In The Neighborhood: Wildlife Photography Near You

Find accessible wildlife photo opportunities near your home

Western meadowlark singing, Parker, Colorado. I’ve photographed many, many meadowlarks and wanted something a bit different, so I shot into the sun to get the nice rim lighting on the bird. Canon EOS 70D, Tamron 150-600mm G2 F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens at 428mm. Exposure: 1/500 sec., ƒ/8, ISO 400.

Watch The Light

Even though you can go to your neighborhood wildlife spot anytime, the light quality is still important.

Front light provides the easiest light to work in and is best for stopping the action of birds or quick-moving mammals.

Backlight is much more dramatic, though, and can create magic out of even commonly photographed species.

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