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Painted Churches of Texas

There is an area between Austin, San Antonio and Houston that was settled by German and Czech immigrants around the turn of the century. This area is home to the Painted Churches of Texas. The towns of Schulemberg, High Hill, Ammannsville, Dubina, Shiner & Praha are some of the cities that are home to these fantastic structures.  This group of churches earn their name from their faux-finished interiors.  The very ornate interiors rival the decor of churches in larger communities.  Most are over 100 years old and the decor looks as fresh today as it did in their early years.  I had the opportunity to visit these magnificent structures in 2013.  I highly recommend visiting these churches if in the area.  Most are open and available to visitors 7-days per week.  Go on a Monday or Tuesday when they are vacant.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville, TX
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Ammannsville, TX

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM set on 24 mm. The camera was set on Aperture Priority mode with the aperture set at f/7.1, shutter speed at 1/100 at ISO 100.  This image was a blend of 3 bracketed images (-2, 0, +2) and processed using the HDR technique.  I used Photomatix to blend the images and finalized my work in Adobe Photoshop.

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