A Mesmerizing Time-Lapse of Stars Over the Eureka Valley Sand Dunes

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"Armed only with boxed wine, firewood, and our DSLRs," the filmmakers at Sunchaser Pictures trekked through Death Valley National Park to observe the Geminid meteor shower on December 13. Director Gavin Heffernan explains that they shot long exposures and merged the stills with Starstax software to create the "star trails" you see halfway through the video. He has been shooting the night skies over Joshua Tree and other locations in California for an ongoing project, which he describes in an interview with the Atlantic Video channel here, where you can also see some behind-the-scenes photos. You can find more time-lapse photography of "star trails" in this previous installment of the series.  

For more work from Sunchaser Pictures, visit http://www.sunchaserpictures.com/.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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