Looking for patterns and structures from the sky

Photographer Bernhard Lang takes pictures in small planes and helicopters, pointing his camera towards the ground. In the ongoing project Aerial Views, he focuses on patterns and structures, which makes for interesting visuals that you’d miss on the ground.

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Composite photos of airplanes in flight

AirPortraits

Photographer Mike Kelley visited airports around the world, took pictures of airplanes leaving, and then pieced the photos together in a series of composite photos. The result was Airportraits.

A bit about the arduous process:

I often get asked exactly just how ‘real’ these images are. And on one hand, they are as real as they get. I’d sit in one place for an entire day, and take a burst of pictures of each plane as it crossed in front of me. I’d then take one of those captures, wherever I thought I’d like that plane to be, and put it on my base image. Every plane in every picture was actually right in front of me at that point in time, and they are all exactly where they were relative to other planes in the frame. If you went to some of these spots, you’d see the exact same thing that I saw.

I want to buy a camera.

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Food pictures taken with thermal camera

thermography

Thermal cameras, which use infrared to detect heat, provide images of temperature. Firefighters can use them to find people in smokey rooms, law enforcement can use them for surveillance, and technicians can use them to detect power faults. Brea Souders used one to take pictures of everyday foods. [via kottke]

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Long-exposure bird flights

Bird flight

Using a long-exposure photography technique, Xavi Bou captured bird flight patterns in his series Ornitographies.

Unlike other motion analysis which preceded it, Ornitographies moves away from the scientific approach of chronophotography used by photographers like Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey.

The approach used by Xavi Bou to portray the scene is not invasive; moreover, it rejects the distant study, resulting in organic form images that stimulate the imagination.

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Hillside houses overlook smoke-belching steel mills in…



Hillside houses overlook smoke-belching steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1949. Photograph by John E. Fletcher and Anthony B. Stewart, National Geographic Creative

Hillside houses overlook smoke-belching steel mills in…



Hillside houses overlook smoke-belching steel mills in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1949. Photograph by John E. Fletcher and Anthony B. Stewart, National Geographic Creative

Camera really adds tens pounds

Photographic evidence.

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Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands,…



Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shore, National Geographic Creative

Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands,…



Children play barefoot in a cactus garden on the Canary Islands, 1955. Photograph by Franc and Jean Shore, National Geographic Creative

A chorus line high kicks during a show at Cafe Le Can Can in…



A chorus line high kicks during a show at Cafe Le Can Can in Miami Beach, Florida, 1963. Photograph by Dean Conger, National Geographic Creative