Jide Alakija

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Okay another Tosin was involved in the title of this image so please don't fault. me on it. I have nothing to say about other than the fact that it's a picture of some graffiti I came across under a platform at Waterloo last week.

So really what do you think of the title?

"Apparently it's very subtely menacing" - Tosin says......God knows what she's talking about.

Post processing: Multiple curves adjustments for contrast, Selective saturation on colourful areas, Softening around man dude, slight vignetting and dark gradient at the top.

Should I include this information in the future?

comments (25)

I like it, if adding post production info helps people learn then it can only be a good thing
Jide Alakija: Sure thing. Thanks
cool title...he don't have eye balls..smile)) btw colors r awesome...look like cartoon, i like it, great work!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
Indeed, this little guy doesn't look too happy... Maybe he don't like to be photographed... ;-)
Great colors! Beautiful graffiti!
Jide Alakija: Good point. Thanks.
I like the included post-processing information. I was going to ask if you added some blur to the image to focus attention on the "dude." The bluris also simiilar to the blur you see in graffiti work anyway; I'm not waxing your car, but the effect goes hand-in-hand with the image. Most times I dislike the use of unnatural, non-lens blur/bokeh. The colors really makes this image special. It's very dynamic. And, yes, the title is very appropriate.
Jide Alakija: Cool...I'll try my best to include PP info. Thanks Brent.
  • sk
  • 16 Mar 2006, 04:24
very nice Mr Alakija, I love the post production
Jide Alakija: I knew you would.
Very nice piece of work! Please do include the post-processing information in the future. smile
Jide Alakija: Cool..will do. Thanks.
  • sola
  • 16 Mar 2006, 08:36
First react was "Gott en himmel!!", second reaction "Hmmm...interesting", third reaction "...very interesting colours!"
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sola.
  • John
  • 16 Mar 2006, 10:10
It looks 3D, nice capture
Jide Alakija: Thanks John.
Nicely composed!

On the PP tip, I have to agree with BeakerSt
Jide Alakija: Cool.
  • Micki
  • 16 Mar 2006, 11:36
Looks like he's coming out of the photo, or off the wall, I guess. Nice.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Suby
  • 16 Mar 2006, 11:45
Post pro. information is a GO.
Jide Alakija: Ta. Shubs.
  • david
  • 16 Mar 2006, 11:45
keep the info, it helps. great image; i don't mind a bit of graffitti - as long as it's good "art"
Jide Alakija: Cool. I'll do that in the future. Thanks.
I agree with the title; cool find!
Jide Alakija: Thanks. Chantal.
  • digitalmike
  • 16 Mar 2006, 12:39
Neat look. Almost looks like a PS art shot. I need to get to the city more to shoot.
Jide Alakija: You do...Thanks.
  • Dave
  • 16 Mar 2006, 15:15
I like it, and it's refreshing. The graffiti I see is always so stupid and artless--dumbass gang tags in my textbooks. Yeah, the processing info is neat, if you have the time.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave. Will do.
  • Veloran
  • 16 Mar 2006, 15:23
Very cool... Looks kinda surreal! Please do include post processing info if it's more than just adjusting brightness, contrast and the like. I'd like to know if you could achieve something like that straight from your camera!
Jide Alakija: Will do Veloran. Thanks.
  • Inu
  • 16 Mar 2006, 15:55
The first thing I thought was "what AM I looking at?" - so the title's perfect. Like the boldness of the rendering: lends a 3D effect to the shot. I do agree the subject is somewhat menacing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Inu.
  • bola
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:08
Quite different from your usual work. Nice work.

left a msg on yesterday's blog
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bola, can't reply to private comment if you don't leave your email address.
  • bola
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:10
it does look menacing and definitely not subtly!
Jide Alakija: LOL...wait till Tosin reads that.
  • Ella
  • 16 Mar 2006, 16:34
Please include the information (if you time). It is always interesting for me to learn how diffrent people go about post processing. In this case especially the selective saturation and the softening make this a very special picture. I admit the guy looks kind of scary to me ;-).
Jide Alakija: Will do ...Thanks Ella.
Tena koe ehoa
I love grafitti and love this piece as well. Very artistically created in the first place by the tagger and then artistically rendered again by you. Street art has an enormous appeal that is very underestimated in my view. It's a kind of modernised primal art with a streetwise savvy.
Jide Alakija: I personally love grafitti a lot especially the Banksy ones. Thanks.
  • Morenike
  • 16 Mar 2006, 17:56
His head stands out from the rest of the picture and it's like he's asking you a question. Don't know if anyone else thinks so and i'm not sure if it's the processing but the pic has a 3-D effect and it seems like this fella could step striaght out of the graffitti and out of my screen, ugh... a bit creepy. I totally agree with Tosin. this fella IS menacing and I think it's aptly titled. This is really, really good work.
Jide Alakija: Thanks a lot for your usual deep insights.
  • bola
  • 16 Mar 2006, 19:51
Didnt realise I had to do that. sorry.
I like the post processing info. This character looks three dimensional. Niec work.
Jide Alakija: Cool Chris, will do that. Thanks.
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:21
This one is not so excellent than the others (in my opinion).

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