Highly Unusual Photos of Fireworks Using Focus-Pulling

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."


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

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

...yeah.

Gary Zin's picture

I like it.

My friend wrote a guide on how to do this several years ago. It's on flickr here... <a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/focusblur/discuss/72157612032060052/" rel="nofollow">http://www.flickr.com/groups/focusblur/discuss/72157612032060052/</a>

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.

http://sharon.photoshelter.com/gallery/Light-at-Night/G0000dTQu6Y9fDbo/