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Long Exposure Night Photos of Airplanes Taking Off and Landing

Sit around long enough near an airport and you can shoot photos like these — stacked long-exposure images that make airplanes look like fireflies streaking around the night sky. Flickr user Terence Chang visits various locations around the Bay Area to capture these photographs of San Francisco International Airport.

Check out more of these photographs in this Flickr set.

Airport (via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs by Terence Chang and used with permission


 
  • http://profiles.google.com/granttaylorphotos Grant Taylor

    These are fantastic. Way cooler than star trails. I would love to do this. How erratic some of the lines are makes me nervous about flying though.

  • http://twitter.com/danchip Dan Chippendale

    Amazing! Love these pics. I did a similar thing the other day taken from inside the plane looking out at night after I’d taken off. It was pretty windy and you can see the tiny movement in the lines. http://www.flickr.com/photos/danchippendale/5740153684/

  • Anonymous

    Agreed with Grant!

    Did something similar with the Sheriff helicopters which visit weekly :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elslunko/3800583833/in/photostream/

  • Anonymous

    Agreed with Grant!

    Did something similar with the Sheriff helicopters which visit weekly :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elslunko/3800583833/in/photostream/

  • Ilker

    I am glad the police didn’t arrest them thinking they could be terrorists…

  • Doug B

    These darn things show up in my night photos whether I like it or not… and I dont like it! lol These are pretty neat though.  I shot at Point Reyes one night and you could easily tell where the airport was from all of the consistent flight patterns.

  • Mikeprice4269

    The first two I didn’t like… the culminating ones though however I did! Also edlt that is quite a swish!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.redondaud Michael Redondaud

    Simplement superbe !

  • http://twitter.com/julesp17 Julian Pullara

    what sort of lens and settings are you using?