The Whole Picture: Machu Picchu Tilt Shift

| August 1, 2011 | 5 Comments
machupicchutiltshift The Whole Picture: Machu Picchu Tilt Shift

Tilt-shift of the 'Lost City of the Incas'

This week’s photo incorporates tilt shifting. Tilt-shift style miniature photos are simply photos of real life scenes that are made to look like miniature scale models. This is done using either a special camera lens (one with tilt capability), or with software, instead of a special lens.

The subject of course is Machu Picchu, situated above the Urubamba Valley in Peru, which is 80 km northwest of Cuzco and through which the Urubamba River flows. Often referred to as “The Lost City of the Incas”, it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. Prefer to see a non-doctored image of Machu Picchu? Click here.

Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’  are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Picture‘ irregulary.  Like all of our photos, it is an original photo not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from the archive that we haven’t posted yet.

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  1. Matt McGee says:

    That’s really cool. I’ve seen tilt shift lenses on photo websites, but never really knew what they are used for. I may have to try this via the editing software route. It really does make it look like a Machu Picchu play set. Thanks for posting…

  2. Kirk says:

    Great photo and technique..didn’t know there was a such thing as Tilt Shift. Was this developed for a particular usage and are those types of lens expensive?

  3. Andrea says:

    Wow – love this – such a different photo of Machu Picchu!

  4. @wftristan says:

    Nice Shot – I do a lot of photography and am not normally overly keen on tilt shift but this is good.
    Saying that I have been doing more of it with the rise of Iphone apps such as leme cam which does have a nice tilt shift option.

    great shot


  5. Jonathan says:

    Yep – the other comments are spot on. Tilt shift has been done-to-death recently, particularly on documentary programmes!!! But it is normally standard street scenes with cars. We’ve never seen anything like this before of a famous (iconic) historical site. This is a unique and interesting take on tilt shift.

    Was this a post-edit?

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