Jide Alakija

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The Cutback - 2

Theme of the Week: Best of the Olympians

Shot 4: The Cutback - 2

This is a shot I've shown before so I've decided to change it by quite a bit, I know it looks dark but you can't have bright shots from me all the time. I particularly like this one because of the toning involved in the processing. I may look really good if I completed the transformation into black and white but I like it as it is.

I'm told that this move is called "The Cutback". A cutback i
n football generally refers to a move a running back makes when a run play is designed to go one way but the back sees opportunity for gain elsewhere. Certain plays are designed to create this type of opportunity, particularly those where the offensive linemen zone block (step in the same direction initially, blocking the first defender), or during a stretch play.

Question for those who love rugby, how does this compare? more physical or less? more technical or less? I want to hear your point.

This was another shot from the same game as yesterdays shot, the London Olympians (Maroon) vs. the PA knights at home.

Did you know that we had an
American Football League in the UK? I've asked some of their members to visit the blog this week, if you have any questions why not leave a message or contact the London O's at their website.

Find out more about the London Olympians at their

comments (26)

  • Suby
  • 2 Mar 2006, 00:06
I likey real plenty, so which magazine did you steal this from? Just kidding smileNow this shows just how good you are, I expect to see this in a glossy fancy sports magazine celebrating the best sports pictures of all time. I love the fact you left 11 in colour.
Well done matey.
Jide Alakija: I wasn't sure you'd like it, glad you do. As you know it's not the forte of many
Hmm... not so keen on the blur for this one. I think the earlier version of this shot on Vizero was better. But I do like the way you've kept the colours for just this one guy. It's like Neo vs multiple Agent Smiths!
This is a great shot! The blur and selected color are really effective here. And you framed the action perfectly.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mikes. That's really encouraging to see that you like it. Thought it was a really harsh experiment.
  • Micki
  • 2 Mar 2006, 03:00
I like it, it tells a story.

I don't know much about rugby, but an English friend I knew once told me he thought our football was a sissy game compared. I've also heard...DONATE BLOOD - PLAY RUGBY...before, so I guess we can make what we will from that.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm ...interesting insight. I personally I'm more a Soccer man myself. More on the technique than the physical, I guess that's also to do with the fact that I'm also not a very big man. Thanks for your input.
Well done with the colors and motion. Great shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Coffeelover, do you literally love coffee?
Tena koe ehoa
Rugby is much more physical! This sad excuse for a contact sport doesn't even rate in the chapel of "hairy-ones-btween-da-legs"! Rugby is more physical but rugby league is the ultimate hardmans game! If ya' thought of guys that would play with dislocated jaws, ten plus stitches to the head, 19mm sprigs, no padding except for the odd chest supporter and mouth gaurd, then you'll only a small insight into the ultimate contact team sport! Booyah babe'
  • maral
  • 2 Mar 2006, 04:54
Thanks for your visit. Thi shot is amazingly precise and full of movement. I like it a lot
Jide Alakija: Ta. Marcal, hope to see you again.
  • Shuva
  • 2 Mar 2006, 05:33
I havent seen your previous one, but this one has the character to be called a geeat action shot!
Jide Alakija: The previous one can found on this link "http://www.vizero.com/php/photo.php?id=923" Thanks for the comments
Great shot I think this is my favourite so far from your series of the game. Looks like he is about to get hurt real bad smile I think having the brightness turned down makes it a good image.
Jide Alakija: I think so too. Thanks.
  • Sacha
  • 2 Mar 2006, 09:13

I knew a comment like that would come up:-( it usually does from someone who has never played the sport. I have played both. Rugby is a CONTACT sport American Football is an IMPACT sport, the pads enable you to make harder contact meaning you end up being able to hit so hard that the bruises under the pads are the same if not worse than those suffered when playing rugby additionally all 11 players on the field are involved in contact or running 100% at all times the ball is in play, concussions are also a regular occurence because we are able to make contact with the head, rugby is a very tough sport and you have to be either sadistic or a masochist to play as there is alot more niggly stuff away from the game. I respect rugby players alot, we have a number of players that have played at good levels incuding an under 21's South African international, it is a great sport that is played by hard men, but don't jump on the band wagon, some of the best rugby players in the world love the sport Martin Johnson played for the Liecester Panther American football team in the late 80's. Come down and have a look maybe get the kit on yourself.

