I like the effect that a tilt-shift lens gives – turning a bustling city into a model railway set. The effect is created using a special lens which gives a very shallow depth of field on objects far away. It’s better explained in this article: What is tilt-shift photography?.
The lenses aren’t cheap (theonlinephotographer.typepad.com) but the effects can be brilliant. In the spirit of web ingenuity and freedom the good people at tiltshiftmaker.com have created a nice little online application which can give the same effect to your own photos. It works best with wide angle shots with a deep sense of distance, and the results are very effective.
Here’s a photo of Beachy Head which I took earlier this year:
Here’s another photo taken from Christ the Redeamer in Rio, Brasil last year:
There’s a group on flickr where people publish their results, there’s already almost 4,000 photos there. Have a go and add your own.