Flying machines, large and small

Drones are a popular Christmas gift, but I don’t know if budgets will stretch far enough for many of us to recreate these incredible drone effects.

800 LED drones create giant 3D airplanes in the skyThe Kid Should See This
The three-dimensional ‘sky sculptures’ created by these 800 LED-equipped drones are stunning. Airplanes, jets, helicopters, and words hovered as points of light over Nanchang, China for the 2019 Nanchang Flight Convention’s closing ceremonies.

A little more polished than TIME magazine’s efforts last year, I think, which were still pretty impressive.

Bon voyage

I live quite close to an airport, but not close enough to get photos as good as these, unfortunately.

“Landing Lights Park” by photographer David Rothenberg
In addition to local residents, the area is home to a steady flow of inbound jetliners heading for LaGuardia Airport. Descending at set intervals (some as short as 90 seconds) and at heights as low as 150 feet, Rothenberg’s work brilliantly taps into the absurd and surreal nature of such a living situation:

“The massive scale of a low-flying 757 in relation to small-scale eclectic style homes, amid nests of above-ground telephone wires, is a disorienting sight. My photographs explore this extraordinary intrusion within a landscape of the ordinary.”

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