What better way to start a weekend and celebrate the end of the work week than with fireworks?
I confess that I haven't been to a fireworks show in several years, and I haven't tried to photograph fireworks for a decade. They are quite difficult to capture for an amateur photographer, and internet images bear testimony to that very well.
But there's a photographer in Dallas who not only captures fireworks beautifully, but does it with a spin that's rather breath-taking.
Nick Pacione is a photographer whose macro images of fireworks has gained a lot of recent attention. The technique he uses turns the ordinary, if not already spectacular, firework burst into an abstraction of light, color, and pattern.
The series is called Explosions in the Sky. And if you click on that hotlink title, you can view his webpage gallery of mesmerizing images.
How does he do it? Pacione uses prolonged exposure and a technique of altering the lens focus during the exposure, called racking focus. The result is glorious!
If you visit his website here, you'll be able to see the width and breadth of his subject matter. The categories Street and Space speak for themselves. One of my favorite of his collections is Nature. But click around on his website, because he also offers a shopping experience...
where you can buy prints of the photos you saw here and others for a modest price.
I appreciate Pacione's creative vision of looking at the common thing with fresh eyes. If you want to see more of his work:
You can follow him on Instagram.
You can see his his photographs on Flickr.
And if you want to catch some live fireworks this weekend, try one of these: