Photo Of The Day

Jill & Tim | Sneak Peek | Wedding Day Love

Jill and Tim had a beautiful summer wedding as they tied the knot at St. Ursula Church and celebrated with family and friends at Tabrizi’s in the heart of Baltimore City.

We spent a few minutes walking down the pier outside of their reception location and since Jill requested a few fun, pick up type images, Tim was happy to scoop up his wife. And below is one of the images of the newlyweds having fun on their wedding day.


Jill & Tim | Sneak Peek | Project 365 | 130824 | © Jay Moore Photography


Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park

Iceline trail is a must take hike if you’re visiting the Canadian Rockies, as it takes you mere feet from a glacier, while providing one amazing view after another of the Yoho Valley and Takakkaw Falls.

The image below was taken with some nice puffy clouds in the sky, which are great for creating odd lighting patterns on the ground. I loved how the alpine meadow was in a soft, warm light, while the falls down the valley was in a harsher type light. The clouds were moving quickly, so I set up and waited for the sun to pop a little more within the meadow, and then snapped off a few frames.


Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is a beautiful part of the Canadian Rockies and has a several great locations to visit that are a quick drive from Banff National Park and the Lake Louise area. So, if you’re in this part of the world, I would suggest dedicating at least one day to explore Yoho Valley along Iceline Trail.

The image below was taken during the end of our hike when the shadows were getting a little longer. We came upon a person standing along the edge of one of the many alpine lakes that appear within the moraines during the summer months. I quickly composed the image to include the towering mountains in the distance and snapped off a few frames.


People In Nature | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Half Dome Under Full Moon

I’m a big fan of photographing landscape images at night, as it gives a scene a completely different look then the day. Especially if you can combine it with a full moon, as it will give you enough light to properly expose the scene, while giving you a long enough exposure to capture the star filled sky.

What some people don’t realize is that if you photograph by the moons light, you don’t need to jack up your ISO or have super long exposures. For example, the image below of Half Dome and Royal Arches, is captured with ISO 800 at f/4 with a 30-second exposure.


Half Dome Under Full Moon | © Jay Moore Photography

So, the next time you have a clear evening on a full moon, wait for it to get higher in the sky, grab your camera and tripod and head out to your favorite landscape spot to capture a few images.

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People In Nature

As documented on my blog before, the Moraine Lake area was mine and my wife’s most enjoyable spot within Banff National Park. The scenery was outstanding pretty much which ever direction you looked.

The trip up to Eiffel Lake, which shares part of its trail with Larch Valley Trail, splits off about a 1.5 miles into your journey and begins a beautiful and relaxing hike along the edge of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The trail is less crowded than the hike up to Sentinel Pass and is worth the effort if you’re in the area for multiple days.


People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is a beautiful sight to see no mater how many times you’ve laid eyes on it. And what’s great is that it’s always changing, as the amount of water that tumbles over the edges adjusts throughout the year. During the times when the water is heavy, if you position yourself correctly between the falls and the morning sun, you’ll have front row seats to a waterfall rainbow, such as in the image below.


Yosemite Falls | © Jay Moore Photography

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you a happy new year … Here’s to a fantastic 2013.


Happy New Year 2013 | © Jay Moore Photography

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Looking Ahead To 2013

It’s always fun to look ahead to the year that’s up and coming. To plan, dream and begin preparing for what’s next in your life. But, you can’t forget to look to the past to draw on the experiences that have already come upon you in your lifetime. And I’m grateful for many things over this past year, including being lucky for the health and safety of the ones that I love.

Here’s to a fantastic 2013 and may the year bring you much happiness and joy …


Looking Ahead To 2013 | © Jay Moore Photography

And if you’re curious, the image above was taken on the trail up to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park with my wife and some of our closest friends in the world.


Lake Louise Morning Light

Lake Louise is a wonderful place to visit most anytime of the day, but is especially beautiful during the sunrise. It’s the best time to soak up the lake and surrounding Canadian Rockies because during the morning hours it showcases some amazing light while you’re only sharing the scene with a handful of other folks, versus hundreds of people later in the morning. That is why I highly recommend setting you alarm clock early, grab a cup of coffee and get to this location a few minutes prior to sunrise … You’ll not be disappointed.

When I arrived on this particular morning, there was a red canoe in the lake paddling around. It was the only one on the lake and I thought it would work perfectly for some interest in the foreground. So, I found a spot along the edge of the lake quickly composed the scene to showcase the glacier and its reflection in the lake, made sure to include the rising moon and then waited for the canoe to move into the position I wanted, then I snapped off a few frames.


Lake Louise Morning Light | © Jay Moore Photography

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Merry Christmas

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season …


Happy Holidays | © Jay Moore Photography


Antelope Slot Canyons

The antelope slot canyons is a beautiful place to visit in the Southwest, as your time wandering the small natural pathway through the sandstone is a very calming and spiritual experience. The color in this particular scene is exactly what you’ll see if you visit this special location, as when the sun is high in the sky on a clear day, its rays penetrate through the slots creating beautiful shades of yellows, oranges, reds and purples.

