In The Neighborhood: Wildlife Photography Near You

Find accessible wildlife photo opportunities near your home

Mountain bluebird, open space park, Parker, Colorado. The diagonals of the branch are good leading lines, and the bird is placed on a “power point” in the composition, looking into the open space of the frame. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron 150-600mm G2 F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens at 600mm. Exposure: 1/1250 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 800.

Composition Is Still Important

Many of the best outdoor photographers are fond of saying, “Composition rules are made to be broken,” and I agree. Still, you should at least consider some of the normal artistic guidelines when capturing your backyard or neighborhood wildlife.

Offset the bird, place the deer’s head at a “rule of thirds” power point, use leading lines if appropriate and give space in front of the implied (or actual) motion of your wildlife subject.