Do you feel like you have to travel to exotic places to create great images?
My commitments in my home town (Melbourne, Australia) forced me to find photography opportunities close to home – and I’m glad they did.
In Melbourne, there are opportunities to shoot architecture, city life, sporting events, city scapes, and lifestyle images. I’ve also found some outstanding wildlife urban wildlife locations, even in a city of 4 million people!
Here are 2 shots from some of my favorite places.
First, there is a large colony of grey headed flying foxes at Yarra Bend – roughly 7 kilometres from the city centre. They are spectacular animals and are relatively easy to photograph. This shot is taken with a 70-200mm lens and a fast shutter speed (1/8000s at f3.5) to freeze the action. I love the way you can see the veins in the wings. Spooky.
Second, at Albert Park Lake, there are cockatoos and corellas which visit year round. This shot was taken next to the golf course – a regular haunt for the cockatoos! Albert Park Lake is just a short walk from the city centre.
What are the great urban wildlife opportunities close to your home? Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear what opportunities you are finding.