People In Nature

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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People In Nature

As documented on my blog before, the Moraine Lake area was mine and my wife’s most enjoyable spot within Banff National Park. The scenery was outstanding pretty much which ever direction you looked.

The trip up to Eiffel Lake, which shares part of its trail with Larch Valley Trail, splits off about a 1.5 miles into your journey and begins a beautiful and relaxing hike along the edge of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The trail is less crowded than the hike up to Sentinel Pass and is worth the effort if you’re in the area for multiple days.


People In Nature | © Jay Moore Photography

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Looking Ahead To 2013

It’s always fun to look ahead to the year that’s up and coming. To plan, dream and begin preparing for what’s next in your life. But, you can’t forget to look to the past to draw on the experiences that have already come upon you in your lifetime. And I’m grateful for many things over this past year, including being lucky for the health and safety of the ones that I love.

Here’s to a fantastic 2013 and may the year bring you much happiness and joy …


Looking Ahead To 2013 | © Jay Moore Photography

And if you’re curious, the image above was taken on the trail up to Iceberg Lake in Glacier National Park with my wife and some of our closest friends in the world.


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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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.


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

Continue to check back for additional images of ‘People In Nature’ as my wife and our close friends help me capture additional images in the Rockies …

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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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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

Continue to check back for additional images of ‘People In Nature’ as some of our close friends help me capture some stunning images in the Rockies …

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Achievement | People In Nature

The image below comes as close to a motivational poster that I’ve ever photographed. It was a result of being at the right place at the right time with the right gear … Luck meets preparation.

During one of the pretties hikes within the Canadian Rockies that my wife and I took (Sentinel Pass to Paradise Valley within Banff National Park) we stopped for about 15-20 minutes to let the other half of our hiking group catch up, as we were scrabbling down a steep boulder section and they needed to take a little longer to traverse the section safely.

As we were waiting, another hiker pointed out there were climbers on the hoodoo rock directly in front of us. Since we had some time, I switched out to my 70-200mm lens and my 2x extender (thus 400mm lens), and began snapping a few frames of the climber up the rock face, knowing that I would fire off several when he arrived at the top. The day was beautiful with lots of puffy clouds and the rock was in shade pretty much the entire time he was climbing. However, right as he was getting to the top, the sun popped out, bathing the hoodoo in a golden glow, which created a perfect contrast to the large cliffs behind him, which had a blue hue within the shade.


Achievement | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: My wife and I decided to do the thru hike up to Sentinel Pass and down to Paradise Valley. As for lighting in August, I would suggest getting on the trail somewhat earlier (8ish), so by the time you get to the top of Sentinel Pass, the lighting is still at the correct angle for views back into the Valley of the Ten Peaks, while still giving you nice light for your hike down into Paradise Valley. It’s a long hike, we tracked it at 16 miles, but the day was spectacular and we considered it one of the best hikes we took the entire time we were in the Canadian Rockies. However, the next time we will probably do each hike separately on different days (Day 1 – up and back to Sentinel Pass Day; Day 2 – hike into Paradise Valley).

Research: We primarily used Kathy and Craig Copeland’s book (Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies; The Opinionated Hiking Guide) and it was right on with every hike that it suggested. We also used Brian Patton and Bart Robinson’s book (Canadian Rockies Trail Guide) which was a great resource and provided details of each of the hikes we took. I would suggest getting them both, as you can do lots of your research before even arriving within the area.

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