On Friday night, a great group of friends from the West Texas Photographic Society got together for an excursion to Fort Griffin State Historic Site to do some light painting. Light painting, for the uninitiated, is a photographic technique involving long exposures during which light is "painted" onto parts of a scene with floodlights or spotlights of varying colors.
Our destination for this jaunt was Fort Griffin State Historic Site, one of the historic Texas forts which was in operation from 1867-1881. The fort sits high on a plateau, overlooking a bend of the Clear Fork of the Brazos River to the northeast. Today, the fort contains the remnants of a number of stone buildings that lend themselves nicely to dramatic images like light painting.
We were there before sunset, when I captured the image above, and stayed till just after 11:00. Below are some of my favorites from the trip.
The first destination was the ruins of the old administration building, where we stayed till probably 10:00.
At one point during the light painting, I noticed the incredible star show in the eastern sky. So I swiveled around and made this image:
We then moved to the remnants of Sutler's Store and finished the night there. This is one of my favorite images of the whole night: