Jide Alakija

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Demonstration Scene 5

Demonstration Scene 5
This is the last shot of the series and it's the other bit to Nkx's shot. I hope it's the cracker that you were expecting. It took me 6 images of processing and 3 hours to get this far (this is one I didn't like for instance) and I don't think I'm in the mood for anymore photoshop processing at least not for a while. The trouble is you can't really tell what you are going to get until you try it out and when you do attempt at it, you get something entirely different that makes you go "oh now that's interesting", only God knows how David Nightingale does it and get's the results he wants everytime. This is hardwork

Okay now I couldn't decided the orientation of this shot so I've posted another version, you can have a look at the other orientation
here, I think the other one is stronger but I prefer this purely because I'm biased towards landscape photos, and this one brings the two subjects into the focus of the viewer whereas the other one focuses mainly on the arm, what do you think?

Unto something else tomorrow,
Suby aka Lord Vader has asked for some Anne Geddes type stuff (as Tuffer would put it) has one got any objections to that? (gotta find a baby first)

Read all about the demonstration here

Post processing: You really want me to go through this? if so, 4 main curves, two for the sky, one for the skin and the last one for the sun reflection (yup on anything that you see the shine on), then some extra processing on the contrast and balance of highlights, midtones and shadows in Lab mode (the rest in RGB mode).

comments (32)

  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 14 Apr 2006, 01:13
3 hours is way too long, to process this shot! You should always have in mind the final concept. Nice composition but I do prefer the portrait one. If I had to layout your picture in a magazine it would be the portrait one I'd use as this landscape orientation seems odd!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Man! Actually not 3 hours to process this particular shot but in total 3 hours work to get to this shot. I processed 6 in total. Wasn't satisfied with any.

Yup I thought the portrait might cut it too.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 14 Apr 2006, 01:36
wow...this photo is really "hard"...

I like both of the photos and I think this series really pass out a very serious message...
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 14 Apr 2006, 04:04
I'm not sure about this one.. The main hand in the picture doesn't really do it for me, since I don't see the link to the rest of the picture. If he had a bloodied glove on it'd be perfect. As for the orientation, I think the portrait orientation lends more drama to the composition.
Master Luke, this is a nice shot, I really like how u have brought out the colours, also like the perspective. well done
Nicely done.
  • david
  • Australia
  • 14 Apr 2006, 08:32
this is a powerful moment..very nicely captured in your image.
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 14 Apr 2006, 08:47
Powerful shot!
This is the last shot? sad . You ened the series with a BANG man!This is stunning - the positioning,the angle,the setting,the detail,the scene...it's all so perfect!I think your best shot ever for me.Man that's good....
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Apr 2006, 10:35
Fantastic- Why not post the portrait shot? I preferred it. Great series man. A great education artistically and otherwise.
  • Micki
  • 14 Apr 2006, 11:20
Excellent, a great end shot for the series! Congratulations, well done!
  • sil
  • Italy
  • 14 Apr 2006, 11:45
Amazing series! Well done smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Apr 2006, 12:18
This is a strong picture with just those hands. Great instinctive photo.

Happy Easter!!
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 14 Apr 2006, 13:40
Great series.
  • Laurent
  • Canada
  • 14 Apr 2006, 14:45
This one is really stunning, great subjects, and the framing adds drama. The post prod is also very well done to me.
But there's something I can't define (sorry) that makes me think about "stock"/"advertising" photo, this feeling contrast with the "hardness" of the subject.
Btw, that's great grin
  • Tuffer
  • Seattle, US
  • 14 Apr 2006, 17:17
This is my favorite in the series. Adds the needed variety to the photo essay. My favorite thing about taking shots at an angle is that either orientation works. I agree that the verticle one is stronger (the hand just comes straight up at you) but landscape makes it intersting and, unfortunately sometimes, computer screens and internet browsers make landscape simply easier to appreciate than portrait on photoblogs.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 14 Apr 2006, 17:25
man, what a great shot, very powerfull message you have here smile
Powerful photograph.
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 14 Apr 2006, 18:27
The post processing thing---a bouncer to me. But I thibk I should spend some time on that. You seem to be master in PS.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Apr 2006, 18:52
Awesome shot..blah blah blah ;-) No really. I jest but composition really works for me.
Obi-Wan might be right about you. Maybe you are The One.

I like the portrait shot better; it just seems more angry and impactful...like a fist being raised in protest, so to speak. I like the dark contrast you captured. Regards, Brent
Lovely shot as always. Funny thing I love the other image more. Thats not taking anything away from this image though bro.

Lovely processing as always. The force is strong with you I see.

Something different tomorrow please smile

Lord Vader.

Looking at the other image I have to give you a BIG FAT LIKEY for the shot and editing. Journalists kill for shots like these. Lovely lovely series. As I have said, you is "the man" smile
  • The Maven
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Apr 2006, 22:12
Great use of depth of field. Top job on this one.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 14 Apr 2006, 22:33
very striking image
  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 14 Apr 2006, 23:26
very shot. very sharp. prefer the portrait version.
Big words like "post" and "composition" bore the S**T outta me... mainly cos i don't understand'em! I just like what you've done and the effort you went to to get it, its working for me!
Thanks you everybody.
Thank you everybody
  • GeckoZ
  • Singapore
  • 15 Apr 2006, 00:02
This is nice on the processing, but I didn't quite like the composition. Compared to the previous photos, I like this shot the least.
Great shot - it must have been worth the effort.
  • manuel
  • United States
  • 15 Apr 2006, 21:14
uah..I can only open my eyes..fantastic shot
This is a great one, conveys all the messages you want, desperation, challenge, protest etc. and you have got good colour and clarity in the right places.
  • Rob
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:17
In the action, amazing !

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