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.”
Early mornings are Brett’s favorite time to photograph and Alpenglow shows why that is. “The light is simply magical before sunrise” explains Brett. “I remember framing this shot and watching the rock catch fire with light. It was a wonderful experience to witness the landscape wake up like that.” The bare rock illuminated by the rising sun is a perfect contrast to the lush valley below.
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.
Alpine Dream presents the grandier and elegance of the Colorado Rockies in a single shot. Brett woke up early several mornings in a row and traveled to this peaceful place along the edge of Maroon Lake in hopes of perfect light. “The clouds circling this perfect mountain range was stunning. I’d never seen such a formation in the American Rockies and I was really excited.” recalls Brett about the morning he captured Alpine Dream. “I had been here many times before but nothing had struck me like this!” Brett used a long exposure to capture this image before sunrise and had a polarizing filter to capture a partial reflection of the Maroon Bells in the lake but also to reveal the depth and clarity of the lake itself.