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Highly Unusual Photos of Fireworks Using Focus-Pulling

Photographer David Johnson decided that photographing fireworks the normal way was too boring. Instead, he refocused on the exploding fireworks at different points during a long exposure. The results more bring to life the Japanese word for "firework: hanabi, which translates to "fire flower."

"The technique I used was a simple refocus during the long exposure. Each shot was about a second long, sometimes two. I’d start out of focus, and when I heard the explosion I would quickly refocus, so the little stems on these deep sea creature lookalikes would grow into a fine point. The shapes are quite bizarre, some of them I was pleasantly surprised with."

[Via ThisIsColossal]

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Chris Vink's picture

Very nice! How do people come up with these things?

psyrex's picture

 If he's anything like me, he probably bumped it by accident, chimped, then went "Whoaa!!!"


Gary Zin's picture

I like it.

Dallas75's picture

My friend wrote a guide on how to do this several years ago. It's on flickr here... <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

Ervin Llanera's picture

I did this on my previous 4th of July Celebration and it was amazing. Focus/Zoom racking, even long exposure 'swinging'. All that fun stuff

Sharon Lorimer's picture

They look like glass blowing effects. I like to use this effect too. You can get it when you are moving faster than the object you are shooting. Try shooting from a car in low light.