Landscape Photography

Jay Moore Photography’s Artwork Represented By UGallery

I’m happy, and very excited, to announce that UGallery.com has accepted my landscape work and will represent Jay Moore Photography through its industry leading website.

The company, which represent roughly 500 different artists from around the world (ranging from photographer’s to painters and everything in between), has a selection process of submitted artwork and if accepted showcases those artists on one of the top art selling sites on the web.

If you’re interested in seeing my page or just checking out the site … Click on the image below or the following text … Jay Moore on UGallery.com

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Gallery Exhibition – Black Box Gallery (Portland, OR)

I’m happy to announce that Black Box Gallery, located in Portland, OR, has selected one of my landscape images (Zion Valley) to showcase in their upcoming gallery exhibition … Landscape: Looking at Photography.

For all my blog followers back in the Oregon area who want to check it out, the print will be hanging in their gallery space (located at 811 East Burnside St. #212 Portland, Oregon 97214) from March 1-20, 2014. Opening reception is on Friday, March 7 from 5-8pm.

Click on the image below to view Black Box Gallery’s website …

Zion Valley © Jay Moore Photography Black Box
Zion Valley | Jay Moore Photography | Black Box Gallery Webpage


Darkroom Gallery Showcases Jay Moore Photography

I’m happy to announce that one of my landscape images (Yosemite Falls By Moonlight) was recently selected to be shown within Darkroom Gallery’s Five Elements show, which kicks off today and goes through next month.

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JMP Highlighted on Roadtrippers.com

The crew over at RoadTrippers.com put together 8 Facts About Washington DC’s Cherry Blossom Festival and included one of my images taken during last years celebration (highlighted under point #1). Take a quick look as it gives some valuable insight on the festival, both if you’re curious or if you’re planning a trip to our National Capitol to see the beautiful show of color.

Or if you want to check out the post from my coverage last years Festival, click on National Cherry Blossom Festival | Washington DC


Revisited – St. Mary’s Lake | Glacier National Park

This post stems from a new client who contacted me about purchasing a print of my St. Mary’s Lake image for their offices. However, they wanted to see the color version instead of the black and white version that I posted on my blog a few months ago and is currently highlighted within my portfolio on my main site.

So, I happily sent along a proof of the color version to see which direction they wanted to go. And when they selected the color version I went to work to finalize the ‘revisited’ scene. They were also looking for something more ‘panoramic’ so I cropped it with a 1×2 ratio, giving it slight pano feel. Below are the two different versions …

REVISITED IMAGE (Color and cropped with 1×2 ratio) …


St. Mary’s Lake | Color | © Jay Moore Photography

Original edit in black and white …


St. Mary’s Lake | Black & White | © Jay Moore Photography

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Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park

Iceline trail is a must take hike if you’re visiting the Canadian Rockies, as it takes you mere feet from a glacier, while providing one amazing view after another of the Yoho Valley and Takakkaw Falls.

The image below was taken with some nice puffy clouds in the sky, which are great for creating odd lighting patterns on the ground. I loved how the alpine meadow was in a soft, warm light, while the falls down the valley was in a harsher type light. The clouds were moving quickly, so I set up and waited for the sun to pop a little more within the meadow, and then snapped off a few frames.


Takakkaw Falls | Yoho National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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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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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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Athabasca Glacier

The glaciers along the Icefield Parkways are an amazing site to see, as one mountain of glacier wall after another come in to view with every turn. One of the most condensed area of these glaciers are within the Columbia Icefields, which contains eight major glaciers, including Athabasca Glacier, shown below.

The glacier, one of the most grand of the set and the easiest to view (and walk on, as you can see several buses of tourist exploring the glacier within the image below) is another example of how global warming is changing the landscape of this world. Athabasca Glacier currently recedes at about 7-10 feet a year and has shrunk by almost one entire mile over the past 125 years, losing roughly half of its volume within that time. The Icefield Interpretive Centre, which sits right across the street includes many images taken from decades earlier, helping you see the major shifts that have occurred throughout the years.


Athabasca Glacier | Icefields Parkway | © Jay Moore Photography

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Wild Goose Island

Wild Goose Island is a small spec of land that sits in the middle of St. Mary Lake, creating a beautiful scene within Glacier National Park that artist flock to on a daily basis. It’s not only a great location because of its beauty, but because it’s easily accessible by car and provides interesting scenes from sunrise to sunset.

The scene below was somewhat backlit which was a challenge for a full sweeping landscape image, but was great for creating sparkles of light on the lakes rough waters. So, I put on my 70-200mm lens and cranked it to 200mm, and then focused upon the small island. I included Fusillade Mountain in the background, creating some perspective of distance and space.


