Tilt-shift photography has become pretty popular late, but seeing it done right and to the effect like Sam O’Hare has done here reignites my love of the miniaturizing process. The film is composed of 35,000 raw NEF stills, and the effect was surprisingly all done in post processing and without a tilt-shift lens.

It is shot on a Nikon D3 (and one shot on a D80), as a series of stills. I used my Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 and Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 lenses for all of these shots. Most were shot at 4fps in DX crop mode, which is the fastest the D3 could continuously write out to the memory card. The boats had slower frame rates, and the night shots used exposures up to two seconds each. The camera actually has an automatic cut off after 130 shots, so for longer shots I counted each click and quickly released and re-pressed the shutter release after 130 to keep shooting.

Watch in full size and in HD to transport yourself to a New York only imagined.