Most likely you’ve already seen a lot of great tilt-shift photography examples lately, but you probably haven’t seen it done with famous paintings yet! If you are new to these photo manipulations, ‘tilt-shift‘ is a photography technique that gives a real-world scene the illusion of being a miniature model. It can be achieved in two ways: optically (with a special lens) or simulated in Photoshop (known as ‘miniature faking’), by adjusting a photograph’s contrast, color saturation, and depth of focus.

“It works quite well with regular photographs, so we decided to try it using classical paintings by famous artists to see what would happen…” Serena Malyon, a 3rd-year student at art school, took some of Van Gogh’s most beautiful Impressionist paintings and photoshopped them to achieve this amazing tilt-shift effect. The diorama illusion also has another effect – it makes Van Gogh’s work look like 3D paintings.

Serena has asserted that her creative photoshop techniques haven’t altered the classics in any way: “Nothing in any of these classical paintings been added or removed or had its proportions changed. The miniature effect is achieved simply by manipulating the light in the scene and adjusting the areas of the image that are more and less in focus, as you will see. This is all being done in fun, so don’t take it too seriously.”

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1. The Harvest, 1888

2. Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888

3. The Starry Night, 1889

4. Arles: View from the Wheat Fields, 1888


5. Field with Poppies, 1889

6. Landscape at Auvers after the Rain, 1890

7. Mountains at Saint-Remy, 1889

8. Pont de Langlois, 1888

9. Prisoners Exercising, 1890

10. Red Chestnuts in the Public Park at Arles, 1889

11. Snow-Covered Field with a Harrow, 1890

12. The Red Vineyard, 1888

13. Sunset: Wheat Fields Near Arles, 1888


14. Wheat Field with Rising Sun, 1889

15. View of Saintes-Maries, 1888

16. The Painter on His Way to Work, 1888