I have never tried to photograph fireworks before, but as it was the 4th of July, I decided to give it a go. Once again it was myself and my camera on the desert floor in the dark. I feel this is happening too often and it is only a matter of time before a creepy crawly thing gets too close. Luckily, I didn’t see anything slithering in the night. With my camera on a tripod, I put my aperture on f9 (I’m sure anywhere between f8 and f16 would have worked equally as well), lowest ISO, and manual mode with the shutter speed on bulb so I could control the length the shutter was open depending on the fireworks display. Also, I used a zoom lens so I could get a variety of close-ups and wide-angle shots. For me, it was preferable to photograph with my camera in portrait position rather than landscape, but I tried both and at this location (with nothing interesting in the landscape) portrait worked great. I only wish I could have found my remote trigger as it would have reduced camera movement for more clear images. All in all I was happy with the results and had a great time.