Your “Whoa, Dude” Moment for Today

Tilt-shift Van Gogh. You’re welcome.

16 Comments on “Your “Whoa, Dude” Moment for Today”

  1. Whoa. Dude.

    That’s pretty awesome, though on one of them – I think it was the wheat fields with sunrise – the tilt effect did something funky with the perspective. I felt like I was falling into that image – a little unsettling.

    But, overall, Van Gogh paintings are served really well by this photographic treatment. And, yes, I really did mutter “whoa, dude” on more than one occasion. Because, when impressed, I default to Keanu Reeves.

  2. Duuuude. Whoa. It’s like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood but, you know, with colors.

    I have to take issue with the way they treated Starry Night, though. For me the stars are the, um, stars of the painting. I’d have defocused the foreground and the village, and left the stars sharp. But what do I know?

  3. If we have tilt-shifted Van Gogh, perhaps we need to apply other overprocessing techniques to great painters. Anyone for Grainy Black and White Dutch Masters? Tinted Monochrome Picasso? HDR Monet?

  4. (Actually, the tilt-shift Van Gogh stuff was pretty neat, while my suggestions would only be amusing for their horribleness.)

  5. So now we are 3D converting classic works of art?

    Next a want a book with text that literally jumps off the page and scrolls off like the opening of Star Wars. I am SO over the whole page turning thing.

  6. Looks like Heaven in the movie version of What Dreams May Come.

    Nick@5: I for one intend to show Albert Bierstadt what’s what by running his landscapes through ProHDR.

    GL28144@7: “So now we are 3D converting classic works of art?” I’m pretty sure ViewMaster beat us by four or five decades.

  7. Do. Not. Want.
    I was trying to figure out why I couldn’t get my one good eye to focus properly – and then I figured out
    the trick they pulled. BAH. This is as bad as the 3D
    movies. When will folks figure out there are a LOT
    of us humans with monocular vision? This is wasted
    on us.

    Time for me to blink this out…

  8. Dude,

    How about his palette? He didn’t squeeze those colors out of a tube. And his figures. The prisoners walking with the self portrait.


  9. I have to say the idea is interesting, but the execution is amateur. We use variation of focus and color all the time when compositing movie and television advertising art. We just generally do not go to such extreme lengths.

  10. Jeff Hentosz@8
    Ha! Make sure to post the results…

    The more I think about this, the more I want to run “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” through all of the “art” filters that came with my E-P1. Hey, they’re called art filters, they must make art look better, right!

  11. Thanks for posting this, John. I think it was most fascinating to me because I’ve always been looking at Van Gogh’s technique, brushstrokes, color choices, etc. Looking at them this way made the subjects really stand out.

    It’s also interesting to see how others reacted to it. I don’t know why it continues to surprise me.

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