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Window on Texas: Shooting at Dusk

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith walks you through his approach to taking pictures at dusk. Recorded at Gruene Hall in Gruene, Texas.

Window on Texas, July 2013

Dance halls in Texas are a great place to kick up your heels and hear fabulous live music. Some become so notable that they develop into cultural icons. One of these is Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, built in 1878 and purported to be Texas’ oldest continually operating dance hall.

Restored in 1975, Gruene Hall has since hosted performers such as George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and Angela Strehli. You’ll find live music here daily.

During the daytime, the white, wooden building seems unassuming. As dusk approaches, the lights come on and the scene takes on a magical quality.

In the video, Griff talks about timing (dusk starts about 30 minutes after sunset) and creative options when shooting at dusk, such as choosing the right moment to shoot. Gruene Hall is at 1281 Gruene Road in New Braunfels’ Gruene Historic District. Call 830/606-1281.

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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