Long exposure photos can turn a flashlight in your hand into a brush that paints with light. Taking that idea one step further, the folks at Ascending Technologies strapped a color-changing light to a computer-controlled drone to create a series of massive holiday light paintings in the sky.

The company’s AscTec Falcon 8 drone was programmed with a pre-determined flight plan using Ascending Technologies’ AscTec Navigator software, and then relying on GPS positional data it was able to slowly ‘paint’ these remarkably recognizable glowing portraits.

Watch a Drone Paint Gigantic Long Exposure Portraits in the Sky

The long exposure images took as long as ten minutes to shoot in some cases, with the drone following a path through the sky made up of almost 400 pre-determined waypoints. And it goes without saying that a calm, still night (not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse) was required for these to turn out as well as they did.

[Ascending Technologies via PetaPixel]

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