Space, on tilt

Tilt-shift photography relies on the neat effects of moving the lens of the instrument to capture the whole of a subject without the distortion of perspective lines, which leads to a 3-D effect of seeing a photo subject as a miniature that can be “moved” around in the photo field of focus.

While we lack such tilt-shift lenses in space, digital post-processing can mimic this effect, and give us a sense of cosmic objects like the Horsehead Nebula or the Andromeda Galaxy as “miniatures” that we can manipulate.  Some find this miniaturization of the Universe comforting; I find it makes the object more “real” and embraceable as actual structures.  To each, his/her own, in this cosmos.

Tadpole Galaxy - wonder what it will look like when it grows up Photo credit: Hubble Space Telescope image, processed by Bill Snyder

Tadpole Galaxy – wonder what it will look like when it grows up
Photo credit: Hubble Space Telescope image, processed by Bill Snyder

One horse I would love to ride! Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team

One horse I would love to ride!
Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and Hubble Heritage Team

NGC 5128, or Centaurus A to its friends ...

NGC 5128, or Centaurus A to its friends … Photo credit: ESO/WFI

The Andromeda Galaxy, our last, best hope in about 4 billion years. Photo credit: Adam Evans

The Andromeda Galaxy, our last, best hope in about 4 billion years.
Photo credit: Adam Evans

Crab Nebula, what's left when a star exploded on July 4, 1054 CE (Chinese records) Photo credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. of Arizona

Crab Nebula, what’s left when a star exploded on July 4, 1054 CE (Chinese records)
Photo credit: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. of Arizona

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