Category Archives: Light Painting and Woolies

The Silk Mill After Dark

This past weekend Road Runner had two meetups at the Lonaconing Silk Mill. The first group shot in the afternoon and then we had a second smaller group that shot for a couple of hours after dark. I did very little shooting during the day and was quite pleased to just watch the group having fun. A few of the first time shooters at the mill had a look of amazement that I remember having the first time I shot at the mill. The place is truly frozen in time.

Now after dark is a different story. We limited the number of participants after dark because we did not want each other’s lights to create interference. The group size worked out perfectly and I’m already looking forward to doing this again!

The image above is of a belt driven drill press in the basement, just one of the nearly unlimited number of subjects possible when the sun goes down.

Two Nights In Prison

Recently we concluded hosting 2 nights of Light Painting at Eastern State Penitentiary. This was an afterhours event where our participants pretty much had the run of the prison to take their creativity to new limits. I must admit that I was quite impressed with a lot of the work our participants shared on our Facebook Group page.

The shot above is of the iconic barber’s chair located in one of the cells. This particular cell is off limits to entry and we always respect such restrictions. While we like most other photographers would love to get the best spot, etc., we also have a healthy respect for limits, whether in this case imposed by Eastern State or usually the National Park Service. All too often photographers disregard such limits and restrictions and end up trespassing or creating damage to natural resources in their quest to “get the shot”. We believe in the quote, “Leave no trace”.

Back to the barber’s chair. I would have loved to be in close and paint the light on each part of the chair and the cell walls. It would have rendered a much better feel to the image than painting from behind the camera. So in order to work around this obstacle, I first used the light to cast a strong shadow on the back wall. Then I used the light to paint each wall, floor and chair in separate frames. I combined the various images in Photoshop using layers and masks to give it more of a painted feel. I then did a little dodging and burning to add to the effect.

If you want to spend an evening behind bars, we are already making plans to do this again next year. Be sure to join our Meetup group if you would like to attend!



This past weekend, RRPT led 3 tours photography tours at Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum (TALA). The first tour was a night tour, where the focus was on light painting. The images featured here are from that particular event. We also led two day-light tours, morning and late afternoon. TALA is an amazing place. When you enter, you are transported to the past. The owners are working hard to keep the facility alive and open to the public with photography tours, historical tours, ghost tours, and more. To learn more about TALA, click here.

We are hoping to schedule another night photography session later this year. For more information, join our mailing list by signing up (see the side bar) or by following us on Facebook.

The ladies in this images, Macy and Danielle, were great awesome models! We can’t thank them enough for helping out!! _XT11233-Edit _XT11275-Edit-2_XT11294-Edit_XT11405-Edit_XT11218-Edit


Speaking Engagements Announced

We are scheduled for the following Speaking Engagements, feel free to come out and join us!!

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Sept 18: 8pm – Baltimore Camera Club – Textures and Blending – Denise

5800 Cottonworth Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21209


Oct 1: 7:30pm – Arundel Camera Club – Light Painting – Don

Severna Park High School, Room 114, Severna, MD


Oct 9: 7pm – Loudoun Camera Club – Textures and Blending – Denise

George Washington University, 20101 Academic Way, Sterling, VA


Oct 13: 7pm – Gaithersburg Camera Club – Composition: The Rules and When to Break Them – Denise

Ashbury Methodist Village at Lost Knife Road and Odendhal Avenue


Nov 13: 7pm – Charlotte Camera Club – Abstract – Don

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1623 Carmel Road, Charlotte, NC, 28226


Nov 15: 11:30am – Nature Visions Expo – Light Painting – Don

Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110


Jan 8, 2015 8: 6pm – Charlottesville Camera Club – Composition: The Rules and When to Break Them – Denise

1180 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA


Jan 13: 7pm – Academy of Science and Art of Pittsburgh – Textures and Blending – Denise

Mt. Lebanon Rec Center, 900 Cedar Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA, 15228


Feb 3: 7pm – Maple Shade Moorestown Camera Club – Abstract – Don

200 N. Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, NJ 08052


April 8: 7:30pm – Cranbury Digital Camera Club – Textures and Blending – Denise

Cranbury United Methodist Church, 21 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ, 08512

Carrie Furnace Meetup

This past weekend, RRPT held a Meetup at Carrie Furnace… its not the first Meetup to ever be held in this amazing location, but it is the first to have night access. The surreal landscape of this place gave our great group of photographers some amazing opportunities (both day and night)… here are a couple of images from the evening’s adventures in light. The Carrie Furnace is one of the locations being preserved by the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. For more information on their mission, click here.

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RRPT is in the process of scheduling another afternoon and evening Meetup. We are looking at May 2014. For more information, join our Meetup group… click here.