Wild Goose Island | Glacier National Park | © 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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Lake Louise | Sunrise

Lake Louise is a beautiful place to visit within Banff National Park. It’s a popular destination for tourists around the world and after you get a chance to see the area with your own eyes, you quickly understand why it’s become so crowded with summer vacationers.

One great way to see the lake is during the morning sunrise, as the crowds of tourists are diminished dramatically, but more importantly the mountains and glaciers face east, which puts a soft, warm light upon the scene. And on certain mornings, such as in the image below, the alpine wind hasn’t begun to blow, leaving the lake crystal clear for an amazing reflection of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.


Lake Louise | Sunrise | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park

The Avalanche Lake Trail is a beautiful hike that includes an amazing view of the lake at the half-way point of your trip. However, the beginning and end of the trail (since it’s an out and back trail) takes you along Avalanche Gorge, where Avalanche Creek rushes through a narrow slit of hard rock, creating interesting shapes and forms.

My sturdy tripod was a fixture on all of our hikes during our visit to Glacier National Park and was a vital piece of equipment in capturing the fast moving water of Avalanche Gorge, since I wanted to blur the water with longer exposures. The image below was captured with a 2.5 second exposure at ISO 100 and f22, creating great depth of field while giving the water a flowing sensation throughout the scene.


Avalanche Gorge | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Hiking Insight: This is a very popular trail and is considered a somewhat easier hike within GNP, as it’s roughly 4 miles round trip with an elevation gain of about 600 feet. This is a great afternoon hike, as the main cliffs that surround the lake faces west, so starting the hike at or after lunch time is recommended. This is also a great hike to combine with another smaller hike that can be taken in the morning, such as Hidden Lake near Logan Pass.

Research Insight: We used both the Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park: A Complete Recreation Guide) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park) throughout our time in Glacier National Park and I highly suggest purchasing them both before your visit.

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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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Granite Park Chalet | Glacier National Park

The Granite Park Chalet, which is located along the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park, is a wonderful structure perched high up in the Rocky Mountains. It’s an active chalet which gives you an opportunity to wake to morning sunrises at almost 6,500 feet on the edge of the world. It’s only open for a few months every year, as the snow is still many feet high when they start clearing it in June. And it’s something you have to plan for in advance, as the chalet’s rooms book up every year in only a few hours.

We didn’t stay in the chalet on our recent visit, but after day dreaming of watching a sunrise and sunset in such a beautiful place, I can see staying overnight for a few nights at this location on our next trip to this part of the world.


Granite Park Chalet | Glacier National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the Highline trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass to the Granite Park Chalet. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


Glacier Creek

The sediment within glacier water is one of the main reason for its unique colors, which can range from turquoise to white with many shades in between. The more the water is turned up, such as in the image below of a rushing creek, it takes on a look that’s more similar to flowing non-fat milk than water.

During our hike through Paradise Valley within Banff National Park there was lots of rushing water, including several smaller creeks that were flowing very fast. We stopped at one that turned by the path and then under a bridge, which gave us a great vantage point to see up the creek. Since it was later in the day and the sun was behind a mountain, the light was diffused and created even lighting throughout the scene.


Glacier Creek | Banff National Park | © Jay Moore Photography

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Columbia Icefield and Wildflowers

The Icefields Parkway is something that you must explore for at least one day while visiting Banff and/or Jasper National Park in Canada. The drive is absolutely spectacular and if you make it a long day trip, you can take in a couple of beautiful hikes to break up your driving. One hike that must be taken is Wilcox Pass, as it gives you sweeping views of the Columbia Icefields.

A big storm was rolling in and my wife and I were hiking quickly to try and stay ahead of the bad weather. And even though the storm eventually cut our hike and photography short, the images that led up to it was worth it, including the image below with wildflowers in the foreground and the Columbia Icefields looming in the distance. The icefield feeds eight major glaciers, including the Athabasca Glacier (middle) and Dome Glacier (right), seen in the image below.


Columbia Icefield | Icefields Parkway | © 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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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a popular destination within the Canadian Rockies. And after you’ve had a chance to visit this amazing part of the world, you can see why. It’s a little more commercialized than the other areas around Banff National Park, but as soon as you get away from the crowds of the famous Fairmount Chateau (seen in the image below) and up on the trails, the crowds thin out and the scenes improve.

