The calm, tropical nature of palm trees has captivated Brett since his early childhood. After all, growing up in Florida he has seen his fare share of them. So he set out to capture the hidden Oasis of a palm canopy through the lens of his camera. Traveling by boat to the subtropic region of Southeast Florida he came upon this hidden gem on a small island about thirty miles from the metropolitan city of Miami. “I was surrounded by palm trees in every direction” recalls Brett of his experience. “I found a small clearing in the center of this little island and there in the middle was a cluster of palms. The background was full of greenery and the texture of the palm trees captivated me. It was a very enjoyable experience filming in this lush habitat.”
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.
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.
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.”
Quiet Storm is a breathtaking look into the heart of Mother Nature’s power and grace. The image, captured in springtime along the Gulf of Mexico, is the product of 10 months of hard work filming this rugged coastal shore. “I kept going back to this beach over and over again” recalls Brett reflecting on the challenge of capturing Quiet Storm. “I knew from the moment I found it that it had the potential to be an amazing shot. That night I traveled there during a calm afternoon and for some reason as the sun began to set two storms collided overhead and all hell broke loose!” Brett’s experience on that beach nearly turned disastrous. The secluded beach offered him little coverage to avoid the intense lighting that crashed around him only minutes after capturing Quiet Storm. He took refuge in nearby mangroves for 45 minutes before the storm moved on and he could hike down the coast back to safer ground. “I’ll never forget my experience filming Quiet Storm… it was definitely worth it.”