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Abstract Explosions in the Sky: Fireworks Shot with a Macro Lens

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by
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You know what they say about photographers – it’s not the equipment you have, it’s how you use it… or something like that. Nick Pacione has been using a macro lens to photograph something you’d really hope to be far, far away: fireworks. He captured the 4th of July show in his home Dallas Texas, creating images that often look more like a psychedelic acid trip or big bundles of balloons than explosions in the sky.

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Pacione created the bizarrely abstract images by employing a rack focus technique which changes the focus during his long exposures. Thus in some images we see crisp, clear tracks of light as the fireworks fall back to earth, and in others those trails grow into glowing bulbous forms. Probably the most interesting of his images are the examples where a recognizable explosion transforms in into abstract form. Can you imagine the draw if fireworks really looked like this? Check out more of Pacione’s series Explosions in the Sky at nickpacione.com.

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via This is Colossal

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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