Night Photography Workshop and Outing: July 6 and 10, 2021

  • July 6, 2021, Night Photography Workshop, Roy O’Rear
  • July 10, 2021, Fort Griffin State Historical Site
  • Night Photography, including the Milky Way
  • July 10 Reserved for members of Fort Worth Camera Club and their guests.
  • Above, Roy’s image of the Milky Way at Fort Griffin.

Here is a link to a PDF of Roy’s presentation deck: PDF FWCC Night Photography at Fort Griffin by Roy O’Rear.

Roy O’Rear, a past club president, will discuss night photography at Fort Griffin State Historical site prior to the club outing on July 10. Roy is an accomplished night photographer and has numerous images made at Fort Griffin. He’ll discuss planning, equipment and processing of night photos.

fort griffrin star spiral john nixonOn July 10, there will be a Saturday night outing organized by club award winner and immediate past president John Nixon at Fort Griffin State Historic Site, 1701 N. U.S. Hwy. 283, Albany, TX. The park has been reserved strictly for members and guests of the Fort Worth Camera Club for the outing. Right, star trails over Fort Griffin by John.

Fort Griffin is a 2-3 hour drive from Fort Worth.  There are motels in Albany (approximately 20 miles away) or you can camp at the Fort Griffin campgrounds that are located on the opposite side of the highway from the fort. 

If you want to attend, you must do the following:

  • Contact Fort Griffin the week of July 5th at 325-762-3592
  • Tell them you are with John Nixon.
  • Pay a $10 fee to access the park at night.
  • Write down the gate code as the gate will be closed and locked after 4:30 pm. The code is not available to the public or non-members.
  • Visit their website at for safety information as well as facts about the fort. There is a detailed map of the park on their website, and you can use Google Earth to view the park.

On July 10, visibility starts at 10:19 pm and ends at 4:36 am. There are plenty of structures to use as a foreground for the Milky Way Galactic Center; you may want to arrive about 30 minutes before sunset to scope out locations for your night shots. Generally speaking, you should use a wide-angle lens to capture the Milky Way.

Bring plenty of water and a good flashlight. Wear appropriate clothing, bug spray and sturdy walking boots/shoes as you will need to park in one of two parking lots at the park. 

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