A Time-Lapse of the Night Sky Over Joshua Tree
Director Gavin Heffernan took some time off from the hustle and bustle of life in L.A. to hang out in the desert shooting the below time-lapse, his follow-up to his original "Joshua Tree Journey."
Says Heffernan about his hobby, "I work as a writer and producer/director on narrative movies in Los Angeles, but timelapsing provides a great creative escape for me. I purchased the Canon EOS 7D camera primarily for its HD video functions but after reading some articles on timelapsing and watching clips on Vimeo, I gave it a try and quickly found myself addicted to the whole process. Because most of my Los Angeles work is the slow grinding stress of writing screenplays or producing/directing longer narrative projects, it's pretty easy to get creatively stifled after a while. I've found that timelapsing and other experimental projects sometimes provide a breath of fresh air from the bureaucracy -- as well as (in this case) a great excuse to get out of the city and be in nature. My team and I had been to Joshua Tree previously to shoot the first installment of "Joshua Tree Journey" and we were just blown away by the incredible peace and beauty of the place, as well as the lack of light pollution. It took us about two years to get back there for the next round, but fortunately, we got another beautiful night when we did."