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Glacier Water | Moraine Lake

Glacier lakes are a beautiful sight to see. The color of the water can be a variety of different shades, as it depends on the amount of glacier sediment within the lake in combination with how that sediment settles within the water. The calmer the water, the more those particles can settle and better reflect the light and sky, creating interesting shades of blue and green.

Moraine Lake is made from almost a perfect scenario. It has a high amount of glacier sediment, as it’s located within a bowl of glaciers. And it’s also somewhat protected at where the rushing glacier sediment water enters the lake, which helps keep the water calm. These two elements in combination helps give Moraine Lake an amazing shade of turquoise water, especially when it’s viewed on a bright, clear sunny day, such as in the image below.

And the piece of wood within the scene is floating on top of the calm water, creating an almost abstract image.


Glacier Water | Moraine Lake | © Jay Moore Photography

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People In Nature | Yoho National Park

One of my favorite ‘People In Nature’ image that I captured on my trip to the Rockies is when my wife and I were hiking the Iceline trail in Yoho National Park in Canada. A must hike if you’re visiting the area, you spend most of your time mere feet beside Emerald Glacier and the west face of the towering Vice President mountain, with stunning views down across Yoho valley.

The image below is from one of the prospects along the trail, which overlooks the valley below and Daly Glacier. I knew right away that the scene was perfect for a people in nature image, so I scrabbled up the moraines to give myself a better vantage point of the prospect and the glacier in the distance. My wife then carefully hiked up the narrow path as I captured a scene that I think highlights a sense of strength, persistence and accomplishment …


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

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Glacier Creek

The sediment within glacier water is one of the main reason for its unique colors, which can range from turquoise to white with many shades in between. The more the water is turned up, such as in the image below of a rushing creek, it takes on a look that’s more similar to flowing non-fat milk than water.

During our hike through Paradise Valley within Banff National Park there was lots of rushing water, including several smaller creeks that were flowing very fast. We stopped at one that turned by the path and then under a bridge, which gave us a great vantage point to see up the creek. Since it was later in the day and the sun was behind a mountain, the light was diffused and created even lighting throughout the scene.


Glacier Creek | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Columbia Icefield and Wildflowers

The Icefields Parkway is something that you must explore for at least one day while visiting Banff and/or Jasper National Park in Canada. The drive is absolutely spectacular and if you make it a long day trip, you can take in a couple of beautiful hikes to break up your driving. One hike that must be taken is Wilcox Pass, as it gives you sweeping views of the Columbia Icefields.

A big storm was rolling in and my wife and I were hiking quickly to try and stay ahead of the bad weather. And even though the storm eventually cut our hike and photography short, the images that led up to it was worth it, including the image below with wildflowers in the foreground and the Columbia Icefields looming in the distance. The icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including the Athabasca Glacier (middle) and Dome Glacier (right), seen in the image below.


Columbia Icefield | Icefields Parkway | © Jay Moore Photography

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Building Storm

Building storms can be fun to watch and experience when in a mountainous region. The large peaks and low valleys can create major shifts of cloud formations in matter of minutes when the storm is rolling in.

On this particular hike with my wife and good friends, the thick clouds were swirling around the mountain peak, hiding it from view and then making it reappear for moments at a time. The sun was also popping through those clouds, splashing light throughout parts of the scene. It was perfect for a black and white conversion to help showcase the drama that was taking place. So, I edited the image in Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 to give the final scene more depth and contrast by deepening the richness of the blacks and giving a crispness to the whites.


Building Storm | Rockies | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Jenn & Rich | Sneak Peek | Patterson Park – Pagoda

Jenn and Rich were in great spirits from start to finish on their wedding day and you could see the happiness and joy across their faces during every part of their special day. The day started with a fun first glance in Patterson Park and then moved to the 1840’s Plaza for their ceremony and reception.

Jenn and Rich are big fans of Patterson Park and are great supporters of Friends of Patterson Park and they wanted to do some of their wedding photography in one of the coolest spots in Baltimore, the Pagoda. Below is within the Pagoda as I set them up along the spiral staircase, giving them a fun wedding portrait that they’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a popular destination within the Canadian Rockies. And after you’ve had a chance to visit this amazing part of the world, you can see why. It’s a little more commercialized than the other areas around Banff National Park, but as soon as you get away from the crowds of the famous Fairmount Chateau (seen in the image below) and up on the trails, the crowds thin out and the scenes improve.

