Last Friday, December 22, SpaceX made its last release of the year from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in southern California. While many caused a stir in social networks to confuse it with an unidentified flying object (UFO), the photographer Jesse Watson took the opportunity to take 2452 images of the Falcon 9 rocket from his hometown, Yuma, Arizona. From a selection of 1315 photographs, he made a time-lapse of 40 seconds.
For this project, the photographer used four cameras and five lenses. In addition, previously reviewed four locations that could add depth to the images before choosing the site where it was placed from about two hours. To locate his devices in the best place, he used the program The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Google Maps. “I had already seen a previous launch from the Missile Field of Arenas Blancas and I knew that with the sunset this could acquire a dramatic aesthetic,” he explained on the Vimeo page where he posted the video.
Watson began recording the time-lapse sequences about 45 minutes before launch with three cameras and one more configured to make telephoto video. After the Falcon 9 rocket passed, he continued to record a few more minutes. The final result was edited in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro. The video below is the spectacular time-lapse achieved: