Well, while my mother would have probably described the attribute as the less attractive "being nosy", I felt confident in my affirmative answer. It was a trait that did serve me in good stead, as first a reporter, then editor, when I became the one asking the questions and making sure they were asked.
That need to know and understand remains with me. So when I recently stumbled upon a photography technique that I'd never heard of, I was compelled to find out more. With a little help from Wikipedia, I learned that tilt-shift photography is often used to simulate a miniature scene. It involves movement with small and medium format cameras and the use of tilt for selective focus. Also the term may be used when a shallow depth of field is simulated with digital post processing. When the effect is produced optically a tilt-shift lens is used.
Okay, so I still don't completely get it yet. But I'm hoping a little time with these sites may satisfy my need to know and understand:
thePhotoArgus Examples of Tilt Shift Photography
ePHOTOzine Tilt Shift Photography Tips
Visual Photo Guide Tilt Shift Photography Tutorial
Tilt Shift Photography Photoshop Tutorial Miniature Faking
TiltShiftMaker Create Tilt Shift Style Photos in 3 Easy Steps