Jide Alakija

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Sunset dance #1

I've decided to so some beach shots for a change, enough experimenting for a while. What is Alakija.com about? It's about presenting beautiful images of mundane things, or presenting beautifully the mundane. So I'm going back to my roots.

I dug through my archives and realised that I had a lot of stuff that I hadn't looked at in a while, I think that's because I didn't know how to present them when I last looked at them, but since then I've developed my post processing techniques a lot.

What do you think? It's not exactly Chromasia, but at least I can say that I've been inspired by his very good work.

I have another one I want to show tomorrow, if I get round to processing it properly I'll put it up.

Also I'm putting up some more of my friendly Nigerian shots just for fun, it is a beautiful country, I've just not concentrated on it's really lovely side like this.

Okay fellow Niaja's talk, say something to represent our lovely nation.

Post processing: H/S adjustments, 3 sunset gradient on the sky, contrast adjustments in Lab mode.

comments (31)

  • Leye
  • London
  • 25 Apr 2006, 00:08
Nice Shot and Processing. Me wanna go back home! sad
Jide Alakija: Thanks....me too. sad
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 25 Apr 2006, 04:20
You captured a lovely moment !
Well done ! Are you sure you didn't stole it from Chromasia? ;-)
Jide Alakija: ...lol...I think I did...but keep that as our little secret. Not as good as Chromasia, but trying.
  • jlc
  • 25 Apr 2006, 07:04
The sea colors ... I love this ! wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks JLC.
  • Dan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2006, 08:03
Excellent shot, great processing, you really brought out the warmth in this shot. Nicely done smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dan.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 25 Apr 2006, 08:10
Best beach shot I've seen in ages: colour, composition, lighting - all marvellous. Also the two girls appear to be demonstrating how to dive in when a wave approaches. Great stuff.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin, you've officially joined the Shutterchance police with Suby and Skee, I'm always happy when you're all pleased.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 25 Apr 2006, 08:59
Beautiful shot! Gorgeous beach, silhouettes and colors. I just love the feeling of movement especially the girls swinging synchronously.
Jide Alakija: As usual thanks Ella.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 25 Apr 2006, 09:11
Wow that's such a lovely shot - what beautiful colours and perfect crisp shadows with an amazing amount of emotion and expression.A perfect capture - extremely impressive.GREAT SHOT!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar.
  • Ka-EL
  • Naija
  • 25 Apr 2006, 09:26
this shot reminds of naija, where i am right now. LOL
Jide Alakija: Hope you are having fun and getting good shots too.
Very nice and very simple, lovely image.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2006, 11:07
Lovely sunset shot. The action and pose of the people really adds that extra something. Good work.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jamey, hope you come back. You've got some really good stuff yourself.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Apr 2006, 12:02
Beautiful and warm color tone.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • micki
  • 25 Apr 2006, 12:04
One of your best since I've been here!! Love this joy in this shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 25 Apr 2006, 12:59
Love the sharpeness in the figures. Really lovely colours. Not always do we just capture the whole picture. So Good one here.


P.s Clone out the person & a hand at the back of the image, adds nothing to the picture, just distracts.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sergent Suby!
  • neil
  • Luxembourg
  • 25 Apr 2006, 14:32
very nice shot-whish I was there!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Neil. Hope you're enjoying your blogging on Shutterchance.
  • digitalmike
  • Virginia, USA
  • 25 Apr 2006, 15:38
Very warm, very nice shot. Maybe a little less sky, and a little more beach. 1/3, 2/3's maybe. Watch the horizon, I always get it crooked, and then forget to straighten it, till somebody points it out. You got this on dead on....looks good.
Jide Alakija: You know you are right about the horizon, somehow I couldn't get to shoot all my beach shots straight. I wonder why!.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 25 Apr 2006, 16:11
Excellent shot, I like how you positioned the people in the shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks V.
  • myrtle friester
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2006, 16:15
this is magnificent study of pure abandon in a beautiful setting making me want to be in SAfrica but its cold there now!
  • myrtle friester
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Apr 2006, 16:16
a magnificent study of pure abandon in a beautiful setting. Wish I could experience such a feeling but would love to be in SAFrica where I hail from
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 25 Apr 2006, 18:03
This is cool! very very coo...never knew that a silloute can bring a smile on my face.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shuva, I never knew either until I took the shot.
Lovely colors, nice shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish.
Excellent work. Great composition and colors. Very nicely done, Jide! -Brent
Jide Alakija: Quiet today Brent. Thanks. I'm sure tomorrow you'll have many words. wink
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 25 Apr 2006, 23:12
The tones are beautiful. It looks so warm. I wish the beach weather would hurry.
Jide Alakija: Lucky you, in the UK we can only dream of it. Thanks.
Nice tone. I also like the playfulness of the (children? teenagers?) on the beach.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris. I think they were teenagers.
Well done. Makes me want to play hooky from work tomorrow and head to the beach.
  • AirBete
  • Canada
  • 26 Apr 2006, 02:39
Great colors!
  • MrC
  • Kingdom of Kernow
  • 26 Apr 2006, 07:14
this is a wonderful shot ... love the colour of it - so warm & summery, makes me wanna go jump in the sea ... the combination of the dancers & the one in the sea makes it a great composition
  • Funmi
  • 26 Apr 2006, 19:21
living my life like its golden ...
all has been said before me, that a really perfect capture again
Excellent light and composition.
  • Adun
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 May 2006, 21:16
wow, this is so so beautiful. Very nice and creative, and this goes for the other pics too.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Adun....your comments are very much appretiated.
Funny to meet this theme from month to month
I love this return again
Jide Alakija: I know. I can never make up my mind about what to post and when.

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