Jide Alakija

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Yesterdays' shot seemed to get a very good response because of the colour so I decided to do something similar for todays. All these shots are very similar so I think I'll put something a tad bit different up tomorrow.

By the way Asiko titled this shot without even seeing it....is the name appropriate?

Post processing:Gradient on the left for framing, increase in saturation on the cheeks only, Increase in dynamic range, skin smoothen, sharpening of the eyes, burnt out the dark man in front of her.

Original shot

00:19 Update: I've just realised that I made an error in this post. I didn't do the final sharpening on the arm layer, so please no more "arm" complaints, what about the title?

comments (33)

  • Chloe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:04
There's something about the arm ... or is it my screen?
Jide Alakija: Chloe, you are right. Okay I do make mistakes...I forgot to include the arm in the final sharpening of the shot. Oh well too late now.
  • attah
  • UK
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:04
nice capture. Arm's are a tad on the "full" side ;-)
Jide Alakija: Grrr! :@
  • bola
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:12
I think it's quite apt. Dont like how the arm looks though. Like everything else.
Jide Alakija: Okay okay!!! I've heard!!!
  • Sola Labinjo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:16
The arms look a bit unreal, other than that nice capture!
Jide Alakija: Thanks...Sigh! another complaint about the arm...check the original.
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:37
Okay if I see one more fashion shot, I WILL START SCREAMING.

Whats with the arm? He he he he he he he. Evil Suby


I likey the shot smile
Jide Alakija: Sorry, I'm also thinking of putting up new material.
Wow, nice shot and some great post processing!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 29 Mar 2006, 00:49
....and then u had to spoil a good thing :-(

From an overprocessed background to a composition that says why! I too am asking the same question!

Works better in portrait im afraid Jide!

This series of fashion shots has been very exciting and dynamic, hats off to that!
Jide Alakija: One opinion out of many. Thanks.
  • joe
  • 29 Mar 2006, 01:50
err just a note.. on shooting fashion conventionaly.
the nxt time you shoot fashion you might want to note that its about the clothes + attitude + model and that makes a catwalk shot. Or you can pick one and push it.

You nailed it nicely in the last shot but think one does't really cut it as a portait or a fashion shot.

Watch the different channels when you up saturation. I could be wrong the the pinks are abnormally pumped with a bit of fringing.

Jide Alakija: Thanks. But as I didn't have the appropriate lens I thought I'd do something different. So it's more portrait than fashion. The saturation was deliberate and I see your point, I normally tend to overdo things just to be different.
  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 29 Mar 2006, 02:36
I'm a bit unsure about this one.The blues on the model's edges help it to bloend with the backgroun/enviorment - what I didn't find yesterday but the blue is too harsh and a bit speckled - or too saturated.Agree with Joe as well.I still feel the background feels fake,I don't know why it's just that the model has no relation to it at all I'm guessing it's my mistake if the background was far away and came out of focus or it was a black & clue abstract background close by.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar, interesting points and you are right to point out the background issue, as I wanted to keep it similar to yesterdays shot I created the same effect. I also attached the original shot to put things in perspective, I'm not sure if that's a good idea or not.

One thing that I think is important to know about my blog is that I tend to do things that aren't conventional or not the proper way to do them deliberately, maybe this time I've gone too far. Thanks again, really appreciate your comments.
I for one( so it seems) think this shot is right on the mark. The somewhat 'over produced' look I think is perfect for the shot, even this arm buisness mentioned by others for me does not detract but instead send my eyes right on to her face. I love it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Cool daddio, happy you like it.
  • matt
  • 29 Mar 2006, 04:49
Great light and emotion.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Matt.
Great model, great smile, great colors! I don't need more ! Excellent !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
Nice capture, Jide. I like all the dead space you've been using lately. it's in stark contrast to a lot of fashion show shots I have seen (and I haven't seen a lot). Your choice to use landscape format is interesting, and I think it works. Again, nice job on capturing the pose and expression. As usual, good photo manipulation. Regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. I only sometimes wish I had a wider frame for shots like these then it would be more appropriate.
  • sk
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 29 Mar 2006, 07:24
nice shot Mr Alaks, pele about the arm
Jide Alakija: You are too kind.grin
This is an amazing shot. The clarity is amazing. Have you done something to remove the noise?
Jide Alakija: Noise? I didn't do anything to remove the noise, I thing the increase in constrast may have removed the said noise, also notice I shot this in ISO200 and it's been shrunk from a 6MP image to 1MP image, you wouldn't be able to see the noise.
  • eterisk
  • Goteborg, Sweden
  • 29 Mar 2006, 08:25
A very interesting shot with a great smile. I like the position of the girl in the frame.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 29 Mar 2006, 08:31
Just checked the original.... prefer that! While I like the new tones on the models skin, the background is so overworked that if it was a cookieit would have turned to ashes! grin

Your postproduction in photoshop definately has come along way in a short time space, well done!

Realizing when to stop sometimes takes a lifetime, and it sometimes leads a would be "masterpiece" into a overworked "monsterpiece" ;-) learn fast!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • david
  • Australia
  • 29 Mar 2006, 09:38
gorgeous shot! wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
  • Tosin
  • Eltham, London
  • 29 Mar 2006, 10:18
Beautiful shot, You captured her pose well. and i like her full arms!!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 29 Mar 2006, 11:04
She has a real 'faked' smile to me.....
Jide Alakija: Hmmm....Thanks Chantal.
  • Micki
  • 29 Mar 2006, 12:18
Love the colors to this, such a wonderful glow!
  • david
  • chesham
  • 29 Mar 2006, 12:46
i've no problem with the arm - it's the face you focus in on in any event - fake smile and all! great photo.
  • Kim
  • Napoli, Italy
  • 29 Mar 2006, 13:47
I like it. The difference from the original is amazing.
  • Dave
  • California, America
  • 29 Mar 2006, 14:04
Beautiful model and a splendid background.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 29 Mar 2006, 14:28
The processing really made a big difference... Nice. I don't get the title though.
  • Laurent
  • Canada
  • 29 Mar 2006, 15:29
I like her attitude and the compo that goes with it, nice, plus saturated colors makes her looking like a famous doll grin
  • Danielle
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2006, 18:10
Very impressive! I love the colors and framing you've chosen. Nice work.
  • GeckoZ
  • Singapore
  • 29 Mar 2006, 19:57
Great processing, Jide! Your resultant photo is greatly enhanced. Love it.
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 29 Mar 2006, 21:54
I like the arm! Make for a shallow DOF look. I think the beauty of the title is that it would fit almost any photo. The colors, as everyone has recognized, are well done. I really appreciate that you take the time to include post-processing info- there is so often that I want to ask that question about photos I see.
Stunning shot with some great colours. You've done well to position the model and use the empty space.
  • chris
  • West Australia
  • 30 Mar 2006, 05:30
Wow, nice shot. Eline looks so hot, too bloody hot!
i like background colors and composition. great posed from hersmile
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 03:15
Wowzer, what a cute girl! Have her give me a call Jide. I'm sure she wont mind the trip to the states to meet some random guy. LOL!

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