We took the Plain of the Six Glaciers hike later in the day, since the crowds would be smaller and the lighting is in a better position to highlight Lake Louis and the surrounding mountain tops. When we stopped at the teahouse, which is a quint little two story building and located at 6,857 feet, we were one of the only people sipping our tea and hot chocolate and had the best table in the place which included amazing views of Victoria and Lefroy Glacier’s. We continued past the teahouse to the prospect, which is just a little further up the trail and is well worth the extra effort as it gives you sweeping views of the valley below, along with close-ups of the multiple glaciers that sit atop the monstrous peaks. Below is an image down the valley onto Lake Louise. You can even see the teahouse in the bottom left hand corner, just follow the small trail to the square looking structure in the trees …


Lake Louise | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Glacier Abstract

During our trip to the Rockies we were able to enjoy the sights (and sounds) of many glaciers. There were many times that we would stop and just stare at these amazing collections of snow and ice. The thought that something forms and stays intact from centuries at a time can really get your mind racing, especially when you’re experiencing it within such a beautiful location.

In the image below, I decided to use my longer lens to zoom in on parts of the glacier to focus on smaller sections, as I found it created abstract type shapes and forms between the glacier and the cliffs. The final image was converted to black and white to help highlight the interaction of those elements.


Glacier Abstract | © Jay Moore Photography

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Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | Dance Party

Casey and Dan, and pretty much all of their guests, celebrated on the dance floor with great passion and energy throughout their reception. The night was full of impressive individual dance moves, groups moving on the floor as one and intimate couple moments that showcased all the love that was in the room. Below are a few highlight images from the newlyweds enjoying their wedding night …

Dan and his groomsmen (and sister) showing the crowd how to move on the dance floor …

Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

Casey grooving with the littliest dancer on the floor, the ring bearer …

Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

Casey and Dan enjoying a moment as their guests show their happiness for the newlyweds …

Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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Moraine Lake Sunset

If you ever get a chance to visit Banff National Park in Canada, then you must make a trip to Moraine Lake. I would even suggest multiple visits at different times of the day to see the lake and surrounding peaks within different light.

This location quickly became my wife and my favorite area within Banff, as we enjoyed the scenery and the hikes around this amazing part of the world. We made the trek to this gem of a spot several times during our stay in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most dramatic times of the day is during the early evening, starting about two hours prior to sunset. The suns light enters from an opening of the peaks from the West, creating a dramatic directional light on the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It’s one of those areas that you can sit back, relax and just enjoy natures show. That’s what my wife and I did as we grabbed some cheese and crackers, and a bottle of red and pulled up a rock on the ‘rockpile’ and watched the light change from minute to minute.


Moraine Lake Sunset | © Jay Moore Photography

If you’re interested in how the location looks during the morning sunrise … CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS POST

Photography / Hiking Insight: As said above, Moraine Lake is beautiful anytime of day to visit, but sunrise and sunset bring a special light to this magical place, giving it even more drama than usual. I enjoyed the morning light a little more than evening (August) since it touched on many of the Ten Peaks (was at location about 15 minutes before the scheduled sunrise). However, the evening light (as seen above) is very dramatic (at location about two hours before scheduled sunset for best angled light), but since the Canadian Rockies generate its own clouds throughout the day, we only had a few small windows to photograph the scene before the clouds covered the dramatic light.

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Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | Wedding Party

Casey and Dan had one of the most energetic wedding parties (and guests) that I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph at a wedding. They were full of positive energy and great vibes for the happy couple and it not only showed on the dance floor later in the evening, but it also came through loud and clear during the wedding party images.

Using the 1840’s Plaza staircase, I set the group around Casey and Dan and gave the wedding party the opportunity to show off their excitement for the newlyweds … and as you can see in the image below, they did a fantastic job.


Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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Journey | People In Nature

When my wife and our good friends were on the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, which is a trail I highly recommend experiencing at least once in your life, I used our time to capture some scenes of people in nature. It’s a series of images that I’ve been thinking about for some time and with our trip to the Rockies this summer, it gave me a perfect opportunity to begin capturing beautiful landscape images with signs of people within the scene.

I love how the path seems to blend into the river below, looking as if the valley is a continuation of the Highline Trail. It feels as if the people along the trail are on a great journey to somewhere unknown, which could be used commercially to showcase a businesses pursuit of finding bigger and better things within their industry.


Journey | © Jay Moore Photography

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Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | A Special Moment

Casey and Dan had a beautiful September wedding in the heart of Baltimore City at the 1840’s Plaza. They decided on a first glance and do some of their images prior to the ceremony, which gave us some time to capture several different scenes around the venue, including the iconic steps that are located inside the 1840’s building.

I set them into position and then gave them some free time to talk with each other and then waited for the right moments to snap the shutter. The image below showcases the happiness that they’re both experiencing on their special day, while the railing of the staircase creates leading lines that take you right to the main subject, the newlyweds.


