Ah, tilt shift: the magical photography technique that renders houses and monuments tiny and toylike while speaking to our desire for a renewed sense of childlike wonder in a big, scary world. Also, it just makes photos look really cool.

There's simply no more photogenic city to showcase the charms of tilt shift than San Francisco (as evidence by that still-stunning video that made the rounds a few years back). Here are our 17 favorite tilt shift images captured around our fair city.

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