Jide Alakija

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The sole purpose of this image is to silence Suby.

Now what can I say about this one. Well it's one I took when I was in Nigeria last year, it wasn't supposed to be posted for today (Thanks to Suby), it's taken me about one whole hour to process as I've used in total about 13 adjustment and image layers in photoshop.

To Mr Skee, does this look like it's been tampered with, as you say the best images done in photoshop are those you can't notice the photoshop work.

How I miss those days when I would spend hours working on an image, I have to say this one was fun. I also had a colour version I originally intended to put up but I've decided on this one, maybe sometime in the future I'll put that one up.

Oh one more thing....Temi can you guess where the title of this image has come from? If not can anyone help her?

New feature on Shutterchance. You can now send this image in an eCard to your friends. The idea is that if an image better expresses thoughts, emotions or feelings for or to another person use it.

Post processing:  Decrease of DOF through Lens blur, series of curves applied to face, shirt, eyes. Burning on shirt for shadows, gradient layers for framing and slight vignetting, BW through lab colour and brown tone applied.

comments (33)

  • Suby
  • 19 Mar 2006, 00:50
Suby LIKEY, Is Suby silenced? Ummmmmmm HELL NOO!! However since I like the shot and the PS work done, darn nothing left to say but what I like about the image (not to worry, will keep it for your next duff post smile ) I like the fact you increased the DOF cause it just makes the chap stand out more which is the aim. Some people say DOF is over used and can be quite distraction. I say when used DOF can help enhance an image, allowing the wiewer to concentrate on the subject of the image.
Would I have cropped off some of the image on the right, probably, would that make it a better image? Maybe, maybe not. Still does not change the fact that I really likey this shot. Need to ask though, Jide what does the title mean?
Jide Alakija: Awww thanks Suby, I'm not still satisfied that I couldn't silence you, anyway it's good because I wouldn't have spent the time working on the image.

As for the title I'll leave it till someone comes up with the source. It's really easy you just have to think out of the box. Thanks.
To try and silence Suby is only to poke the logs and create larger flames. smile First of all, excellent post-processing. Monochromatic feel, even though there is a hint of color, is very effective here. The subject is placed beautifully in the frame. Very high regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent.
Nice work, thanks for the comment. I juts bookemarked you. I really like what I see.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Moeview, I've done likewise.
Lovely composition and good work with the post processing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
Well done with the processing. Excellent true to life portrait.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Coffeelover.
  • Tommy
  • 19 Mar 2006, 03:24
Fantastic. I think it's the best picture I've seen on your site. It's the kind of photography that I aspire to.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tommy. Really appreciate that comment.
  • Wolf
  • 19 Mar 2006, 03:27
Hi Jide
Thanks for visiting my blog, you have some Fantastic photos!
I'll be coming back...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Wolf. Look forward to seeing you too.
My favorite so far ! Fantastic picture !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney, I didn't know it would have such an impact.
  • sk
  • 19 Mar 2006, 07:02
Jide I like how U processed this shot, I wish I could do stuff like that. Nice one
Jide Alakija: You can. You have it in you. You just need to know what you want to do.
If your standard falls below this... Suby will have my permission to send his boys ;-)

Awesome shot!
1hr? boy think I can do it in 10mins max ;-)
Jide Alakija: LOL....I'll be waiting for them..then I'll snap them and post them up like this shot!
Get yourself a proper pc.... actually a Mac ;-) and stop clowning around!
Jide Alakija: LOL...My PC will hold another 6 months.
  • flakes
  • 19 Mar 2006, 08:34
think outside the box?.. dudes t'shirt is inside out

i like it, i'm a sucker for good shots of people just being, if you had given the kid a bit more time he'd have probably come up with a 'better' more staged posed. I guess thats why I like it, I like the timing of the shot, the quality and the processing makes it a great photo (in my opinion!)
  • Sinem
  • 19 Mar 2006, 10:10
Nice shot, Jide, and great editing, but I'm afraid I don't get the title????
  • Temi
  • 19 Mar 2006, 10:19
FINALLY J, a title I can work with. But I have to confess, I didn’t see it till Flakes pointed it out. I guess u silenced me on the title front.
As for the image - BRAVO!! You've done well. I love the fact that you chose this one (seen the original). Excellent choice of composition and tactical placement of the young boy. I love that I could almost reach in and grab him out of the shot. Glad you removed the focus from the background. I have to say, very well processed and thumbs up for get all round approval.
What did i tell you? Capability is in the artists mind. YOU ARE CAPABLE!!!
  • Micki
  • 19 Mar 2006, 11:08
I like this one a lot! He's a sweetie.
I really like the DOF effect!!
  • Bob
  • 19 Mar 2006, 13:44
This is great and now I want to go back and reprocess so many of my recent shots! So much to learn.
nicely photoshopped! no flaw!
  • John
  • 19 Mar 2006, 18:22
Very nice classic shot.
  • nkem
  • 19 Mar 2006, 18:29
Excellent shot. The subjects eye's captivate.
A brilliant image. I would say this is my favourite shot on your site so far, I could continue and spout lots of praise but the bottom line is its brilliant
I love the way the background fades in and the boy is the center of attraction. Love the expression on his face..
  • bola
  • 19 Mar 2006, 23:18
Nice work as usual. cant fault naught. I just want to ask. Is anyone gonna enlightn me? What is DOF???
  • Sele
  • 19 Mar 2006, 23:59
Absolutely brilliant...
i love this shotsmile like photojournal..little touch drama from his face expression, great capturesmile
Wonderful shot. Had no clue the DOF was not straight out of the camera. However you got to the place you've posted is fine by me as it looks great!
This is an excellent photograph. Congratulations.
  • loic
  • 21 Mar 2006, 14:19
What a portrait ! The depth of view is perfect. I'm really jealous smile
  • Kenny
  • 21 Mar 2006, 21:08
Awesome. I wish it was mine! wink
fantastic portrait shot, way to go
  • miles
  • 25 Mar 2006, 01:43
Great documentary style image, you've got a lot of good stuff here.
  • TruStar
  • 25 Mar 2006, 04:29
This image is crisp and sharp in just the right places. The images in the background are so out of focus it gives the effect of being an artificial backdrop, which just further enhances the parallel to real life
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2006, 23:24
I like this. At first I thought too much of the background was blured for a realistic DOF but everything behind him is pretty far away, so I'm wrong. I'd be interested to see it w/o the browntone to see the raw B&W effect. Nice job.

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