Last month Todd from the local band Crushdown came to me saying that they needed some cool promo shots and asked if I could create images of them that were edgy and portrayed the spirit of their music. It sounded like a challenge that I was ready to take on! While I normally wouldn’t use HDR to do portraits, I thought that it was a great way to get some gritty, dark images to complement the feel of their old school metal music.
Though HDR tends to dramatically increase contrast and magnify details, I tried to keep the images of the guys pretty faithful to reality while still enhancing the environment around them. I like the think of these images as a form of mediated reality: pictures that faithfully represent reality while bringing in a mix of what you perceive in your imagination at the same time.
Enjoy the shots and check out Crushdown playing on May 25th at the Avalon in Santa Clara!