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Toying Around With Washington

I'm a sucker for tilt-shift photograpy. That's where you get oddly captivating photos by using special lenses to make big things look small and toylike.

Lacking as I do an airplane to take aerial photos, a special lens and any photographic talent, I despaired of every being able to do it myself. Then I came across this story in the Telegraph on how to make fake tilt-shift photographs. Basically, you grab an image from a mapping Web site (Multimap seems to work best), upload it to the TiltShift Maker Web site, move a few sliders around and--voila!--you are an artiste. It's a great time waster. Here are a few Washington scenes that I did this morning, starting with the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church:

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Here's the National Gallery of Art:

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And here's L Street NW, including The Post building:

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I'm sure you can do much better. If you create any cool examples, e-mail them to me: kellyj@washpost.com.

M.J. R.I.P.
Here's a photo of a different kind, a bit of graffiti I spotted at the Brookland-Catholic University Metro station yesterday:


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Wow, that was pretty fast. But I guess when you're a vandal, you have to work fast.

I should be back later in the day with more news from the Radical Civility front.


By John Kelly  |  June 30, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Photos of Washington  
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