CAPTURING THE RHYTHM OF BIRD AND INSECT FLIGHT
Dennis Hlynsky is a professor at Rhode Island School of Design. He began filming birds in 2005 on a Flip video camera. What began as a hobby turned into a remarkable study in bird behavior. Hlynsky’s videos capture the raw rhythm of life. They are filled with graceful geometric patterns.
By using a unique process known as extruded time, or layering frame sequences atop one another until the darkest pixels become “tracers”, we are able to see the birds careening across the sky, leaving a discernible trail behind them like ice skates do on ice. Hlynsky uses a Lumix GH2 to capture footage of the birds in flight before turning that into time lapses that are several minutes longer. Once he’s uploaded the footage to his computer, he uses the magic of After Effects to stack the sequence of shots closer together and after hours of editing, the flight paths are finally unveiled. Source:
STARLINGS AT SUNSET