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Time lapse video breathes new life into a scorched barren land

JOSHUA TREE JOURNEY 4: RUINS from Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo.


Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Saturday, February 8, 2014, 2:15 PM -

The brilliant minds behind Sunchaser Pictures are at it again. This time they take us to the California desert ruins of the Joshua Tree National Park

Shot and edited by Gavin Heffernan, the three-minute long time lapse focuses on the Indian Cove section of the park, as well as the secluded Lost Horse Gold Mine and scorched fields on the 10 kilometre loop trail surrounding it. 

"As you can see in the first shots, there had definitely been a massive fire at some point," writes Heffernan on his Vimeo page." The mine itself was pretty surreal -- such a bizarre sight set against the desolate desert!" 


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Challenges arose on night one of the shoot, when an epic storm system rolled over the skies. Sticking with it, the filmmaker was able to capture some incredible starscapes in the early morning hours once the clouds had parted. 

"You can see the giant shift from storm front to starry skies play out in a 23 second uninterrupted shot - taking place over four hours of continuous shooting and an entire battery from start to finish!," said Heffernan. "Star trails effect created with the natural rotation of the earth's axis, including the final shot, which circles around the North Star, creating 'vortex' effect seen." 


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This time lapse marks the fourth installment of the Joshua Tree Journey. For links to previous chapters click here

Follow Gavin Heffernan on his next adventure at @GavinHeffernan on Twitter.

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