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.