Jide Alakija

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Just to let some of you know in case you were wondering what my main photographic art style is this image would give you some idea of what it is. It's the Journalist aspect of Photography. I love to capture a moment that tells a story. You may not like the image but its the story behind it that gets me. This dude saw me take this shot but I doubt he knew he was in the shot. To me this shot shows a typical day of the life a typical London street civil servant in the winter, very dark and ugly. This is probably this lad's work place to keep track of the timing of all the local public transport buses. From the looks of this image you probably can see why the buses never run on time. Now am I being harsh? Oh just to let you know I've put up more of my old images see the "photo archive" for more, there is one I don't think you've all seen on the 28th November 2005.

comments (16)

  • MTC
  • 16 Feb 2006, 00:11
Wow, I am surprised that the image came out so well at ISO 100 ! Very cool.
  • Suby
  • 16 Feb 2006, 00:55
I like the composition, I have to say with an ISO so low I am surprised you got such an image, Not bad.

Shutterspeed just fast enough to avoid any camera shake.

What exposure did you use, and what editing did you do with photoshop? Did you shoot the original in RAW?

  • Stan
  • 16 Feb 2006, 02:31
I have to disagree a tad bit. Distinct lack of detail anywhere in the shot. I like the concept but it just looks too soft. What PPing did you do?
Sharpeness is relative!

Lovely concept, thumbs up!

Jide...you can do better on the title!
  • Ade
  • 16 Feb 2006, 06:06
Good concept sir. ISO 100? geez, not bad
  • Ade
  • 16 Feb 2006, 06:08
I agree Ur style of photography is the story telling one with portraiture.

Okay juist to clarify, and Skee help me here if I've missed something.

Now the original shot wasn't this dark, I did most of that in photoshop. With the 30mm, f/1.4 prime you can take shots at such low ISO, as Skee and Denosha (who uses the Canon 35mm f/1.4) will tell you. As for camera shake, I used a wall to steady my arm, no I didn't use RAW as since I was shooting in low light conditions I didn't think the difference would matter that much.

Let's not take for granted that the camera processes the image quite well in the first place. I only take RAW when I am going to do alot of processing to the shot. Look forward to my shot on Sunday, there I will shot you one where I really worked hard to process in RAW.

Skee you thoughts?
I like it and agree that it makes you think about what is going on. I think you've captured the moment very well.

I can see what Stan means to a certain extent but don't think it's significant.
Stan, BeakerSt: I softened it deliberately, it's just a technique I thought I'd do to the image to change it. It's also one I've been trying to master, one day I'll get it right. If you saw the original you'd probably notice too much of the stuff to the left of the image and these would be too distracting, IMHO.
Suby: Forgot to tell you, Exposure bias was set to -0.3ev. CS2 editing, well apart from softening the left of the shot I also played around with the colour with the selective colour tool, his face was too dark when I took it, so had to bring that out then finally enhanced the shadows on his jacket.
you've done a really good job
-0.3ev, No wonder camera shake was not an issue on a night shot at ISO100... Very cool!
I like the blur, and it is a good shot technically speaking (IMO).
Good use of colour separation to focus the user on the subject. Not sure if it's just me, but the subject is a bit hazy. Is that on purpose?
The Maven: hazy? I think I may have softened it a bit too much and yes it was on purpose.
Yeah... looks like gaussian blur or ethereal glow effects to me. But let's not get to techie. wink
colors / blur => mood
perfect for me grin
Jide Alakija: Phew! Someone likes it, finally.

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camera Canon EOS 10D
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shutterspeed 1/20s
aperture f/1.4
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 30.0mm
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