During a fireworks display, we can hear people acclaiming and see the sky being light up. David Johnson, like other photographers, wants to capture such precious moments with their cameras. But what he did is slightly different to the others. We’ll let you in to the show-stopping surprise after the jump!
Normally, our default photo-mode would be “long exposure” so that we may capture the fireworks’ long trails across the sky. David Johnson, a Canadian photographer, was at the International Fireworks Show in early August and decided to take pictures of the fireworks with a new method.
Before revealing his method to you, let’s take a look at the pictures! Are they flowers? Or deep sea creatures? No! Trust your eyes, they’re just normal fireworks! So how did he achieve this?
Johnson purposely sets his camera out of focus at the beginning, then when fireworks explode, he refocuses the camera quickly and it is done! Doesn’t it sound simple? But for the amateur, we need to be aware of timing, which is essential!
In Johnson’s pictures, fireworks don’t look like what photos of them general do! His kaleidoscopic depictions are a new way for us to enjoy pyrotechnics. For all Lomographers out there, you can also be this innovative! Multiple exposures? Fisheye framing? Panoramas? It can be whatever you want! Don’t ask, but go out and do! Share the world through your eyes and experiments with others!
Inspiration of the article is from a entry of The Couch Sessions