Jide Alakija

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Sad tree OR Grim Tree?

I haven't been feeling to well so haven't had the time to go round to all my favourite blogs to say hello, please forgive me. Something I ate really unsettled me, the sad thing is that it had something to do with a bird, I hope this said bird had nothing to do with H5N1, anyway......

Asiko has been playing around with HDR and so I thought I'd try one too. This was one of my first attempts using the technique. I originally wanted to use this shot for a black and white theme. In in the end this ended up being a better way to present the shot.

As this was another test attempt I'm okay with it, though I would have loved it if this shot had a personality in it. But somehow I've revealed that in the tree, you can almost see his face and sad look in his drooping mouth and pointy nose....do you see it?

What do you think?

Post processing:  Application of the HDR technique and Slight colour saturation

UPDATE: Bola wants a vote on what you think the tree's expression is.

Jide says: Tree is Sad  | Bola says: Tree grim....okay vote now!!!!
Results posted on tomorrow photo!

comments (51)

  • david
  • 17 Mar 2006, 00:04
Cool DOF and brown colour tones..cheers smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks David...great timing!!!
  • bola
  • 17 Mar 2006, 00:27
This tree doesnt look sad. It looks grim and very disapproving of the wall. You could almost see the furrowed eyebrows there. Are you sure you didnt capture and arguement here?

On another note,sorry about not feeling well though. I've been told drinking plenty of water does wonderswink.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm...I disagree...Tree is SAD! End of story!

Thanks...will look for the tap!
  • bola
  • 17 Mar 2006, 00:45
You know what? we'll have a vote here today and at the end of the day,when the votes are counted, we'll then know what kind of emotion the tree is showing.It's going to be democracy that would be the order of the day.

Pls state your votes everyone, sad or grim?

look very well o!
Jide Alakija: You're on!......I've put an update...we'll see who wins!!!!
  • joe
  • 17 Mar 2006, 01:21
Democracy? your kidding right.
Photog, you decide and let ppl interpret or am i being old sch here?

I like it though, the juxtaposition and perspective are gorgeous its not immediately apparent and I love that.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Joe, so I take you say SAD by default then!
  • Nkem
  • 17 Mar 2006, 01:46
I'd say sad tree. It looks like Treebeard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy!
Jide Alakija: That's a very good point...LOTR...never thought of that. Thanks.
  • roger
  • 17 Mar 2006, 02:15
Awesome photo. You have great details and really nice colors here.
Jide Alakija: Yeah. HDR does that for you brings all the detail and colour, subjects like trees and clouds come out really nice in them. Thanks Roger.
I'm with David, cool DOF!!! The warmth in the brown tones is great!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Daniel
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 17 Mar 2006, 02:17
Jide Alakija: Thanks D.
Hehe... is that the side profile of an old man? I dunno... just been watching Lord of the Rings. Very "tree"ish.
Jide Alakija: LOL...yeah.
I agree with the references to LOTR. Cool picture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Otto K.
This is pretty... the wall gives it a fantasy like feel smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Maile.
  • sk
  • 17 Mar 2006, 06:34
nice shot, I agree with Bola, thgey seem to be fighting. Dude the company I work for sells Tamiflu, 'maybe' it'll work.
Jide Alakija: You are not my friend any longer.
  • Inu
  • 17 Mar 2006, 08:17
Love the perspective view and the way the background blurs but still manages to have a strong impact on the focal point of the shot. The browns do give a nice autumnal feel. Me thinks tree is actually angry at having to face the wall...maybe grim but not sad.
Sorry to hear you've been ill.
Jide Alakija: You are slowly moving into my not so good friend book. It's SAD!
  • Morenike
  • 17 Mar 2006, 08:56
definitely grim. get well soon!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Morenike.....Not sure you can see the tree well....Must be your screen It's SAD.
Can anyone see the man behind the tree, the guy with the glasses?

Nice shot!
Jide Alakija: Huh? Reflection of yourself on your panel!
I hope you feel better now!
I love the soft warm colors in this picture!
The tree is SAD !
Jide Alakija: SAD after being to your blog....Really tragic. Thanks Sidney.
  • Jen
  • 17 Mar 2006, 09:41
This tree is definitely SAD...Loving the colours tho... smile
Get well soon..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jen.
  • Jen
  • 17 Mar 2006, 09:42
This tree is definitely SAD...Loving the colours tho... smile
Get well soon..
A fantastic shot, The DOF is spot on and the warm feel is very relaxing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dean.
  • Nkechi
  • 17 Mar 2006, 10:05
I say grumpy (closer to "grim" than sad")! Maybe someone's been scratching something into its bark/trunk ... Love the colours!
Jide Alakija: Grrrr.....!
  • Yinkavelli
  • 17 Mar 2006, 11:35
I say sad because it feels displaced, lost in the concrete jungle...

"What are these odd looking structures before me? The air feels still; the winds do not flow as freely. I miss my old home...I miss the forest from whenst I came, I miss the forest that nurtured me from seed. I remember when ol' Sally was born. Look at her to my right. Oh bless her. Watched her grow up. In fact, I could almost swear that I remember the day her seed landed on these here plains about 80 odd years ago. Call it a Tree's intuition I guess, but we do feel the presence of life. What a joy to behold. Gone are those days. Your seed drops today and before long, it is stripped of its right to life. So the question beckons...From the day we are born, are we living or are we dying? Used to believe the former but the latter seems a more accurate account of our world's orientation to life today...SO SAD!!!!

