I enjoy the way the tilt-shift photographic technique can make a scene both real and surreal in the same breath. Ben Thomas' images are a good example. Other tilt-shift links HERE & HERE, and or see other miniature work HERE.
It's worth noting that a good number of people like to take credit for the technique despite the fact that it's been around for nearly four decades. I've noticed similar claims of "discovery" for light painting as well. Oh well. While I'm charmed by these images, I have yet to see anyone push the technique beyond the realm of novelty.
Build a cheap tilt-shift lens (CreativePro)
Fake tilt-shift using Photoshop
Creative Review blog (source)