Most of us aren’t photographers, let alone, photographers for the National Parks Service. Most of us aren’t Joshua Moore.
Seeing as this past week was National Parks Week, it only seemed fitting that we have Joshua take over the Blue Ridge Outdoors Instagram account.
Based out of Eastern Tennesee, the Smokies are basically Joshua’s backyard. If you follow him on Instagram, you’d think he lived outside based on his stories alone. Looking at his photos as if you were looking through his lens, you get a view of the region that only a local would see.
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from and where are you living now?
I am from a small town called Church Hill, Tennessee and currently reside here as well.
“Starry Night Over The James River” The Blue Ridge Parkway offers up some incredible views, but you have to be at the lowest point of the Parkway to catch the stars reflecting along the James River. . Photo and story by @jtm71 for this month’s #instagramtakeover . #BlueridgeParkway #BRP #NationalParks #Landscape #Stars #Night #Virginia
How did you get into photography?
I got into photography in college when I decided that I did not want to pay the hefty price tags that came along with stock photography for my Graphic Design classes. I figured I could use the two together and that has worked out really well for myself.
“Pillar of Hercules” Hidden deep into the Gap Cave standing tall and proud is the Pillar of Hercules at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, a massive column that took millions of years to form, one drip at a time. . Photo and story by @jtm71 for this month’s #instagramtakeover . #CGNHP #CumberlandGapNHP #Cave #Pillar #PillarofHercules #NationalParks
You shoot for the National Parks Service, that sounds like a pretty stellar gig. How did you get started with them?
Well. A little over three years ago I reached out to the headquarters in Washington D.C. to see what it would take to become a photographer for them. They ended up wanting me to send them images to review to see if the quality met their standards, they were thrilled with what they saw and accepted me and my work.
Your landscape photography is amazing and speaks for itself. What other subjects do you like to shoot?
Thanks, I appreciate that. A lot of time and work goes into it. I love portraits, wildlife, and architecture.
“Sunrise From Newfound Gap” Beautiful golden light filled Newfound Gap just after 7 a.m. in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Patience was the key to creating this image, the sun had to hit the right height to bring out the details in the valley and just low enough to not blow out the sky. . Photo and story by @jtm71 for this month’s #instagramtakeover . #GSMNP #Smokys #GreatSmokyMountains #NationalParks #Sunrise #Landscape #NorthCarolina
It’s National Parks Week this week, being a photographer for the NPS, what is your favorite park to shoot?
Well, obviously that is a tough question. I guess I have to choose my hometown park, the Great Smoky Mountains. I get sucked into the trails and vast views, but the Cumberland Gap is right there with it. It has everything the Smoky’s have with a quarter of the crowd and is just about as close.
“Sunrise at Assateague Island National Seashore” A colorful sunrise came up over the marshlands of Assateague Island National Seashore as fog made its way in. . Photo and story by @jtm71 for this month’s #instagramtakeover . #NationalParks #Sunrise #AINSS #Assateague #AssateagueIsland #Landscape #Virginia
What would be your dream National Park to shoot?
Denali National Park, I am aching to get out there so bad.
If you had to live off the grid in a National Park, where would you go?
I would go to the Smoky’s, I know the terrain and have been all over the park. I feel confident that I know the area enough to survive.
What do you prefer to shoot with?
I prefer Nikon. I always shoot in manual. I have to have complete control over my images and I just love how I can push the limits of my camera. Nikon images also come off a bit cooler tone wise and I like that a lot.
“American Majestic” A beautiful scene developed along the Blue Ridge Parkway for just a few minutes. An opening in the storm allowed a shaft of light to come through at sunset, it illuminated the Biltmore and a small section of the forest, the Blue Ridge Mountains could also be seen, they were towering over everything else. . Story and photo by @jtm71 for this month’s #instagramtakeover . #BRP #BlueridgeParkway #BlueridgeMountains #Biltmore #Landscape #Light #NationalParks #Asheville #NorthCarolina
Any tips for budding landscape photographers?
Get up early and stay out late, obsess over your craft and try to learn something new every day. There are plenty of resources on the web that it makes it really easy to do.