Besides the Chalk La Strada last weekend, as I said I also went to the Pacific Beach Beachfest which climaxed with fireworks launched from the end of the Crystal Pier. I picked a spot on the sand away from other lights to try and get some pictures of them- first time with this camera so I was not sure what settings to use. I did use the wide angle portion of my zoom (equal to 28mm) since I was so close- they were going off right over head and the booms were echoing off the hotels and buildings behind me. I tried two different automatic settings- first aperature priority (which is where you set the f- stop and the camera will determine the shutter speed) at 5.6 and 8.0. This gave an exposure of 15 seconds (the longest that auto will do). Wasn't that excited by the results so I switched to shutter priority with the exposure eight seconds. The aperature varied depending on whether there was an explosion going off when the shutter was clicked, but the results were better than before. Lucky timing is important to getting good fireworks shots so take lots of pictures. A tripod is also important to hold the camera still during the long exposures. I include all this information in case someone wants to know how to do it. I am going to check what my settings were on this shot and include them. So enjoy!