Feb 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: Striking Artistry of Multiple Takeoffs at Hannover Airport




multiple exposure airplane take off hannover airport ho yeol ryu Picture of the Day: Striking Artistry of Multiple Takeoffs at Hannover Airport

Photograph by HO-YEOL RYU


In this striking multiple exposure shot, Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu shows an assortment of planes taking off at Hannover Airport in Germany. While it may seem like a lot of airplanes, this scene is quite typical. Now just imagine this occurring at airports all over the world, every single day of the year and you start to realize just how much air traffic there really is. Be sure to check out the startling simulation of air traffic in a 24-hour period below, it may surprise a few of you 🙂
*Update Feb. 18, 2012: @flyingwithfish has done a very intriguing analysis that proves this image is a work of art vs a multiple exposure, our apologies. From the actual planes/airlines seen in the picture, to the takeoff positioning relative to the airport; @flyingwithfish’s post is a worthwhile read.

A few additional reasons below (updated Feb. 22, 2012):

– The size of the planes are all relatively the same in the image but not in real life (e.g., Boeing 747s and 777s)
– Several of the airplanes/airlines do not serve Hannover (e.g., Air NZ Link ATR-72-500)
– An actual multiple exposure shot so many times for each aircraft shown in this image would result in overblown white field (and things in background like cloud formation would likely have changed)