On the subject of this photo, this is another of my top 10, I preferred the original shot that you did I think you called it cherry in the middle, I just enjoyed the colours more, but that was probably because I don't really like the colour of the opposing team, this is a good version though, could very nearly have been called 'The Great Escape' from my recolection of the play.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sacha for the enlightenment, I opened this debate because my girlfriend is of the opinion that Rugby is a more physical sport and I'm of the other opinion.
  • sk
  • 2 Mar 2006, 09:44
I like what U have done with the processing. it brings an interesting and new view to the shot. a good action shot still
  • Nkechi
  • 2 Mar 2006, 10:29
Haven't really digged the sports shots so far, but this one's really good! Whereas others on here see motion, it makes me catch my breath ... as though time has suddenly frozen for a split second. Title-wise, I might have gone for "The Calm before the Storm", because it looks as though any second now, they're all going to ram into him like a tornado!!
Jide Alakija: Something tells me you aren't a sports person. If so how couldn't you be. Thanks for your comments.
  • Seni
  • 2 Mar 2006, 10:41
Jide, this has to be my favourite picture in the series and
I much prefer this version to the original. You've made it look a lot more gritty. I also like that you've made all the players faceless. Great shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Seni, really glad you like it.
Tena koe ehoa
Jide sorry for jacking your comments window but this is a reply to Sacha. My friend I'm not jumping on any band wagon? It was a question and I answered it with what was asked for, my opinion. I understand that you might think that comment might come from someone who hasn't played the sport, but actually I played the three codes mentioned, american football, rugby league and up until last year was still playng rugby. Like you I respect rugby players and all sportsmen and women alike. I have no desire to "Come down and have a look and maybe get the kit on myself" as I have already been there and done that and at my age now, "Yikes", It wouldn't be that pretty a sight smile Sorry if I somehow offended you with my comment in reply to Jide's question, it was not intended. smile Once again sorry Jide for jacking the comments window.
Jide Alakija: Actually ndiginiz, I don't think Sacha is in anyway offended by your statement, he's a big lad but wouldn't harm a fly. As for flooding my comments like, please feel free to say what you want, it's a free world and I believe in freedom of expression. Thanks for your comments.
  • Morenike
  • 2 Mar 2006, 15:15
No 11 looks like he's going to get it really bad in another second. The picture captures the moment really well. I think i prefer this version to the original shot as the colours are easier on the eye and the contrast draws your attention to the running back who wasn't quite as noticeable in the original shot. Nevertheless, they're both good shots. Well done.

P.S. Don't know how who else has noticed (or if it's all that padding), but does anyone else think that No. 11's derriere is rather nice...?
  • ayo
  • 2 Mar 2006, 15:26
Really like the image, fantastic photoshopping! New work e-mail is Ayo.Adeyinka@barclayscapital.com
  • Suby
  • 2 Mar 2006, 15:39
Morenike, God I hope only the women have noticed that smile
I suggest you add this to the Photofriday challenge "Masculine".
The tone makes this shot for me... awesome!
Jide Alakija: You know what VelviaPix, I'll do just that. Thanks.
As a fan of American Football, I've been enjoying this series. I can't provide any informed commentary on rugby.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris. I hope the last three images impress you as much as these have.
This is awesome! No.11 looks like he is in biiiig trouble... Nice work!
Jide Alakija: He does doesn't he. Thanks.
  • skee
  • 2 Mar 2006, 16:53
Personally really don't like the treatment on this image... the reds have blurred into the green and the colours look far too "over cooked"!

Don't get me wrong....it's a fantastic capture, but...the photoshop work dosent get the thumbs up!
Jide Alakija: You can't win them all can you?, I actually intentionally did the over cooking effect. Thought it would look different. Thanks.
  • deji
  • 2 Mar 2006, 18:21
wow!! i can only dream of when i'll be able to capture shots like these.... well done!!
Jide Alakija: In time my good friend, you'll be doing more than this. Give yourself time.
  • David
  • 2 Mar 2006, 19:24
Haven't seen the original but I think it would be interesting enough without the effects... Curious to know what exactly you did. Seems like I see 2 of the same player. Care to share?
Jide Alakija: Thanks David for the comments. Sure, it was a combination of using three tones in the tritone option of PS and also curves, solid colour and a motion blur. I have been playing around with a technique that I am developing to create black and white images similar to that from standard black and white film, so far the results aren't there yet but I thought I'd use it for this shot. I'm happy with the results here.
  • David
  • 2 Mar 2006, 19:27
Looking back at the picture again and through the comments. I agree with Skee...

On another note.. if no 11 is smart he'll go to the ground volountarily before he gets hit.
Jide Alakija: Well you can't win them all can you. I wanted to try out something a bit different. I tend to want to break the mold with my shots. Not always appealing but some of them are. Thanks for the comments again.
  • John
  • 2 Mar 2006, 22:00
Nice sports shots, good action.
Jide Alakija: Thanks John. You should come down to Crystal Palace during the season to see some of their games. It's something very different.
I like the effect, Jide. Nicely done.

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