Special offers: Calendars, cards & a book!

1. Special offer on my two 2019 wall calendars. This year’s calendars [pictured below] are Modest Epiphanies, featuring my evocative landscape photos, and Vintage New Zealand, an intriguing selection from my own old photo collection. Each has a mailing envelope; they are easily posted or carried in your luggage as gifts for your hosts. Two new greeting cards (combined value $9) are offered with each calendar at $15 all-up (and post-free).

Each card comes with a white envelope and shows one of my fine art prints in miniature. As no-message cards they are useful for all occasions. Keep some on hand for those poignant occasions when email just doesn’t cut it. Offer expires Sunday 16th December 2018. Order both calendars for $28 all-up, and receive all four new cards (total value: $18 – see below; available separately for $15 post-free). While stocks last – that’s a deal!

2. Special offer on my most recent photo book, Perfect Evenings.

The last few copies of this small edition [pictured below] are offered at a special price of $35 each, post-free (usually $50). Get your signed copy now! Offer expires Sunday 16th December 2018.

Perfect Evenings is my second book of long exposures of New Zealand at twilight or after dark. A new suite of colourful and unusual images is complemented with an introductory text on night photography, plus a technical section at the back.

3. Direct to your giftee.

Any of the above can be sent directly to your intended destination, gift-wrapped and carded with your choice of inscription, at no extra charge and without receipts. You will be notified on despatch; a receipt is emailed too, if required.

 Payment by cheque or by direct credit:
B. M. Brewster Westpac 03 0703 0370438 00
(Payment for Australian orders by Paypal)

1. Two 2019 Calendars

Greeting card photographs

2. Perfect Evenings photo book

Email barneybrewster@xtra.co.nz to place your order today.

NEW Summer season fine art print

302. Summer Moon, Turtle Cove, Golden Bay

Announcing a new fine art print for the summer season. My moonlit gem titled Summer moon, Turtle Cove, Golden Bay is printed A3 size (297 x 420mm) on archival photo rag paper, with long-lasting proprietary inks. It’s a charmer, but limited strictly to just 25 prints, each numbered and signed by yours truly, the photographer.

Summer moon, Turtle Cove was taken in a very special, private location one perfect evening in early February. The view was wonderful: moonlight flickered on the sea behind a silhouette of nikau palms. The rugged limestone coast of Turtle Cove stretched away to the north, while surf broke softly on the sand below us. Just out of frame is the Turtle itself, a curious rocky outcrop. All that magic filtered slowly into my camera with a long exposure. Summer moon is very summery – and very moony!

Summer moon, Turtle Cove is available for $125 within NZ (or $A125 post-free to Australia). Dare we mention the X-word? Get in quick, as only 25 prints (of any size) will be sold. Please allow 10 days for printing and delivery. 

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2. Special offer on my two 2019 wall calendars (only 18 copies left of each). The calendars are A. Modest Epiphanies, featuring my evocative landscape photos, and B. Vintage New Zealand, an intriguing selection from my own old photo collection. Each has a mailing envelope; they are easily posted or carried in your luggage as gifts for your hosts. Two new greeting cards (combined value $9) are offered with each calendar at $15 all-up (and post-free).

Each card comes with a white envelope and shows one of my fine art prints in miniature. As no-message cards they are useful for all occasions. Keep some on hand for those poignant occasions when email just doesn’t cut it. Offer expires Sunday 9th December 2018. Order both calendars for $28 all-up, and receive all four new cards (total value: $18 – see below; available separately for $15 post-free). While stocks last! That’s a deal

3. Special offer on my most recent photo book, Perfect Evenings.

The last six copies of this small edition are offered at a special price of $35 each, post-free (usually $50). Get your signed copy now! Offer expires Sunday 9th December 2018.

Perfect Evenings is my second book of long exposures of New Zealand at twilight or after dark. A new suite of colourful and unusual images is complemented with an introductory text on night photography, plus a technical section at the back.

4. Direct to your giftee.

All of the above can be sent directly to your intended destination, gift-wrapped and carded with your choice of inscription, at no extra charge and without receipts. You will be notified on despatch; a receipt is emailed too, if required.

 Payment by cheque or by direct credit:
B. M. Brewster Westpac 03 0703 0370438 00
(Payment for Australian orders by Paypal)

Prints will be sent by NZ Post, Track & Trace by mailing tube,
to your preferred address.

