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.

National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico

1 Thomas Prior

Every year 100,000 people gather in Tultepec, Mexico to experience the nine day National Pyrotechnic Festival. Like most festivals, food, rides, music, and dancing are involved, but the biggest thrills are the amazing fireworks displays. Tultepec is the largest producer of fireworks in all of Mexico and Pyrotechnicians come to compete in contests that choreograph fireworks with music. There are also “castillos” (castles) contests, which involve building wooden structures with reed and paper that with proper firework placement and design, give a 30 minute unique light sequence for all to enjoy. But the main event is the “pamplonas” (Running of the Bulls) in which roughly 250 moving bull-shaped wooden frames with up to 4,000 fireworks on them, run the streets with explosive trails following them everywhere they go, lasting 7 hours.

Visual Bits #227> Independent Sky



Check out your links after the jump.

Explosions in the Sky: Independence Day Fireworks

More than 67 percent of Americans are planning to join in the Fourth of July festivities this year. It’s time to hang out with family and friends, grill food, and light off a ton of fireworks. Unfortunately, those exciting explosions can also kill the party in a major way.