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.”
Gotham City was captured on a cool autumn morning in the slot canyons of Zion National Park in Utah. This unusual canyon formation captivated Brett’s attention as warm light worked its way upstream and into the cavernous room. “What really fascinated me about these pools was the crystal clear water highlighted by yellow, swirling leaves that had dropped in from the vistas above. “ recalls Brett. His inspiration to capture the movement of the water and the warmth of the rounded walls creates a sense of peace in the image.
While hiking the rim of Bryce Canyon in southern Utah, Brett came upon this vista full of variety and color. “I immediately knew that this was a shot.” recalls Brett. “I came back to this outcropping several mornings in a row, just hoping for a perfect sunrise.” Desert Sun showcases the contrast of sandstone and conifer trees that make up Bryce Canyon National Park. Brett first visited the park as an young child and has returned many time since, drawn to it’s great hiking and awe-inspiring landscapes.
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.”