Summer moon, Turtle Cove, Golden Bay

2. Two 2019 Calendars

Greeting card photographs

3. Perfect Evenings photo book

Email barneybrewster@xtra.co.nz to place your order today.

Modest Epiphanies: Lakeside morning

Lakeside morning, Mahinapua. 9.55am, 11 April 2018

SEPTEMBER in my 2019 calendar! Lake Mahinapua is the first stop after Hokitika as you head south down the South Island’s West Coast. Surrounded by native forest, the lake’s a total gem left to us by the last glacial retreat ten thousand years ago. On a weekday morning in April there are few camper vans visiting and even fewer watercraft about,  although perhaps a fizzboat and a Nordic waterskier could have added some visual tension here.

As a basically monochromatic study, the textures and horizons neatly summarise the special appeal of the celebrated West Coast landscape. Except in early summer when the flax and rata are in flower, it is not an especially colourful landscape, although it is certainly a green and pleasant one.

The scene has been exposed for its highlights; a high dynamic range image would give a quite different effect. It would show the correct colour for the reeds and distant forest, but without artistry or any emotional appeal.  The very literalness of HDR photography Ieaves me cold, seen at worst when a landscape under broad daylight is absurdly combined with a vivid, overarching sunset.  Really, which planet do these photographers live on?

1/640th sec at f16. Nikon 85mm; ISO 250

Modest Epiphanies: Wharariki Farm Park

Modest Epiphanies: Wharariki Farm Park, Golden Bay. 11.56am, 9 March 2009

An idyll of sheep grazing peacefully by a grove of cabbage trees (ti kouka), on old dunelands behind Wharariki Beach, in Nelson. This is a wider version of the image appearing as FEBRUARY in my Modest Epiphanies 2019 calendar. It was taken on the foot track to the beach – in New Zealand the grandeur of the beach matches its relative accessibility. The grandest beaches require a walk from the carpark, although this is never a great distance (Whatipu on the Auckland west coast is another example).

It’s a late-summery photo, taken around mid day and looking straight into the sun. I believe the lens was shielded from direct rays by getting someone to shade it with a hand, but there is still a slight flare above one cloud. The scene is warmer and more saturated than the native record, of course, thanks to artistic licence in post-processing. However in my taking this as a jpeg (rather than in RAW) my post-pro options have been more limited.

With the Lumix LX3 there was the luxury of being able to choose the format ratio before taking the photo, with three options: 2:3 [the 35mm standard]; 3:4 and the panoramic 16×9 [as above]. This last ratio fits a typical laptop screen and so lends itself well to wallpaper / screensaver applications.  And in fact, this very frame was my own wallpaper for a lengthy period.

1/640th at f8. “35mm” zoom setting; ISO 125

 

 

Limited edition prints now available

Fine art prints from New Zealand

Original and beautiful fine art for your walls


Available now from night photographer Barney Brewster

Do your walls suffer the secret shame of art poverty?
Then your problem is solved.

Today for a limited time I offer lovers of New Zealand scenes 8 fine art prints, at a very special introductory price of $99 each (post-free within NZ)

[OFFER NOW CLOSED]

“Finally!!” my daughter exclaims, at news that I am publishing fine art prints of my night photos (my middle name is Lightning). Taken by moonlight or at twilight, these are luminous, lovely images, distinctively New Zealand and found nowhere else but here.

These have been published in my three photo books but until now non have seen the light of day as limited edition fine art prints.

Each print is signed and numbered, and strictly limited to 25 copies.

Buy one, or buy several – at my special introductory price of

$99 each, post free within NZ.

For Australian orders:
Payment via Paypal invoice, in Australian currency.
$A99 offer includes free postage to Australia.

The price from 19th November 2018 will be $125 each.
The prints are available for only as long as the edition lasts, and as each edition gets close to selling out I will increase the price.

Order direct from the photographer.
Offer expires Sunday 18th November 2018.

The images are a uniform size, known as A3 (297 x 420mm). Professionally printed using proprietary inks on matt rag paper, these fine art prints come with a 5mm border, unframed.

Framing options can be seen in the pictures below, thanks to
The Framing Rooms, Nelson.

Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and my artist’s statement.

