Vivid Starscapes from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

To escape light pollution and shoot beautiful starscapes, Gavin Heffernan recently visited two National Parks in central California, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, which have a combined size of about 3,500 square kilometers. With so much space, the view of the stars was stunning.

“It was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen, with incredible canyons, mountains, and vistas out of a fantasy novel,” Gavin says. “Far removed from any light pollution, the skies were equally stunning, with some epic milky ways, star trails, and the biggest meteorite picture I’ve ever captured.” The resulting time-lapse, ‘KINGS’, shows some of this vivid scenery.

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kings canyon

kings canyon

kings canyon

Hiking through National Parks during the evening and night also led to some unforgettable experiences with wildlife, including a close encounter with a brown bear. Luckily, Gavin was hiking and shooting with another photographer, John C. Brookins, who captured all their experiences in his own video, called ‘Starchasers’. This behind-the-scenes footage is perhaps even more interesting than the time-lapses, as it reveals the sweat, struggle, and fun they had as night photographers, venturing out into the wild.

To see more awesome videos, visit Gavin’s Vimeo page or John’s Vimeo page.

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Jay Long

Very awesome; the Milky Way is a beautiful place.

Natalie Clerc

For the star chasers and mosquitoes. Mosquitoes do not like the scent of vanilla. So it would be a good thing to be liberal with pure vanilla around face, ears, edges of clothing where mosquitoes can get in. I enjoyed the film clip. Beautiful pictures.

Laura @ Ld Nature Photography

Absolutely stunning! Looking at the stars always reminds me of how small we really are in the grand scheme of things. Beautiful shots.

Kathern Heinzelman

Beautiful photos at first I thought I was looking at the Northern lights and then I realized I was looking at Sequoia Canyon and was blown away. Thank you for sharing with the rest of us.


its nice


Great tips … really enjoy photography and then creating completely new images with the photographs


Great Pictures ! i loved the last !

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