Jide Alakija

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Demonstration Scene 2

Demonstration Scene 2

A lady explaining to Nkemo the background to the protest. You can see her concern and eagerness in her fascade.

This is a shot that I have chosen to use HDR to process to process a greater tonal range similar to that of a real black and white film. I'm very impressed with the results, I think I'll be using this technique more often.

Read all about it here

Post processing: HDR from a single Raw file, +/-1eV, Black and white through channel mixer.

comments (40)

  • nkemo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 00:04
Another winner- Wish I was behind the camera for this one. Well done
Jide Alakija: It's funny you say that. I wish I had your shot, blew me away, HONEST!

  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 00:16
great shot, hmmmmmmm HDR works well for those u know how to use it
Jide Alakija: You know how to use it, you just haven't tried.
  • skee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 00:22
For this shot to work for me, it has to show more of the envirnoment, it is too close a crop, thus robbing the viewer the sense of dialogue! From the picture there is no clue of what is going on, with a comprehensive write up.

Maybe next time use a wider angled lens. Photojournalists normally use a wide angled lenses to avoid the above senario.

Also the HDR has reduced the ladies eyes to black sockets!
Jide Alakija: I agree with you on your first points, I should have used a wide angle.

HDR couldn't have done that, in the original shot you couldn't even see her eyes at all, her hair shadow blocked it all out. Seems like you have a real hate for HDR, but think about it, that's what Black and white film is a HDR image without colour.

http://www.cybergrain.com/tech/hdr/ - Read this for more info.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 00:23
Great composition and detail. Can you use HDR from a jpeg image? I suspect it won't be as good, but I'm going to experiment with it anyhow.
Loving the image. Only tiny question is that I reckon left side of her face slightly overexposed but then again it does add to the photo..
Jide Alakija: HDR is not a piece of software, it's a technique where you create a high dynamic range image out of 2 or more exposures of the same image. If you have only one JPEG of the image, then you can't do a HDR out of it as it's just one exposure.

The leftside isn't, the image is too small to notice the difference.

Thanks for the comments.
  • skee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 00:24
pls ignore the above...afew typos im afraid...here we are again!

For this shot to work for me, it has to show more of the environment, it is too close a crop, thus robbing the viewer the sense of dialogue! From the picture there is no clue of what is going on, without a comprehensive write up.

Maybe next time use a wider angled lens. Photojournalists normally use a wide angled lenses to avoid the above senario.

Also the HDR has reduced the ladies eyes to black sockets!
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 01:00
Nice shot, this lady doesn't look happy at all. Well conveyed! Very subtle use of HDR, I wouldn't have known it's HDR if you didn't mention it. Was this using photomatix or the layer mask technique?
Jide Alakija: Photomatix. I think the software works well as Asiko said, if you know how to use it.
  • Wolf
  • Canada
  • 11 Apr 2006, 01:27
Impressive photo, looks great in b&w !!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Wolf.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 11 Apr 2006, 01:46
Im shocked from what I just read in the link you provided...now I know why she has this expression on her face...
Jide Alakija: She was really was very concerned....thanks Dia.
  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 11 Apr 2006, 03:19
Terrific capture. I really like this B&W treatment.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Otto K
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 11 Apr 2006, 03:31
regardless of the context, the hard light on her face, coupled with her expression creates an emotional intensity
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary, it does.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 03:57
Listen man, I meant can you use one shot, split that shot into three different shots with different exposures and then combine this into and HDR image? And does it matter if the original wasn't taken as a raw shot?
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 11 Apr 2006, 05:07
From this shot you can understand how she's feeling. Good work. I keep wondering what the blurry thing on the left is though.
Jide Alakija: Read your comment below so you know what the blurry bit is.
I'm very impressed with the right side of the picture but for some reason I don't like the left of the picture with the big blurry thing comes too much in the way without it I think the soht would have been better.However it's still an image full of unexpressable amounts of emotion and that's what counts.Great job!
Jide Alakija: That's Nkemo on the left, my DOF was quite shallow. Thanks for the comment.
  • david
  • Australia
  • 11 Apr 2006, 07:27
very well captured.
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 11 Apr 2006, 07:43
Wow, this is a very intense shot! For me personally I don't need to see more of the environment, since I already know she is standing outside in a public place and there are more people around. In my opinion this photo really is primarily about her expression and you have captured that extremely well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ella. Come to think of it the crop works well.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 11 Apr 2006, 07:50
Hmm, from a second look, that blurry patch is Nkemo's hair + top of her ear, am I right?
Jide Alakija: Yup...you are right.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 11 Apr 2006, 08:51
From the picture, the lady is clearly intensely concerned about something. She is obviously in earnest dialogue with the blurry thing on the left, another person who is listening intently, head slightly cocked.

