Giants Among Us was captured in the giant Redwoods of Northern California on a mystical autumn morning. Brett spent a week hiking and exploring these massive forests day and night in search of perfect composition. “I’ve always found it very difficult to photograph forests and trees. My job is to find peace and symmetry in chaos and it’s not always easy.” recalls Brett of his adventures in these awesome groves. “The morning I photographed Giants Among Us was particularly spectactular because of the dense fog that had rolled in off the ocean. It created such magic in my lens I was excited. I ran throughout the forest looking for the perfect shot in the fleeting light! The result was Giants Among Us and one of my favorite photographs and experiences I’ve ever had.”
Yellow Leaf Road is a look into the mountain roads of Virginia during the peak of fall color. Utilizing a long exposure soon after sunset, Brett was able to capture the intense colors of this lush vegetation. “I followed a small forest service road for several miles” recalls Brett. “It was a magical place full of colorful trees, waterfalls, valleys and boulders. As the sun was quickly setting behind the mountains in the distance I decided to capture one more image on film for the day. I came upon this cluster of yellow leaved trees with a bend in the road. It was perfect. I setup my tripod and camera, carefully aligned the shot and took about a 45 second exposure. The result is Yellow Leaf Road.”
Photographed on an early summer morning along the coast of Lake Tahoe, Zen is a simple image that captivates many emotions. The calm water and smooth stones of this region of Western Nevada are a great contrast to the harsh deserts the state is known for. “The warm glow of sunrise was intensified by a slight haze.” recalls Brett. “I had spent several days visiting this spot, waiting for the perfect light. I was pleasantly surprised by the pinkish hues that presented themselves that morning. The calm water and still silence gave me a sense of peace as I framed my shot and captured Zen.”
Filmed early in the morning, prior to sunrise, Midnight Pier is a dramatic image full of color and life. This dreamy landscape was captured in Brett’s camera using a long exposure and a very sturdy tripod. Working with his camera on this beach in the dark, he opened his shutter for several minutes allowing the subtle light to slowly fall upon the film. Using this technique, Brett is able to photograph a world not seen by the human eye… a place full of colors that goes beyond the boundaries of our vision.