Yosemite

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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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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Merced River | Morning Light

Bends in the river are always something to take note of when photographing an area, especially if you can get yourself to a vantage point above the river, giving your images a feeling that you’re floating over it.

In the image below, I scouted and found the location within Yosemite National Park and came back to it several times during my stay. And on one of the crisp mornings when the light hit the lower trees, it showcased a beautiful reflection in the calm Merced River.


Morning Light | Merced River | © Jay Moore Photography


Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap and Mt. Broderick | Yosemite N.P.

On a gorgeous autumn day last fall, my wife and I took the popular mist trail hike up to Nevada Falls. One view I knew I wanted to see and photograph on our trip was in the afternoon when the sun lights up Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap, Mt. Broderick and the valley below.

After we relaxed for a while at the crest of Nevada falls, we made our way around the John Muir trail to the location that you see below. It was amazing seeing for the first time a view that John Muir himself viewed and used many times to showcase his reasons of why Yosemite Valley needed to be protected and not succumb to the political pressure of becoming a damned valley like Hetch Hetchy valley, only a few miles to its Northwest. His unyielding efforts are one of the main reason why today you can still take the hike up mist trial to view the landscape how generations of people before us have seen it.


Nevada Falls, Liberty Cap and Mt. Broderick | © Jay Moore Photography

And if you’re curious, Liberty Cap cliffs towers over a 1,000 feet above Nevada Falls, as the falls registers at 5,907 feet with Liberty Cap at 7,076 feet.