Sunday, May 30, 2010

Time to Reflect

I always forget just how close we are to the Gatineau Park. I was trying to decide where to grab some dinner tonight and I'm so glad I decided on the Chelsea Pub in the Gatineau Park. It was a beautiful (and surprisingly short) drive up here - and my reward after a little shooting on the way, was an amazing plate of probably the best fish & chips I've ever eaten!

© Dwayne Brown

Victoria Memorial Museum Building

My son Alex and I spent a bit of time at the Museum of Nature this afternoon. We went mostly to see the new and renovated architecture of the building. Alex is funny - quite an opinion for an 11yr old, although we did agree on most things. We both really liked the new glass tower in the front of the building - they've done such a great job integrating the new with the old.

© Dwayne Brown

Weekend Free Download - The Peninsula

This Weekend's Free Download is from an ongoing series of beautiful and detailed architectural façades of New York City’s upper east side. New York has so much visually to offer but I just love the variety of the architecture. And not only the variety, but the attention to detail.

The Peninsula Hotel is just such an example of this kind of architecture. If you have a few minutes to use the link to take a closer look at the hotel's site - the photography is well worth the peek.

Enjoy your Sunday! :)

© Dwayne Brown

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Corporate Voyeur

I've always really liked corporate imagery that looks real and honest as opposed to images that are too set up or contrived. There's just way more currency to an honest image, especially a corporate image. There's also a subtle magic if it seems like you are voyeuristically looking into that world.

At the end of the day, real images are just way more authentic and valuable than set up shots - and I tend to believe they also more effectively sell a corporation's brand and message better.

Images shot for Canadian Commercial Corporation's annual report for ACART © Dwayne Brown

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Who Leads Who?

Some days I'm not totally sure who leads who, me or my camera. I think after a while you stop wondering or asking - you just go with it. Especially when chasing abstract vignettes, like this one I shot today for a corporate client for ACART. You just kind of trust your camera to take the lead and you try stuff.

Photography is a medium that records reality so well, so to get cool abstract imagery while capturing simple reality (all be it an out of focus reality), it's always a welcomed gift.

© Dwayne Brown

Monday, May 24, 2010

Flower Obsessed

I might actually be tulip obsessed.........well actually obsessed with dying or dead ones. Yep I went back today to shoot more. I promise I'll stop posting dead flowers soon. ;)

Back to shooting faces and commercial stuff this week.

© Dwayne Brown

Victoria Day Loose Change

It's not the funnest way to spend a Victoria Day - spending the day shooting in the studio. But what is fun, is overcoming the challenge of shooting something I haven't done before. Surprisingly over the 26 years of shooting, I've never really photographed coins before. (at least not for a prestigious client like The Mint)

Thanks to Brent for researching some techniques and doing some testing together, I think we've sorted out a really simple and great approach to bringing out detail and wrapping the coins with some lovely complimentary light.

Back to a quiet day of coffee and coins. :)

© Dwayne Brown

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Make a Wish!

Remember when we were kids, you'd be out with your friends and you'd blow on the seeded dandelions to make a wish? It's one of the natural parts of childhood and the memories of summer, regardless of where you're from in Canada.

© Dwayne Brown

Weekend Free Download - Revealed

This Weekend's Free Download was from my study this week of dying tulips. It's interesting, I found myself back there today shooting more. They're just so beautiful, perhaps more so now than when they were alive.
It's like they're revealing themselves - relinquishing their grace. Unfolding and presenting secrets within.

© Dwayne Brown

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Exploring

Alex and I did a little exploring today, down by Dows Lake. It's always fun to take a really close look at stuff. We poked around the dead tulips and Alex liked the variety of fallen petals. I really liked the geometry of a seeded dandelion (pretty cool). Both so lovely and humbling really.

© Dwayne Brown

Saturday Morning Cat Eyes

Polly is so obsessed these days with the birds that taunt her from out side the studio office window. I'm sure she just wanted to make friends. ;)

© Dwayne Brown

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lumière de Matin

As I parked in front of Starbucks for my 'breakfast caramel bla bla bla coffee' (served by an oh so perky - bow tie donning barista), I noticed the parking lot lights were still on. Simple, rigid, geometric, but kinda cool.

Happy Wednesday !

© Dwayne Brown

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Festival is Over.

