I love doing these It's so much fun. But I found that whenever I go anyplace over 10 stories tall I start to think in "tilt shift" mode and try to find stuff that'll look cool in "miniature mode"!! These are great shots. How did you get the shot of the suburb? Was it out of a plane?
As far as I know, tilt shift can be done using special tilt-shift lenses, lensbaby or using software. I've done it using software and it's all about miniature faking. You can get much better efect when you work on pictures taken from higher angle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miniature_faking
What you need to do:
1. take a photo :tongue: (taken from higer angle works better)
2. boost color saturation ( try to boost some contrast too)
3. blur two sides of photo (to produce bokeh, or shallow depth of field)
4. add vignette if you want
As for my photos, suburbs photo is taken in Vegas from around 900 ft above the ground (Stratosphere)
NYC was taken from Empire state building, several photos stitched to panorama, and then tilt shift effect was applied.
Am I understanding tilt-shift correctly? It makes very large scale subjects appear to be miniture because it imparts a depth of field that is not possible with a normally mounted lens at that range.
Using the above images as an example, is it possible without tilt-shift to take a photo from a couple miles away with a depth of field of a block? A tilt-shift mount does this by tilting the focal plane relative to the sensor/film plane.