Skee is right, though. The picture itself gives no clue as to what she is so earnest about, so some additional pictorial information would help the message.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin.
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 11 Apr 2006, 09:13
I was shocked when saw this pic and had to check to be sure i hadn't stumbled on the wrong blog. I haven't seen anything like this in your archive. This is very real, very "newsy". Me likey - very much. the expression on the woman's face is priceless - very earnest, desperate like she's pleading and in anguish over something. The blurry image on the left is a tad bit distracting. However, i think the tight crop works really well as it helps make the woman the focus of the picture. The range of emotions that hit you when you look at the pic makes you want to ask, "what's wrong?", "how can i help?" "what's going on here" and if there were a story at the below the pic, i'd want to read it and find out what was happening. I think that's photojournalism at its best - it's all about the subject and the moment - and perfection is sometimes sacrificed in an effort to capture these elements (after all, how many perfect moments do we experience in our lives anyway?). Methinks this is a very good piece of photojournalism. Nice work. would like to see more shots like this.
Jide Alakija: THANK THANKS! Bow Bow Bow!!
  • Folake
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 10:31
Well put Morenike!
Jide Alakija: And your opinion?
  • Micki
  • 11 Apr 2006, 11:06
This is a great shot, wonderful emotion in her face.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • incubus
  • london
  • 11 Apr 2006, 11:23
no doubt u r good! There is alot of diversity in ur photography. It just goes to show that this is truly your calling! keep it up!
Jide Alakija: You flatter me. Calling? Oh no! Here comes that word again.
  • ndiginiz
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 11:34
Tena koe ehoa
Great journalistic qualitites as well as great photography. The situation is very well captured to create the expressive quality of the conversation on her face.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Andy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Apr 2006, 12:12
If just one day I get a shot of that quality i will be a very very happy man!

One word... AWESOME!
Jide Alakija: one word.....THANKS
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2006, 12:27
No comments from the Subster on the HDR side of things (still dislike).

To the shot, dark eyes/socket actually add to the ominousity(does that word exist?) of the shot so it actually works for me. I actually like the close crop.

Absolutely not feeling the blown out bits on her left cheek.

Could Jide have conveyed all the feelings above with this HDR Kaffafle, definitely yes, so for me he is just about aiming to achive a goal throug another medium and for that "I salute the Alikija".

U have to respect the man who sticks to his guns and decides to thread his own path.

More of HDR shots, Jide, Jide, Jide... not a good road to transverse but you know what? more power to you, maybe you will be able to turn me around on this HDR biz... but from were I am sitting at the moment....NAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaa. smile
Jide Alakija: Okay I'm going to ask....if I didn't tell you this HDR how would you be able to tell?

Thanks for the comment, Master Anakin or should I say Lord Vader
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Apr 2006, 12:37
Great capture of the face expression
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia, USA
  • 11 Apr 2006, 12:41
Glad you went B&W on this one. I think it adds to the drama.
Jide Alakija: Yup, that's why it went B&W, though the colour solves the problem with the right blurry thing.
Very very nice, much prefer this. wink You're still impressing me.
Jide Alakija: Sometimes I get the feeling that I don't.....it's really nice to see that I did this time. Thanks Simon. Hope tomorrows will be as vigorous as todays.
  • Lord Vader
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 11 Apr 2006, 16:35
Oh just to point out peeps. I love Jide's work. Just love to see him pushed by the Subster once in a while & coupled with the fact he is experimenting with HDR which the Subster dislikes and he is in red shhss mode, HIM FAIR GAME. smile

But cannot take it away from the Alakija man, he sure does know how to snap them images and he is good(okayt excellent) with his editing skills.

So bro the Subster "TIPS HIS VIRTUAL HAT OF TO YOU SIR" Keep up the good work mate, HDR and all smile

Suby(AKA Lord Vader).
Jide Alakija: Grrrrr....now you making me look bad!!!
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 11 Apr 2006, 17:21
I like the composition of this shot a lot but I was bothered by the grey tones. It lacks some contrast and there are no clean white tones. It's like when I try to fix highlight blowouts by burning them, but they just go to an unnatural grey. Then I read that it's HDR.

I guess if the non-HDR version is lacking detail then this is better than nothing but I'm just not feeling the tones. Again though, I love the composition on this one.
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm. My pursuit to producing a great black and white shot is not over. Points taken.

Thanks for the comment.
  • Gonzalo
  • Puerto Rico
  • 11 Apr 2006, 19:11
Nice picture. I like the expression of the woman.
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 11 Apr 2006, 19:17
I am glad I am in the circle of good photographers like you.
Nice capture of her emotion, Jide. She's wonderfully framed. It looks serious. Regards, Brent
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 11 Apr 2006, 22:39
hw u captured the woman really reflects the gravity of the situation and how she felt.
very nice work! a photo wiht much emotions!
  • Tommy
  • Japan
  • 12 Apr 2006, 02:30
Stunning. The woman's expressions is breath taking. I do agree that the left side of the frame is a bit distracting, but that is a very minor complaint all things considered. Amazing work.
  • Femi Shabs
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2006, 03:27
She finally got to look in a mirror and see how bad of a hair day she was having...lolll

Very disturbing shot...and I mean that as a compliment, Jide.
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 12 Apr 2006, 06:53
Her expression tells more than a thousand words about her concern. Great capture.
  • manuel
  • italy
  • 12 Apr 2006, 09:31
very powerful portrait..lights on her face are so expressive
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 03:12
Wow. So much to take in there. Amazing photo, but even more an amazing woman.
Waouh !
One of the best expression ever seen on your blog
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