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Window on Texas: Architecture Photography

Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith finds some new angles on taking photos of architecture. Recorded near Schulenburg, Texas.

Window on Texas, May 2013

Texas’ painted churches, found in the Schulenburg-area communities of Dubina, High Hill, Ammannsville, and Praha, are full of exquisite artistic and architectural details. Among them is the majestic St. Mary’s Catholic Church in High Hill.

Traditional architectural photography rules would suggest a straight-on approach for a photo of the church. Texas Highways Photography Editor Griff Smith, though, wanted a different view. “Using a very wide-angle lens and pointing the camera up at the ceiling to include the chandelier really captures the depth of the room,” said Griff, “Don’t be afraid to break the rules.”

Find out about booking a tour of the painted churches and pick up in-formation from the Greater Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce, 618 N. Main St. Call 866/504-5294;

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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