Solstice captures the unimaginable vastness of our planet from a unique perspective. Photographed by Brett in the deserts of western Utah, this incredible landscape showcases the grand scale and unusual patterns of the Bonneville Salt Flats. This rare shot is a product of three days of scouting the desert floor and waiting for perfect light. Brett decided to film in the late evening. “The sky was illuminated with a thin layer of haze” recalls Brett. “It was smoke from wildfires hundreds of miles away in California creating an awesome mixture of soft light and bright colors. It was the perfect conditions for me as the setting sun lit up the sky and refracted down upon these rare salt patterns.”
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.”
Mystere is a dreamy photograph of a crystal clear river in a small slot canyon in Southern Utah. Brett was captivated by an unusual crack in the stone where water seemed to jet through it, carving it deeper and deeper. “I immediately saw the photograph in my mind. A cloud trapped between two stones.” recalls Brett. “I knew that with the right exposure I could turn the water into fog and at the same time capture the goldish reflection of the warm canyon walls above.” Being careful not to slip, Brett stabilized his tripod and captured the shot. The result is a magical image that can be displayed horizontally or vertically.
Enchanted Forest is a view into the complex, yet elegant structure of the eastern American ecosystem. Captured in the Appalachian Mountains early one autumn morning, Brett came upon this perfect oasis of color while hiking along a stream he was looking to photograph. “The scene immediately captivated me.” recalls Brett. “It was just too perfect. We had hiked for many miles looking to capture all of the colors we were experiencing and this was the moment that it all came together.” Enchanted Forest depicts both the grand beauty and intricate details that our amazing environment has to offer. The wide variety of colors and textures are only visible for a few short days before falling to the ground and waiting for winter to come.