Making big things small

I often say that one dream of every scientist is to make small things giant (ie, spiders) and giant things small (ie, elephants). Or maybe that’s just me.

tilt-shift1I can’t quite fulfill my dream with living creatures, yet, but I can do it with pictures. Tilt-shift photography is a method to transform normal photos into pictures of miniatures. I used this tutorial to make the pictures above and below. I’m not sure if it worked out? The picture above was taken when I was in Venice a couple of years ago. A certain reader should recognize the picture below as taken from the Frankfurt train station in the early morning (from when I visited Frankfurt/Heidelberg).

If you have a hankering for more of these, check out this spectacular collection of tilt-shift photography and videos.


One thought on “Making big things small

  1. This is taking it to a new level of smallness:

    “PARIS (AFP) – In 1966, the movie “Fantastic Voyage” recounted the tale of doctors who are miniaturised along with a submarine and injected into the body of a Soviet defector, sailing up his bloodstream to destroy a brain clot that imperils the VIP’s life.

    The improbable storyline — and the equally improbable casting of sex icon Raquel Welch as a scientist in a wetsuit — invited the audience to suspend their disbelief and enjoy a good sci-fi romp.

    More than 40 years later, some of the futuristic potential of “Fantastic Voyage” has taken a step closer to realisation, thanks to a remarkable achievement in miniaturisation unveiled on Tuesday.

    There’s no submarine or Raquel Welch, but instead a motorised robot that its inventors believe is small enough to be injected into the human bloodstream.

    One day, the remote-controlled bot could carry sensor equipment for observation work, relaying images back to surgeons.

    Or it could become a tiny surgeon, cutting away blood clots, reaming out clogged arteries or repairing damaged tissue, its inventors hope.

    The “microbot” measures just a quarter of a millimetre, or “two or three human hairs wide,” said lead scientist James Friend, from the Nanophysics Laboratory at Monash University, Australia.”

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