Wildlife Photography Close To Home

Yes, having a state full of beautifully maintained parks sure helps, but you can find wildlife to photograph almost anywhere. This gorgeous Mallard caught my eye on the drive back home from Brazos Bend State Park last weekend, not more than 1/4 mile from my house. The secret is to take a camera with you everywhere you drive and never put it away. It’s amazing how many different photographic opportunities you can find within walking distance from your own front door!

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Attention – Sugar Land, Texas
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Shot taken with a Canon EOS 7D set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM + EF 1.4x Extender hand-held. The exposure was taken at 560mm, f/7.1 for 1/200th of a second at ISO 100. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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8 thoughts on “Wildlife Photography Close To Home

  1. I like the motion of his wings, it’s almost like I can hear them flapping. I read your blog daily and it is one of my favorites. I was also out at Brazos Bend the same morning along with what seemed like most of the nature photographers in the Houston area. I wish I would have seen you and got a chance to say hello, maybe next time.

  2. Great Shot, Jeff! Just one small remark: the bird is a male wild duck (Anas platyrhynchos) also known as a ‘Mallard’, not a Teal 😉

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  4. Love your photo here (as with all of your work) … 🙂

    All of my photos have been taken within 100 miles and about 85% within 50 miles… so I completely agree with you Jeff. There are great photo opportunities everywhere… even within your own backyard. Many walk right by great captures while traveling to (and looking for) the “unusual”. “I overlooked the orchid while searching for the rose.”

    The great photographer Edward Steichen took hundreds of pictures of a tree near his home in Connecticut. “Each time I look at these pictures,” he said, “I find something new there. Each time I get closer to what I want to say about that tree.”

    BTW: Here are a few captures I recently made of some birds… all within 85 miles of home… not the greatest, I realize, but I’m happy with them… these were taken with my new Canon Rebel T2i and Tamron 70-300mm VC lens with which I am still learning. All were taken as JPG files… have yet to work with RAW.

    http://techranger.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx/182e47dc-06fc-441d-8d5f-0aa088dc9a13/into_the_unknown

    http://techranger.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx/68e6fd19-d298-46f7-a103-77d75f74331c/adequate_perception

    http://techranger.imagekind.com/store/imagedetail.aspx/d244805b-091b-4525-9c76-8ebcd736194f/warm_memories

    Take care…

    Larry

  5. Love the shot Jeff. Looks like he posed for you.

    I use a keyword in Lightroom called backyard wildlife. Sometimes it seems more satisfying to capture a creature right in your own backyard.

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