Abstract

Exhibition – The Kiernan Gallery

I’m happy to announce that one of my abstract photographs has been selected by The Kiernan Gallery to be showcased within their upcoming exhibition In The Abstract.

Click on the image below to take you to the gallery’s website … It’s not easy to find, but look through the ‘online gallery’ section, my image is the 5th row down and 2nd image in. It’s the black and white image …

Jay Moore Photography - The Kiernan Gallery


Project 365 | 130309 | Form and Texture

When out on my photo walks, I’m always on the look out for forms and textures that would make for a good abstract scene. And after walking by this device probably hundreds of times I finally “saw it”, photographed it and converted it to a contrasty black and white image within Lightroom. Can you guess what it is?


Project 365 | 130309 | Form and Texture | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130223 | Tree and Sky

I’m continuing to have a great time experimenting with a new photography technique that involves a combination of unique in camera exposure and focus ideas, with extreme edits in photoshop. The technique really focuses on shapes and forms, while bringing a type of abstract feel to the entire scene.

The below image is looking up through one of the trees and its branches on our property into a gray, winter sky. The edit was focused on making sure to get a range of black, whites and greys into scene. My goal is to work on fine tuning this technique on more simple scenes, so when I began using it with larger landscape images (which come and go within minutes of real time), I’ve already figured out how to photograph it in camera.


Project 365 | 130223 | Tree and Sky | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130211 | Trees and Light

We had an beautiful winter sunset the other day with some deep reds and pinks. I decided to give a technique I’ve been thinking about for the past several weeks a try.

So, while photographing the scene, I purposely created a slightly unfocused image of the red light through the trees by switching to manual focus and adjusting my focal point closer to the lens, creating a nice bokeh from my 70-200mm lens at f2.8. I then pulled the image into photoshop and used a painting filter (Pixel Bender) to create an oil painting type look to the image. The final results turn the image back into a normal looking, slightly abstract, oil painting scene, which is what I was looking for.


Project 365 | 130211 | Trees and Light | © Jay Moore Photography

I look forward to trying this technique on larger landscape type images … Continue to check back for additional examples of this new technique.

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What is Project 365

  • I’ll capture and share at least one photograph per day throughout 2013
  • Images will be captured every day, but will not necessarily be posted on my blog that same day. Meaning, on Monday, I’ll potentially have three Project 365 posts to showcase … Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s images. Same will be true when I’m unavailable to post on certain days throughout the year while on assignment or vacation
  • My goal is not to try and capture a portfolio type scene with every day’s image, but to expand on ideas, styles and techniques to help me continue to build a deeper understanding of the photography medium as an art form
  • All images will be captured on a DSLR camera, not on a camera phone, making me live my life with my camera almost literally strapped to my side
  • I’ll implement a variety of post processing techniques, ranging from nothing to extremely complicated
  • I’ll include a range of explanation with each days post, from nothing to many paragraphs of detail

Project 365 | 130205 | Winter Mystery

The dark and cold mysteries of winter is always fun to find and photograph. With most everything being dormant and waiting for the warmth of spring, it gives way to some mysteries type imagery, such as in the scene below.

It’s a simple scene, some dried leaves hanging from branches during the winter months, just waiting for the new buds to push them to the ground. Add some background interest with contrast and depth of focus, and then finish it off with some rich blacks in post, and you have a mysterious winter scene.


Project 365 | 130205 | Winter Mystery | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130203 | Light & Trees

I’ve really been enjoying a new area of abstract art that I’ve been exploring with my photography. It’s all about creating shapes, depth and mystery by producing an abstract image through slightly out of focus scenes.

I’m normally very meticulous about everything being crisp and sharp with my images, but lately I’ve been trying to do just the opposite, as I experiment with different levels of bokeh within a scene. Below is a soft evening light through some winter, leafless trees.

Project 365 | 130203 | Light & Trees | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130201 | Shapes

Shapes and forms are everywhere, if you let yourself see them. I found the below scene from shadows being created from sunlight through our blinds. I closed the blinds a bit to create some nice contrast of blacks and whites and shot several frames from a few different angles, with the below image being my favorite.


Project 365 | 130201 | Shapes | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130119 | Evening Light

On a clear winter evening, just after the sun sets, there is something mesmerizing about the golden glow that the light makes through trees. It’s a look that you don’t get in the summer, as the light and color are mostly blocked by the trees leaves.

I envisioned it as an artistic, abstract scene, so I photographed it slightly out of focus with my 85mm f1.2 lens to help create that feeling.


Project 365 | 130119 | Evening Light | © Jay Moore Photography

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Project 365 | 130114 | Wood

A couple months back we got a cord of wood delivered for our fireplace and when I was stacking it, there were a few unusual looking pieces with some cool grain patterns, so I put them aside and figured I photograph them sometime. So, before breaking down my lighting from my autumn leaf project, I decided to grab one of the pieces of wood and have some fun.

It’s a two light set up with one of the flashes having a light yellow gel, which is creating the dual colors within the woods grain. The key light is coming across the grain to highlight the interesting pattern, while the yellow gel helps create an abstract scene.


Project 365 | 130414 | Wood | © Jay Moore Photography

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Project 365 | 130104 | Trees

It’s always fun to try new techniques and there has been one that I’ve been meaning to try for sometime. It’s photo painting while moving in a vehicle. On our way home from a winter retreat with great friends, I had the opportunity to capture some scenes while in the back seat. And although most of the images you might see with this technique are within the autumn, I thought using the contrast of the bright snow and the dark trees would give the images a unique and mysterious look.

