Jide Alakija

06 Apr 2006 2,104 views
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The sun was out, I didn't see anyone about, so I thought I'd do something with the rather still object, this was what I came up with. I intend to do a bit more of this stuff. This hasn't quite got the kick I want but it's a good start.

Hope you like it and can you advise on what I can do to improve on it.

Post Processing:Increase in Dynamic range, Correction of the Blue curve channel, Lens blur, correction of the Red/Yellow channels in H&S.

CHunter has made some interesting alterations to the image which I thought I'd share with you all. Thanks Colin. Mind you it's only a quick and dirty modification so bear that in mind please. You can see it here.

comments (43)

was it a good beer? Nice shot.
Jide Alakija: LOL...Not a big beer fan but thanks for the comment.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 6 Apr 2006, 00:48
It looks like a good beer...smile
Wonderful tones of blue and I really like the background smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dia.
Just stunning! The depth is nice and i wonder how it would have looked if you didn't add the lens blur (cause the clouds look very attracting)
Jide Alakija: I didn't like the effect without the blur it was competeing with the background. Thanks.
  • Sinem
  • MK, UK
  • 6 Apr 2006, 01:18
Wooooowwwww.... "I LIKEY" smile Am I turning into Suby yet?
Jide Alakija: Almost, see more of you than of Suby, I think it's time to get your own blog and Camera...wink
  • Dave
  • 6 Apr 2006, 01:25
Wow. It really pops and works for me.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
Great ! Cool effect! Powerful picture with a nice DOF !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2006, 02:48
Refreshing!!! Looks like a magazine advertisment. Nice!
Jide Alakija: You know I never thought of that...but thanks.
the blur background is excellent choice effect...making a nice dof and texture...great shot for colors and compositionsmile really like it
Jide Alakija: Thanks...smile
I love it! I think it's really inventive, Jide. My only suggestion would be to show the entire beer label; it would be a nice looking product shot (as long as it didn't look like litter). The blues are great! Regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. I intentionally hid the label because I was worried that someone would tell me not to show it all...:S
  • Folake
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2006, 08:24
I sooo like this, loving the colours. It feels like you can almost reach out and grab the can
Jide Alakija: Nice 3D there...Thanks.
  • jessica
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2006, 09:08
great colors. i love how perfect the sky is. i actually would like it better without the beer can - i don't like it's tall, thin, blueness . . . feels repetitive. maybe another object, organic, like a flower laying on the railing? or a cloth . . .
Jide Alakija: Now that's an interesting spin on things. Hmmm I wonder how that would have looked.

Thanks for the comment.
  • Inu
  • London, England
  • 6 Apr 2006, 08:48
I saw this and thought WOW! Blue's not my favourite colour but this shot's doing it for me.
A work colleague looked at this and said "it's a tramp beer set against a modern background" - ironic?
The blur of the background pushes the can right in your face - very nice smile
Jide Alakija: Very Ironic. Thanks
  • incubus
  • london
  • 6 Apr 2006, 09:10
MATE!!!! This is some Awesome SHOT!! Forget the post processing, it's awesome!! I've been spoken to!
  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 6 Apr 2006, 09:53
Spectacular.This is the kind of stuff I love.
Jide Alakija: Thanks...I'll do more of it.
  • Micki
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:23
Love these types of photos! Really appealing to me. Great blues in the foreground and background. Shoot more of these.
Jide Alakija: I will, I will...not easy but I will. Thanks Micki.
  • Bougzy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:34
For beer lovers, this may well be a postcard from heaven
Jide Alakija: LOL...You are so comical! Thanks.
  • Seyi
  • Here...
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:53
Cheap Beer, GREAT SHOT!!!!!!!
  • Seyi
  • Here...
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:54
Cheap Beer... GREAT SHOT!!!!!
  • sk
  • Smallville
  • 6 Apr 2006, 10:54
one word AWESOME
Jide Alakija: Smallville?
very great colours! nice idea!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks...I need a reply to my comment on your blog...EXIF data?
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Apr 2006, 11:18
No wind that day I pressume?
Jide Alakija: It was actually very windy I was really worried that the can would have been blown into the river. It blew back onto the pavement a few times.