Yes, there are only 45 shopping days until Christmas, and I was amused to see on a Grinch movie poster recently the headline: “It’s never too early to be annoyed by Christmas.” However, it’s also never too early to have those seasonal cares sorted. Reduce your To-do list today!

Offer expires Sunday 18th November 2018.
Order direct from the photographer.

Order one or several fine art prints at the excellent, one-off price of $99 each.

Order two prints and I will send two free calendars with your order. Order 3 prints and receive 3 free calendars!! (Sent separately from the prints)

Your order will be sent within 10 days. Payment by cheque or by direct credit:
B. M. Brewster Westpac 03 0703 0370438 00

Prints will be sent by NZ Post, Track & Trace, in mailing tubes, to your preferred address.

See a few examples of how the prints could be framed below.

Barney Brewster, Publisher

 

Download and view the catalogue and place your order today!

Click the following link to download the PDF catalogue 

◊ →  Limited edition fine art prints catalogue ← ◊

Four of the eight prints available, showing some framing options. Please note that all prints are supplied unframed.

Framed limited edition fine art prints by Barney Brewster

Email barneybrewster@xtra.co.nz to place your order today.

 

Modest Epiphanies: Early morning flax

Early morning flax, Awhitu Peninsula. 7.50am, 22 May 2013

Not every image in my Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar was actually taken in the month it displays, but this autumnal scene was a good fit for MAY, although the only hint of autumn being in the misty background. New Zealand’s native vegetation is almost entirely evergreen, but summer shows with flower stalks on the flax and crimson flowers on the pohutukawa branches. This scene is Kiwi As, and most New Zealanders would correctly place it north of the Waikato River.

The Awhitu peninsula has a remote feel, despite the proximity of Auckland’s bright lights across the Manukau Harbour on any evening. The topography is surprisingly rugged, owing to the area being largely old dunes of great size and steepness. Lagoons abound and with flat, defendable heights nearby the district supported many small Maori settlements in the early days.

The appeal here rests on the extra texture of the raindrops on the leaves, enhanced also by the muted framing and background. The Lumix is a sturdy, versatile camera, and amazingly light in the hand (and on the hip) after any time spent lugging around the Nikon D700 and a heavy 85mm telephoto.

1/125th sec at f4.5; Lumix LX3 12.8mm; ISO 80

Vintage NZ: Motoring women, about 1908

Motoring women, about 1908.

This is APRIL in my Vintage New Zealand 2019 Calendar, available for purchase on this website. It’s a half plate from my own collection, but details are unknown. The date is an estimate from the style of the little runabout and the fashion in hats (which will surely be airborne as soon as they get moving?).

This is a fair weather sailer only, as there is no provision for bad weather. Of course there are no seatbelts – the only safety feature in sight is the horn on the steering wheel. Almost as fancy as the ladies’ fashions is the fretwork on the porch beyond.

Modest Epiphanies: Moonlight at Tahuna

Moonlight at Tahuna Back Beach, Nelson. 9.24pm, 10th June 2017

This is JULY in my 2019 Modest Epiphanies calendar – still available for your purchase, by the way. This winter angle on the tidal flat behind Tahuna Beach benefits from its split focus and from two figures captured by chance (someone with their dog; I saw no one at the time).

The split focus involves firstly a close focus with the telephoto, and beginning the half-minute exposure with flash, then immediately moving the lens barrel to infinity, for the remaining 29 seconds of the exposure. This routine is an awkward one to repeat, but the challenge is to get a balance in the lighting between the flash-lit foreground and the moonlit background. On the tidal flat much of the lighting came from the adjacent motor camp, but fortunately that too has balanced with the low power of the moonbeams.

I could name the dog walker as Sara N. Dippity – thank you Sara.  This demonstrates that not everything that intrudes on your long exposure frame is a spoiler. Compositionally the usual challenge at beach locations is finding something interesting to populate the foreground, to add interest and a sense of depth.

30 seconds at f5.6. Nikon 85mm; ISO 500

Summer westerly at Te Roti, Eltham

Summer westerly at Te Roti, Eltham, Taranaki. 3.20pm, 29 January 2011

Taranaki is famous for its well-watered pastures and of course for its dairy industry. This is FEBRUARY in my Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar, which is a selection from my book project of the same title. It features Al (my wife) walking towards a field of maize in south Taranaki, alongside what remains of the old Opunake branch railway. It was taken on a windblown afternoon, and as it happens, we visited this location again in August 2018, on another breezy day – but in winter.

