For the past few months on a nearly daily basis the same image appears somewhere in my Twitterstream, Facebook Wall, Google + feed or in my email box … often more than once a day. The photo is a beautiful image of dozens of aircraft lifting off from Runway 27L at Germany’s Hannover-Langenhagen Airport.
The image, created by Korean artist Ho Yeol Ryu, was intended to bring awareness to air traffic congestion’s impact on global warming. As fantastic as this image is … and it really is … the image is not a multiple exposure photograph and many of the aircraft in the image could not have been photographed at Hannover’s airport.
How do we know this wonderful piece of aviation artistry … and it is a wonderful piece of aviation artistry … could not have been photographed at Hannover’s airport? Well let’s find out.
1) The positioning of the aircraft in relation to the terminal behind it, even accounting for telephoto lens compression, would have the aircraft taking off from taxiway beside Runway 27L, rather than the runway itself.
2) The image shows multiple Boeing 747 and 777 variants airborne at a point in the runway where these aircraft would first be lifting their nose off the ground, or still be firmly on the ground before becoming airborne.
3) Many aircraft appear to be flying towards the terminal or away from the terminal; a direction an aircraft would not fly moments after lifting its wheels off the ground.
4) Proportionally aircraft sizes do match size dimensions of real-life aircraft when matched to scale. For example an ATR-72-500 turbo prop never appears larger than Boeing 777-200 wide body jet when viewed from a consistent angle and distance.
5) Many airlines in the image do not service Hannover-Langenhagen Airport and have never flown anywhere near Europe.
6) Many of the airlines and aircraft in the images would never, and have never, crossed paths, such as an Air New Zealand Link ATR-72-500 and JetBlue Airbus A320 …not to mention the U.S. registered Cessna 172S flying through the image.
7) A number of the aircraft depicted in this image can be directly found in the Airliners.net photo archive … including the U.S. registered Cessna 172S. The images are credited to various photographers in various geographic locations ranging from Texas to New Zealand.
So folks, especially you photographers, continue sharing Ho Yeol Ryu’s image as a “Striking Multiple Exposure Shot of Takeoffs at Hannover Airport” considering referring to it as something else.
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