Casey & Dan | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lake O’Hara Region | Alpine Circuit

The Lake O’Hara region is a special area of the world and is a must see location if you visit the Canadian Rockies. It does take some planning as its a protected area with only 42 day hikers per day getting permits, which must be obtained by calling ahead 3-months to the day that you plan on visiting the area. The call can take up to several hours and hundreds of redials, but the time on the phone is fully worth it, as 3-months later you’ll be hiking one of the most inspirational trails that you’ll ever set foot on.

The below image is from along the Huber Ledges Alpine section of the Alpine Circuit, where you can see the chain of glacier lakes from Lake Oesa on the left, down to Lake O’Hara on the right, with Lefroy Lake, Victoria Lake and Yukness Lake in between. The day of our hike had storm clouds rolling into the area and threatened to potential ruin our hiking trip, but we pushed on and the clouds provided for some dramatic scenes and the rain and thunder held off until that night when we were off the mountain side.


Lake O’Hara Region | © Jay Moore Photography

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St. Mary Lake | Glacier National Park

St. Mary Lake is a great location to visit and photograph while in Glacier National Park. The below scene is from an area that is frequented by many tour buses and cars, as there’s a parking area across the road. Even though it’s somewhat crowded at times, depending on if you arrive with a tour bus, you should still visit the location because it has an amazing view of St. Mary Lake and Wild Goose Island and is worth every second of your stop. Plus it’s one of the easiest spots to reach in all of the park, so it’s a great place to revisit at different times of the day.

Below is during early afternoon so the sun is still high in the sky. The white puffy clouds were perfect and helped create drama within a midday lit scene. I converted the final image into black and white with Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro 2.


St Mary Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

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Bear Grass on Highline Trail | Glacier National Park

Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is truly a hike of a lifetime. The trail is a visual feast that gives your soul a day of beauty and relaxation as you soak in one amazing view after another. It’s a location that’s highly recommended and can’t be missed if you’re ever in the area. The hike is not easy, but with every turn and slight change in landscape, it pushes you on and keeps your feet moving forward to see what’s around the next mountain side.

We were lucky to have the bear grass peaking during our time on the trail, which gave us many interesting foregrounds. In the image below, we came across some beautiful bear grass, so I quickly set up my composition as the rest of the group continued along the trail. My focus was on the bear grass with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to the scene. However, as I was waiting for my hiking group to clear, I decided to capture the scene with my wife just about to turn the corner of the mountain side, which makes the image stronger as it gives the viewer a point of interest along the trail.


Bear Grass on Highline Trail | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

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Lisa & Chris | Sneak Peek | Happily Married

Lisa and Chris were wonderful throughout their entire wedding day. They were both full of great energy with lots of smiles and excitement for their big day. And when it was time to transition from their ceremony to the reception, they decided to take the walk from Little Italy to Harbor East, stopping for some images along the way.

In the image below we stopped at one of the bridges with some of Baltimore’s iconic landmarks in the background. I gave the happy couple some time to enjoy the moment and let them interact naturally with each other, while waiting to capture the special moments for the newlyweds. The image below highlights their happiness on their wedding day, as they both gaze into each others eyes as Chris touches Lisa softly on her check.


Lisa & Chris | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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Assateague Island | Wild Horses

One of the main stars of Assateague Island are the wild horses that call the narrow strip of sand dunes home. On a recent trip to one of our favorite camping spots, my wife and I had the opportunity to see dozens of horses playing, running and on a few occasions, wading in the ocean water (highlight image of that coming soon).

The flies were a little out of control on this particular day and the horses were doing their best to try and keep them away. Besides wading in the ocean waves, a few decided to take a roll in the sand to help with the problem, such as in the image below. They’re such amazing animals to see in the wild and to get the opportunity to see and photograph them rolling in the sand was something special.


Assateague Island | Wild Horses | © Jay Moore Photography

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Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park

Iceberg Lake is a beautiful location within Glacier National Park and as its name says, there are small iceberg pieces that float on the lake well into summer. The lake sits at 6094 feet, directly beneath sheer cliffs shaped like a horseshoe bowl. The surrounding peaks tower over 2500 feet above the icebergs, giving the area a dramatic look and feel. During the day of our hike, there was bad weather moving into the area, but that didn’t stop us from taking the nearly 10 mile round trip and 1300 feet elevation change to the base of the turquoise blue water.

In the image below, you can see my good friend continuing on the path around to the left of the lake. I had just finished composing the image and setting up my tripod and was able to capture the scene of his hike along the path, which helps give perspective to the massive area.


Iceberg Lake | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking / Photography Insight: The hike up to Iceberg Lake should be taken as early as you can make it up. Since the opening to the lake faces East beneath a horseshoe bowl, the shadows on the cliffs can be severe if visited in the afternoon hours. Or consider visiting the location on a overcast day, as it will help create even lighting on the cliffs, although you will sacrifice some color within the lake as the sky and bright sun help give the water its amazing color.

