Long Exposure Fireworks


Photographer David Johnson explains to Colossal how he created these surreal shots of exploding fireworks at the International Fireworks Show in Ottawa, Canada earlier this month:

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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