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‘Wavelight’ | A Hypnotic Timelapse Where Star Trails Swirl Over Sandstone Canyons

By Hanssie on November 21st 2014

Wavelight-3I know what you’re thinking: Oh no, not another astrophotography timelapse of star trails in the middle of the desert…

I hear your groans, but trust me on this one, this is a timelapse that you definitely should see. It is well worth the 3 minutes of your time. What makes this timelapse different from the bucketfuls of other timelapse videos that you’ve seen before?

Well, for one, the filmmakers, Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic (Sunchaser Pictures and Bloodhoney, respectively) were commissioned by BBC Earth to create, according to Gavin, “the first astrophotography timelapse ever filmed at this amazing location. We had seen many beautiful night pictures taken there but no actual timelapses, so we went for it!



You may recognize the Wave Sandstone Formation located in Arizona from the SLR Lounge HDR Workshop DVD, or because it is a very popular place for photographers all over the world to photograph given the gorgeous, ‘wavy’ rocks and hard to get to location which appeals to the adventurers that seems to live within our creative spirits.

The expert lighting falls just perfectly against the undulating sediment layers and frames the swirling star trails as they cascade by at lightening speeds, reminicent of Space Mountain at Disneyland. The astrophotography technique that Heffernan and Mehmediovic uses to capture star trails create a hypnotic sweep of mesmerizing eye candy.


The images that you see here are screenshots that, while beautiful, just doesn’t do the video justice. Enjoy the video below and head over to Sunchaser’s Flickr page to see the incredible stills from the shoot.

Watch ‘Wavelight’

[Via Laughing Squid/ Sunchaser Pictures on Vimeo]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Graham Curran

    Great stuff!

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  2. Clare Havill

    Great video, I’m glad my TV license fee is being used well.

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  3. Ralph Hightower

    I want to do that! That’s incredible!

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  4. Scott Sheppard

    So cool! I hope one day to be able to do that.

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