Star Trails with LGA Flight Paths
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About “Star Trails with LGA Flight Paths”
This combines roughly four hours of exposure during a clear and Moonless[1] night. I was surprised by how many stars[2] can be seen from New York City[3], almost like grooves on an LP[4]. It turns out: if you stretch dim points of light to become arcs and lines, they become much more easily perceived. The light traffic at lower-right is LaGuardia Airport[5]. On the horizon at lower-left is the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine[6]. One interesting observation is how LGA’s flight path contributed to other photos in this set, such as “Caught Between the Moon and New York City” and “Sun Pillar Takeoff.” This photograph was featured on the cover of Contexts magazine, summer 2015[7].
About the project: Being a Ghost by Scott Matthews is an interactive set of twenty-seven overlapping photographs taken from a single vantage in New York City between 2011 and 2016. Prints are available as interactive sets.