Hidden Hammock portrays the peaceful solitude of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Taken during the summer months on the coast of Florida, Brett traveled to this site a dozen times before finally capturing this final print. “I wanted it to be just right” explains Brett about his quest to capture Hidden Hammock. “The shot was difficult because there were many shadows to contend with and a bright ocean in the background. In order to get my exposure dialed in, I waited until sunset when the shadows were at a minimum and the light was soft. Using a semi-long exposure I was able to pick up the subtle, golden hues in the tree bark and still maintain the ocean in the background.”
Volcanic Coast was captured on the rugged coast of Northern California in the late evening one autumn night. As the sun fell below the horizon the smoke from nearby forest fires glowed with awesome intensity. Brett had scouted the location days before capturing Volcanic Coast. Situated on a remote beach on the coast of Northern California, this oceanscape features a fresh water lagoon remarkably close to the Pacific Ocean. This unusual beach, littered with large driftwood and smooth rocks, is part of the California State protected coastline which has protected this unique landscape and will continue to protect it for generations to come.
Rocky Shore is another masterpiece by Brett Donnelly that showcases his skills as a long exposure photographer. Captured on the Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Shore took years to perfect including waiting for the perfect atmospheric conditions to produce such beautiful colors in the sky, the rocks, the trees and the ocean. “I spent years going to this secret location along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico waiting for Mother Nature to give me the perfect light” recalls Brett on his journey to capture Rocky Shore. “One day I showed up and the weather was perfect and I was able to capture my vision on film using long exposure techniques on a sturdy tripod.”
This secluded slot canyon located on sacred Navajo land is rarely photographed. Brett was thrilled to have the opportunity to visit this incredible wonder of Mother Nature. Carved by flash floods and relentless wind, the red and purple hues of this tight canyon are only illuminated during the summer solstice and at high noon. The fleeting light shifted quickly as Brett layed flat on his back underneath his tripod waiting for the moment to capture the perfect light. The sky above was perfectly clear and creates a rich contrast to the pastel hues of the sandstone. Brett was nearly one hundred feet underground when he captured Earth and Sky.
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.”