Jide Alakija

07 Apr 2006 1,628 views
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Today is Tosin's birthday. We went out to dinner today not for the birthday celebrations but believe it or not to get a shot and have a drink after it. We intended to catch the sunset before the drink but things didn't happen as planned. Anyway I saw this moment in the restaurant and thought it would be a good one to show off the lovely HDR that I keep ranting about.

You didn't know it was HDR did ya! Ha! Gotcha Mr Skee!!!

Anyway can I ask you all to wish Tosin a happy 25th Silver Jubilee of years.


Post Processing: 3 exposures, Correction of Levels, Gradients on left and right, bluring for focuing.

On another note, have you ever sent an eCard from my Blog before? Maybe now is a good time to. Use the image, send you feelings, emotions all that. Try it out!

comments (42)

  • seyi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 00:18
Nice shot. Im loving this one. Interesting how the spotlight seems to cancel the light out. Digs a hole right through the darkness to reveal the flower.
Dont like the leaves tho. Would have liked to see the flower more isolated. More lonely.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 7 Apr 2006, 00:18
Happy birthday Tosin... i'm on my best behaviour today ;-) I've even put up a birthdat pic 4 ya smile Skee stylee!
  • seyi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 00:19
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 7 Apr 2006, 00:23
my happy birthday as well grin

I'M IMPRESSED! didn't know it was HDR and i definitely don't want to see the original. i really like the use of light here...but wats the floating blurb over the flower????
beautiful spot light in this shot...feel airy wt the empty space in wt dark background...making a great focal and draw my eyes to the vase...well donesmile
  • jump around
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 00:43
Fantastic brother, but would have been better in the middle.
  • Carmen
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 02:42
I like art, and what's more, your stuff. It's rare to see a black guy doing stuff like this, and also being very original and good at it. I think you could try to publicise yourself a bit more. So that we can see an exhibition of your work in Kensington!!! However, there was one thing that shocked me - the picture of the 3 kids (Ajegunle's 3 amigos). I'm not quite sure what that was meant to portray...(I'm only making comments because it seems you welcome them). I find it evokes negative emotions in me. There is something about the way the children are posing that I can't quite pick out - the arm behind the head and the hands on the knees...tell you what why not sell it to a charity for African children (oxfam?). Kiddin'! Oh well, I do have to say though, well done!
  • Wolf
  • Canada
  • 7 Apr 2006, 03:35
Beautiful composition, cool lighting!
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 03:36
You Mr Jide are a very talented guy. A great shot. Oh and I was just kidding about the single thang... ;-)
amazing, love it.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 7 Apr 2006, 07:54
Like a solo performer on a stage. Wonderful.

I wouldn't centralise it, but I might try cropping a little of the black stuff off the left.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 7 Apr 2006, 08:04
...and happy 25th Tosin. Have a glass of bubilee on your jubilee.
  • Inu
  • London, England
  • 7 Apr 2006, 08:12
The orange tones are beautiful - once again, it's all about the colours for me. The use of light (and consequently shadow) is stunning: picture postcard perfect.

Happy Birthday to the gorgeous Tosin!
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 7 Apr 2006, 08:16
Beautiful shot and dramatic light! I think the flower needs the black space that surrounds it, but I'm still not sure about how much actually. I have tried cropping it to 16:9 in Photoshop which also looked nice in my opinion.
  • Sinem
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2006, 08:33
Having read Seyi's comment, I can't help but agree about cloning away the leaves on the left. The don't add anything to the photo - but rather take away from it.
On a different note,
  • Leye
  • London
  • 7 Apr 2006, 09:30
nice Pic..HDR looks to be doing magic as far as am concerned. Not like I know what it is or what it does. Happy Birthday Tosin.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 7 Apr 2006, 09:35
Happy birthday Tosin.

You look stunning in your picture on the Skees blog.

Lovely lovely as always.


No comments on HDRs from Suby
  • Elizabeth Solaru
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 09:48
Happy birthday Tosin!
  • Bougzy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 10:49
Happy bday madam. When's the 'come chop' smile

Jide, I like the shot, very “candle in the wind”. Looks like one of those 'hallelujah' moments in movies where everything goes dark and spot light comes on a particular subject, as if to say 'eureka!’

See you guys on Sat? Tosin, if you don’t come with a bowl of rice, dodo and puff puff (with or without bday cake), don’t come at all! smile
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 7 Apr 2006, 10:53
Beautiful shot. Love the spotlight. It's like this beauty of nature has taken centrestage and is performing quite nicely. Fantastic pic.

P.S. Happy birthday to the lovely missus!
  • dezhare
  • 7 Apr 2006, 11:00
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Apr 2006, 11:22
Beautiful still life......

Have a great weekend!
  • nkemo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 11:26
Happy Birthday Tosin. Lovely shot.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 7 Apr 2006, 12:08
To Tosin: HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again)..

To Jide: Lovely image -unfortunatley i haven't had the chance to try HDR yet sad..
  • Micki
  • 7 Apr 2006, 12:09
Great isolation of the flower and vase and a lovely shot!

Happy 25th Tosin!
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 7 Apr 2006, 13:07
Sweet! just sweet! I can almost hear the violin playing!
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 7 Apr 2006, 13:07
Sweet! just sweet! I can almost hear the violin playing!
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Apr 2006, 13:21
very intimate photo, looks like it would lead to a very romantic evening
  • sk
  • Smallville
  • 7 Apr 2006, 13:46
very very nice
Great lighting although highlights in the background are distracting.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 7 Apr 2006, 14:26
Nicely done Jide.
Happy birthday Tosin!
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2006, 15:16
very interesting processing to create a poingnant, somewhat lonely mood, I would concur in comments on the leaves
  • Dave
  • 7 Apr 2006, 15:20
Nice one! Flowers, leaves, vase, and dramatic lighting are working for me. One thing--I'd clone out the little bit of light above the leaf.
Wish Tosin a very happy birthday and thats a great shot.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • DOOM
  • 7 Apr 2006, 16:11
Happyy Birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Tooosinnnnnnnnn *kizzes*
  • Funmi
  • 7 Apr 2006, 20:31
an amazing shot. very nice...
  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 7 Apr 2006, 21:31
Wonderful shot. The lighting on the flower is just great.
  • Azhar
  • Mumbai,India
  • 8 Apr 2006, 04:47
Marvelous, number one, pretty, ravishing, remarkable, royal, sensational, smashing!And of course that lighting is just Wow.Three Cheers! smile
Great capture, Jide. The light and background elements are very fine indeed. Lately you've been using negative space in a very effective way. It's nice to see images where there's a central point of focus. Regards, Brent
  • GeckoZ
  • Singapore
  • 8 Apr 2006, 23:40
Happy Belated Birthday Tosin!! hahaha! This HDR is bravo! nive lights and nice subjects!
  • Femi Shabs
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2006, 03:30
Super, SUPER romantic...Happy birthday Tosin...did Jide pass on my comments wink

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