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.”
Captured in the forests of western Washington state, this beautiful oasis was hidden among the trees. Brett spent several weeks here, exploring the hundreds of miles of trails that border the Pacific coast. “Finding symmetry and simplicity among the chaos of the forest is a challenge” recalls Brett of his experience filming Rain Water. “My goal was to focus on the small waterfalls that graced this landscape.” The calming mood of these small, rugged creeks echoes softly throughout the landscape.
Southern Light is the result of a year-long quest to film this dramatic pier in the perfect light. Brett’s determination to get the perfect shot paid off. “From the moment I found this site I knew it had the potential to be an amazing image. I came back again and again and finally got the perfect sunset I had been looking for.” recalls Brett about the April evening he took this image. “It was a magical night on the Gulf of Mexico.” Utilizing sturdy equipment to hold his camera perfectly still, Brett composed the shot and used a very long exposure to capture the fleeting light as it took refuge behind the horizon. It was nearly dark by the time the camera completed the exposure which is what brings such dramatic color to the sky, water and sand.
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.