Jide Alakija

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Gimme a Title please!

First and foremost, thank you everyone for all your care and support. Tosin is feeling a lot better, we had a little scare that she might have had Meningitis but she seems to be recovering fine and ready to get back to work tomorrow. So again Thanks you and God bless you all.

As I have been told I have quite too many portaits on my blog, I've decided to do more things with inanimate objects, as I haven't done many in a while. I find that titling these images can be really difficult because you can't really associate them with many things or emotions. This is where I need your help. What would you title this image and why?

Post processing: HDR from one RAW file, BW through Lab colour, Yellow tint, brightness curve, contrast curve, lens blur of background. circular dark gradient.

comments (39)

  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 00:10
Great shot man. how about "Waiting game" for a title... its like the rope is waiting for the boat to come back... sort of!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Attah. I'll definitely consider it.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 00:11
P.s I'm really confused now.. HDR from ONE Raw file.. I don't you needed at leat two... sorry I'm quite slow at this HDR stuff.. haven't had time to practice with it yet..
Jide Alakija: A RAW file (not to be confused with a JPEG file) can create various exposures of your shot. Hence I say it was created from one RAW file so that I could use the other exposure tonal ranges saved in the RAW file.

  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2006, 00:25
I like this one a lot. Black and white really works for this.

As for a title, I'm not that good at creative titles either. Sorry not much help here.

You had asked what time the sun rose where I am. I am in NJ, and the sun rose the day I took the shots from Sandy Hook at 6:20 AM. We got there while it was still quite dark, the park was techinically closed smile. I think it was about 5:15 or so, and I was able to get the "whole" experience of a complete sunrise. It was very cool to see the changing colors on the horizon that morning, something I haven't done in many years.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie.

Wow! Shooting early in the morning is still something I'm not yet brave to do, though I must admit I've seen these lovely colours that you speak off my way to the airport here in London, you usually have to travel really early to catch a plane.
Okay, I din't really like your other HDR work, but as I am a lover of all things B & w, this one works well for me
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'm quite glad you like this one. HDR here allowed me see more tones that you'll never capture on a straight colour digital capture.
Great dof, great b&w. Lovely.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Wolf
  • Canada
  • 18 Apr 2006, 03:00
Unigue composition here! I would call it "Boat Rope" smile
Jide Alakija: Boat rope is right up there. Thanks.
nice color tonesmile blurry background give a great dof heresmile the angle and composition r fantasticsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 07:05
Nice shot Mr. title: Allo mate, Sea knot, rope at sea, oh I give up, think of one urself jare. did HDR bring out the tones u wanted?
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm...some interesting notes on Title there. Thanks.

HDR reveals some tones you don't see on the straight colour shot.
  • Erik
  • Sweden
  • 18 Apr 2006, 07:15
How about "Worn-out" for title? It looks like that rope has seen better days. I don't think it will be used again. It will lie there until someone kicks it into the water or so. Great photo!
Jide Alakija: Worn out! I like that. Makes you think....might use it...let's see how the day goes. Thanks.
I'd call it abandoned. The boat left the rope by itself. (Twas the first thing that came to my mind). Nice job with the lens blur in post. I like this one. The change is nice; I'm glad Tosin's health is improving. Regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. I'll send your regards to her.

Abandoned! I love that too....now I'm confused...have a tie at the moment.
  • Lanre
  • Nigeria
  • 18 Apr 2006, 08:31
Hi Jide, don't know what to call the image, it looks great though.

I read a review of an exhibition by the bukka collective by Kaye Whiteman - sounds like it was a realy good show, I can post the article to you if you like.
  • jlc
  • 18 Apr 2006, 09:01
nice work on pix Jide wink

I love the texture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks jlc.
  • skee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 09:36
Lovely image, once in awhile you produce some wonderful shots, this is one of them.

Going through your archived pictures, it is clear that you are still searching for a style that is "You", i'm sure you will find it soon. At the moment i'm seeing fusions of so many different things.
Jide Alakija: It's funny, you seem to love my B&W shots better than my colour. Hmmmm.

Searching for a style well not sure...but it's clear that I don't have one that I am strictly a lover of. I'm not sure you've released yours on us yet. We'll see, remember I only started doing this about a year and a half ago.

