tilt Shift 'Fake-a-roid Mobile

One of the things you can do with the iPhone and iPhone photography is something they like to call "mash-ups" on the interwebs. Basically, the way it works is you take the output from one program and pump it into another. So, for instance, I can first make a fake tilt-shift picture and then take a fake-a-roid of that, making an entirely new beast (from all of the parts.)

In fact, I did that here with this picture. It started out a "straight" image of an Aston Martin. Now, Aston Martins are very cool cars indeed, but this picture? Not so much. It was completely lacking in the cool department, I must say. So, iPhone apps to the rescue!

After babbling yesterday about the iPhone's handy TiltShift application, I first used that to blur out the unwanted bits of the picture. If you use the tilt-shift stuff the right way, you can get wonderful blurry stuff and, well, you all know how I feel about blur (love it!) So, I started with that. This image has a lot of midtone colors, with a lot of greens (grass, trees, and the like) so it's a good candidate for extreme blur.

Then, I decided I still had a bit of unwanted "foof" in the outskirts of my image, so I Fake-A-Roided it. I took my TiltShifted image and put it through the ShakeIt Polaroid app, to generate a nice square little mash-up image that you see here.

It's not exactly tilt-shift (not really, right?) and it's not exactly a good fake-a-roid, but it's kind of an interesting shot, maybe because it's a little bit of both. All I can say now is that I hope James Bond would be proud and leave it at that.

If you've got any ideas for mash-ups (or anything you would like me to try) please either email me or leave some comment droppings in the comments for me.

Until next time...

2 comments:

mythopolis said...

Oooh. Since I don't have an Iphone, I don't understand a lot of what you are describing lately. All my kids have Iphones....I don't understand them either!

Carol said...

Don't worry, Mythopolis! I'll be back to "normal" photos at some point. Sometime soon, I promise.