Jide Alakija

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All that for this!

Long story, sorry guys, I wasn't able to display the shot I originally intending, it's a case of it being on my laptop (currently at Duane's residence) and I waited at home for a package that never came.

Fashion, this is an art that I have slowly found myself having an interest within it's realms. I never understood what were the driving factors behind the whole industry. I would walk past a Designer lounge and marvel at the price tags to some of the garments on display. I could never understand what the whole fuss was. "Is it not just a dress?" I would say to Tosin. It was not until I started working with Zingara that I started to appreciate the work, effort and more so the art of dressing a human body, if anything it's what I call now an "Ultimate Art" i.e. the art of the human body.

This is one of the shots taken at a Fashion show organised by the Imperial College Charity Fashion Show.

What do you think?

I have another one to put up for tomorrow. I think it's better than this but you judge.

Post processing:  Curve for toning, colour manipulation of the background through Hue/saturation, dark gradient for better framing, sharpening of the face and toning of the skin through burning and dodging and a little play with the channel mixer to produce this somewhat desaturated effect.

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comments (30)

  • bola
  • 23 Mar 2006, 00:03
Great work
Jide Alakija: Thanks. First again. I guess you weren't feeling my HDR attempts!
  • nkem
  • 23 Mar 2006, 00:27
I really like this shot. Great composition wink
Great lighting and composition. Her presence and expression alone fills up the frame. High regards.
nice composition and great contrast of light and darksmile
love the composition!
Jide Alakija: You know I thought that would be the first thing you would point out...But I didn't think you'd love it. Also did you notice the heavy manipulation of photoshop in this one?
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • 23 Mar 2006, 01:12
  • josh
  • 23 Mar 2006, 02:48
i'm really liking this somewhat abstract composition.
  • matt
  • 23 Mar 2006, 03:08
This is a great photo. I love her posture and your perspective. This is more than a fashion photo...very dramatic.
Thats b/c i'm looking for donations for my next project ;-)
Great contrast ! Nice composition. Well done!
Is she pregnant ? ;-)
  • jlc
  • 23 Mar 2006, 05:52
I love the lines in the shot.

And the light on the back side.

The model is in the just place. Congratulation ! wink)
  • sk
  • 23 Mar 2006, 07:33
the composition and pose and lighting is tight, nice capture Mr
This shot looks impressive to me! I like how the model stand out, glowing from the dark!
Great shot
Very nice
  • Micki
  • 23 Mar 2006, 10:58
Good shot!
  • Suby
  • 23 Mar 2006, 11:29
Okay I just have to comment on this shot, (no i am not fully back ***Suby still gone silent*** but could not miss the opportunity to comment smile )

A couple of people have reported to me we get a little to techie in here so they are scared to put comments, will try to break down my comments so that everyone can get it smile
I AM LOVING THIS SHOT TO DEATH. Jide, one of your "BESTEST" shots to date. I cannot wait to see the better shot(now I'm a sceptic).

Okay to the shot, why does the Subster love?

Composition - spot on. Rule of 3rds, wicked. Tell me it was a fluke, let me feel better with myself sad

Lighting - I hate you for getting this so right. It was a fluke wasn't it? (I am hoping here)

Simplicity - You have captured the simplicity & beauty of this shot (darn I hate you). For those wondering huh - When snapping, If your main subject is close, then your background should be very simple to avoid distractions. You should try to keep everything not important much less interesting than what's important in the frame. Especially avoiding lines or objects that lead the eye away from the subject. Why is that not happening in this shot? weeping now smile

Framing(the tactic of using natural surroundings to add more meaning to your subject) & DOF- f1.4, Need I say more? Love the fact that the background on the subject is darker. Use of DOF so enhances this shot (I'm still hating you).

Colour/tones - love the "somewhat desaturated effect" to this image. Also love the sharpening of the face and the hue work. Just makes the model stand out even more, your eyes are only drawn to the model and everything else disappears. BINGO, aim of shot achieved.

Now to the CS2 work or should I say what CS2 work? smile Now this is one shot that has benefited from a "little" enhancement/editing and its not an "in your face" I used Photoshop to enhance shot.

"Ars longa, vita brevis"


Need to raid you and steal the next shot in this series. You are on fire. smile
Like it a lot, love the composition and the lighting
  • Dia
  • 23 Mar 2006, 12:09
Nice shoot indeed smile
wow, and you really know how to use the CS2!

Fashion is a huge industry but I dont know about it because I usually dont follow, for some years now I have my sewing machine and I just sew some colourful clothes when Im in the mood hihihi smile

Thank you for visiting my blog toosmile
all the best smile
Excellent shot! I love the composition and lighting. The high contrast and her facial expression, that stare, just gives this.. Intensity...
Fantastic shot, very well composed, excellent!!
you can feel her attitude, work it. smile
Very nice composition! Light beams create an awesome effect! Very well thought post processing!
  • bola
  • 23 Mar 2006, 19:48
I wonder what suby would say if he came out fully of his silent modewink ??

Nah! That's not true! It's just the last attempt that I just couldnt bring myself to like no matter what. You just keep on trying i guess?
  • Roger
  • 23 Mar 2006, 20:42
Great lighting on this one. Good capture of the moment.
Very nice composition
Thanks everyone.
  • Dave
  • 24 Mar 2006, 15:17
She gorgeous. I like the hint of spotlights in the background.
Wonderful! I'll just have to sign onto Suby's analysissmile

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