  • Morenike
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • 18 Apr 2006, 10:06
lovely shot. like the ocncept. Glad to hear that Tosin's doing better.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Niki.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 18 Apr 2006, 11:03
I love the shot, but unfortunately have no inspiration for a title.
For me questions about what kind of pictures to put up or about finding one's style tend to be a little numbing (my personal opinion). If you have some wonderful portraits, then please do post them. If you feel like you want to present something completely different, that is also very fine with me. In music I also primarily look out for the quality of the work and the personal reference it has for me. The same holds true for a photo: I don't care whether it's a sappy bee macro or a fubar wall in an abandoned building. I have recently watched a documentary about Robert Mapplethorpe. He stated that he only cared about the beauty and aesthetics of the image. He also explained, he had visually treated his s&m gay porn photos the same way he had treated the b&w lilly still lives. The difference was that the sex scenes were much harder to shoot ;-).
Jide Alakija: Thanks for sharing that Ella.
  • Micki
  • 18 Apr 2006, 11:10
I love this! The background is at the perfect level of focus. I'd hang this one on the wall of my home!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki I should print our my work more often.
  • Meme
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 11:56

It's almost as if the rope is waiting for the boat in the distance...

Love the shot Jide....
Jide Alakija: Thanks Meme, the title you've offered is really thoughtful and deep. I like that.
  • Ayo
  • GB
  • 18 Apr 2006, 12:02
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Apr 2006, 12:25
How about "Rope near a boat".

Jide this is a very good shot. You have come a long way. wow!

Love t
Jide Alakija: Kiss kiss
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Apr 2006, 12:30
Great still life!! LOve it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • Lord Vader
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 18 Apr 2006, 12:44
My pet dislike... HDR..... HOWEVER does not hide the fact that this is a stonkingly wonderful & beautiful shot that I LIKEY a lot.

Lovely lovely shot bro.

Jide Alakija: Too bad...I wouldn't stop using it for the world and as Colin says below, it's result that matters.
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia, USA
  • 18 Apr 2006, 12:56
Great shot. Thanks also for the information on HDR. I take it then, that you process the same file, at several different exposure levels, and then do the HDR thing on them? I got CS2 just to work on this process. I love what you did with this image.
As I've noticed your ShMood I do like this. RAW has a v slow write speed on my camera so I am unlikely to use it much...I just point and click! smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks...Schmood was set in error...give it to me man!
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 18 Apr 2006, 13:50
Very nice photo smile

mmmm a title...Im not so good on this..."lonely rope on a fine day"..? smile
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 18 Apr 2006, 14:15
Title? A Frayed Knot.

As usual, I don't give a monkies about how, just about the result, and this is a really good result in anyone's book.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 18 Apr 2006, 14:18
Incidentally, note to administrators re: ShMood setting. How about making it necessary to select a ShMood to enable posting an image. It's easy to forget this at the moment.
There's something about the background that doesn't seem quite right to me. It might be that fact that the boat, which seems key, is passing in front of two tower blocks, or it might be that generally there is too much in background. I'd be inclined to clone out the office blocks and do a bit of burning on the dark skyline on the right handside. Still a lovely shot and you've developed the stock image really well...as usual. smile
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 18 Apr 2006, 15:41
Good shot, the lighting is nice. I especially like how the bright part of the background is just over the coiled rope, helping to bring attention to it. I can't think of a title right now, but definately something to draw attention to the rope would be good.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 18 Apr 2006, 15:51
very nice image, I'm not very inventive on titles, I would just call it "rope"
so far, one of my all time favorites of yours!
Jide Alakija: Thanks NoWords. I have to say I look to your gallery a lot for inspiration, your stuff is amazing!!!!
  • Gonzalo
  • Puerto Rico
  • 18 Apr 2006, 16:26
Great picture. I like the effect of BW in it. Nice composition and focus.
Good job!
  • incubus
  • london
  • 18 Apr 2006, 16:40
ALL HAIL SHUTTERCHANCE!!! Excellent Work Jide!!! u guys have brought some good stuff to my table today!!!
  • Sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 18 Apr 2006, 23:51
Hi Jide, glad to hear Tosin's better. smile
Not so happy cos you haven't left me any feedback today sad
Brent, if you are reading this, by any chance, great minds think alike. The first word that came to my mind when I looked at this shot was "Abandoned" and "Lonesome".
Great shot.
  • eterisk
  • United States
  • 19 Apr 2006, 13:19
I like the muted tone and blur you used in this.
  • Seth
  • United States
  • 20 Apr 2006, 19:19
I love this shot, very good tones and dof. Not sure on the title though, I'm terrible with titles. =]
  • Tuffer
  • Seattle, US
  • 20 Apr 2006, 21:10
I like this. The background almost looks like a studio backdrop. The tones are well done.
Awesome shot!
  • IQ test
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:15
Yes, it's an amazing shot, with a lot of emotions ...
  • Judy Dee
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 16:00
re the...Gimme a Title please! I see, release

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