Summer Morning, captured just before dawn on a beautiful beach in his home state of Florida. Summer Morning captivates you with it’s ethereal, moonlit sky and delicate sunrise illuminating the calm Atlantic surf. The warm, wooden dock gives a sense of place in the image without drawing attention away from the perfect sunrise and the rich darkness of deep space.
“When composing this shot I was originally shooting it as a horizontal.” recalls Brett on his latest image Summer Morning. “I took a step backwards to evaluate my placement and to take in the entire scene when I noticed the crescent moon hovering above the horizon. With only seconds left before sunrise I quickly readjusted my equipment, set my exposure and filmed the final shot with a 30 second exposure. The result was Summer Morning and the latest print to join my collection.”
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.”
Brett had traveled endlessly for months before he arrived at this magical lake on the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe on a summer evening. Here he found peace and for the first moment in some time was able to reflect on his journey that brought him here. He had explored 25 states, driven 14,000 miles, and hiked endless trails in search of natural beauty and perfect light. It was this calm… found right here… at this moment… that he had been looking for. It reminded him of what summer felt like as a child. There was an innocence about this place. As if time, although fleeting, seemed to stand still.
The waterfalls of Olympic National Park in western Washington state are breathtaking. Brett spent three weeks photographing the falls and forests of the region, while searching for an abstract view of the landscape. The result is Whisper, a whimsical image of lush vegetation and the water source that supplies them with life.
Morning Calm, perhaps Brett’s most famous image, is a dynamic photograph taken on the Florida coast before sunrise one calm spring morning. Brett traveled to this site many times over the course of several months in search of the perfect conditions to capture his vision. “It was the perfect morning… exactly what I had been waiting for. The air was dry and warm which provided ideal conditions to capture a brilliant sunrise.” recalls Brett. Using a long exposure to capture a wide range of colors and to emphasize the stillness of the water, Morning Calm displays the power and grace of natural light by displaying every color of the spectrum… from the cool blues and greens of the water to the warm reds and yellows of the horizon.