Today I thought I would share with you a really special project I’ve been working on lately, a 1″ scale model of Budapest’s Castle Hill!
Bwa ha ha ha … April Fools! Did I have you going for maybe just a split second?
Of course that’s actually the real Budapest, but I’ve used a new ‘effect’ available on PicMonkey to make it look miniature.
I’ve mentioned before that I do most of my photo editing on PicMonkey (I am not affiliated with them in any way, and this post is not sponsored by them). They have a free version, but I pay the extra $33 per year for the Royale version which gives me access to extra features such as this one. It’s worth every. single. penny.
They frequently come out with new stuff. Either new fonts, such as the Lato (budapest in) and Coffeebreak (miniature) that I used on this photo …
… or new effects that are just plain fun to play around with.
Recently they added the ‘miniature’ effect. Maybe you’ve seen this effect on TV commercials, where they make something normal size look like a miniature scene. Well, you know me and my uncontrollable attraction to anything miniature! So I pulled up some of the photos from my trip to Budapest in 2014 and started experimenting. I didn’t even save my first couple of attempts and I was ready to chuck it entirely, but then I read some of the tips (yes, when all else fails, read the instructions); use a photo with good depth (one that has a foreground and background) and is taken from slightly above the scene. As it turns out, I didn’t have very many photos that perfectly fit that description. This train photo turned out pretty cool, but doesn’t quite look miniature to me. If I had taken this from a little higher vantage point, it would have been awesome.
But this one is pretty cool, right? Those look like toy cars on a bridge.
This is so much fun!
Here is Spitz in miniature …
How about mini Passau?
And mini Melk …
Am I the only one who finds these highly entertaining?
If you find yourself with a little extra time on your hands this weekend, maybe you can make some mini-photos of your own!
8 thoughts on “miniature budapest.”
Looking at miniatures…houses, cities, railways…that people construct is always fascinating because of the amount of detail included. While the finished product is fun to see, I think you have found the ultimate way to have it all; great miniatures in minimal time!
Very cool! It’s pretty amazing what they come up with. Wonder of this would make mini-me’s too? Or does it only work on buildings, etc? I can see using this feature on a Christmas scene to make Chrustmas cards ….
Great idea for Christmas cards! That could be really fun.
What fun! Perhaps you should teach a class in pic monkey so we can do all these fun things with our pictures. (I’ll bring the adult beverages!)
I believe adult beverages should be required for any sort of computer class!
They did come out pretty cool. Now I’ll come to your house when I like the royal techniques. I just have the free settings.