Jide Alakija

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Theme of the Week: Portraits of emotion

Shot 6: Serenity

I've run out of stuff to put up and if I'm not careful I'll have nothing to put up tomorrow, the last day. This wasn't supposed to be part of this series, as I thought it would make the series boring (another shot of Tosin, for whom I'm displaying signs of obsession here). Not much done here apart from a slight manipulation of the skin tones and the hair.

I'm very interested to hear what you think about it.

Next week I'm going to slow down on theme-ing as I'm getting a bit bored of seeing the same thing for a whole week. I'll be playing around with a few more shots that I've taken over the past few weeks whilst the last two themes were on. I hope to entertain you with some interesting and brilliant stuff in my opinion. Have a great weekend.

In other news, we've added a link to help you bookmark our photoblogs. You can see it on the left of this text, together with the "about me", etc links. Hope you find this feature useful

comments (19)

  • MTC
  • 11 Mar 2006, 06:23
Nice shot, although I wish it was a little sharper.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. My DOF was too shallow. Focus is on the eye lashes
  • Meme
  • 11 Mar 2006, 10:06
Beautiful shot....but where's the rest of her head?
Jide Alakija: I framed it intentionally.
  • sk
  • 11 Mar 2006, 10:23
nice shot and good processing.
  • Shuva
  • 11 Mar 2006, 10:23
Good idae to pose like this, but your earlier shots were much better.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I couldn't find another model to portrait! They are hard to come by.
Nice contemplative shot. The soft focus works on the portrait. This is very emotive. Regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent
A very moody shot! I like the soft focus. Perfect for this shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
u have a great collection of portrait shots...love the angle and how u frame itsmile beautiful capture
  • Suby
  • 11 Mar 2006, 14:55
Love the composition of the model, I like the fact you did not capture the whole head, dislike the shot though. Toooo blurry, your earlier shots were more on the button. Keep looking at the image and wishing the soft focus to work for me.... 2.7minutes later, still a me no likey. What type of lighting was used? Seems to be a glare on her cheeks, does not create an even tone to the skin.

Know your signature is the way you process your images, however I think for this one, it would have benefited from more sharpness and less editing, maybe changing the white balance may help. But what the hell, as long as you love it, Suby will shut up(after he has had his say though) smile

I think I'm starting to feel a little better smile
Jide Alakija: I'm happy you are feeling better. Thanks.
  • Suby
  • 11 Mar 2006, 15:07
Explain to me which mode you prefer taking shots in and why?
Jide Alakija: WOAH! That's a tough one. Mode: It depends on what I'm doing. If it's a portait or an event, Full Manual, if it's a documentary or reportage, Program, abstract - aperture.

Why? Portraits - I can control the levels of light coming in and therefore produce better colours for the skin.

Event - Because I don't want my flash to produce all the light coming into the shot.

Doc or Reportage - Because there's too many things to think about, I let the camera do some of it, whilst I take all the shots I want. Not looking to be creative with aperature either.

abstract - This I find not to be my strengths so I use DOF to make the image more appealing.

I hope this answers your questions.
  • Micki
  • 11 Mar 2006, 18:13
I like the soft focus on the face, goes well with the lighting.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
Tena koe ehoa
Very soleful and solemn image she has really good photogenic qualities.
Jide Alakija: Thanks ndiginiz.
  • bola
  • 11 Mar 2006, 22:19
Another job well done. Any picture of Tosin gets a Yes vote from me because you do seem to take extra care with her pictures. E ku ise
Jide Alakija: Well I can be more creative with her shots as she doesn't really mind me doing all sort of work to it, not everyone I photograph likes my style, Tosin has no choice.
  • tolu
  • 13 Mar 2006, 10:43
I have to say first off dat i'm not a photography-pro so bear wit me. I'm a big fan of dis site and have to say i've been a viewer only for the past couple of months but i have to say i love this pic so much i had to give ma 2cents. The serenity tag is so right and all i can say is this pic is perfect (the angle, lighting on the cheek and hair etc). Everything fits (or maybe i'm just in a good mood). You've done a great job so far.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tolu, that's a Pro comment right there. Please don't be shy to say what you think about other images too, it's very subjective.
Excellent shot, Jide. I like this one a lot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Hendra. You flatter me.
  • femi
  • 14 Mar 2006, 16:33
one of my favorites so far, lovely skin tone
Jide Alakija: Thanks Femi, what is it one of your favourites?
  • andy
  • 14 Mar 2006, 17:26
Excellent work. Good job lighting her face in a perfect way, but you also managed to get the back lighting right too and it looks great! Nice title for the portrait.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Andy.
  • Inu
  • 15 Mar 2006, 13:15
I've read the other comments and don't quite get it. This is a fantastic shot! Yes, it's posed and yes it's arty but that's exactly what is should be. I love the colours, I love the golden tone of skin where the light hits - it's as though she's towering over the sun and looking down at it. Even the contrast from the silver earring works. (You can tell I'm a colour person).
You can tell there's some luvin in this potrait smile
PS: I would have pulled all her hair out of the way so the light could hit the back of the models neck also.
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:25
Technical point : The mouth is in the blur part.
The picture is good, the pose better, the girl magnificent.

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