Depending on where you are within the slots will determine how much color from each shade is showcased, such as the image below where I’m somewhat close to the top of the canyons, giving the bright, warm yellows an opportunity to shine.


Antelope Slot Canyons #1663 | © Jay Moore Photography

And for those who’ve never visited the slots, the image below is roughly 20-30 feet from the ground to the top, with the path being just out of frame on the bottom. The image is taken on a full-frame camera at 27mm. I also shot it at f/16 at 1.0 secs, to give it maximum depth of field. As with most all of my photo experiences, my camera was mounted to the top of my really right stuff head and sturdy Gitzo legs.

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Continue to check back to see additional highlight images from my slot canyon series …


Mountain Goat

If you’re visiting Glacier National Park, you have a great chance to see mountain goats, as they call the high alpine terrain home. However, they’re not easy to spot as they blend into the mountain side and tend to sit motionless for long periods of time.

If you want an opportunity to view them up close, take the short, but rewarding hike to hidden lake. During our time at the viewpoint that looks over the lake, we were visited by several mountain goats, one in which walked within feet of our resting spot before it took its own path down the face of the rocks.


Mountain Goat | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Calla Lily | Still Life – Revisited

Photographing still life is always fun for me, as it gives me an opportunity to experiment with how light falls upon a subject. And recently I extended that experimental mindset to the post processing part of the image, as I revisited one of my calla lily series and developed it within Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4 software. Thus, creating a new type of blog post, ‘Revisited’ … Check back again soon for other images to go through the process.

I wanted to give the final image a softer feel, while keeping both the detail and drama within the scene. Color Efex is a powerful software as it gives you the opportunity to stack several filters on top of each other, giving you full control to create the results you’re looking for. After moving several filters around, I finally got the images to where I had originally envisioned when beginning the revisit edit. For all those curious folks out there, I stacked the following filters in the following order … Fog, Detail Extractor, Bleach Bypass, Polaroid Transfer and Vignette. I then made some slight color and contrast correction back within Lightroom.

Calla Lily #5216 REVISTED

And to give you a few examples how this image changed from start to finish, below are two other examples … The first using a black and white edit and the second being the original file how it was captured.

Calla Lily #5216 Black and White

Calla Lily #5216 Black and White | © Jay Moore Photography

Calla Lily #5216 Original

Calla Lily #5216 Original | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wave 4805

I always enjoy photographing moving water and in this case it’s the ocean and it’s from my wave series. It’s captured from a somewhat unusual position, almost straight above the wave, as I was on a cliff and the tide was almost all the way in (just out of the frame towards the bottom of the image is the rock cliff). I positioned myself so a rock within the sand was within the scene and waited for the waves to come ashore. It was one of those times that I could have stayed there for hours and never captured the same image twice. The black and white conversion helps create and abstract look to the scene.


Wave 4805 | © Jay Moore Photography

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Athabasca Glacier

The glaciers along the Icefield Parkways are an amazing site to see, as one mountain of glacier wall after another come in to view with every turn. One of the most condensed area of these glaciers are within the Columbia Icefields, which contains eight major glaciers, including Athabasca Glacier, shown below.

The glacier, one of the most grand of the set and the easiest to view (and walk on, as you can see several buses of tourist exploring the glacier within the image below) is another example of how global warming is changing the landscape of this world. Athabasca Glacier currently recedes at about 7-10 feet a year and has shrunk by almost one entire mile over the past 125 years, losing roughly half of its volume within that time. The Icefield Interpretive Centre, which sits right across the street includes many images taken from decades earlier, helping you see the major shifts that have occurred throughout the years.


Athabasca Glacier | Icefields Parkway | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

Iceline trail, which is located just inside Yoho National Park and a fairly easy ride from the Lake Louise area, is a must hike if you’re visiting this part of the world. The trail quickly gets within the alpine, giving you sweeping views of the Yoho Valley floor, along with several glaciers that occupy the area.

While resting and having some protein during the half-way point of our hike that day, my wife and I had front row seats of a couple who decided that the moraine in front of the prospect would have a better view of the Yoho valley and Daly Glacier. As they began their ascent up the moraine, I composed the scene and snapped off several frames, with the below image being one of my favorites.


People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wildflowers | Glacier National Park

One of the most spectacular parts of visiting Glacier National Park is the site of all the wild flowers that live within the alpines. As the snow melts and gives way to these colorful beauties, they provide a colorful explosion for your eyes, as you scan the small trail traversing the high altitude hikes. They are not only great for creating interesting foregrounds in large landscape images, but I had an wonderful time photographing them within their own environment on the ground. Below is an image of some nice Castilleja (Indian Paintbrush) within a sea of wildflowers.