Our recent visit surprised me with the changes to be seen from the same viewpoint over seven years later: the cornfield was back in grass of course, but the boxthorn hedge has disappeared. Also lacking were the summer grasses (and clouds – a cool, clear southwester marked the afternoon).  A wintry vista it was.

Photography gives us such a useful and interesting record of little changes in what we assume are “stable” scenes, particularly country ones. I will take more from the same location, sometime!

Purchase my 2019 calendars here: http://www.brewster.co.nz/calendars/

1/320th sec at f11. Nikon 28mm; ISO 500

A First World Problem: Wall art poverty

Mt Taranaki by moonlight, from Wortley Rd. The lights of Inglewood shine below.

An unexpected First World Problem has been developing in western countries in recent years. It is an odd one, to be sure, and some might say it’s a “Giraffe in the Room” (the elephant needs a day off every so often). This is it: Considering the billions of images we now take every month on our cameras and smartphones, where can we see any of these photos?

Certainly not on our walls, as even my own have been bereft of recent imagery. Why are we taking so many photos when so very few get to be printed, and still fewer get framed or pinned up somewhere? Why isn’t all this great creativity on display for all to see – such as on the walls at home, your house and mine? I call this the problem of Wall Art Poverty, a serious middle class malaise, perhaps not fatal but surely damaging to ours souls, which according to Picasso need daily nourishment*.

We seem to be stonkered by the deluge of pixels captured on our marvellous little machines. What to choose to show, and how do you present it? These are the questions I have been asking myself too, as I prepare a first selection of my photographs to offer as fine art prints. The above is the image I began this blog with, in 2010. It graced the cover of my first calendar, and will be one of the images featured in my first offer of fine art prints.

Stay tuned!

* Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life– Pablo Picasso (attrib.)

Modest Epiphanies: A drizzly afternoon

A drizzly afternoon, Collingwood, Nelson. 12.36pm, 12 December 2011

So this must be New Zealand – with rain-enhanced corrugated iron, two fat lambs and a cabbage tree to prove it. This apparently rustic scene presented itself as I waited for my womenfolk outside a chocolate boutique on Beach Rd. It features as August in my Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar. See my earlier posts for more info and pics of my other 2019 calendar Vintage New Zealand.

[Offer now expired, but see link below] 

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Vintage NZ: Wedding group, Golden Bay

Wedding group, Golden Bay, about 1914. [D. Manson, photo]
This unusual line-up was probably taken in Takaka; the attribution to L. Darcy Manson (1885-1947) is only by association. It’s the December image in my Vintage New Zealand 2019 Calendar, a novel collection of unpublished outdoor images. See my post of 22nd August for a special offer on this first-ever production, which expires soon (Friday, 7th September).

Hats were big in 1914, and gloves were still part of formal wear for men (and were always so for women, until the late 1960s). Here we have an unknown couple (no spring chickens), groom’s man (best man), bride’s maid and flower girl in an impromptu studio set-up. Verandahs were often used for group photographs, sometimes with a sheet tacked up as a backdrop, but we don’t often see a carpet brought into the act.

The image has been scanned from the original full plate. The tonal range from bridal whites to dark suits is a long one and not completely captured here. The photographer has possibly allowed the generous margin around the group so that postcards could also be supplied, direct from the glass plate. By 1914  manufacturers produced pre-printed postcard blanks, so that anyone with a darkroom could make their own Post Office-approved cards. As these were smaller than full plate size, the images were inevitably cropped when reproduced as postcards.

Modest Epiphanies: Low tide at Marahau

Low tide at Marahau, Nelson. 1.05pm, 4 April 2012

The freedom of the sands! This image is for January in my Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar. Although taken in autumn, it is very evocative of summer on the granitic beaches of Abel Tasman National Park. The two islands in the background (at left is a headland) are within the Park boundary but Marahau, the main gateway, is just outside it. Abel Tasman NP is a very popular venue each summer for daytrippers, hikers and kayakers.

The calendar previews photos for a projected book of the same name, and subtitled: Deeper meanings in the New Zealand landscape. See earlier posts for details on a special offer on both my calendars for 2019; this expires on Friday, 7th September. Both calendars are now available for purchase.

