–Eric Van Buskirk (Photo was taken 2009)–
This is a “memorial” for Josh Link. He was a widely known, young, responsible, and very much liked music DJ at the hottest clubs town. Josh was hit by a car while riding (with helmet) a scooter in the last week of August 2009.
The print of this is unique because the colors have super luminosity. I’m using a new ground-technique that’s turned the photo world upside down: High dynamic range imaging (HDR). This is a great example of when it produces great results. 1/2 the photos on Flickr are from people using HDR. But too many people overdo it, creating a cartoonish effect. Sometimes that effect works when something is abstract, but otherwise, it’s just silly.
With HDR, 3 photos are taken and it merges data from 3 different exposure levels: dark, normal, and light. It basically makes the “data” of the image 3X greater, and captures some things in a way traditional film can not. Grafiti and sharp colors with small variations like all the red work especially well. Some people claim HDR is as big a change as when photo’s went from black and white to color. That’s too dramatic a statement. But it really it has turned the photo world upside down– both for good AND bad. The technique originated in Hollywood when used for digital movie work.
The Graffiti covers a plaque on the Manhattan side of the bridge, looking toward Brooklyn.