To me light painting is more than just taking pictures at night. By adding light selectively you can highlight certain features. You can create focal points or change the entire mood of an image. The first two are outdoor images and need to be done when the light is low to see the effect of your added light. Having some light in the sky allows some color and or detail in the sky. Inside, you only need a difference in light level as to be noticeable.
Wagon light painted by Catherine.
I liked the brilliant green of the grasses contrasting the deep blue of the sky. I chose a vantage point to include the moon for more interest.
Outhouse light painted by Samantha
The light that morning was very flat. It was lightly raining and we were shooting down wind to keep the raindrops off our front elements. I was using an Op/Tech Rain Sleeve over the Nikkor 24mm PC-E and my D300s. The old outhouse was out back by itself and nobody was set up back there. Sam came with me and operated the flashlight. It threw a nice warm light and brightened things up.
On a side note, I had been carrying around the Rain Sleeves for a few months, and this was my first opportunity to try them out. I’d say they were a worthwhile purchase. They worked great until I got inside for the shot below, where I was able to remove it.
Chair light painted by Darwin.
Darwin was trying some different things by light painting the whole chair and throwing some streaks on the blackboards. I liked this shot with just the chair seat lit up and the small shadow back and to the left. I thought it brought attention to the chair by itself.