Photographer captures incredible patterns of birds in flight

Apr 9, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer captures incredible patterns of birds in flight

Apr 9, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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If you have ever observed birds flying, I guess you’ve noticed interesting formations and flying patterns they follow. But have you ever imagine what these birds would draw with flaps of their wings? Barcelona-based photographer Xavi Bou has, and he has turned bird flights into a series of almost surreal photos. His project Ornitographies turns something so ordinary into something extraordinary, and he has shared some of his exquisite photos with DIYP.

Ornitographies is Xavi’s ongoing project. However, he explains that it has a somewhat distant origin. It was born from the innocent and restless gaze of the child who he once was. The artist writes that his admiration for nature, especially for birds, arose during his childhood thanks to unforgettable long walks with his grandfather. Since then, his interest in birds has continued to grow only to become the focus of his latest project.

With this project, Xavi attempts to capture the moments that go unnoticed for most of us. He captures birds’ flights in a single time frame, capturing the shapes they generate when flying in his images. His project is making the invisible visible and “questioning the limits of human perception.”

Ornitographies is a project that brings together technology, science, and creativity. It’s a kind of a balance between science and art. However, the artist points out that this project moves away from the scientific approach of chronophotography used by photographers like Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey.

Ornitographies is a balance between art and science; a nature-based dissemination project and a visual poetry exercise but above all, an invitation to perceive the world with the same curious and innocent look of the child we once were.”

Xavi is a photographer passionate about nature, which made him choose it as the main subject of his artistic projects. At the moment, he combines his career as a professional retoucher with the development of his personal photography projects, including Ornitographies. Make sure to check out more of Xavi’s work on his website, and follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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3 responses to “Photographer captures incredible patterns of birds in flight”

  1. Viktigpetter Avatar
    Viktigpetter

    How does he create such images? Extracts frames from a movie?

    1. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
      Tj Ó Seamállaigh

      hmm I’ve done something similar but with slower objects so I’m not sure if his technique is the same: I would take several shots with high shutter speed (of course depends on the light available and the speed of the object) but the camera must be stable. Then load the frames as layers and change the blend for each one (and maybe some extra work is needed to enhance the looks). The Blends for each layer that worked best for me were Lighten or Darken, but it’s kind of trivial, you might want to experiment around blending modes to see what best suits the frames.

  2. Tad Pritchett Avatar
    Tad Pritchett

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