Wednesday, April 20, 2011

My New WIP Setting, Tilt-Shift Style!

What's tilt-shift? It's a type of photography that I haven't officially tried, but you can fake it in Photoshop. Basically, it makes the photo kind of look like you took a picture of miniatures or a model set.

It's probably not a surprise to most of you that the new story I'm working on is set in Italy. I've been going through all my travel photos for inspiration, and I've been playing with them in Photoshop to give them a fun twist--the tilt-shift twist! It works better on some than others, but either way, it brings a new life to the photos. Fresh and fun. Enjoy!

My MC starts out in Rome

And eventually she settles in Cinque Terre because, well, if you've ever been there, you know how hard it is to leave.

View from her window in Riomaggiore

 Makes me ache to go back. I told Handy I was working on a new story set in Italy and the first thing out of his mouth was, "And I suppose you have to go back for research now?" HA! I wish we could! I'll have to settle for sifting through all the photos and maps and travel guides I collected back when I was planning. Sigh. 

What about you? Do you use photos for inspiration? Ever set one of your stories in a place you went on vacation because you loved it so?! 


  1. 1st. Now i want to go back to italy too! Good times.
    2nd. i LOVE LOVE LOVE how those photos look with the tilt-shift style. Huge Applause!

  2. Those photos are lovely. What a wonderful place to set a story. I am inspired by photos when I write some of the time. Mostly dreams though.

  3. Gorgeous photos! I often set my stories in places I'd LIKE to go, lol - but I've heard it's better to write what you know. :)

  4. Those are stunning photos. I haven't put my characters into one of my vacation spots; but maybe I haven't been anyplace exciting enough yet. ;)
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  5. oooh, the Rome setting sounds lovely! Nothing better than some Italy or France to bring up the atmosphere.

  6. WHOA! That's so cool! It DOES look like a model set! I am super confused at how that works. lol

    Great setting for a book. Can't wait to read it! *hint hint* :)