As Kelley told the Washington Post, he had shot over 370 photos, but the final image is composed of the 75 that together represent a more diverse mix of airlines.
On Reddit, Kelley explains that the image included takeoffs from two different runways, which accounts for size and depth differences in the planes. Kelley also writes that he took some “artistic liberty” with the angle of the planes in order to compose a more interesting image -- though this unedited, two-thirds complete version is still quite mesmerizing.
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