Jide Alakija

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Suby asked me to do some landscape sometime back and this is my answer. I think this reflects more my mood most of the times at least of recent. Dramatic, dark and somewat gloomy!

Okay not intending on sharing my drama in that way but I just thought I'd show a part of the Dark side of Alakija.com.

Post processing: This one was really tough to process. Levels, 2 curves for the clouds, colour correction through curves on the clouds, Colour balance for the sky, and H/S twice for midtones and highlights.

Wasn't sure if putting up the original was a good idea as it tends to influence the perceptions on the image. But if you really want to have a look go ahead, try and not let it influence you initial thoughts.

Original is

On another note, you can send eCards with the images on Shutterchance. Not many know this but it's there, just underneath the image.

comments (24)

  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 27 Apr 2006, 00:19
Very nice idea, but some clouds seem a tad bit too dark, even for rain clouds, but never-the-less, a job well done! Would it be too much to ask u to study clouds awhile before attempting this shot again? smile
Jide Alakija: The moment I saw your comment, I burst out into cramps of laughter. Yes I agree studying clouds is a good idea, would try next time. Thanks for the comment.
Funny thing is I like this. Looks like something you will see in the reception room or offices of one of them big conglomerates. I guess since you have said this reflects your "dramatic, dark and somewat gloomy" sometimes mood, you can get away with making this image datk.

Subster LIKEY A LOT(big fat likey). Why? Everytime I look at the image, it keeps on growing on me. JOB DONE. photographer now sits back and accepts all the glory.

Good one bro, good one.

Jide Alakija: Thanks. I thought Lord Vader was supposed to be the harsh one?
that exactly the weather we had about 2 hours In Montreal, it was a dark rainy day, and just before the night the sun appeared for 10 minutes and it looked like that. This is probably my favorite moment for photography, however it is rare and short. This one is really moody as i like
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 27 Apr 2006, 06:57
I like this dark side of the Alakija force! The dramatic atmosphere works very well for me. Maybe it's a little bit too dark for my taste, because in most parts of the river there are no details left and I cannot see the silhouettes of the ships.
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 27 Apr 2006, 07:50
You can't complain about lack of drama in this picture. It actually looks a bit like a painting. The buildings at the bottom really stand out. Cool.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 27 Apr 2006, 08:00
I had to think about this one a lot, and overall I like it, although I think I also fall into the "slightly too dark" camp for the clouds.

The more I thought about it, the more I also thought it would stand a severe letterbox crop, from exactly half way down and just leaving a sliver of black beneath the buildings. I tried it, and it still left a moody shot but was, to me at least, more pleasing.

Sorry to hear you've been down in the dumps. Hope you perk up soon.
  • micki
  • 27 Apr 2006, 11:14
Fantastic lighting on all of those white buildings...the mood I'm getting from this shot is one of hope and good things to come.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Apr 2006, 11:20
Great photo, Beautiful cloud party.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2006, 12:15
this is a beautiful shot!
  • Lajumoke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Apr 2006, 12:59
I'm feeling this one. The dark and the gloomy smile
  • Ka-EL
  • Naija
  • 27 Apr 2006, 13:19
I want to fly among those clouds and break them up with my heat vision so I can see the sun, LOL. dude this is a dramatic shot, U know me I love skies and stuff so U get a thumbs up. I kinda miss blogging........ NOT
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 27 Apr 2006, 14:10
Stunning shot!!!Firstly those clouds are so overpowering - buildings under them - la large shot showing nature at it's biggest.Lovely colours - that Post processing worked very well.GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!
Nice shot and good post processing.
wow...really amazing tone fron the clouds....excellent processingsmile nice panorama shotsmile
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • A well
  • 27 Apr 2006, 21:21
Ohhhhhhhhhhh, niceeeeeeeeee!
great picture. the clouds looks amazing!
  • IQ test
  • France
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:10
A scary picture. I love that !
  • Temi
  • London
  • 28 Apr 2006, 14:10
I think Mr Skee is the only one who looks at these images the way I do. Everyone says that it’s a nice picture etc... There is so much more to it than that. I agree with Mr Skee, some clouds are too dark - the light on the buildings is coming from the right hand side??? The shodow of the buildings is on the left..but the light breaking through the clouds is on the right....How is that possible J? For the position of the light on the buildings, the clouds closest to the viewer should be lighter. The clouds do not seem to belong to the image, they look separate. It’s like one of those images that you need to look at from the tip of your nose - like an image is behind another image....
Jide Alakija: Hmmph! Okay I wish you could see the full image, then I guess all your questions would be answered. The version you see online does not do it justice.

I don't think the clouds are too dark at all, but then again beauty in the eye of the beholder. Thanks for the comments.
  • Ian
  • adelaide, australia
  • 2 May 2006, 11:24
Incredible! Fantastic capture and processing.
  • Funmi
  • 4 May 2006, 17:11
welcome to the dark side...
  • Yemisi
  • United States
  • 5 May 2006, 10:47
Hi Jide, I visit this site often and though I've never left a comment before, I had to this time. This is an amazing shot - i love the way you captured the darkness (I don't see it as gloomy though). I love the contrast and the way the clouds seem to grow - they've sort of got an attitude to them.
Great work sir, really great work.
I like the mood of the shot, I don't have a problem with whether the clouds look real...not being an expert I haven't a clue. I try and just photos on whether I like it or not...and I do, very much......I like the darkness.....suits my mood a lot of the time.
  • Ngohide
  • United States
  • 14 Jul 2006, 17:07
I've been a silent admirer of your photos for a very long time. I just wondered, what city/coastline is this in the picture? I want o say Lagos, but i'm not sure...
Jide Alakija: This is Thamesmead, I've posted a few shots with those tall buildings in the background. Thanks for visiting. How did you find Alakija.com?
Jide... I like the way you processed this image. Great procedure and great image..

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