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This article was published on December 3, 2012

    Who knew five hours of plane landings at San Diego airport could be so mesmerizing? [Video]

    Who knew five hours of plane landings at San Diego airport could be so mesmerizing? [Video] Image by: FABRICE COFFRINI
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    Nick Summers

    Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.

    Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year in the United States. Perhaps even more so than Christmas, everyone is looking to drive or fly home in order to be reunited with their family and loved ones.

    So it should come as no surprise that American airports get pretty busy on Black Friday. Filmmaker and photographer Cy Kuckenbaker decided to go down to San Diego International Airport this year and shoot a 30 second time lapse video, featuring every plane that landed there over a five hour period. Needless to say it’s a lot of planes, and you can see them all compressed together in the final video below:

    The video itself is a composite, using a process called chroma key, or green screen, to make the sky absolutely transparent. After layering the planes on top of one another, the final clip was used on top of a separate piece of footage which featured the clouds. We think it’s slick and absolute genius.

    Image Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images