Night “Light” Painting

Feb 20, 2017


The LA County Arboretum is a local treasure we hope everyone has enjoyed at least once. But have you wandered after dark?

Arboretum Botanical Information Consultant Frank McDonough leads another of his “Night Photography in the Garden” events on February 25. Later dates are March 18, April 29, and May 27.

Light painting adds an element of uncertainty, a touch of the experimental. It demands creativity, is short on predictability. It’s an adventure, and it’s fun.—Dave Black, a Nikon ambassador.

Grab your “big gun” flashlights and join twelve other enthusiasts to photograph the Arboretum for two and a half hours under a night sky.

Other necessary equipment include a headlamp (mandatory), which can be found at the back of the bottom drawer that hasn’t been inspected since the naughts, a tripod and camera capable of long exposure times.

Tip: Dress warmly! (Saturday’s high is predicted to reach only 61ºF with a low of 43ºF.)


Photo by Frank McDonough

Photo by Frank McDonough


To read Dave Black’s tips about Light Painting, go to “Lighting Techniques: Light Painting” at


Night Photography in the Garden
Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30-10 p.m.
Other dates: March 18, April 29 & May 27
LA Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia 91007
Cost: $30, Arboretum members; $40, non-members
Registration required: call 1.626.821.4623
Enrollment limited to 12 participants
Classes are non-refundable
For details, visit


Photos by Frank McDonough

Photos by Frank McDonough






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