As the sun set upon Monument Valley, a special land to the Navajo people in southern Utah, Brett wanted to capture the simplicity of this vast and amazing landscape. He first saw Monument Valley as a young child and had come back several times to experience this peaceful place. Although the nearby town had changed considerably and it has begun to turn into a tourist attraction, Monument Valley is still a place where if you venture off the beaten path there are new landscapes to discover in every direction.
Spending time in the desert sand dunes of Southern Colorado, Brett found himself in a visual playground. The windswept sand and defined shadows created endless compositions. As he hiked through this soft landscape in the dark of dawn, he came across an abandoned tent… barely visible from the ridge he was standing on. As the sun began to rise, the crepuscular light illuminated the dunes with a gentle softness and that single tent, lost in complete Solitude, took form inside his camera.
Southern Light is the result of a year-long quest to film this dramatic pier in the perfect light. Brett’s determination to get the perfect shot paid off. “From the moment I found this site I knew it had the potential to be an amazing image. I came back again and again and finally got the perfect sunset I had been looking for.” recalls Brett about the April evening he took this image. “It was a magical night on the Gulf of Mexico.” Utilizing sturdy equipment to hold his camera perfectly still, Brett composed the shot and used a very long exposure to capture the fleeting light as it took refuge behind the horizon. It was nearly dark by the time the camera completed the exposure which is what brings such dramatic color to the sky, water and sand.