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Technology Artist Lights Up the Sky With Baby Yoda 'Painting'

22:25  19 january  2020
22:25  19 january  2020 Source:   popularmechanics.com

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The light painter has also created other pop culture sky images, like Iron Man and the bat signal. © Russell Klimas The light painter has also created other pop culture sky images, like Iron Man and the bat signal.
  • Russell Klimas, a Colorado-based light painter has created his own Baby Yoda in the night sky with the help of a drone, a camera, Google Earth, and an autonomous flight app.
  • The image was created without the use of Photoshop and has been added to Klimas' repertoire of light paintings created with a drone.

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One such fan was Russell Klimas, a light painter and photographer from Colorado Springs who creates art using a drone, Google Earth, and special software. So, why Baby Yoda?

“I thought it would be fun, plus, I enjoy The Mandalorian,” Klimas tells Popular Mechanics.

It turns out that Klimas has covered several other iconic pop culture figures like Marvel's Iron Man, the Hamilton logo, the Dark Mark and Deathly Hallows symbols from the Harry Potter novels, the bat signal, and Pikachu.

Artist Lights Up the Sky With Baby Yoda 'Painting' © Russell Klimas / Light & Lense Artist Lights Up the Sky With Baby Yoda 'Painting'

“The whole thing took an hour to program and set up took 30 minutes,” says Klimas, who used a Sony a7R III, but says any camera could achieve the same result using bulb mode. As for his drone of choice, Klimas went with a Mavic Pro and attached a Lume Cube strobe to it.

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“I put an overlay into Google Earth, added the place marks that the drone would follow, and then exported the list of points to a KML file,” Klimas says.

a screenshot of a computer: baby yoda placemarks.JPG © Russell Klimas baby yoda placemarks.JPG

Once the drone is in the sky, it follows the place marks set by Klimas, who captures the light show from the ground while simultaneously monitoring the flight trajectory and altitude via Litchi (Android, iOS), an autonomous flight app.

Klimas then captures the drone at work via a long exposure with his camera. In order to change the color—from Baby Yoda's brown robe to his green skin—Klimas changes the filter of the Lume Cube light through the exposure.

This particular project has not been without its setbacks, though. When Klimas first attempted to light paint Baby Yoda, his drone crashed and ended up with two broken arms.

“It’s at the repair shop now,” Klimas says. He adds that he was lucky enough to have a friend lend him his own Mavic Pro for a second attempt. This time, Klimas’ efforts were successful.

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Other new additions include OK boomer, VSCO girl and Megxit.Baby Yoda, a nickname for a character called The Child, has dominated the internet since the release of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus. "He is a member of the same species as the beloved Star Wars character, Yoda," the Dictionary.com entry reads. "Baby Yoda's adorable, lovable appearance helped make the character a widespread meme online.

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