I adjusted my settings within my camera (Canon) so I could easily move my cameras dial to C1 to capture the wildflowers without needing to adjust my landscape settings, which normally stayed around f/13 (give or take a few stops). I set C1 to f2.8, so when I came across a scene that I wanted to capture, I turned the dial, composed the scene and fired away. It was a great way to capture these beautiful pieces of nature without having to make major adjustments to my settings along the trail. When I was completed with photographing the scene, I turned the dial back to ‘M’ and was ready to capture my next large landscape image.


Wild Flowers | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island is a small spec of land that sits in the middle of St. Mary Lake, creating a beautiful scene within Glacier National Park that artist flock to on a daily basis. It’s not only a great location because of its beauty, but because it’s easily accessible by car and provides interesting scenes from sunrise to sunset.

The scene below was somewhat backlit which was a challenge for a full sweeping landscape image, but was great for creating sparkles of light on the lakes rough waters. So, I put on my 70-200mm lens and cranked it to 200mm, and then focused upon the small island. I included Fusillade Mountain in the background, creating some perspective of distance and space.


Wild Goose Island | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Last years turkey never had a chance as our family demolished it with a set of two Thanksgiving feasts. The first one took place in the afternoon, during the formal portion of the day, as the second session was in the evening while relaxing with sweatpants and slippers.

BEFORE …


Happy Thanksgiving | Turkey | © Jay Moore Photography

AFTER …


Happy Thanksgiving | Turkey | © Jay Moore Photography


Wood

When out photographing I tend to spend my time searching for trees within the landscape that tell the story of the scene. I love finding those stand alone vibrant tree that showcase solitude, strength and independence, but one thing I try to remember to do is look down from time to time to see the trees from yesteryear, as they can provide for dramatic images, such as in the image below.

Wood | © Jay Moore Photography

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Antelope Slot Canyon

I bring you the first installment of my series from Antelope Slot Canyon. #1733 is one of my favorite images that I captured during my extended time within the canyon. Does this scene seem familiar? Just take a quick look at my blog header as it’s a slice of this particular image.

This spot is a beautiful place within the Southwest, located just outside of Page, AZ, and is a must stop if you’re visiting that part of the world. The canyons have amazing shapes and forms, with a strong spiritual presence that seems to be filled within the open space between the narrow rock walls. And the true magic begins when the sun is high overhead as the light creates different shades of yellows, oranges, reds and purples that seems to glow around you.

Antelope Slot Canyons #1733 | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking / Photography Insight: If visiting the slot canyons, there are two different sections, upper and lower. We spent our time in lower because there are less regulations on how long you can spend walking the canyons, as upper is much more popular and you must stay within your group. The lower provides ample scenes for great images, however you will not get the iconic sun rays that come down onto the canyon floor, as those mostly happen in the upper canyon and only during certain months (late spring, summer and early fall). I would suggest using a tripod to help capture greater depth, but make sure you have flexibility with your tripod legs as there are very few typical set-ups within the canyon.

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Calla Lily | Still Life

Calla lilies are an exciting flower to photograph for still life. They provide an assortment of things to focus upon, such as texture, form and depth. And if done with the right lighting and background, they make for dramatic black and white images.

I find it best to photograph against a darker backdrops (image below is with charcoal) to give the calla Lily the opportunity to pop within the image. I also rotate my lighting between 30 to 120 degrees to help create highlights and shadows within the flower, thus creating depth.

Calla Lily | Still Life | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lake Louise | Sunrise

Lake Louise is a beautiful place to visit within Banff National Park. It’s a popular destination for tourists around the world and after you get a chance to see the area with your own eyes, you quickly understand why it’s become so crowded with summer vacationers.

One great way to see the lake is during the morning sunrise, as the crowds of tourists are diminished dramatically, but more importantly the mountains and glaciers face east, which puts a soft, warm light upon the scene. And on certain mornings, such as in the image below, the alpine wind hasn’t begun to blow, leaving the lake crystal clear for an amazing reflection of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.


Lake Louise | Sunrise | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park

The Avalanche Lake Trail is a beautiful hike that includes an amazing view of the lake at the half-way point of your trip. However, the beginning and end of the trail (since it’s an out and back trail) takes you along Avalanche Gorge, where Avalanche Creek rushes through a narrow slit of hard rock, creating interesting shapes and forms.

My sturdy tripod was a fixture on all of our hikes during our visit to Glacier National Park and was a vital piece of equipment in capturing the fast moving water of Avalanche Gorge, since I wanted to blur the water with longer exposures. The image below was captured with a 2.5 second exposure at ISO 100 and f22, creating great depth of field while giving the water a flowing sensation throughout the scene.


Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. This is a great afternoon hike, as the main cliffs that surround the lake faces west, so starting the hike at or after lunch time is recommended. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We used both the Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) throughout our time in Glacier National Park and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

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