1/1250th sec at f16. Nikon 85mm; ISO 2000

Vintage NZ: Young girl with poodle

Young girl with poodle, location unknown, c. 1920

This is the June image from my new Vintage New Zealand 2019 calendar; see previous posts for a special offer on this publication. The calendar draws on my own small collection of historical photographs. Very few of the photo prints and glass plates that have come my way have any documentation, so for most we must rely on internal evidence – also known as what’s-in-the-photo, and usually a case of one picture being worth a thousand words.

A simple, back garden image, this has already had favourable comment. It has only lately dawned on me that this young girl may well be related to the youngsters on the calendar cover, as there is a familial likeness with the cover girl, especially. The picture is a hard one to date accurately, and the clues I have used are her hair style (from 1915? Ribbon is earlier) and the patterns printed near her neckline (1925?).  The Bentwood chair is a nice touch considering the rough exterior of the house behind, but is no help in establishing a date, as its design goes back to the 1860s.

The diagonal streak on the left side most likely indicates chemical contamination as the plate was moved from developer bath to fixer solution, in processing. It is not uncommon to see ancient fingerprints and tong marks on early photos, caused by poor handling in developing, but whether such defects relate to the negative or only the print isn’t easily answered without a good look at the original negative. In this case, it’s on the plate.

 

Winter rainbow, Otaki Marae

Winter rainbow, Otaki Marae, Wellington. 4.49pm, 5 July 2012

An image from my Modest Epiphanies 2019 calendar, now at the printers.  The title is taken from my next book, still in preparation, and from which the calendar pictures are a sample.

An epiphany is defined as a moment of revelation or profound realisation, but my photo project only aspires to a modest attainment of this, specifically in relation to the visual understanding of my own country. Thus the subtitle, Deeper meanings in the New Zealand landscape. Yes, there are deeper meanings, or perhaps deeper appreciations of our singularity, both in the big picture and in small details. All of which say the same thing: “This must be New Zealand”.

See my previous post for the special pre-release offers on the TWO calendars we now have close to publication.

1/500th sec at f11. Nikon 85mm; ISO 1000

New 2019 Calendars

Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar Back Cover
Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar Back Cover

These are back-cover glimpses of my new 2019 wall calendars, soon to be published. See my previous post for front cover views, and scroll down for more information about special pre-release offers on these short-run editions.

Vintage New Zealand 2019 Calendar Back Cover
Vintage New Zealand 2019 Calendar Back Cover

The full title of my 11th photo calendar is Modest Epiphanies: Deeper meanings in the New Zealand landscape. The 13 images by day and night are a sample from my forthcoming book of the same name, celebrating the distinctive detail and limber lines of this unique country. Notes on the photos and the year-at-a-glance are at the front.

In the same A4 format is an entirely new (old?) calendar: Vintage New Zealand: Authentic photos from our past has 13 original photos from 1890-1937, selected for their charm and artistic merit. I supply notes on the photos at the start, plus a year-planner page for 2019.

Take advantage of our early bird specials, buy your New Zealand 2019 calendars here.

Something useful – and giftable: At just under 200g, with mailing envelope within, the calendars are post-friendly. They have plenty of space for appointments and occasions, making them useful as well as attractive gifts. Small edition status means they are really boutique items, with limited retail availability.

So you have travel plans?? If you are driving or flying any time from now till the New Year, my calendars are light and easily packed. They make great gifts for your intended hosts, for family and friends, or for business associates. Or you can put them away until the holiday season and rest easy, with that little task neatly covered. Peace of mind at a good price!

Special Early Bird offers: Order your 2019 calendars at a special price now. Normally $18.50 each, these are available direct from the publisher at $13.50 each, post-free – a saving of $5!

Or you can order one of each, a pair for $25, again post-free.

Or you can order six mixed calendars (any ratio) for $70, all up. $11.67 each!!

N.B. Offers expire on 7th September 2018. Orders will be posted in the first week of September.

Available only to NZ and Australian addresses (for Australian orders, please see below).

AUSTRALIAN ORDERS: Prices are in New Zealand currency. Single orders are available at the same price ($13.50), but the higher postage costs to Australia add an extra $10 to the pair offer and $12.50 to the mixed six offer. The extra postage cost will be shown when you order through Shopify.

