Fourth of July! My first effort with really dark area and light. I have done fireworks from a far away spectator point - but this is first close up. This is a single bottle rocket. I found that shooting portrait in this situation, the photos did not come out so well. In the end, I'll probably look at cropping to a portrait and see what happens - but I kinda like this. I set up the camera by taking off the auto focus, the VR set to OFF, APERTURE Mode, set the EV to -1 and for a final darkening effort left a polarizer on. I figured the light would come through - and it did.
10 sec f/10
Aperture Priority EV -1.0
Focal length 92 mm (138 mm for 35mm film)