Unique Macro Photos of Fireworks in Photo Series ‘Explosions in the Sky’

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During the last 4th of July revelry, photographer Nick Pacione made camp to stake out the customary fireworks show that comes with the celebration. The Dallas-based Pacione captured these breathtaking, out of this world shots made possible by using a macro lens. Entitled Explosions in the Sky, Pacione made use of a special rack focus technique that modifies focus during the exposure to create some magnificently abstract imagery that need reminding at times that they are fireworks going off in the July sky.

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The 4th of July holiday was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, but it was not confirmed a legal holiday until 1941. Fireworks were first invented in very early China during the 12th century to ostensibly scare away evil spirits. America’s initial settlers brought fireworks to the United States and used them to commemorate significant events, including the Independence Day celebration of 1777.

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The reason that the United States celebrates the 4th of July with lots of fireworks is because John Adams had always wanted a massive celebration, which needed fireworks ofcourse, when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The practice began in the year 1777, which most likely spawned the practice of creating various kinds of fireworks. As a matter of fact, in merely a scant 7 years later, fireworks varieties such as serpents, wheels and fountains could already be found in the market. This love affair with the noise and color of fireworks obviously did not decline over the passage of time.

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In 1789, George Washington’s inauguration featured a gorgeous fireworks display. By the late 18th century, politicians used them to catch the attention of crowds to attract them to their speech making. But all pale in the shadow of the 1986 celebration of the Fourth of July and the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. The skies over New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty were dazzlingly illuminated on July 4, 1986, with an astounding, mammoth fireworks display that set the bar on others held in this country, or anywhere else in the world.

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To view more of Pacione’s unique Explosions in the Sky, go on over to his website.

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Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.