Nestled deep in the Appalachian mountains is a small, one lane forest road. It has no name and is not marked with any signs. It winds back and forth from the top of a mountain to the base of a small stream that carves its way through a valley full of colorful trees and large boulders. Brett was fortunate enough to find this hidden gem and capture the tight corners and lush foliage that is Silent Turn.
“I remember driving down this one lane road as dawn was quickly approaching” recalls Brett. “We had no idea where it went but I wanted to capture the slope and tight turns that made it such a charming little road.” The result is a unique photograph full of adventure and beautiful scenery.
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.”
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.
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.