Tonight I took a walk past Dows Lake and then along the Canal. I couldn't resist taking a few snaps of the tulips. They were fortunately on their last legs. I know folks flock by the thousands to capture our beautiful Tulip Festival, but I much prefer these images. The dying flowers just have so much more emotion and character.

All images © Dwayne Brown

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I was just sitting in my good friends Tracy and Tanya's backyard waiting for them to come home for a little BBQ, taking a little time to myself. Then I noticed a small log they have in their garden and noticed how a simple log represents time - time passed - a clock with no hands. Also how it seems to also represents the patience of time. As we all rush around moving our lives forward as quickly as we can, a tree just waits - patiently growing with time.

Enough photo philosophy......I hear them getting home now. Time to visit and enjoy an evening of good friends and of course a little 'BBQ'ing. :)

© Dwayne Brown

Monday, May 10, 2010

Researching the Street with a Heart.

Tonight was such a cool shoot! And not just because we photographed Dr. Tim Aubry for uOttawa who researches homelessness and community mental health, but because I got to do the shoot with my daughter Claire. Tonight reminded both of us that it's been way too long since she's been on a shoot. It was super fun and fruitful to collaborate on the location and then to have Claire assist me during the shoot.

But back to shoot for a moment.....sometimes it's easy to get wrapped up in sorting out the technical and creative aspects of a photograph. But when you have the finished image on screen and you're trying to wrap your head around what to say about it for this blog - then I get it. At the end of the day I get to photograph some really cool folks like Dr. Aubry for the University that are making such a difference out there - research that helps the homeless and folks with mental illness. Research with heart, is pretty cool!

© Dwayne Brown

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Rainy Festival

What's an Ottawa Tulip Festival without a bit of rain? It just wouldn't be the same without it - but I don't think the Tulips are complaining. I'm not a big flower shooter, but who could resist those nice little raindrops on the petals. And no I didn't join the hoards of camera crazy folks shooting the festival, I chose the quiet solitude of the gardens at the Experimental Farm - much nicer. :)

© Dwayne Brown

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Lilac Raindrops

Just got back from a short stop at the gardens at the experimental farm (just off Prince of Wales). I love it this time of year with all of the different varieties of Lilac trees they have there. It was so nice this afternoon with the fresh raindrops on the petals.

So beautiful - so fragrant - and oh so worth the visit.

© Dwayne Brown

Friday, May 7, 2010

Guilt And A Friday Update.

I was starting to have pangs of guilt for not posting anything all week, and also thinking folks were probably starting to thinking I've left town or dropped off the scene. Far from it! It's been a nutty week of long days shooting, along with long nights editing and key-wording stock imagery for Brownstock (with some uOttawa shooting thrown into the mix).

My real guilt is that I've been too busy this year to put enough attention to Brownstock, but I'm back to it with a vengence! Lindsay and I've been focusing this week on business/office products and retro goodies, as well as editing and formatting tons of imagery shot over the past year.

Shooting stock can be so fun - the sky is really the limit and you're only limited to time and imagination. And what designer or art director do you know that doesn't use stock imagery in their projects, not to mention Brownstock gets to sell imagery all over the world! :)

© Dwayne Brown

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Governor General and La La La Human Steps.

Never thought I'd hear that in the same sentence.......the Governor General and La La La Human Steps. But yes they performed tonight at the GG's big Performance Arts Award Gala. Bryan Adams was the big ticket award recipient and the star who performed at the end, but both Alex and I much preferred the cool contemporary ballet moves of Édouard Lock's La La La Human Steps dance company.

Bryan Adams on stage at the NAC. © Dwayne Brown

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pie Boys

Yeah I know lots of dads and sons play catch or go to hockey games, but Alex and I prefer making and eating apple pie (amongst other things) . The pie making is fun or course, but really.......just as long as we're hanging out, that's what is most important. :)

Happy weekend!

© Dwayne Brown

Weekend Free Download - Springtime in Central Park

This Weekend's Free Download image was recently shot in Central Park NYC. It was a beautiful spring Saturday morning with loads of New Yorkers out enjoying the park. The park itself is of course beautiful, but I was personally taken by the peaceful ethereal feeling of looking up at the quiet sky. I still find it so amazing for such a a busy city to have such a peaceful place right smack in the middle of it.

I'm also so taken with New York's warmth and energy - it's full of history, culture, beauty, and friendliness. I still totally feel that it's the world's largest 'small town'.

© Dwayne Brown

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