Dan Moore’s top 5 photographs of 2023

Each December, we ask University Photographers to share their favorite snaps from the last 12 months (and some behind the scenes info) as we look back and reflect on the year. Join us in reviewing the top images captured by University photographer/videographer Dan Moore and some of his thoughts about the images! If you enjoy these images, you can follow Dan on Instagram to see more or view colleagues Sue Pischke and Josh Buntin’s top images.


Student uses a sound board in audio mixing studio.

Where possible, I like to think about foregrounds in images. When I was taking this shot of Chloe in the audio production lab, I had a good chance to use an ultra-wide lens held just over the board to create a good sense of depth. The challenge then is avoiding having Chloe look extremely distorted, as the edges in wide angles tend to do, which I account for by shooting with a lot of empty space behind the subject then cropping back in. -Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer


Grant crouches down to pet a baby goat at goat yoga.

I’d say that getting good images of goat yoga is like shooting fish in a barrel, but it’s really more like photographing baby goats in a field. Easy peasy. I was able to get quite a few nice shots of goats and students with goats, but I really liked this moment of Grant in one of his last days at UWGB before retirement with his new friend. As a photographer, the thing to remember is you need to have the camera down at goat-eye-level. If you stand and shoot down at something like this, it just won’t bring viewers into the image effectively. -Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer


A professor talks with students in an engineering lab classroom.

The best classroom images show the interactions that happen all the time in class, but aren’t always apparent in a photo. This image of MD Maruf Hossain in an engineering classroom that is part of our new TEAM labs really shows the interaction. Building on the past two photos, the box in the foreground (even if it’s out of focus) and the lower camera position help bring the viewer into the image. -Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer


As in classrooms, the best commencement photos show interaction between people. What I liked about this image is that the graduate’s interaction with her family and friends in the crowd is apparent even if you can’t see them. Having the one student turned around in a sea of caps helped make the image unique. -Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer


Remember Grant from a few images ago? The tradition of painting the Phoenix in the MAC Circle during GB Welcome week was his idea, and a great idea it was. In this photo I just really liked the combination of the student reaching to get a spot painted and the great evening light highlighting her face and hair. -Dan Moore, Photographer/Videographer