We took the Plain of the Six Glaciers hike later in the day, since the crowds would be smaller and the lighting is in a better position to highlight Lake Louis and the surrounding mountain tops. When we stopped at the teahouse, which is a quint little two story building and located at 6,857 feet, we were one of the only people sipping our tea and hot chocolate and had the best table in the place which included amazing views of Victoria and Lefroy Glacier’s. We continued past the teahouse to the prospect, which is just a little further up the trail and is well worth the extra effort as it gives you sweeping views of the valley below, along with close-ups of the multiple glaciers that sit atop the monstrous peaks. Below is an image down the valley onto Lake Louise. You can even see the teahouse in the bottom left hand corner, just follow the small trail to the square looking structure in the trees …


Lake Louise | Banff 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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Moraine Lake Sunset

If you ever get a chance to visit Banff National Park in Canada, then you must make a trip to Moraine Lake. I would even suggest multiple visits at different times of the day to see the lake and surrounding peaks within different light.

This location quickly became my wife and my favorite area within Banff, as we enjoyed the scenery and the hikes around this amazing part of the world. We made the trek to this gem of a spot several times during our stay in the Canadian Rockies and one of the most dramatic times of the day is during the early evening, starting about two hours prior to sunset. The suns light enters from an opening of the peaks from the West, creating a dramatic directional light on the Valley of the Ten Peaks. It’s one of those areas that you can sit back, relax and just enjoy natures show. That’s what my wife and I did as we grabbed some cheese and crackers, and a bottle of red and pulled up a rock on the ‘rockpile’ and watched the light change from minute to minute.


Moraine Lake Sunset | © Jay Moore Photography

If you’re interested in how the location looks during the morning sunrise … CHECK OUT MY PREVIOUS POST

Photography / Hiking Insight: As said above, Moraine Lake is beautiful anytime of day to visit, but sunrise and sunset bring a special light to this magical place, giving it even more drama than usual. I enjoyed the morning light a little more than evening (August) since it touched on many of the Ten Peaks (was at location about 15 minutes before the scheduled sunrise). However, the evening light (as seen above) is very dramatic (at location about two hours before scheduled sunset for best angled light), but since the Canadian Rockies generate its own clouds throughout the day, we only had a few small windows to photograph the scene before the clouds covered the dramatic light.

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Lake O’Hara Region | Alpine Circuit

The Lake O’Hara region is a special area of the world and is a must see location if you visit the Canadian Rockies. It does take some planning as its a protected area with only 42 day hikers per day getting permits, which must be obtained by calling ahead 3-months to the day that you plan on visiting the area. The call can take up to several hours and hundreds of redials, but the time on the phone is fully worth it, as 3-months later you’ll be hiking one of the most inspirational trails that you’ll ever set foot on.

The below image is from along the Huber Ledges Alpine section of the Alpine Circuit, where you can see the chain of glacier lakes from Lake Oesa on the left, down to Lake O’Hara on the right, with Lefroy Lake, Victoria Lake and Yukness Lake in between. The day of our hike had storm clouds rolling into the area and threatened to potential ruin our hiking trip, but we pushed on and the clouds provided for some dramatic scenes and the rain and thunder held off until that night when we were off the mountain side.


Lake O’Hara Region | © Jay Moore Photography

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Bear Grass on Highline Trail | Glacier National Park

Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is truly a hike of a lifetime. The trail is a visual feast that gives your soul a day of beauty and relaxation as you soak in one amazing view after another. It’s a location that’s highly recommended and can’t be missed if you’re ever in the area. The hike is not easy, but with every turn and slight change in landscape, it pushes you on and keeps your feet moving forward to see what’s around the next mountain side.

We were lucky to have the bear grass peaking during our time on the trail, which gave us many interesting foregrounds. In the image below, we came across some beautiful bear grass, so I quickly set up my composition as the rest of the group continued along the trail. My focus was on the bear grass with the beautiful mountains as the backdrop to the scene. However, as I was waiting for my hiking group to clear, I decided to capture the scene with my wife just about to turn the corner of the mountain side, which makes the image stronger as it gives the viewer a point of interest along the trail.


Bear Grass on Highline Trail | © Jay Moore Photography

Photography / Hiking Insight: We started on the trail at 9 am, but I would suggest to try and leave slightly before (8 am in August) and plan on doing the out and back hike from Logan Pass. It’s a little longer than option two (a one-way trip to ‘The Loop’, however, this option concludes with four miles straight down a mountain with very limited views). Although heading back to Logan Pass adds some miles, it’s a gradual slope and easier on your body with better views for your eyes and camera.

Research Insight: We wore out both Vicky Spring’s book (Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park) and our iphone App (HIKE – Glacier National Park).

Print Purchase: If you’re interested in purchasing a photographic print, the image above (and all images posted on my blog) are available in all sizes. Please email be directly through the ‘contact Jay’ link located at the top of the page.


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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