Back in the day if you wanted to get an aerial view of anything it required a really tall ladder, a tall building, a tall tree, or an airplane. Those were your choices if you were hoping to catch a glimpse of the world from a different point of view.

Over time our ability to create and shoot aerial video improved. I remember as a kid I purchased a model rocket from the Estes Rocket Company that had a camera attached to its nose cone. We thought we were a big deal being able to share a blurry picture of unidentified things on the ground from several hundred feet in the air.

Needless to say, the past decade has really brought on improvements to aerial photography and video. In fact, not only have quadcopters and drones become vital to video content, they are actually helping law enforcement and other researchers gather information from a safe distance before committing manpower to the issue at hand.

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Artists are also discovering the incredible new palate that painting in the sky with drones can provide. Greater advances in guidance and control systems have meant that drone pilots can now fly multiple aircraft with the aid of computer programs. These computers have shown through the years they're not only great for controlling multiple aircraft, but they can also actually guide the aircraft into an artistic posture.

Think of nighttime drone shows as fireworks displays you can manipulate. For example, in this video from Hype Forgot, their YouTube Channel is incredible, they take you briefly through the process of setting up a snow-covered field for a nighttime in-air performance.

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As you can see the tech crew clears the field to run the lines and I am guessing the transmission "towers" that will help control the devices.

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All of the drones are lifted into the air and then the magic begins to unfold. It's truly like watching a fireworks display that can evolve and unfold into various shapes.

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I can only imagine the thrill and the skill necessary to create such artwork as this. I don't think the "drone show" will ever replace fireworks but in many urban settings, this would certainly be a great alternative to the incendiary devices and their noise and smoke.

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So, are you ready to see what 300 drones piloted by professionals over a snowy field can look like? Be ready to be amazed.

 

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