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Canadian Rockies | Ordaray Mountain

The image below is another reminder that just because you have an unfavorable weather forecast, morning clouds, rain or a potential thunderstorm, to continue with your photography plans. For my wife and I, we were going to take the trip up to the Lake O’Hara region no matter what mother nature threw at us. However, the day before our big trip, to arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, there was rain and thunderstorms in the forecast.

We woke that morning and stayed positive (unlike the night before when the photographer of the family was slightly cranky), caught the permit only bus up to Lake O’Hara and made our way up to the Alpine circuit. Because we got somewhat lucky and there were building clouds throughout the afternoon, some puffy whites and some storm, it provided for spectacular skies (even though we knew those skies could turn on us at any moment and cut our hike short). The sun kept popping from behind those clouds throughout the day, and when we turned one corner of our hike, we got an amazing view of Ordaray Mountain bathed in partial sunlight. I switched out to a longer lens (70-200mm) to compress the scene to showcase the mountain range against the amazing sky.


Canadian Rockies | Ordaray Mountain | © Jay Moore Photography

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Lisa & Chris | Sneak Peek | Kiss Down The Aisle

Lisa and Chris had a beautiful ceremony in the heart of Baltimore City at a one of Little Italy’s historic churches, St. Leo’s Church.

One of my favorite moments of photographing a wedding is right after the newlyweds have been married and they walk down the aisle hand and hand for the first time as husband and wife. I always keep my camera to my eye to make sure I capture those few precious seconds. So, when Lisa and Chris decided to give each other a small kiss during their walk together, the scene was captured and the happy couple will be able cherish that moment for a lifetime.


Lisa & Chris | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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Accomplishment | People In Nature

First off, let me start by saying my wife is a saint. She is JMP’s number one fan and supporter. And as a significant other of a photographer (as some of you out there might understand), she patiently understands my passion of capturing the world one frame at a time. She always smiles when I talk about directional lighting, constantly nods her head when I discuss shape within a scene, but what makes her so special to me and my business is her willingness to always help out. As a small business owner, you need as many people in your corner as you can get and having your wife leading the effort always makes me smile from ear to ear.

So, when I decided that on our recent trip to the Rockies, I wanted more of my images to include people within my landscape photography, my wife happily accepted the challenge and helped me create some very impactful images of people in nature.

Below is one of those scene where I wanted to include a person within nature, so my wife took a prominent spot on the rock ledge looking out over the Lake O’Hara region while I composed and snapped several frames.

The scene has an accomplishment type energy to it and would work well for businesses that want to showcase that energy to their staff or customers. ‘Accomplishment’ text could be included within the scene if wanted.


Accomplishment | People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Valley of the Ten Peaks & Larch Valley

Valley of the Ten Peaks and the Moraine Lake area have one spectacular view after another, including the stunning hike up to Sentinel Pass, which takes you through Larch Valley. The views begin to open up as you plod through the valley with grand views of Valley of the Ten Peaks showing itself as you entire into the alpine section.

My wife and I actually took the trail on two different occasions, as we both feel in love with it on our first ascent to the top of Sentinel Pass. So, on our last day in the Canadian Rockies we decided to take a side trip to Larch Valley after spending the morning hiking to Eiffel Lake. During our first hike through the area, we enjoyed the beautiful wildflowers and awe-inspiring views, however, I realized after the hike that I missed one particular image. I didn’t capture any scenes with the many calm, small lakes that dot larch valley. So, on our second trip up, I focused upon the reflections of the small lakes and after working the area, I found myself in front of a piece of wood and a few rocks with some of the best scenery in the world as the back ground.


Valley of the Ten Peaks | Larch Valley | © Jay Moore Photography

The image above is another reminder that you have to work the scene no matter where you are, keep moving your feet and try to find a slightly different image from the one you just took. It was roughly 15-20 minutes before I finished with the above scene. If I would have just taken one image of this small lake, it would resulted in just an average image, but with persistence I was able to capture a scene that ended up being one of my favorites during our time in the Rockies.

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Anne & Shawn | Sneak Peek | A Wedding Day Kiss

Anne and Shawn had a beautiful reception at Waverly Mansion in the heart of Howard County. They were all smiles as they enjoyed each step along the way, including a few kisses at their sweetheart table.

I love capturing candid moments of newlyweds on their wedding day and when the guests of Anne and Shawn began clinking their glasses for the two to kiss, I turned quickly, composed the scene in my viewfinder and was able to capture a moment that they’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime.


Anne & Shawn | Sneak Peek | © Jay Moore Photography

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