Jide Alakija

18 Mar 2006 1,768 views
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Firstly this is NOT an HDR image. It's just loads of processing, I quite enjoyed working on this one. On my way home from Woolwich I decided to walk and as I was with the camera I thought it would be a good opportunity to do make some shots one of which you saw yesterday. Along the same walkway was this lamp post, it had the word s "Ham Baker" inscribed on it, I'm wondering if this was the name of the company that made the metal for the lamp post, God knows, anyway it looked interesting so it ended up being like this.

Oh! I didn't bother to count the votes....It was clear the tree was SAD but anyway let's look forward unto this shot.

Post processing:  Two Soft light blending modes, three curve adjustment layers for contrast variance, pole and back ground treated seperately, Selective colour saturation again wall and pole treated seperately, little bit of burning to bring out the rust on the post and very little vignetting at the edges.

comments (31)

  • Suby
  • 18 Mar 2006, 00:02
Nice image.
Jide Alakija: WoW! I seem to have silenced you. Thanks Suby.
  • bola
  • 18 Mar 2006, 00:04
I like the very grotty look of the post and it's surrounds. Looks very arty. I like

That's just Ojoro! Reminds me of how Democracy works in some places. :*
Jide Alakija: Stop whinning and accept your defeat!!!! grin
  • Suby
  • 18 Mar 2006, 00:19
Okay, I'm not at my best or in my elements with images like these. Not really my cup of tea, but you know what? when I see images like these, I think nice... and move on to the next image. Sometimes is more like "editing killed the image" When is it too much and when is it too little? When should it be sparingly used and when shld it be used heavily?

You have your style, signature, and it involves a lot of editing. It works most times for you cause you are good at it, but sometimes....... In this case, I look at this image and like the DOF, like the colour saturation, like the framing, like the shot, but it strike ME as just a nice image. But you know what? Thats just me. I am not blown away. Maybe I shld be, whats wrong with Suby? smile
Jide Alakija: Yeah what's wrong with Suby? I'll tell you, he's missing his CS2!!!! That's what's wrong.
Lovely composition, nice dof and love the dark green against the rusty background.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Temi
  • 18 Mar 2006, 00:36
I love how harsh the green is, very drastic. The orange of the walls really sets it off nicely, it doesn’t contrast, which is good otherwise the image would be way to sharp. Nice composition but I would have preferred a longer composition – stretch to the left. But you may not have enough image to do that. Overall very good.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm...Interesting thoughts...processed this during our phone conversation today, so I can multitask effectively I think. Thanks Temi.
  • Bob
  • 18 Mar 2006, 00:57
I like this sort of image myself. Quite astounded by the description of the post processing. I have never gone quite that far but it sure seems to have paid off here.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bob, that was the summarised version too. I had about 10 adjustment layers in this one.
Good stuff, Jide. I like the final color of the image. Your post-processing worked well.
Jide Alakija: Thank Hendra.
eyecatching aqua-green is great wt beautiful light and shadow in the background...great findsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
You post-processing is much like a HDR! Isn't it a good job? smile
Jide Alakija: Good job well that's debateable. I do have an HDR version of this image and it doesn't look very much different. Maybe I'll post it some other time. Thanks.
The post is great...the color and detail. And "Ham Baker". How odd. smile
Jide Alakija: I found out that they are a water company, so maybe this wasn't a lamp post after all...I'll go back and check it out. Thanks.
  • dave
  • 18 Mar 2006, 05:59
Great post processing - love the green colours of them pole..cheers smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
  • Dave
  • 18 Mar 2006, 06:04
Just gorgeous. The colors just pop!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
  • sk
  • 18 Mar 2006, 08:20
I really like this, great colours
Jide Alakija: Thanks man.
This is a very powerful image! If you are not blown away by this one I wonder what you need. Fantastic colors! It took you some time to achieve this result but it was well worth the effort !
Jide Alakija: Yeah it did, tomorrows should be good. Suby has spurred me on. Thanks.
Great colours, very surreal. Almost like back in the film days when photographers messed around with the film development chemicals.
Jide Alakija: True...ta.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • 18 Mar 2006, 09:54
Been feeling your images lately -not exactly more than previous ones but in a different way..
Jide Alakija: In what way...I keep hearing this from many people...I want to know what's the difference. Thanks.
  • Micki
  • 18 Mar 2006, 12:46
Love this one! Great color on the post, contrasts well with the wall.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Gary
  • 18 Mar 2006, 13:48
excellent color and dof
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary.
Nice processing of what is already an interesting image. I like how the shadow provides additional perspective.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris.
  • Seth
  • 19 Mar 2006, 01:06
Very nice shot. I like the colors and post-processing work done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Seth.
Lovely colors and contrast. Well done. The processing must have been huge.
Jide Alakija: Thanks coffeelover.
nice ps work! i like the contrast and the colours...!
Wonderful warm tones and well saturated colours. I like the contrast between the cool pole and the warm wall.
Very impressive
  • Scott
  • 20 Mar 2006, 20:01
What would you do without PS?
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:19
The atmosphere is very special. Well done.
  • Golden One
  • 23 Mar 2006, 12:08
i love this pic
the colors here are mysterious, offers some narrative.
my kind of shot ! colors and texture are very interesting, i really love this one.
Wonderful coloration - Nice work indeed !
One of my favourite pictures, a wall-hanger if I ever saw one. Lets me know what you are capable of. Rich colours and perfect depth of field.

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