The sight of a plane taking off from the airport is pretty impressive, but it's not exactly new. The sight of hundreds of planes leaving the runway at the same time however is definitely something we've never experienced before, until now that is!

Take a look at this stunning series of "Airportraits" to see what we mean. They were taken by Mike Kelley, an LA-based architectural photographer who spent the last two years taking pictures of planes departing the tarmac at eighteen different airports around the world. Afterwards he compiled the images to create these stunning compositions that serve to remind us just how busy our skies are.

"The inspiration behind these images was somewhat simple," Mike told Bored Panda. "After the first LAX 'Wake Turbulence' image I knew that I had to do more, owing to how successful that original shot was. There are a ton of amazing airports, airlines, and airplanes out there that I had to photograph, so the plan was set in motion to try and capture as many as possible. Since I'm obsessed with airplanes, travel, and seeing new places, it was also a great excuse to get me out of my comfort zone a little bit."

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#1 Lax 24l - No Turn Before Shoreline

Lax 24l - No Turn Before Shoreline

This is shot from Dockweiler beach in Los Angeles directly under the path of departing flights between the hours of 5-7pm, when light from the setting sun illuminates the bottoms of the planes.

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Yvonne Bernal 2 years ago

I worked at LAX..... it felt like this EVERY day!

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#2 Dubai International 12r (morning Heavy Departures)

Dubai International 12r (morning Heavy Departures)

In the background, the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. I shot this between 6-8am, when there is a rush of departures to all over the world.

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Oscar Jeong 2 years ago

Migration of airplane species...

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#3 Wake Turbulence: Lax

Wake Turbulence: Lax

This is the original image which was supposed to be a proof-of-concept for the series. It was extremely successful and convinced me to expand the project to airports around the world. This image shows a day's worth of takeoffs from LAX's south runways, though some aircraft have been omitted due to redundancy - i.e., we don't need to see 84 737s!

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Notchimine Mette 2 years ago

But what does it look like when you don't omit any planes?

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#4 Zurich Airport Runways 28 And 16

Zurich Airport Runways 28 And 16

Due to a complicated noise abatement scheme, Zurich Airport actually uses runways oriented in different directions depending on how light or heavy the winds are. This made for a very interesting photo when combined with the idyllic Swiss countryside that surrounds the airport.

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#5 London Heathrow 09l (100, 50, 40)

London Heathrow 09l (100, 50, 40)

This image was shot during the morning arrivals rush at London Heathrow as flights from Asia and North America descend on one of the busiest airports in the world.

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Tiny Dynamine 2 years ago

I live near there and you see this every day! (The first bit was a lie and the second bit was also...)

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#6 Amsterdam Schiphol, Polderbaan 18r

Amsterdam Schiphol, Polderbaan 18r

Amsterdam's Schiphol is surrounded by quintessential Dutch canals and plenty of green grass. Some stormy weather provided an interesting background for the image.

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#7 Munich Airport 08r

Munich Airport 08r

This image was shot from the end of the runway as planes land during the morning rush hour.

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#8 Frankfurt Am Main 25l (missed Approach By Lufthansa A380)

Frankfurt Am Main 25l (missed Approach By Lufthansa A380)

This image was shot in July of 2015 when mainland Europe experienced some once-in-a-decade storms.

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Ricko Piscesso 2 years ago

Why the aircrafts doesn't blur as the cars? the cars & aircrafts are moving. it looks like the photographers shooting the cars & aircraft at different shutter speed. anybody knows which camere vendor who release the camera's with ability to shoot at difference shutter speed at same time at single frame?

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#9 London Heathrow 27l (terminal 5 And Tower)

London Heathrow 27l (terminal 5 And Tower)

It took THREE trips to London to get these images. The weather there is no joke. It was very difficult to get a full day of clear skies, and even though the day I shot this image on was threatened by clouds, I got lucky and there was no rain or heavy shadow. It made for one of my favorite images of the series.

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Ian Howard 2 years ago

See my comment on #4!

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#10 Dubai 30r

Dubai 30r

Planes depart from DXB's runway 30R - with a background of ominous clouds over the neighboring Emirate of Sharjah.

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Jesse Bentley 2 months ago

Dude, where is the AirVenture shot?

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