The End

...a short story by Yinkavelli
Jide Alakija: My man velli...always representing.
  • Suby
  • 17 Mar 2006, 11:43
Nice image, just reminds me I NEED CS2. I'm going to get really desperate and start robbing real soon. smile
Jide Alakija: Stop whinning and take pictures.
Guys.....I really think we should all get together and help Suby out ;-)
Jide Alakija: He's fine, he doens't need help.
  • Micki
  • 17 Mar 2006, 12:12
Great effects here! Love this photo. I agree, the tree does look sad, in a disappointed kind of way.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki...I knew you'd see it too.
I like the texture of the tree in the front.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • david
  • 17 Mar 2006, 13:12
sad: it's mourning the long view that it once had, now sadly blocked by a wall that has nothing to say for itself!
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
  • Lajumoke
  • 17 Mar 2006, 13:14
Tree looks pretty upset and hot. So upset that its giving off molten magma like sweat from both sides of its face. Interestingly, the right cheek has the ember soo hot it illuminates the dark wall (environment). Moral of the picture... anger/sorrow only illuminates a dark world/ locale. OK, i'm crazy just saying ish cuz its friday... nice picture JIde.
Jide Alakija: Upset????? Huh? Thanks Lajumoke!
I think the tree looks angry. I think we all agree on the downturned 'mouth', but I see that it has a furrowed brow, sloping down heavily. If you're keeping score, have my vote count as grim. I think it's quite interesting to note that both the tree and the wall share many of the same colours.
Jide Alakija: Angry now! Not sure about that one. Thanks.
  • Paul
  • 17 Mar 2006, 15:04
What a great expression on that tree!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Paul.
  • Colin Hunter
  • 17 Mar 2006, 15:24
The tree looks like it had something bad to eat!

What are you advocating, mr skee? That we help out Suby with his robbing? ☺
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin....Well Suby is fine, he just needs some attention.
perfect framing....awesome textures....nice dof and perspectivesmile
btw i agree wt veloran....the tree look like a sideway face fo angry person:-P
Jide Alakija: ANGRY....that's what I am now....
  • Funmi
  • 17 Mar 2006, 17:11
Grim... nice shot jide
Jide Alakija: Sob sob! I'm loosing....
ooh - this is nice. i really like it. i love how the tree and bricks share so many colors, and the perspective and dof is just fabulous.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jess, glad you are entertained by it.
  • John
  • 17 Mar 2006, 21:09
Nice colours and textures.
Jide Alakija: Thanks John.
  • Joan
  • 17 Mar 2006, 21:19
i think it is grim..awesome picture by the way!
Jide Alakija: Fine....Bola has almost won..almost giving up. Thanks Joan.
  • Folake
  • 17 Mar 2006, 22:06
Sad!...hope my one vote counts
Jide Alakija: I hope so...:'(
  • bola
  • 17 Mar 2006, 22:46
That is so unfair! you are bullying people into saying sad! Is it because Ive not been here all day? ok.

I can see and so can a majority of people can see grim/angry. Te he he!grin
Jide Alakija: tongue
This is an interesting experiment, and it works very well. The colors off the wall and the tree are so similar. The pathway intersecting the two draws you further and further into the image. Great shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent
EXCELLENT !!! Well done, Jide
Interesting affect. The tree seems to be frowning. I love the shot, but the affect may be a bit overdone for my taste. Overall well done though!
Really well done HDR - nice depth of field
  • Sinem
  • 19 Mar 2006, 18:45
Hey Jide, I am blown away - once again, this shot proves to me that you've got a great eye for detail! When I first saw this photo as the page loaded, I was lie, 'What the hell? Why would he want to take a picture of a tree by a wall?' To show the colour coordination? I was lame, then. Then I read the caption and looked at the picture again and the penny dropped (yes, I know, it's slow to drop!).

I think the tree is fed up of seeing those bricks day in day out!
Grim Grim Grim does that count as three votes ;-)
beautiful colors. I like the wall in contrast to the trees. nice work
Nice observation you have, the tree does seems to be upset. I guess because his view has been blocked by the wall.
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:20
You are a master in the DoV gestion !
  • Golden One
  • 23 Mar 2006, 12:09
Damn Jide.. This is beautiful!
  • Golden One
  • 23 Mar 2006, 12:09
And so true.. the tree really looks sad, its expression potrays that. I would like a print of this pic.
  • FDLefty
  • UK-Aberdeen
  • 12 May 2006, 11:13
I was scanning through your album and spotted this shot. This has probably been said by others (didn't bother to raed thru the other blogs) - This is a great shot. I often look for (and quite often find) faces/facial expressions where they arent normally found. The beauty of this picture is that you were able to capture it. The depth in the picture really draws you in and I guess if i was poetically inclined, a picture like this would inspire me:Erm erm- "Do you see what i see? If you do then I dare you to think I don't have feelings. Yes I stand here all day and provide some with shade but the dogs in this neighbourhood appreciate me 'cos I'm ALWAYS here for them. They show their gratitude by bringing me a flavoured drink (lemonade i think)? Why the look on my face? 'Cos I'm trying to figure out What's that smell??...."
I is also a big fan of earth tones and this picture does it for me - it certainly makes the mundane interesting
Jide Alakija: I wish I would write like you sometimes. I think your words are more appropriate to the caption of this image. If I exhibit this shot one day may I borrow it? I'll quote you of course.
  • FDLefty
  • UK-Aberdeen
  • 12 May 2006, 12:24
Jide, If you feel you can make use of my comments in your exhibit, I'm more than happy for you to do so. Cheers.
I just ran into your photo blog and man this is cool.luv taking pictures as well but really dont have time to process it...u know work and all the other stuffs that u have to do.
Nice pics sha and actually the tree looks like it had smth bad to eat so I will go with grim

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