The key was with the experimentation of the shutter speed. The image below was taken 1/40 sec with a slight pan with the direction we were traveling (shutter will fluctuate depending on how fast your car is traveling). I love how it created an almost ink like look to the scene when I converted the image to black and white …


Project 365 | 130104 | Trees | © Jay Moore Photography

I adjusted my movement of my camera for a different set of images along the drive. I paned my camera in the opposite direction to create a more abstract look to a snow covered hill top …


Project 365 | 130104 | Trees | © Jay Moore Photography

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Project 365 | 130101 | Road

The road to the 2013 Project 365 starts with … a road of course. Bright snow on a dark gravel road was perfect for a black and white conversion …


Project 365 | 130101 | © Jay Moore Photography

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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 …


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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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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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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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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Tree Roots

When out on a photo walk/hike, I’m always trying to keep my eyes open for more than just the sweeping landscape scene, for example, the smaller things that live near your feet. Those details along the way can be just as interesting and help you create dramatic images that showcase texture and shape.

The image below are knurled tree roots that I found interesting. I loved the pattern of the grain and its texture, especially where it turns almost 180 degrees. I positioned it to include the small hole within the roots, as it helps balance the scene.


Tree Roots | © Jay Moore Photography

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Reflections

There’s something about seeing the world through a waters reflection that always gets me excited. I love photographing still water masses, as it gives me an opportunity to explore the abstract of reflections.

In the image below, the sky was beginning to open up and the clouds were reflecting beautifully within the calm water. I found a branch that was hanging out over the bank and composed my image. I snapped a few frames, but when a few droplets fell into the water creating a couple of rings, I fired away as I knew it would help create more depth and interest within the lower part of the image.


Reflections | © Jay Moore Photography

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Water #331 | Calm Ripple

A calm body of water is always fun to photograph, as you normally can use its stillness to photograph nice reflections of the waters edge. However, it’s also great for creating fun ripples within the body itself, which can create an almost abstract scene.

In the image below, my wife and I experimented creating ripples by tossing different size pebbles into the water. After several attempts, we found the right combination of size of pebble and angle of entry to create a soft, calm ripple that almost seems as if it’s been created by photoshop and not a DSLR.


Water #331 | Calm Ripple | © Jay Moore Photography


Rope

Sailors know how to tie knots, especially the folks who work on one of the tall ships that were recently anchored in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor for the Star-Spangled Sailabration. There seemed to be many miles of rope on each one of the ships, going this way and that, tying something down or just wrapped ready to go at a moments notice. And when I came across some thick rope wrapped in a circle on one of the decks of the ship, it shouted for a black and white conversion to showoff its texture and shape.

I cropped the image in post slightly to give it a tighter look at the rope and to position the end of the rope in the center, which I think balances the images shape versus its texture.


Rope | © Jay Moore Photography


American Visionary Art Museum | Cold Versus Warm

Baltimore is home to the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), which is know for a variety of very interesting and unique art. However, it also provides an assortment of photography scenes, including the buildings facade, which is decorated in different shapes and textures of glass.

In the scene below I used my feet to ‘zoom’ my lens into position, creating an abstract look to the buildings facade and showcasing the idea I wanted the viewers to focus upon, cold versus warm (the building is in shade, thus colors of blue, while the reflection of the buildings behind are in full sun, thus colors of yellows).

Something that I always try and remember when I’m out on a photo walk, is to move my feet and/or zoom my lens further than I normally would do for a particular scene. By doing this, you can create images that are more focused on your subject or idea, thus removing unwanted clutter or distractions within the scene. For example, in the image below if I would have left the top or sides of the building I might have lost the abstract subject within the scene, the contrast of cold versus warmth.


American Visionary Art Museum | Cold Versus Warm | © Jay Moore Photography


Fells Point | Abstract

Fells Point in Baltimore City provides many great scenes to photograph, including during the golden hour of evening sunset.

Facing west there are times when the buildings along the cobblestone road are bathed in brilliant sunlight as the sun falls into earth. And if you’re located in the correct area (out on one of the many piers) you can find many interesting reflections in the water, including the one I captured below.

Fells Point | Abstract | © Jay Moore Photography

Next time you’re out with your camera on a photo walk, try looking for a scene with texture or shape that you might not have photographed in the past. Because when you find something that you deem worth photographing and spend a few minutes trying to capture the perfect image, your interest and knowledge in the medium will deepen.


Luray Caverns

If you want to see some unusual natural formations, I highly recommend visiting the Luray Caverns. The tour is just over an hour long and is well worth it. As you descend down the staircase and arrive at the starting point, it feels as if you’ve arrived at another world. The images below are a few examples of some of the interesting scenes within the caverns.

The true co-stars of the show are the team of stalactites (hanging from the ceiling) and stalagmites (growing from the ground) who can work for many centuries to finally unite …

The progress for unification is roughly 1 inch per 100 years (yeah, a long time) … And this 5 foot tall stalagmite (which is small in comparison to others) has already been working roughly 600 years …

Not all formations are created equal as some stalactites create a smooth, curved tip …

There are many different colors within the caverns based on what type of minerals create the formation. I enjoyed the brilliant white scenes, as they create great contrast against the dark brown of the cave walls …

And when a small lake forms underground (which is unusual), the sights are amazing as the water perfectly mirrors the scene above …

Check back again soon for additional scenes from the caverns, along with highlight images of Shenandoah National Park …