A few people have asked on Facebook and Instagram about the settings I used for this photo, and I've rambled about it a bit in replies here on DA, so I thought it might be nice to share them in the description in case anyone else wants to have a go at photographing sparklers for the first time and isn't sure where to start. This is not the only way to do it - it's just the way I did it.
The sharpness of the sparks totally surprised me. I exposed for the lights in the background and expected to have to fiddle with the shutter speed a bit, but it worked out perfectly first time. I let the sparkler burn down a little bit before I took the photo so there was a lovely warm glow coming from just above and below the really bright part.
The camera settings:
(You can see these on DA anyway)
Focal length: 55mm
Shutter speed: 1/10 second
The physical composition:
The fairy lights in the background that are out of focus were about 6-8 feet away and I held the sparkler in front of the camera as close as I could get it while keeping it in focus and not setting anything on fire.
Adobe Camera Raw settings:
Temperature: 7900 (for warmth)
Tint: +65 (for the purpley tones)
With a slight post-crop vignette.
I'm surprised how sparkes are so clear at this shutter speed.
I have to dig into this drawer ... You know, this drawer we all have at home, full, but we never know what is inside ^^
It seems that's possible to find treasures.