Jide Alakija

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Okay don't panic, you've not got Myopic yet, this is just another experiment from Alakija.com. I have been playing around with the blurry and out of focus concept with a few of my images both on the camera and in Photoshop.

I don't expect that many will like this but I'm sure there are a few out there that will have something to say about this or infact something they see in it. I just wish that sometimes they would help out and say something, anything at all. Help me here. I did want to post the original but decided that that might cause a distorted view on the image.

I personally really like this (of course it's my own work) well I think that's enough experimenting for a few days now. Thanks a lot for the comments yesterday too.

Post processing: Levels, Quadtone,blur over various parts of the image.

comments (29)

  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 24 Apr 2006, 00:10
didn't take to yesterday's shot, but this one i like. though the large blurb on the right is a bit distracting.
Jide Alakija: Phew! One Likey, almost. Sorry about the blurb, want it there...I guess that's because I've seen the original.
  • Otto K
  • United States
  • 24 Apr 2006, 00:45
I like this. I think that the effect is interesting...feels like it's from a dream.
Jide Alakija: It really does, doesn't it. Thanks.
i like the soft edge...make a great impact to the motorcycle in the middle...i like the color tone here alsosmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 24 Apr 2006, 03:46
Once again, it's not my kind of thing, but treating it as non-photographic art, it's quite a nice effect. One problem I see though, is that the trees and cars behind the motorcyclist (he's on a motorcycle, right?) is sharper than he is, drawing attention away from him.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm...see what you mean. Twas just a rough attempt...but something I'll perfect later, doubt you'll like it but thanks for point that out.
  • incubus
  • london
  • 24 Apr 2006, 04:23
ahn ahn jide!!! this is awesome man!
Jide Alakija: LOL....Thanks, feature me in your magazine!!!!!
Ooh...I like this a lot!
Jide Alakija: Wow! Thanks a lot!
  • Kimberley Jev
  • Canada
  • 24 Apr 2006, 05:33
there's something about what you've done with this that really draws me to it.
I really like it. Really really like it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kimberley, how'd you find out about my blog?
Better than the last out of focus concept but I think too much blur on the border of the images.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm....ok...thanks Azhar.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 24 Apr 2006, 06:59
The shot itself definitely holds my interest and I like how you composed it. I agree with Veloran about the sharpness though: I would have preferred the focus to be more on the motorcyclist than on the cars. (And don't let anything keep you from experimenting!)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ella, the more I see it now, the more I then ask "Why should the focus be on there?" But maybe I'll get an answer if I try it out and see the effect, it might work better, will keep on trying.
  • jlc
  • 24 Apr 2006, 08:04
Nice focus concept ! wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks jlc.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 24 Apr 2006, 08:29
Yup - I like it too. It has a drizzly, British grey day feel to it. The reflection on the road of the motorcycle adds to the wet road effect.

But I do agree with Veloran. I don't think the motorcyclist should be any sharper, but the parked cars should be more blurry. And the blob on the right resembles a ghostly old man with a walking cane, floating out of context.

Remember though - I said I like it1
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin. Point taken gladly.grin
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 24 Apr 2006, 08:32
Hit me on the head with a heavy brick, i'll see like this, but the question is, do I want to be hit over the head with a brick! smile

Keep on experimenting, as it's interesting to see what you will come up with next!
Jide Alakija: You didn't say you didn't like it, kinda expected that you would and offer some insight....you're getting soft, got the flu?
Jide: I'm too high right now. I'm blurry without needing to be mocked. Way to really screw with one's head. I appreciate it. Cheers, Brent
Jide Alakija: sigh!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 24 Apr 2006, 09:09
Cool, but as Veloran pointed out trees and cars behind the motorcyclist is sharper than chap on bike, rather distraction. If it was not that way, it would have been a stonking shot. smile
On the whole, I like the experimenting. Keep it up bro.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 24 Apr 2006, 09:10
:-D I've just recovered from the flu, expect me to be at my best 2moro smile

Either let ure blur radiate inwards or outwards but keep the cyclist more in focus! Also the background behind the cyclist seems to shallow him up.... a tad bit too dark!
Jide Alakija: Now you are definitely recovering....LOL.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 24 Apr 2006, 09:12
opps....guys I meant "Swallow him up"
Sorry, not for me, too vague and too confusing for me to enjoy. Yesterday's provoked some interest from me as there was enough to think about and enough for me as a viewer to try and interpret. For me this has gone a little too far. Still a big thumbs up from me for testing things out and I do appear to be in the minority...again! wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon
I like this one! You keep up on the experiements!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Andy
  • micki
  • 24 Apr 2006, 11:46
WOW! Excellent! Looks as though we're viewing the scene through a wet window, nice work!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki
  • Jens
  • Germany
  • 24 Apr 2006, 11:56
Well you made me stay for several minuts to look at this shot. I liked it at once but I asked myself why....and decided it is because I have to think of it...smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jens, you flatter me. Hope you enjoyed your viewing.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Apr 2006, 12:10
Nice fuzzy circle at the edges.
It is one of those moments when you like something but can't really figure out why.
  • Abimbola
  • Europe
  • 24 Apr 2006, 13:55
now this is cool.....nice effect.looks like a painting.
the scenery reminds me of Lagos Island.
  • Dave
  • United States
  • 24 Apr 2006, 15:12
Cool sense of motion; it seems wet to me also. Good job.
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 24 Apr 2006, 18:53
Its fun playing with such stuff in PS. Guess you never could have done all that if it was film.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2006, 11:07
Looks like an album cover. Processing works very well.
  • Temi
  • London
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:00
The idea is refreshing, i like the idea. I am very distracted by the background. Even with the illusion of the dark rider, i felt that you could have done more with it. The rider should have been more focused in comparison to the rest of the image. he is no longer the subject due to the distraction of the background.
i like the composition, its almost as if he's riding on water.
Improve on the blurry affectÂ…..
  • IQ
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:11
This one is too strange for me, sorry.
  • Luise
  • Mexico
  • 25 Jul 2006, 21:25
I like it!!! I dont know why, but I like it, is kind of homesick... I cant describe the feeling but love it!

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