Jide Alakija

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Close up smile.

Something for Lord Vader to figure out. How did I do it? and No Skee is not allowed to say how.

There's nothing better than a lovely smile. In Nigeria where I come from we talk of the "Close Up" smile, Close up being the toothpaste that we use a lot in the country.

For me this is one of the best portraits I think I've taken, I have been looking for one that will suite the post processing technique I've used here. I think this one works quite well.

Okay, not feeling to well, I'm down with the flu so I wouldn't take the time to reply comments till tomorrow, hopefully I'll be feeling better.

Post processing: Bw through channel mixer, brightness through curves, blue tone solid colour

IHere is the original shot.

comments (25)

  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 20 Apr 2006, 01:51
Gorgeous smile ! Not sure about the post processing. I guess I would like the full colors better.
Get well soon !!!
Nice effect, no clue as to how you did that!
  • Ka-El
  • Krypton
  • 20 Apr 2006, 05:17
I really really like this
  • Ka-El
  • Krypton
  • 20 Apr 2006, 05:19
oh yea I put something up on http://www.auditions.shutterchance.com/ check it out
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 20 Apr 2006, 06:42
I love this smile! Absolutely gorgeous smile... The tilted perspective works great. Regarding your processing, Sebastian and I can think of at least three ways how you did achieve this look: adjusting levels, gradient map or by over-exposing the raw + low-contrast so that the target black point is grey.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 20 Apr 2006, 07:58
Great portrait, lovely smile! The effect is quite nice, but I think I prefer normal black and white tones unless this image was meant to be used as some kind of background.
Get well soon!
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Apr 2006, 10:02
what a lovely smile!
  • Erik
  • Sweden
  • 20 Apr 2006, 10:15
Great photo and a lovely smile. I like the effects. Would probably make a great photo in full colour too but this one is just right on.
Lovely image but a little too white for me, the teeth have merged although I know that was intentional. smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Apr 2006, 11:53
Contagious smile she has, love it.
  • Micki
  • 20 Apr 2006, 12:03
It is an excellent portrait! Her smile is beautiful!
  • Me
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 20 Apr 2006, 12:54
Different and nice. I likey. Think I know how you did it(different ways to achieve this bro) but too busy to think and write.


Actually acheived something similar by fluke a while back smile

Need Friday, brain dead at the moment, hate work smile
Since portraits is the most difficult shot to make i congratulate you on an excellent one...smile
  • incubus
  • london
  • 20 Apr 2006, 16:56
i like this one!!! her smile is contageous!! i'm smiling!
  • attah
  • Europe
  • 20 Apr 2006, 18:48
Bro, great shot. I really like it (I think I know her..). In anycase I think you took shot put it in your magic hat, whispered a few choice JUJU words and out came the masterpiece. Am I close?
beautiful tone....look like drawing...i like it a lotsmile
  • ndiginiz
  • New Zealand (Aotearoa)
  • 21 Apr 2006, 07:27
Tena koe ehoa
Yeah shes got a wonderful shining smile "Close Up" is very aptly associated. The subject is stunning her facial expressionand deep dark eyes are very captivating. I feel that the full potential of the image is somewhat subdued though, with the processing used.

I have this insatiable desire to see the fullness and beautiful contours of her cheeks, her smile lines and the contrast of her lips against the prestine white of her teeth. All of which to me, would be emphasised and expressed perhaps a little more, with colour.
I'm not crazy about the post-processing effect but the angle, perspective, and framing of her is very nice. Cheers, Brent
Looks like a painting - it's ok don't like it as much as your other shots though.
Lovely image and great processing!
  • Adeniyi Adesina
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Apr 2006, 10:23
Hi Jide,

This is really a very creative piece of work (and body of work) I went to have a good look at the original which impressed me alot. I met you recently. I like the shots I've seen in your Archives the ones that seem to catch my attention are the simple ones in Black and White - Banke stands out alot. It's amazing that your website details were passed to my by my Cousin in Baltimore Maryland and the event where you took a picture of me was here in London.

Bruv keep up the good work don't get too bogged down with individual comments. You have the talent, use it! Everyone has their high and low moments that's why we're human. Take Care and God Bless.

Best Wishes,

  • Funmi
  • 26 Apr 2006, 19:26
really lovely... and a great smile!
  • Temi
  • London
  • 28 Apr 2006, 13:44
Your portraits???? hummmmm J...'No pitucres 2' reflects more of what i know you can do. I'll tell you in person....
  • IQ test
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:14
What a smile ! Well done.
  • Judy Dee
  • United States
  • 15 Jun 2006, 15:56
What a beauty! I'm loving that smile!

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