Hypnotic Time Lapse Videos Capture Flight Patterns of Birds

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 11.28.30 AMThere is something crazy about the way birds travel; they seem to move together intuitively, sometimes as if they are one being. Dennis Hlynsky, a professor at Rhode Island School of Design, took this concept and expanded upon it. As an artist and designer with over 30 years of experience in the medium of video and strong interest in technology’s place in the arts, Hlynsky’s curiosity was natural.

Using a Lumix GH2 in various locations in Rhode Island, Hlynsky embarked on an exploration of what patterns each group he filmed would create and how each would manifest in film. After filming, he selected clips and edited with After Effects and other tools to illustrate the visual trails. “Non-moving objects like trees and telephone poles remain stationary, and with the added ambient noise of where he was filming, an amazing balance between abstraction and reality emerges,” says Colossal.

“I do not use time lapse in the traditional sense of the word but offer a glimpse seconds long of the paths these creatures take,” says Hlynsky. “I find each “flock” has a form, a rhythm, and pattern to the glyphs they leave as they perambulate.”

Watch the mesmerizing time lapse videos below and more here, which capture flight patterns of Starlings, Swallows, and other birds.

Jenny Mott

Jenny’s love affair with music, culture, and politics began many years ago, and she has always found that love best expressed through writing. A graduate of the University of Rochester with a B.A. in Political Science and Religion and a minor in Music, she is fascinated by what makes people tick, move, and behave. Heading straight to New York City after graduating, she works in marketing, communications, and advertising in addition to writing, editing, and geeking out on WordPress for Sensible Reason.

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