Jide Alakija

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This image is to silence those who think HDR is not WORKING!

Okay yesterdays image wasn't "da bomb"  or not my normal style in terms of photography so I'll put this one up instead.

This is one HDR shot that I've carefully prepared. I promised Deji77 that I would put up a shot that shows why HDR is such a good tool. I hope Brent can see that too.

Oh also, a certain cute but rather blunt lady by the name of Alero, titled this image. She believe that it's better to lead people to the conclusion than have them guess the wrong thing. If you have any questions, I'll be sure to forward the responce to her. What do you think means???? God knows.

Back to the image. please take extra care to notice that there is a very bright flourescent light above the mannequin in this shot. I've put up a single exposure shot to compare it with, remember this has the "Alakija style" as Suby may call it applied to it.

Post processing: 3 seperate exposures, Sharpening, colour correction of the green channel through curves.

comments (34)

  • Suby
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 4 Apr 2006, 00:08
Is the Subster silent???? No no NOOOOOOO. Not a fan of HDR, nevertheless I have complimented HDR shots that impress. No this goes back to the question I think I asked on someone blog yesterday. WHy do we use HDR? The question I am going to ask here is "was there a need to HDR this shot?" NO, no, no. I love the colours of the original.

Okay before I go on, let me point out I love this shot, love the composition & I love the dark tones and sharp colours of the original. SO far me I love love the origina, and I am not feeling the HADR AT ALL. Sort of killed the lovely dark tones of the image.

Jide Alakija: Okay I think this shot will be more appreciated if you were at the scene of the snap. The point of this shot is to show you that you can capture the tones that your camera can't pick up in one exposure. Now when you do a HDR you put them back in. This shot shows you exactly what I saw, the other shot is not a correct representation of the display that I snapped.

Thanks for the comment.
  • Suby
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 4 Apr 2006, 00:10
Okay as you can see, the typos show how tired I am smile You get what I am trying to type I hope smile The things we do for blogging.
Jide Alakija: Don't worry...we all do it. Tosin and I are both Dyslexic and you can imagine the about of typos we make when sending emails between ourselves to the point were we both miss the point!

You're excused.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 00:17
interesting how HDR really brought out the colours and exposures. hmmmmmmmmm I for one prefer the HDR version. At the end of the day people should really stop caring how an image was produced, processed, underprocessed, overprocessed, whatever. The final image is all that counts; like it or don't like it.
Jide Alakija: As I pointed out to Suby this shot would be much more appreciated if he saw the actual display. The colours are very bright but because of that you have a choice to either meter for the bright parts of the dark parts, the camera can't take both.

HDR solves this problem. I think this shot shows that well.
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 00:22
I still don't think HDR works. In this shot, you've just side stepped the issue by taking a photo of a PLASTIC MANEQUIN. So it doesn't matter if the colour tones are all wrong, nobody would notice the difference in either case. This photo proves nothing at all. tongue
Jide Alakija: Well if you read the caption properly I'm sure you'll understand that when because of the bright lamp above the camera would loose the nice green tones at the back and colour of the gloves at the point of capture.

Now if you use HDR you can get all that back. This shot does exactly that and hence PROVES THE POINT CLEARLY!!!!

  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2006, 00:24
Very nice. I really like this HDR version, and for me this is one of a few HDR shots that I think still looks natural. So many HDR attempts that I've seen just look weird to me.
Jide Alakija: Yup, I agree, that's because they've not been executed properly. Naturally you aren't supposed to use HDR to produce a shot that looks natural by over doing it.

Very nice and really vivid.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Europe
  • 4 Apr 2006, 01:02
Laaro kutukutu!!! O kin sun ni!! O ga O!! Picture yi o bad rara. O bright gaaan!!! Fery coloful. O da bi Hype Williams video lori MTV
Jide Alakija: Ese, eso O!!!
  • Sinem
  • MK, UK
  • 4 Apr 2006, 01:14
Guys, guys, guys; ok, stop fighting over HDR now!
Jide Alakija: I guess they weren't silenced.
excellent work...the colors and detail r amazingsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2006, 01:43
I like the color (espeically the background) of the HDR shot but I have a hard time getting past the "soft focus" of the mannequin in the HDR version.
Jide Alakija: Soft focus?

THanks for the comment.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 4 Apr 2006, 02:02
Nah....nice shot and all that....don't get me wrong!

But I can do all this and more using photoshop without the so called HDR method. I don't buy it!

Picture is wonderful anyway....I really like the colour scheme
  • david
  • Australia
  • 4 Apr 2006, 02:25
Awesome colours! love it ;D
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
  • jessica
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2006, 03:13
rock on with your bad hdr self. this shot looks great - wonderful use of the technique! i'm still trying to figure out how to begin figuring out how to do it, but this shot (and the comparison you offer) definitely make me want to learnwink
Jide Alakija: Download a copy of Photomatix from http://www.hdrsoft.com

Thanks for the comment.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 4 Apr 2006, 08:07
Oh well, to HDR or not to HDR smile... I like your final version much better than the single exposure shot. Please feel free to experiment and do whatever you like (there I've said it, though you certainly don't need me to tell you ;-)!
Jide Alakija: Thank you Ella.
I like this shot and the way you removed certain elements of subject so that we focus (and make judgement) on someone solely based on what they're wearing.
Oh, and I've never been against HDR. AND I really like this shot. Sometimes I just think it goes too far? Here, it's very well-tempered and very well presented.
Jide Alakija: I know you aren't convinced about HDR, I just wanted to convince you. smile
  • skee
  • Skeetown (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 09:48
At work, just compared the two shots the single exposure and the so called HDR, on my perfectly calibrated double screens!


