Los Angeles International Airport is a pretty busy place, to say the least. In 2014, the number of takeoffs and landings was 636,706—that’s over 1,700 flights a day! Aerial and aviation photographer Mike Kelley spent a day at LAX photographing every departure over eight hours, then he composited them all together into one final image:
The image shows how LAX changes from day to night. Kelley took standard shots of every flight taking off throughout the day; for the night scene he used long exposure. In post production, he layered the plane photos and used layer blending techniques to seamlessly blend the images together. The final scene really shows the hustle and magic of the airport.
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