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September sees two new NZ calendars

Modest Epiphanies 2019 Calendar Front Cover

September sees springtime arrive in Nelson, New Zealand – such a relief after the short, chilly days of winter. September will also see “Early bird” editions of my two new calendars for 2019, ably produced by daughter Yana Brewster, in Wellington.  One showcases my own photos, under the title Modest Epiphanies: Deeper meanings in the New Zealand landscape (as above). It’s a wee preview from my forthcoming book of the same name.

The other calendar is in the same A4 format but it’s something completely new. Called Vintage New Zealand: Authentic photos from our past (as below), this is a lovely compilation, full of historical and human interest. The old but unpublished images all come from my own collection, and I supply curatorial notes on them at the front.

More details will be posted shortly – these will include special pre-release offers for the new calendars (of particular benefit to people with travel plans), plus a glimpse of the 12 images within each.

So yes, there’s still another year to come after this one. However, and as a certain Persian Sufi poet has wisely noted, we can be sure that “This too will pass”. Let’s hope for a happy ending, all the same.

Vintage NZ 2019 Calendar Front Cover

 

Now how did you do that??

Night textures at Paritutu, New Plymouth

This image, from my new book Perfect Evenings, has caused some furrowed brows as to how it was done. Although the shadows suggest the background must be a screen of some sort, the effect was actually achieved entirely in-camera. I used a telephoto (85mm) lens, so a shallow focus is inherent in the composition, but the clue is in the signature lighting: my flash initiated the 30 second exposure.

Of course the flash could only light up the lush foreground, so straight after it I rotated the lens barrel, bringing the background into better focus for the remainder of the exposure.  The  odd plant “shadows” are actually new silhouettes, showing that the foreground was drastically re-positioned by the extension of the lens that the change in focus required. Simple!

SIGNED gift copies of the new book can be sent direct on your behalf to any address in NZ for $NZ50, or to Australia for $NZ60 (air mail only, surface post no longer available). Payment can be made by direct credit or by cheque. Why not email me today: barneybrewster@xtra.co.nz

A nice offer: Free calendar with new book

My Perfect Evenings calendar is available again. Here’s a nice offer: I will send one free with every purchase of my new book of the same name, for the usual retail: $NZ50, post-free to the one address within NZ. Offer applies only while the calendar reprint lasts!

Below are further sample pages from the new book, which is now halfway through its modest print run. The images are supplemented with a good introduction, while a technical section at the back explains some finer points for the curious.

“Best book of pics yet. I love it. Some really good ones for referencing when I’m painting too.” – H.M., New Plymouth

Perfect Evenings: New book now available

SAMPLE IMAGE: Tiny cattle at Te Mata peak, Hawkes Bay

My new photo book is now out. Looking good in just a small edition, it’s yours to purchase for $NZ50, post-free. Or I can send a signed copy as a gift on your behalf to anywhere in New Zealand (or to  Australia for $A55 or $NZ60), with a gift card enclosed. The season approaches!

Perfect Evenings is in landscape format, in laminated softcovers with spine title;  21 x 27.7cm; 92 pages; 75 colour images; 4,500 words.

New book: Perfect Evenings (in press)

Sample page 20, Perfect Evenings

These two sample pages form a spread in my forthcoming book. The first is a surreal New Plymouth scene which makes good use of colour balance settings. The second scene is from Cambridge, using a more conventional colour balance. In my introduction I make the point that colour balance settings are an essential part of creative control with mixed lighting sources, which are so common to evening photography.

Sample page 21, Perfect Evenings

New book coming: Perfect Evenings

NEW BOOK: Front and back cover

My new photography book, Perfect Evenings: The joy of long exposures, is now being printed in Wellington. Read on for my special pre-publication offer.

Perfect Evenings: Sample spread, pages 22-23

Completing the long exposure work first published in my Night Visions, this is a new sequence of luminous landscapes from the North and South Islands. Taken by twilight, moonlight, street light and starlight, the images are colourful, highly textured and often surreal. Be enchanted, edified and entertained!

Perfect Evenings aims to instruct as well as to inspire, and an introduction covers topics such as the advantages of twilight, the full colour of moonlight, the role of celestial mechanics and opportunities offered by the passage of time. A technical section has useful advice; notes on selected photos are also provided. Although this only scratches the surface, the information is not readily available in a New Zealand context.

