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.”
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.”
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.
Earth highlights the intricate, yet powerful forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Photographed on an early spring day, Brett traveled to a secluded beach where he was overwhelmed by the shapes and forms in the sand. “It was just one of those mornings where everything glistened as the sun rose over the horizon.” recalls Brett. “It was just… perfect. I was captivated by the colors and shapes carved into the beach by the outgoing tide. Mini sandbars were everywhere and it was difficult to pick just one subject to film.”