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 Fourth of July show in his home in Dallas, Texas, creating images that often look more like a psychedelic acid trip or big bundles of balloons than explosions in the sky.[see_also]
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; 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.
via This is Colossal