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Photographer Jesse Watson took this jaw-dropping timelapse of the recent December 22nd SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base (as seen from Yuma, Arizona).

On Vimeo, Watson explains:

I scouted four locations that had foregrounds to add depth to the imagery and was uniquely inspiring to my hometown. Location choices were between a favorite local hiking mountain, the Imperial Sand Dunes, or a small hill that resides in the historic downtown area overlooking the city. I ended up choosing the location that overlooked the city, partially because it was the easiest to access with all of my time-lapse gear. I used The Photographer’s Ephemeris and Google Maps to help scouting and initial line up.

I ended up shooting 2452 images and culled that down to 1315 images for the final project edited in Adobe After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.

You can read more about the shoot, the equipment used and the challenges faced on Jesse’s write-up on Vimeo. For more check out his work on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.