Brett captured Sacred Falls on film in early autumn in the hills of North Carolina. This beautiful waterfall is relatively quiet during the late summer and early fall which gives it a tranquil feeling surrounded by golden leaves and the debris left over from the floods earlier in the springtime. “When I came upon this waterfall I was instantly captivated by it’s setting” recalls Brett. “It was framed on both sides with steep slopes and fallen leaves which gave peace to the chaos of the debris pool below.”
Waking up early to photograph this magnificent sandstone Arch, Brett captured Rare Light nearly an hour before sunrise. His camera, stabilized from wind and vibrations by a heavy tripod, spent over five minutes collecting the faint light refracted off our Earth’s atmosphere and falling upon the desert floor. Brett has mastered the difficult task of long-exposure photography and Rare Light is one of his greatest achievements. For years he has wanted to capture the rare purple hues of a desert morning and now he has.
Tucked away in the high country of central Colorado, this old mill was once part of a thriving city full of adventure and treasure. Now it is one of only a few structures remaining in what is now a ghost town. Accessible only by ATV, this icon of the Rocky Mountains captivated Brett while searching for old structures full of character. Using a rotating camera head, Brett slowly captured Gold Country as his optics swung left to right.
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.