Jide Alakija

03 Apr 2006 1,374 views
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Leo and Nelsino!

Something I haven't done in a while is put up a picture of a building, structure or statue. I guess I'm not overly inspired by them, but I must give kudos to those that have spent their time putting them together. For that reason I'll put this up. Not my favourite image but there's bound to be someone out there who likes this sort of thing. Is that you? I'll be very interested to know.

Post Processing:Sharpening, Black and white through Lab colour, Brown tone.

comments (26)

  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2006, 02:05
Wow, you've really brought out that lion! I thought he was white in reality wink
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 3 Apr 2006, 02:47
Yes I like this one!
unusual angle...first i can't figure what the sculpture is? cool shot i like the pin point of the lion nose match the top of the column...great capturesmile
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2006, 05:34
very good Mr Alakija, very good indeed
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 3 Apr 2006, 07:29
Okay I must be looking at a different image, I definitely no likey. I actually thought I had come to the wrong page. This from Alakija....? The halo is slipping boy. Nope maybe I may really be in the wrong page. Sorry just does nothing for me at all, what is the black bottom left? Okay angle is difeerent, SO?

I am trying to like this image, but then I keep remembering Alakija took this shot, so I keep comparing to the wonderful stuff you have done in the past and this definitely does not meet your standards.

Okay maybe it's because I have not seen many landscapes from you. Okay, why not though me another landscape sometime this week. I know you can blow me out. smile


I have been waiting in anticipation for the shots you took in the studio. How long am I going to wait? Hurry up and post bro.

Lovely lovely shot of the Skee you took. (the one on the Skees blog today peeps)
Jide Alakija: Shhhh! letting away my secret.

I wasn't impressed with the shot either, but I wanted to put something that didn't have any people in for a change. I guess this was not the best example.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 3 Apr 2006, 07:30
Unusual shot... Made me wonder for a while.
  • jlc
  • 3 Apr 2006, 08:34
I love the cut of course ! smile
Nice pic Jide, which lens did you use for this one?
Jide Alakija: Thanks, my 18-50mm Wide lens. Check the "camera settings" for more info.
Hi, Jide. I like it. I don't think the blank space works as well as it did in yesterday's shot. It's still very fine and it's still a unique way at looking at your subjects. Regards, Brent
  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 3 Apr 2006, 11:05
Is this in India - it looks like our national symbol.The B&W really makes it perfect.Grea great shot,killer angle.
Amazing shot, the kind that makes me think'Why didn't I took this shot"
  • Micki
  • 3 Apr 2006, 12:11
I like the lion. I had to tilt my head to figure this one out, too early this morning. I can't believe we're still doing time change twice a year!
  • Sinem
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 3 Apr 2006, 12:44
I refuse to put anything good or bad for this pohto as long as you continue with the silent treatment smile and that's that!
  • seyi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2006, 13:18
Yeah thats definatly UK. Grey skys. You captured the depression that is UK.

PS: Where is the Sun in this nation ?
  • Kim
  • Napoli, Italy
  • 3 Apr 2006, 13:42
What a great perspective.
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 3 Apr 2006, 13:56
mmm... Not sure about this one...
Great angle. Love the b&w.
Well, I am one of those people who likes this sort of thing. Very effective asymmetrical composition. Neat how the bright sky and dark lion on the left are balanced by a medium grey sky on the right side.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Apr 2006, 16:26
Awesome and creative angle, love it a lot.
  • jessica
  • United States
  • 3 Apr 2006, 17:12
this is interesting. not my fav, but the angle is definitely fun, the detail is great as is the composition. i think a more interesting sky and the subtraction of whatever is in the bottom right corner could make this fabulous.
  • Folake
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Apr 2006, 19:47
hey, thought I'd leave a message as I have a bit of time on my hands. You get so many positive remarks about your photos, and rightly so! You deserve it without a doubt; the quality and technicality are all fantastic. If I did leave comments though, they wouldn’t be very constructive, it'll be along the lines of ..really nice stuff.. great picture.... brilliant work .. you know, all that good stuff.

The reason I like photos is not typical to a photoblog visitor (but more typical of your average non-technical visitor), maybe that’s why I sometimes differ from the majority when it comes to my opinion about a photo you've displayed. While I can appreciate all the technical aspect of it and can clearly see that you have done a good job, when I see a photo, I’m not seeing DOF, saturation, asymmetry, lens... I see how it makes me feel, how it works together, if it pleases my senses, if it makes me smile or if it makes me think (I hope I’m making sense). It’s almost like getting overly technical kills off the creative/arty eye in a sense (i do hope i'm making sense)

I do think u are highly talented, I appreciate that your blog is what you want it to be and not asking or expecting any changes, I am simply sharing my opinion :o)
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 3 Apr 2006, 20:38
nice! I am leo, so I feel this pic!I know I've seen better, but this is good.
I like the idea but not sure about your angles...sorry
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:56
Ha! It's almost as if you posted this for me. I like to take the ordinary and capture them in different ways. This is something I would do.

But ... something isn't quite right. It's a little unbalanced and a little too grey (flat) for me. Also, I have a habit, good or bad, of trying to make the diagonals in an image point to one of the corners.

In this one, for example, I would try to make Nelson's Column point to the top right corner, either by cropping off the excess on the right or by rotating the frame anticlockwise.

Hope this is the kind of feedback you wanted.
  • Julien
  • Canada
  • 6 Apr 2006, 04:12
this one makes me a funny effect because i didn't immediately saw the lion, while a few seconds it was a sort of "Nazgul" and the chin of the lion was the "rain hood", do you see what i meen ? (a bit crazy i admit ... smile )
This looks just like a monument in Toronto at the beginning of the Queen Elizabeth Highway. Are you in toronto or is this just a similar monument? I quite like the shot.

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