In The Neighborhood: Wildlife Photography Near You

Find accessible wildlife photo opportunities near your home

White-tailed deer, city park, Denver, Colorado. I know this particular city park very well from years of visiting. I know where the sun will rise, and I know where the deer hang out. The morning I got this image, everything came together perfectly. The horizon was an orange glow, and the deer was separated from the tree enough for my silhouettes to make sense. Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, Tamron 150-600mm G2 F/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens at 600mm. Exposure: 1/20 sec., ƒ/6.3, ISO 3200.

Get Out There Early

I’ve always been a morning person, and nature photography is perfect for me in that regard. I’m up, awake and ready to go most mornings even before the sun is up.

Motivate yourself to get to your local park for sunrise. Mornings are usually cooler, and animals are more active as they start their day working to find a meal. The crowds of other visitors or even distracting joggers or bikers aren’t out yet during early hours, and you’ll often have the wildlife to yourself, even at popular city parks.