Original pic wins hands down:

What was the rational for trying to lighten almost every part of the picture?

Look at the redsi.e the gloves before your HDR technque, the colours had more punch to them. The same could be said of the blacks as well!

Colours in the HDR version seem to be flatter? why? I thought this technique was to increase the dynamic range of colours?

Ealier on I hadn't seen the original version, and now that I have and comppared them side by side...I still prefer the original

I have no doubt in my mind that one day very soon you will get this technique correct and I will say wow, but not yet.
Jide Alakija: As I said in the caption there is a bright light above the subject, now the 10D is limited with is dynamic range. HDR increases that. Now the other shot is a better representation but not a true one. This is the point of HDR.

Hope this clears this.
  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 4 Apr 2006, 10:57
Classy - just classy.The colours are amazing,that faint green especially.Looks like it's from another world because I have never seen such colours blend perfectly.Great job - I think I will try HDR one of these days...
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 4 Apr 2006, 11:15
This is a nice colourful composition.
  • Micki
  • 4 Apr 2006, 11:36
WOW! I love the cropping and colors on this one! FANTASTIC photo.
  • skee
  • Skeetown (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 12:14
Another point is the fact that alot of these colour will end up sadly being "Out of Gamut!"

For those who don't understand what this "Out of gamut" implies, it simply means that such colours as pleasant as they are on screen , will not be able to print the same way due to the fact that printing inks can't produce the same shades.

Anyway, let the HDR debate continue..... It's a fantasic shot never-the-less!

Top marks here!
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 4 Apr 2006, 13:02
i definitely prefer the HDR version. The colours, though very contrasting seem to blend really well. Though i hadn't noticed initially, i do see the flatness Mr. Skee referred to (particularly in the red), however, it's not any flatter than the original shot. Rather, I think HDR's helped give it the brightness and sharpness necessary to pull this shot off.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 4 Apr 2006, 13:56
I've never really been a fan of HDR, but the thing about this shot is that the effect is rather subtle, that at first glance you can't really tell it's a HDR. You definately managed to bring out the colours, but it seems you've done this at the expense of some detail especially on the gloves and corset.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. Not sure I agree with you there but it's an opinion.
  • myrtle friester
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 17:00
colours are vivid ... havent a clue what hdr is.. but whatever it is
it looks great to me but then i have had a label for along time "coloured"
Jide Alakija: Thanks for coming to the site. I update it with a new picture everyday. Hope to see you back later.
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 4 Apr 2006, 17:52
"Soft Focus" isn't the right description, i guess I meant it as more of an analogy. my amatuer eye may be describing what it sees incorrectly but I was trying to say that the original looks sharp but the HDR feels a bit fuzzy or "soft". Not that its a bad thing, just a different thing depending on the mood you are going for. With the bright colors HDR brings out here, maybe the softness works better.
Jide Alakija: I know what you mean Tuffer, I as an amatuer get it wrong too sometimes. Thanks for the comments.
Beautiful! The colours and their proportions really work well. I like the framing where you moved the hand and chain into the centre of the frame, and not the mannequin. In my shot I tried working with the reflection on the glass - somewhat unsuccessfully. Were you also shooting through glass?
Jide Alakija: Yes I was shooting through glass but at night hence no reflections.
  • samcam
  • USA
  • 4 Apr 2006, 20:40
What a difference from the original single exposure shot! I have to learn this HDR stuff! It is awesome!
  • ndiginiz
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 4 Apr 2006, 22:31
Tena koe ehoa
Vibrant and filled with clashes of both fashion statements and colour. Outside the square of normality and non-conformist is how I'd interpret this image. For the reason of not being "PC" it's a winner in my view.
Regardless of the process in obtaining the final image, expression of the content should still be the prime objective and this has got plenty expression goin' on for it!
  • Femi Shabs
  • United States
  • 5 Apr 2006, 04:15
More than a vague nod to computer-generated images...
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:31
Let's all stop using the bland term HDR - let's call it selective exposure adjustment instead. There, it's all OK now. Photogrpahers have been doing that with dodging and burning in darkrooms since Fox Talbot's day.

It's the final image that counts, and this one counts. Instantly liked it for its bold crop and vibrant colours. I think the only problem here is that you showed the original too. (And by the way - there's no hint of a plastic mannequin anywhere in the shot!)
  • Julien
  • Canada
  • 6 Apr 2006, 04:14
beautiful one, love the colors and the strange clothes
I also agree with the don't care what a photo was shot with or how it was processed but just the final show me what you want me to see. Liked the above shot but the original generated an audible Ouhhhh! Oh well. ;-)
  • deji77
  • Europe
  • 6 Apr 2006, 12:02
sorry for the late comment. just had to see this on a "proper" screen.... great shot (as always) and very vivid colours (u definitely have a sense for it). but as for HDR...i still don't think right now, it mixes well with photography.
  • Fraser
  • United States
  • 8 Apr 2006, 13:24
This is a stunning demonstration of HDR. Thanks for the comparison -- a really curious and brilliant shot.

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