  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 6 Apr 2006, 11:30
Well not a comment - but I have posted the EXIF data on Musical Books which you wanted - thanks for coming by and commenting!
Jide Alakija: Thanks again.
  • deji77
  • Europe
  • 6 Apr 2006, 11:49
u have an eye for colour that i really admire and envy grin absolutely cool shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji.
  • Seyi
  • Here...
  • 6 Apr 2006, 12:05
Cheap beer, GREAT SHOT!!!!!
Jide Alakija: Ta.....where the heck is "Here..."?
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 6 Apr 2006, 12:49
Fantastic shot. definitely has the wow factor. Love the colours esp. the blues.
Jide Alakija: Does it really have the WOW! to it? Thanks!
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 6 Apr 2006, 12:50
did youuse HDR on this one?
  • Kim
  • Napoli, Italy
  • 6 Apr 2006, 13:36
Wow, this is a beautiful shot. The colors are fantastic.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kim.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 6 Apr 2006, 13:43
Perhaps you should have shot this with a wider aperture, because somehow the background blur looks fake. At first glance I thought this was some kind of HDR. Apart from that, I love the colours, those blues with a compliment of orange...
Jide Alakija: Nah..not HDR. Sorry about the blur..:$
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2006, 14:51
nice range of blues
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary.
  • yemi ladejobi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2006, 15:07
i like the hue effect in this one
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • incubus
  • london
  • 6 Apr 2006, 15:09
following up on my last comment, This is like the BEST!!!!!!! BEST!! BEST!!!!! beer ad. ive ever seen!! LIKE THIS SHOULD BE A BILL BOARD!!!!!! like all i could think of after seeing this one is I NEED A BLOODY PINT!!!!!!! KUDOS TO U!
Jide Alakija: Following up on my appreciation. THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!! THANKS!!!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 6 Apr 2006, 15:34
Firstly, I like it. What could I do to improve it, you asked?

Well, it's pretty subjective, but I would try it again but move in much closer on the can to make it bigger and really stand out. Also move it to the right third because at the moment it's right in front of a busy part of the picture, the jetty, while there's some empty space on the right.

I hope you won't mind, but I've played with it in Photoshop to explain what I mean. I'll send it to you using the contact me link.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin. I've put a link in the caption with your version. Really appreciate it.
  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2006, 16:28
Terrific background with your added lens blur. Beautiful even. I have to admit that it draws my eye every time that I look at the phot
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 6 Apr 2006, 16:33
Well done. Except for the tiny bit of shadows on the can and railing, it looks like a professional ad. And I guess since you weren't making an ad, it's just a good shot.
As a side note, lately I've been waivering on how I feel about post-processing a shallow DOF, but how ever I fall on the (digital)age-old photo purist debate, it looks good here.
  • Andy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Apr 2006, 17:18
Love that Jide! Just woke up to do et another night shift and your photo has made me really want a nice cold beer... shame I can't have one till Sarturday!

Keep'em coming!
  • samcam
  • USA
  • 6 Apr 2006, 18:47
Beautiful! Love the colors and the composition. you are the post processing guru Jide!
  • Gonzalo
  • Puerto Rico
  • 6 Apr 2006, 20:14
Nice Picture. I like the composition, creativity and color in this photo.
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 6 Apr 2006, 20:21
great blue shot
the composition is lovely
  • Funmi
  • 7 Apr 2006, 20:33
the background in d distance makes it seem so peaceful. i like...
  • Michael
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Apr 2006, 23:45
Stunning shot. This is an awful beer favoured by homeless people which I think is cruel considering its sounds like 'tenant'.
Fabulous DOF and brilliant colour! I like it!
Thanks for dropping and commenting on my site. Wow, you have a lot of good material here! I love this one! Can't wait to see more of this from you.
Artistic one ! I'm going to get a bottle of french wine to try the same ;-))

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