Series

Project 365 | 130502 | Up – Spring

I decided that the spring green leaves and bright blue sky were a perfect combo to capture the ‘up’ series from a part of our wooded area. I took the image in the early afternoon to include the sun and it’s fun star effect, created by capturing the image with my aperture set to f/22.

If you’re curious what the winter image looks like, CLICK HERE


Project 365 | 130502 | Up – Spring | © Jay Moore Photography


Project 365 | 130111 | Oak Leaf

I know. Three days in a row of photographing autumn leaves seems wild, but I’m in the groove and have my lighting down, so I spent a few hours again this afternoon reshooting some of the leaves from the first day. Below is one example of the depth that the new lighting pattern has created, without losing the saturation of the leaf.


Project 365 | 130111 | Oak Leaf | © Jay Moore Photography

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Project 365 | 130110 | Leaf

I bring you an image from day 2 of my dried autumn leaf photo session. I just left up all the lighting from yesterday and played around with my new lighting technique until I got it where I wanted it.

The new technique includes a second light coming from a 90 degree angle, camera left from the leaf, giving the leaf depth as it cuts across its texture. I’m still using my original light source as the key light to back light the leaf and give its colors maximum saturation. Check out the below image versus the image I posted yesterday, to see the difference the second light makes within the leaves depth and texture.


Project 365 | 130110 | Leaf | © Jay Moore Photography

The fun part that I realized is that I’ll need to reshoot all the leaves I did yesterday and from earlier today because I perfected the two light set-up, with the right power levels and positions, towards the end of the session this afternoon. Good news is that the lights are already set-up and dialed in for day 3 of the autumn leaf session.

Make sure to check back to find out my set-up on how I photographed each leaf … I’ll give you a hint, there is a black string involved.

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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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Project 365 | 130109 | Leaf

Below is a sneak peek image from my autumn leaf photoshoot that I captured this afternoon. I love the bright, vibrant colors that dried, pressed leaves showcase when backlit, such as in the image below. And what makes Project 365 great for me is that it sort of gives me a free pass to try new things when photographing something that I’ve already done in the past.

So, after capturing a couple of the pressed leaves, I tried a few other lighting patterns with the leaves and found one that I dug. It doesn’t showcase the vibrance and colors as the backlit pattern does, but it gives the leaves some great texture and depth. I’ll be posting some of those images sometime over the next week, so make sure to check back.


Project 365 | 130109 | Leaf | © 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 …


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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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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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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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

Continue to check back for other scenes that highlight people in nature …

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Walk In Paradise | People In Nature

The hike up to Eiffel Lake goes right up the Valley of the Ten Peaks and is a wonderful second hike within the area. It’s second only to the day hike up to Sentinel Pass and actually shares the beginning of the trail before spurring off about 1.5 miles up the switchbacks. As soon as you break through into the alpine section the trail provides one amazing view after another of the surrounding peaks. The 11,000 feet-plus mountains hover over your every step, reminding you that you’re in a place like no other.

I wanted to capture natures size and power of the area and decided including a person would help with the perspective. I used a longer zoom lens to compress the scene of the mountainous background to the foreground of my wife on the Eiffel Lake trail. Make sure to click on the image to get a larger version of the scene.


Walk In Paradise | People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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I also think that this image could be labeled as ‘Challenge’ if you or a business are looking for such imagery for a website or collateral. Please contact me if you’re interested.


Oak Leaf Detail

Autumn is upon us in the mid-Atlantic area and leaves are beginning to change colors. If you plan on gathering and pressing leaves this season, now is the time to begin looking around for the first wave of color change.

Leaves are fun to view and photograph during pretty much every stage of its transformation, but one of my favorite stages to capture is when a leaf is somewhere half-way in between. Such as in the image below, where you can still see signs of summer’s green, while the autumn color palette is in full effect.


Autumn Leaf | Oak Leaf Detail | © Jay Moore Photography

Continue to check back over the autumn season to see additional leaf images …

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Signs of Italy

There is something about a good sign that is always fun to photograph, especially when you’re in the beautiful country of Italy. During my time there, I came across many that were worthy of a few minutes to capture.

I like how this scene balances the strong, old steel and material that makes up the Ristorante Marco Polo sign against the restaurants name that reminds most of a childhood game played with friends, which represents youth and vulnerability.


Signs of Italy | © Jay Moore Photography

Continue to check back to see additional images from my sign series …