Foggy Effect


In my failed attempt to create fake tilt shift effect, I ended up with foggy, moody photos.

Looking at tilt-shift pictures, they have basically the same characteristics. An image that is clear in the middle and blurry on the top and bottom areas. If you shoot form a higher plain, looking down, this is supposed to create some sort of miniature effect.

As much as I wanted to try this, I was not diligent enough to trouble myself about preparing contraptions to be attached to my camera. I wanted it the easy (but fake) way. Also, I wanted to use my LC-A+.

Thinking that all I need to do is to be able to blur the upper and lower portions of an image, I figured that a DIY filter would do the trick.

1. I took a piece of transparency and cut it into a small size; enough for my purpose.
2. With the use of a pin, I produced multiple pin marks all over the transparency, without having to bore holes.
3. I cut the transparencies in half and attached one on the upper 1/3 of the lens opening and the other half on the lower 1/3.
4. I loaded the LC-A+ with film and shot subjects that I thought would look good in tilt-shit.

Considering my goal, it was an epic fail! The closest I got to the desired miniature effect was this:

…which isn’t that close at all.

However, the entire roll wasn’t exactly a complete disaster. Somehow, the DIY filter I prepared gave my photos a different and unexpected character. All photos looked as though they were taken on a foggy day. I kindda like it! What do you think?

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written by renenob on 2011-11-08 #gear #tutorials #camera #filter #foggy #tipster #lomography #effect #lc-a #add-on


  1. revolte
    revolte ·

    Some photos have a dreamlike aura. Congratulations!

  2. josemanuelerre
    josemanuelerre ·


  3. disasterarea
    disasterarea ·

    nice experiment

  4. libeccio
    libeccio ·

    Well, even if you consider it as an epic fail, I think you did an awsome work! I mean, look at the first pic! It's amazing! I love it and I'm going to try the same effect with my cats as subjects. :)

  5. kdstevens
    kdstevens ·

    Have you tried a Lensbaby, yet? I've been playing with one the past few weeks and am addicted!

  6. renenob
    renenob ·

    @kdsteves - just checked the lensbaby site, impressive! What camera do you use with it? Can I see some of the results?

  7. lovebuck
    lovebuck ·

    very cool!

  8. coolsigg
    coolsigg ·

    Not bad at all! Nice!

  9. kingt4
    kingt4 ·

    These are awesome photos! I dig them! Honestly though, I think you are close to getting it. If you look close, you can see a little soft around the edges of the frame and sharpness in the middle. I'd keep experimenting. Try one piece of transparency that covers the entire lens and cut a hole in the middle about half the size of the lens or smaller and then really scratch up the transparency, pinholes, steel wool, whatever works to get it done. Then, try to shoot in lower light situations to make your LC-A use the f/2.8 it will open up to. That will be the hard part since it's automatic. I used to own a lensbaby and have always wanted to create that look with the lomo cameras. Great article and thanks for the ideas!

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