Jide Alakija

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Do you like the new Navigation system on my blog? Please I'd like to know.

Another week is over and a new one is about to start. Nothing much to say here apart from this being the last of the few shots I have. This is Lorie and her sister Oyin.

I've started using the categories feature on shutterchance to group my shots. I've created a "Children" category for these one.

Post processing:Curves, BW through Channel mixer, gradient at the bottom, colour fill for green palette.

2006 Photobloggies are now taking nominations. The Photobloggies is an annual award ceremony celebrating photoblogging around the world. Through the Photobloggies, you can find some of the best photoblog sites on the internet.

Vote Shutterchance.com for the Best photoblog design category
Vote Alakija.com for the Best New Photoblog category

comments (27)

  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 01:32
wow. Man you could really make a good living from this... As perfect a shot as they come. well done
Jide Alakija: Thanks Attah, if I can make the business, I don't see why not.
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 6 May 2006, 01:39
awwwwwwww. 2 gems brilliantly captured smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 6 May 2006, 03:30
Beatiful shot today smile I love how so so so soft their faces are and so so so smooth - a black background was excellend choices because they seem to shand out very well.I love the gleams in their faces.Stunning shot - GREAT GREAT SHOT! smile

The navigation - yeah it's great and simple I have no problem with it.How come you suddenly ask?

Have a great weekend smile
Jide Alakija: Background wasn't actually black, those are excess shadows, I think my toning processing created that look too.

Navigation? Well I changed the nav button that were below the image to the top as I realised that not many noticed them in their usual position which was at the bottom. Another thing that is interesting is that many don't notice the "Send ecard" link.
Nice (double) portrait! Very expressive...
Jide Alakija: Thanks michael.
  • jlc
  • 6 May 2006, 06:17
one of my preferred wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks jlc.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 08:12
i tend to like ur work but this is not one your greats. I feel the eyes are sharpened too much in regards to the softening of the skin, it gives it eeerie feel. The shot itself is very good.
Jide Alakija: Seems you have a difference of opinion from many, the entire image has been over sharpened and that's because of teh Unsharp mask tool in the shutterchance upload. The high res version is actually quite fine.

Thanks for the comment.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 6 May 2006, 09:22
The twinkle in their eyes is beautiful! This is perfect in b&w and I especially love the way these two are arranged so closely to one another. The details like the embroidery and the earrings they wear also add very much interest for me to this shot.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 09:44
awwwww!!! I'm crying!!!
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 6 May 2006, 10:03
Lol! Lol! I must try such shots!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 6 May 2006, 10:18
Awwwwww, such cute babes, Me want kids NOW smile

I don't know THOUGH, something is keeping me from giving you a coveted "I likey" on this shot. Ahhhhhh, I love the shot though, but agree with Asiko, not one of your greats. I want kids this cute Lord smile

  • dave
  • Australia
  • 6 May 2006, 10:37
simply perfect portrait! these 2 are so very cute & you captured the eyes perfectly! cheers wink
  • Funmilola
  • Sheffield, Uk
  • 6 May 2006, 11:36
This is a truely a job well done!!!
  • micki
  • 6 May 2006, 12:50
Oh my! This is outstanding!
  • Meme
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 13:35
There's something about the eyes that freaks me out...they almost look unreal, however, its a good concept for a shot. I know you like to focus on the eyes but maybe you paid too much attention to them in this shot.
  • Vidya
  • Singapore
  • 6 May 2006, 13:56
Amazing photos! The eyes are great !
A picture to be framed and kept!
  • nkemo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 13:57
i spent some time looking at this photo and thinking about the comments made about the eyes. I do see where the comments are coming from but cant help but like this picture. Beautiful capture. Period.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 6 May 2006, 14:30
they are so cute, those eyes are so beautiful and strong, love the color tone you chose here. smile see ya
  • lekan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 May 2006, 18:09
Lovely. As a layman in photography, i dont mind the sharpening of the eyes much (though they do stick out!)but still a gorgeous pic anyday. This is definately my confirmed background pic.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 8 May 2006, 08:46
Superb composition and lighting, as always, and the subject matter is clearly a winner.

What technique do you use for softening? Is it a Gaussian blurred layer over a sharpened layer, with the eyes on the blurred layer erased? My initial thought was that the softening was too much. Either way, there's just a little too much of a discrepancy between the sharp and the soft, which makes it slightly unnatural for me.

As for navigation keys - I don't think the move improves it. As a technical author, I'd have put the controls where you had them originally, close to the other information about the image. Now you have to scan too far. I hadn't actually noticed them up there.
Jide Alakija: Create 2 more additional layers of your image, apply a Guass blur to them say about 40px, change the blending modes to lighten and darken to one and the other. Then create a new layer altogether. Now Crtl+E on the three new layers (of course you hide the background layer). Then you reduce the opacity afterwards and make the background visible. Don't forget to erase the bits you want sharp in the soft layer.

  • faustina
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 15:36
amazing photo. Those eyes are so expressive! really beautiful.
  • Judy Dee
  • United States
  • 17 Jun 2006, 03:17
Awe man that is so sweet, I taste sugar. Digging long baby lashes!!
Very nice - On your best of (according to me)
bring the children to me.
  • Simi
  • 15 Dec 2006, 13:53
most adorable...
Gosh this so beautiful and excudes natural beauty.

Jide whenever I see your photos it makes me want to pick up a camera and start taking photos too.

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