A morning in Luckenbach, Texas

A morning in Luckenbach, Texas

Good old Luckenbach, TX - a tiny little spot in the Texas hill country, famous for being in a country song.  And in my opinion, a great little spot to take some photos - here's 10 photos to prove it!

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The old Post Office in Luckenbach

This is the old post office in Luckenbach, TX which is sort of a famous place, thanks to that old country song which is probably now stuck in your head.  In person, it’s an incredibly small town, if you can even call it that.  It’s tiny - but it packs in a lot of interestingness in such a small place.

In my opinion, the most interesting thing there is this old post office and general store.  It just has a lot of character.  I grabbed this shot there early one morning while the sun was still trying to rise up into the sky.  I prefer shooting famous places (and non-famous ones, too) in the early hours since you can usually count on having them to yourself.  It just wouldn’t be the same shot with a bunch of tourists in the way.

An old Ford

First things first: Happy Memorial Day to all the Americans reading this - and if you are a member or Veteran of the Armed Forces, thank you for your service!

Old trucks are just awesome, especially when they are a little rusted around the edges.  It just adds a little character.  I found this one in Luckenbach, TX while wandering there one morning around sunrise.  I just couldn't resist shooting this when I stumbled upon it!

Shooting in Luckenbach

Luckenbach, TX is a tiny little unincorporated hamlet up in the Texas hill country, not too far from Fredericksburg, TX.  It would be a stretch to call it a town, as there are only a few permanent residents, and a couple of buildings (one of which is the old post office-general store-saloon).  But thanks to the popularity of an old country song by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, many know of this place and even more visit.  It stills hosts a lot of country music concerts and usually hosts a big shindig on the 4th of July.

I was not there during any of those events however, as my preference (as you may know by now) is to shoot places when they are empty (plus, I have never been much of a concert-goer).  So I got up early one Sunday morning while we were in Fredericksburg, and made the short drive out here to grab some shots.  It was really just me, some chickens, and a couple of cats - which oddly didn’t seem to care about the chickens.  If it wasn’t for those critters, it would have felt just like a ghost town.

Luckenbach, TX

Good old Luckenbach, TX.  This is some town. Well, it's not really a town, I guess.  It's an unincorporated community in the Texas hill country about 70 miles west of Austin.  But it's awesome.  It's only about 9 acres in size - which is tiny - but it's got a lot of character.  Since the 1970's it's been "famous" as a country music mecca with performances from greats such as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Lyle Lovett.  And really, there are only 2 main buildings there - the dance hall and this building, which is a combination Post Office/General Store/Saloon. 

I went there at sunrise one morning, because I knew that was my best chance to shoot it empty (which I love to do).  It feels like a ghost town and doubly so when it's just me, my Nikon, two cats and a handful of squawking chickens walking around.  It was pretty dang fun, really.

Technicals: Nikon D700, 7 exposures, f/13, 14-24mm wide angle lens (at 23mm)

Software: HDR Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Aperture

Sunrise on a country road

I guess I could also call this "moon set on a country road" since that is the moon up there as it is making its way on its nightly journey to the other side of the world.

I got up early enough one morning while in the Texas hill country to get out and shoot the sunrise.  Plus, I wanted to get over to Luckenbach, TX and shoot that town before anyone else got there.  I figured 7am on a Monday morning ought to provide me with little interruption - and it did!  Anyways, en route I noticed how the sky was aglow with great color - plus I just like road shots - so I pulled over on this little country road and fired away!