January 1, 2015 11:21 AM EST

Anthony Quintano has the kind of access to the iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve ball shared by only a few.

Quintano is the on-site assistant to the camera operator who shoots the close-up shot of the famous ball drop. The shot is fed live to networks broadcasting Times Square coverage.

Aside from the broadcast camera, Quintano also mounts recording devices of his own. A few days before New Year’s Eve, he climbed to the top of the pole and rigged up a GoPro 3+, Canon 5D Mark II, and an iPhone 6 Plus. He then combined the footage to create a breathtaking view of the ball as it dropped.

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