Jide Alakija

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You guessed it. I've run out of material. This had to do and I think it's one of the best from the shadow series. I'm not expecting a big response from this one as I did yesterday and yes thank you very much for all those lovely comments, not one was negative so I guess it's probably up there as one of my best shots, considering the fact that it's one of my first ever. I guess the advanced and updated processing made a difference.

Something I like about this image is the fact that it looks like she's dancing against a wall that has her shadow painted on it. Somehow I was able to make her stand out somewhat, the original looked flat when I started, what do you think?

Post processing:Colour correction through curves only.

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comments (22)

  • Reza
  • United States
  • 5 May 2006, 00:17
DOF is amazing, the BG is amazing, the color is amazing, dang! The whole damn picture is amazing!

Jide Alakija: You are such a good marker. Thanks.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 5 May 2006, 00:18
Crap, i forgot to mention the color on her shoulder, should it be purple, or is that the camera/photoshop?
Jide Alakija: That was the stage light. If you have a look at the original it's all over the place I manages the reduce it's intensity on the rest of picture except her, it was really directed over her head. The camera picks up stuff you don't always want.
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 5 May 2006, 00:48
Okay 1ss day of judging this via the Alakija's mans standards.
I am loving the the composition, loving the shadow on the wall however, loving the fact she seems to be as you put it "like she's dancing against a wall that has her shadow painted on it".

I am definitely not loving the colour correction of her left side, maybe it's cause thre is a purple light hanging somewhere. In fact, I feel the colour corrections for this image does not just work for me (ahhhh, judge via Jide's and not Suby's standard)...

Okay, I feel you could do better with this image, you have done okay, but me definitly know you can do better. Suby
Jide Alakija: Not sure if that's another Jide you are talking about. As I mentioned to Reza, the purple on her arm (& back) came from the stage light. Oh well I guess Jide is hard to please.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 May 2006, 01:00
At secondary school the cultural dance used to be a highlight of the year. Nice capture as you manage to convey some movement in the shot. well done
Jide Alakija: Thanks Attah.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 5 May 2006, 03:23
Quite a cool shot smile It looks a bit un-natural but it's a good shot.
Jide Alakija: Un-natural? How so? I don't understand.
  • Denosha
  • Singapore
  • 5 May 2006, 03:31
Not digging the colours here but I like the play of light and shadow. How would this look in B&W?
Jide Alakija: I like the colours. I tried it in B&W and somehow I personally thought it looked flat but then again that's a tonal issue if anything.

Thanks Denosha.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 5 May 2006, 03:56
Very nicely composed, but the purple light does make her skin look funny.
Jide Alakija: Purple from stage light. Not much I could do there.

Thanks Veloran.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 5 May 2006, 05:12
Wow...Great impact! I like the colors. The purple on her arm is a bit funky, but otherwise I like the colors, and the shadows are wonderful.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 5 May 2006, 06:22
Cool! I like this play with the shadows. Very colorful too!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 May 2006, 06:38
AWESOME, no niggles here
Jide Alakija: Cool..see you're back. sorta.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 5 May 2006, 07:53
yeah, you know what, i love this shot, shadows is 100% perfect and that womans moves is artistic. love it man smile))
Jide Alakija: LOL....thanks Bruno.
  • mr skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 5 May 2006, 09:03
Everything is nice BUT the main thing...

You caught this shot at the wrong moment! Unlike everyone else, I would have to question the composition... in a fraction of a second the dancer would have turned towards the camera.

Im afraid all the colouring in the world can not compensate for this.

Nice try though smile
Jide Alakija: Don't agree with you, I personally like to catch dancers when they are not looking at the camera, that way their eyes are not the focus of your attention, but their display. Most great dance shots have been caught when the dancer is looking away from the camera.

Sorry mate don't agree with you this time.

Colour? Not much I can do there. That I agree with you, but this is a stage capture, you can't control that lighting!

Thanks for the comment. grin
Taking snap shots just anit my thing, capturing emotions however is, and that is what this composition seems to lack.

But thats just my opinion of an artist trying his best to take photographs, but please don't call me one... personally I can't stand photographers... they need to study art smile
Jide Alakija: So the implication is that you aren't an artist either! Well whatever you call it at the end of the day we all have opinions of art and pictures and photographs regardless of who took them and why he/she did.

This one was taken and put on my blog for opinions and you've clearly stated yours nicely.

Thanks grin
  • micki
  • 5 May 2006, 11:47
This is a great shot! She does stand out, I love her bold colors and the perfect lighting on her. I also like how her shadows are in a circle of color.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 May 2006, 11:55
Awesome capture of the moment in the scene.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 5 May 2006, 12:10
I really like this shot! I dont know much about the technical details as other people commented on this one........but i just like it alot, and thats what is all about i guess!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Petra, that's very kind of you to drop by and leave a comment. It really means a lot.
More shadows for the people!

Short version comment: I love it as it is now!

Long version comment: I disagree with some of the comments. Don´t change anything, that would be editing overkill and the photo would lose its "personality". The hunt for imagined perfection sometimes leaves a result that don´t resemble the reality at all (that is if you are trying to "simply" reflect the reality - and I'm quite sure this photo is meant to be a part of that category.)
Jide Alakija: Why thank you Minelmio! Those are very nice comments.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 5 May 2006, 15:32
P.s.Bookmarked you on photoblogs.org if you like my blog please bookmark me too smile Thanks smile
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 5 May 2006, 16:20
Wonderful as usual. smile
Nice lighting, great composition.
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 5 May 2006, 21:45
great composition I can feel the music
The lighting and the shadows are very cool.

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