Portraits of Flight

“Lockdown Vulture (Signature)”

During lockdown, photographer Doris Mitsch turned her eyes to the sky and began capturing these mesmerizing composite images of animals in flight. Vultures, crows, starlings, gulls, and bats all feature in her series. Some images, like “Lockdown Vulture (Signature)”, feature a single bird’s movement over a minute. Others show entire flocks over extended periods.

I love how the images capture a sense of speed. Given equal timing between images, the lines with more space between each snapshot of a bird indicate a faster speed. It’s a bit like having particle image velociometry frames stacked atop one another! (Image credit: D. Mitsch; via Colossal)

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