Video: Time-Lapse at San Diego Airport

Above: Ho-Yeol Ryu’s composite of Hannover airport, which inspired Kuckenbaker to make the video, below.

Residents living under the flightpath in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood of San Diego will probably be acutely familiar with a constant stream of planes coming in to land, but for the rest of us it’s an interesting window to a day in the life of a busy airport. After seeing a composite image by Ho-Yeol Ryu of planes taking off from Hannover airport, American film professor Cy Kuckenbaker has captured every plane landing at San Diego Airport between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m..

“It turns out that it definitely can be done but is easiest with a pure blue sky and with the camera facing up not toward the horizon,” Kuckenbaker says. “With an even blue background it’s fairly easy to key out each airplane and put them together. The bridge in this shot is an added time lapse under the 1st Street bridge in San Diego.”

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