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Window on Texas: Light Painting

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates how to do his style of light painting using your point and shoot camera. Recorded at the George Observatory in the Brazos Bend State Park.

Window on Texas, July 2012

With its powerful mirror trained on distant stars, the George Observatory’s Gueymard Research Telescope seems a natural subject for light painting, one of TH Photo Editor Griff Smith’s favorite techniques. “I’ve used light painting on all kinds of surfaces,” he says, “but it’s especially effective on metal.” To capture this image, he mounted his camera on a tripod, selected a 30-second exposure, and used two Q-beams to “paint” the telescope with light.

The George Observatory, at Brazos Bend State Park near Needville, is a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Call 281/242-3055;

Be sure to check out Texas Highways Photo Editor J. Griffis Smith's other photography how-to's covering a wide range of topics for all skill levels.

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