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In the October 2013 issue, writer Bob McCullough teams up with San Antonio-based photographer Vincent McDonald to show us Shonto Ranch, a hunting retreat near Kerrville that also offers photographic safaris. We recently asked Vincent for some tips on animal photography.

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Native to southern Africa and well-adapted to arid regions in the United States and Mexico, gemsbok make excellent photo subjects. They’re most active at dawn and dusk. (Photo by Vincent McDonald)

From her vantage point hundreds of feet above a grassy plain bisected by a meandering stream, Beth Yoes of Beaumont aimed her digital camera at the sweeping vista, clicked the shutter, and captured the breathtaking scene.

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park. (Photo by Tim Fitzharris)

Texans who are lucky enough to live among the vistas of this great big state share a common morning ritual: We get up, we grab our coffee, and we walk to the window to take in our own special view of the desert mountains or the Hill Country or the Gulf Coast waves. The routine is an affirmation of sorts, confirming a kindred sensibility that the world is still a beautiful place to live. But even if your view is nothing more than the neighbor’s scruffy lawn, consider yourself fortunate. Our highways offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the vistas of the Texas landscape, whether you live in the midst of one or not.

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Ride along with Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith and Creative Director Mark Mahorsky to Luckenbach, Texas, to see the creative process of a Texas Highways cover photo shoot.

Window on Texas, August 2013 - Cover Shoot

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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

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates a simple technique to make liquids in bottles glow without causing flash glare. Recorded at Garrison Brothers Distillery in Hye, Texas.

Window on Texas, June 2013

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

Window on Texas, May 2013

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith teaches you the basics of using drag shutter photography to freeze the subject in place while blurring background motion. Recorded in Giddings, Texas.

Window on Texas, April 2013

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith highlights his favorite techniques to make portrait photos really shine. Recorded at Blue Bell Creamery in Brenham, Texas.

Window on Texas, March 2013

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When Photography Editor Griff Smith visited the Dart Bowl bowling alley in Austin to shoot its popular enchiladas for the March issue, he faced several challenges. These included overcoming the unflattering light to make the cheesy treats stand out.

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith demonstrates some unusual methods for making your subjects look better before you ever press the shutter button. Recorded at Lammes Candies in Austin, Texas.

Window on Texas, January 2013

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Texas Highways Photo Editor Griff Smith shares his favorite techniques for taking great pictures at a live performance.

Window on Texas, December 2012

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