Photographed on an early summer morning along the coast of Lake Tahoe, Zen is a simple image that captivates many emotions. The calm water and smooth stones of this region of Western Nevada are a great contrast to the harsh deserts the state is known for. “The warm glow of sunrise was intensified by a slight haze.” recalls Brett. “I had spent several days visiting this spot, waiting for the perfect light. I was pleasantly surprised by the pinkish hues that presented themselves that morning. The calm water and still silence gave me a sense of peace as I framed my shot and captured Zen.”
Rocky Shore is another masterpiece by Brett Donnelly that showcases his skills as a long exposure photographer. Captured on the Gulf of Mexico, Rocky Shore took years to perfect including waiting for the perfect atmospheric conditions to produce such beautiful colors in the sky, the rocks, the trees and the ocean. “I spent years going to this secret location along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico waiting for Mother Nature to give me the perfect light” recalls Brett on his journey to capture Rocky Shore. “One day I showed up and the weather was perfect and I was able to capture my vision on film using long exposure techniques on a sturdy tripod.”
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.”
Patterns is a great example of the power of long exposure photography. Brett captured this massive image nearly half an hour before sunrise on the rugged slopes of the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado. Standing at over 750 feet high and traveling for over 30 miles this dynamic landscape is a testament to the ever-changing power and grace of Mother Nature. As the sun began to illuminate the atmosphere, faint but intricate patterns came into Brett’s view revealing the sculpted slopes of each dune that the midnight winds had carved. As he manuvered across ridge after ridge in the early dawn he came upon this image and carefully captured the moment with a single shot. Brett decided to make this print a one of a kind print for the collector who truly appreciates not only the beauty of the image… but the journey and the story that makes it so unique.
Alpine Dream presents the grandier and elegance of the Colorado Rockies in a single shot. Brett woke up early several mornings in a row and traveled to this peaceful place along the edge of Maroon Lake in hopes of perfect light. “The clouds circling this perfect mountain range was stunning. I’d never seen such a formation in the American Rockies and I was really excited.” recalls Brett about the morning he captured Alpine Dream. “I had been here many times before but nothing had struck me like this!” Brett used a long exposure to capture this image before sunrise and had a polarizing filter to capture a partial reflection of the Maroon Bells in the lake but also to reveal the depth and clarity of the lake itself.