Gottardo Nord & Sud
September 19, 2012 8:35 AM   Subscribe

Trains in Switzerland's Ticino canton filmed with tilt-shift lenses: Gottardo Nord & Gottardo Sud.
posted by jontyjago (12 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Tilt-shift is the new auto-tune.
posted by outlandishmarxist at 8:47 AM on September 19, 2012 [2 favorites]

No, fake photoshop tilt-shift is the new auto-tune. Actual tilt-shift lenses are singing on key.
posted by Nelson at 8:54 AM on September 19, 2012 [6 favorites]

I've ridden this train through Ticino and it's absolutely beautiful. These videos remind me how lovely that part of Switzerland is, and the tilt-shift effect moves everything into instant nostalgia. A nice memory of our visit.

Coincidentally, there's a large model train museum in Ticino. I can't say it was the highlight of my visit but it is a pretty impressive collection.
posted by Nelson at 8:58 AM on September 19, 2012

I'm a bit late to the party on this, but can anyone explain or link to why this technique makes stuff look like little toys? Thanks
posted by colie at 9:51 AM on September 19, 2012

AskMeFi about tiltshift. Google to the rescue!
posted by nostrada at 10:01 AM on September 19, 2012

I had no idea there was a route through Ticino to the Neighborhood of Make Believe.
posted by whatgorilla at 10:02 AM on September 19, 2012 [1 favorite]

..where does he get all those wonderful toys?
posted by blue_beetle at 10:44 AM on September 19, 2012

The differences between a tilt-shifted photo* and a close-up photo of a model have made me idly wonder what would be necessary to build a giant camera with a giant lens.

Like, a black tent with fresnel lenses, projecting on a screen? Or could approximate it with a rig that took a grid of photos on an X Y plane and then combine them in post? I don't know enough about optics to say what would be necessary.

* For example, in this photo, the overhead flag is all in focus, while the background right behind it is not.
posted by RobotHero at 11:14 AM on September 19, 2012

That music is totally Sim City.
posted by Xoebe at 4:39 PM on September 19, 2012

My train-obsessed four year old loved these. Thanks!
posted by ambrosia at 5:47 PM on September 19, 2012

What is that music on the first video? Anyone know? I like it a lot.
posted by smoke at 6:20 PM on September 19, 2012

There are credits at the end of the video that name the music:

Dj Cam Quartet, New York New York

And Dave Brubeck - Take Five
posted by RobotHero at 10:50 AM on September 22, 2012 [1 favorite]

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