Perfect Evenings is the first New Zealand exposition on long exposure photography, now a popular pursuit overseas. A fresh take on the great NZ landscape, the book will appeal to lovers of landscape and students of design and colour, and have special interest for photographers keen to explore new avenues.

Special pre-publication offer: $40, post-free in NZ. Buy direct from me and save 20% on the usual retail ($50). OFFER NOW CLOSED.

Perfect Evenings is in softcovers; 21 x 27.7cm (landscape format); 92 pages; 75 images; 4,500 words. Edition of 100 copies only.

New Zealand orders – Payment by cheque or DC: 

B.M. Brewster  030703 – 0370438 – 000.

           [Australian orders are in Australian dollars; $10 extra postage is required.           A payment request will be sent from Paypal]

May 2018 in new Perfect Evenings calendar

Quiet night at Kurow, North Otago

Another sample from my 2018 New Zealand calendar, this one is for May 2018. The holiday park at Kurow was decidedly off-season on the cold autumn night that we stayed there. A bitter, blustery wind was blowing but I coated up and left our snug cabin with tripod and gear, determined to make use of the wan moonlight in such an interesting setting – and was then pleasantly surprised to find that down by the river was quite sheltered. From the several hours I  spent on the terraces, covering many angles on the deserted camp, this pic has emerged as a favourite. A second, quite different scene from this frigid outing also features in my upcoming Perfect Evenings photo book.

Monday 2nd October is the last day for my extra special prices on this 2018 calendar, post-free for NZ & Australia. There are still about 20 left – so why not purchase and enjoy?!

 

August 2018 in new calendar: Magnolia bud

Magnolia bud at night, New Plymouth

This is a sample illustration from my long exposure Perfect Evenings 2018 New Zealand calendar. Magnolia flowers are a welcome sight in the southern spring, appearing from July to September, depending on the species and local climate. By moonlight or street light they are even more luminous and lovely than by day.

Printed in just a small edition of 125, most of my calendars have now sold at the special early bird prices quoted in the last post. The three for $30 deal and 5 + 1 for $60 have been very popular. There’s obviously good interest – not to mention good sense – in having giftable items on hand well before the usual rush, especially when so many New Zealanders are taking to the air (and the road) and require packable items for their calls and hosts.

All prices are post-free within NZ and Australia. My best-ever, these prices are current until Monday 2nd October, and will not be repeated. By that time  the entire stock will probably be spoken for, and any reprint considered will have to be at standard prices. These will still be good value, however, with various extras offered, in addition to the photographer’s own prompt and personal service!

2018 New Zealand calendar now available

Perfect Evenings 2018 New Zealand Calendar: Back Cover

My new calendar is a colourful compilation from many evening forays in the great New Zealand landscape. Those excursions aren’t always perfect but even my last one, featuring mainly low cloud, had its highlights (see my recent posts). Many evenings initially seem unpromising but a bit of effort, two gumboots and four wheels usually lead to a rewarding outing.

So I’ve been inspired to create a new calendar for 2018, and invite you to enliven the year-to-come with something interesting – if not stirring: Perfect Evenings. In the same format as my previous calendars, the calendar has 13 all-new full colour landscapes, and a big grid for each month. It comes with an A4 letter-rate posting envelope. Presentable and useful, it makes a great gift.

Now available at an extra special price for the next 14 days:  $12.50 each,  post-free within NZ and Australia.

Or how about even-better prices for multiples (to same address, also post-free): Two calendars $21; Three for $30; Four for $37.50.

Wow! But wait: Five for $50 + 1 free calendar = 6 calendars for $50!!

SPECIAL Early bird PRICES, available until 5pm Monday 2nd October 2017: These will not be repeated!

NZ orders – Payment by cheque or direct credit: 

B. M. Brewster  030703 – 0370438 – 000

Australian orders – in $A currency; a payment request will be sent to you from Paypal. Overseas orders – please inquire.

P.S. The images have been selected from a new photo book of the same name, out soon, which wraps up my long exposure photography.

2018 Calendar: Perfect Evenings

My 2018 calendar is at the printer in Wellington and should be available within the week. The new calendar is a lovely selection from my forthcoming book of the same name: Perfect Evenings, and is in the same postable format as my previous calendars. An easy gift! September isn’t too early if you are flying anytime soon, or like to get organised before the rush. More on price and other details shortly.