Black & White

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 | 131024 | Flower

We have an autumn themed flower arrangement that my wife picked up a few days back, so I moved it near a large window and captured it within natural light and then converted it to black and white within Lightroom …


Project 365 | 131024 | Flower | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130618 | Lines and Shapes

Sometimes you see something new from a thing that you’ve probably looked at a hundred times. That was the case when I viewed our garage and looked closely at one of the corners. I grabbed my long lens to zoom into the area, thus capturing a scene that has lines moving into shapes.


Project 365 | 130618 | Lines and Shapes | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130405 | Roof

All art forms, including photography, don’t always need to be complex, as they can be scenes that have a simple composition that uses lines, movement and contrast to tell the story.

I had seen the scene many days (even weeks) before, as I liked how the round vent worked perfectly with the straight lines of the house, however the conditions have not been right to photograph it. On this day, the sky was a brilliant, clear blue sky with the sun positioned almost overhead which casted small shadows on each piece of siding. I knew it would be a contrasty black and white conversion and I did the edit within Lightroom.


Project 365 | 130405 | Roof | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130328 | Rhododendron

My wife and I recently purchased a few plants for our landscaping around our home. One of them is a rhododendron, which always reminds me of the Northwest, as I had several of them around my childhood house.

I converted the final scene to black and white, giving some deep richness to the blacks, while letting the whites pop with contrast.


Project 365 | 130328 | Rhododendron | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130326 | White Leaves

There are a few trees near by our home who held tightly onto its leaves throughout the winter months and now have turned a white, ghostly color and make for an interesting subject. With some nice low directional light, it helped highlight the texture and form of the leaves still holding on.


Project 365 | 130326 | White Leaves | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130318 | Tree Rings

Recently my wife and I picked up some free logs on the side of the road for some future firewood. I noticed that one of the larger logs was perfect for a photo shoot as it was cut somewhat cleanly and had a nice darker inner circle compared to the lighter outside circles, making it perfect for a black and white conversion within Lightroom.


Project 365 | 130318 | Tree Rings | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130314 | Lines and Shapes

Lines and shapes always get me excited, so when I was in my garage and saw some cool reflections of our unfinished walls on the hood of my car with some interesting, almost abstract lines, it screamed for me to snap a few frames. I converted it to black and white within Lightroom.


Project 365 | 130314 | Lines and Shapes | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130311 | Focus and Texture

A combination of select focus and an interesting texture helps attract the viewers eye to a particular element within your image, even if it’s not in the brightest part of the scene.

Conventional thinking in photography is to make sure your subject is not upstaged by a brighter part of your scene, which can take the viewers eye away from your main subject. However, that rule can be broken on occasion, such as in the image below. I used my 85mm with a f1.2 aperture to move the viewers eyes into and out of the selected focus of the textured concrete. The brighter areas on the edges of the scene (and the leading lines) take the viewer from the sides of the images to my selected focal point and back to the sides.


Project 365 | 130311 | Focus and Texture | © Jay Moore Photography


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 | 130307 | Shadows

There was still a layer of snow and ice on the ground when the sun rose in a clear sky. I adventured outside to capture the angled light creating dark shadows against the bright ground. I envisioned the final scene to be a contrasty black and white image, so I made sure to slightly underexpose the scene to not lose detail within the whites.


Project 365 | 130307 | Shadows | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130220 | Shapes

I always enjoy finding and photographing shapes and forms within my environment. In the image below, my computer cord was on one of our dinning room chairs and the evening sun was blaring through our front window, creating an interesting shadow. I knew the final image would be converted to black and white, so I worked the scene to get some fun contrast of the dark shadows versus the bright highlights.


Project 365 | 130220 | Shapes | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130213 | Black vs White

I’m always on the look out for black versus white, yin and yang, type images. And what’s great is that if you open your eyes to those scenes, they will come to you from everywhere, including mere steps from my front door where our black top of our driveway meets the garage. I converted the image to black and white and added some clarity and contrast in Lightroom.


Project 365 | 130213 | Black vs White | © Jay Moore Photography


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 | 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 | 130113 | Mushrooms

The wild mushrooms that are growing on our property caught my eye a few days back, so I decided to focus on them on this particular day. I kept my depth of field shallow and converted to black and white to help create additional drama to the mysterious scene.


Project 365 | 130113 | Mushrooms | © Jay Moore Photography


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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