Miniature St. Peter's square

It's a Small World After All

The world like you’ve never seen it, through a tilt-shift perspective

What you are seeing is not a miniature of the Sydney Opera House — it’s the real deal. The photographic effect at work here is called "tilt-shift," and it makes subjects photographed from above look like tiny toy versions of themselves. The optical illusion is created using a high angle and a shallow depth of field (or an app on your phone, for those playing along at home). The results are captivating. James D. Morgan/Getty Images What you are seeing is not a miniature of the Sydney Opera House — it’s the real deal. The photographic effect at work here is called "tilt-shift," and it makes subjects photographed from above look like tiny toy versions of themselves. The optical illusion is created using a high angle and a shallow depth of field (or an app on your phone, for those playing along at home). The results are captivating. This tiny Chicago is still home to millions of people. InkkStudios This tiny Chicago is still home to millions of people. And this tiny Oktoberfest is still slinging full-sized pints. Dillemma Photography And this tiny Oktoberfest is still slinging full-sized pints.

SugarloafelzauerBrazil's Sugarloaf Mountain, 1,299 feet in altitude but looking teensy tiny here.

And this bridge in Prague is 1,692 feet long but looks as if it could fit in your palm. scanrail And this bridge in Prague is 1,692 feet long but looks as if it could fit in your palm. No, the Hoover Dam is *not* made of Legos. TerenceLeezy No, the Hoover Dam is *not* made of Legos. The Great Pyramid in Giza could fit two Houston Astrodomes in it, but it’s hard to tell here. pabst_ell The Great Pyramid in Giza could fit two Houston Astrodomes in it, but it’s hard to tell here. And this monorail in Kuala Lumpur is not a toy train. kiszon pascal And this monorail in Kuala Lumpur is not a toy train. We spy with our little eye: London and beyond. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images We spy with our little eye: London and beyond.