This was one of the test frames for what will be a short time-lapse video of Las Vegas.
I have seen this technique used many times, but had never tried it myself. When some nice defused light moved in during the day while we were in Las Vegas this past April I thought I would give it a try. This is done by using a wide aperture for a narrow depth of field on a tilt / shift lens. By tilting the lens and moving the narrow band of focus part way into the frame, you can achieve this trippy look that makes everything look miniature. If you don’t have a tilt / shift lens, you can kind of do the same thing by adding blur in Photoshop – I think this has gotten even easier with the new version of Photoshop, CS6 but I haven’t upgraded yet. Probably a project for this weekend.