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

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.

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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; 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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