Jide Alakija

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Are my images too colourful?

The less expressive side of the Soulchild. I'm not sure I'm as happy with this one as I was with yesterdays, though I've had to quickly process this one as I didn't want to not make the 12am deadline for posting shots up.

This one has come as a result of a comment made by a dear friend who says I concentrate on a lot of colour in my images, in order to check that that is the case I've decided to be less expressive on the colour of this one. What do you think?

I'm about to embark on some new things on Alakija.com, I've been thinking of doing some work with macro again my most beloved, NOT, however I do know it's something I have to improve on. What do you think?

Post processing: Curves, Channel mixer, H/S on red and blue channels, color fill and gradients. (Again Reza, by playing with the curves blue and red channel I was able to increase the darkness of the wall. I had another curve I used to color fill adjustment layer to create a yellow tone and applied a soft light blending mode to it)

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comments (50)

  • lekan
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 00:12
would have loved this in black and white thoughsmile
Jide Alakija: I tried it in B&W and I didn't like what I saw so hence it's in colour. THanks.
  • lekan
  • UK
  • 9 May 2006, 00:13
Oops.....from the UK rather.
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 9 May 2006, 00:26
It works for me, I like this shot. Yes it may be cool in monochrome but I feel the both will pack the same oomph. Now for one to look at an image and say, it will have the same effect in monochrome is high compliment.

Are my images too colourful? Nope, it's just your style and you know what, it marks you out in any crowd. Why comform when you are king of your style. Your images are exceptionally good.

I love the composition of the shot, the editing a dream. Now THIS IS THE TYPE OF IMAGES, MAGAZINES ARE WAITING FOR.
You eran a big fat "I likey" for this bro. Good good shot.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Subster. I think Shutterchance should use your rating system. Classic.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 00:28
damn bro...this is NICE!

I really like it, and as for too much color? Nah, not too much color. For me, this is just fine.

Hehe, thanks for the tip smile

Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir Reza. You flatter me.
  • Nkechi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 00:50
Love the pic. Although yesterday's one was very "in-your-face" [in a good way, of course!], this one makes you look just that little bit closer and deeper. Not sure about the title though. Either he's weary, or merely biding his time trying to contemplate on his next move. The pose definitely works for me.

I like the fact your images are colourful. Sometimes, good photography is recognising what you're good at, rather than going by the different styles/shades other people think you should be experimenting with. It's what makes your images distinctive and recognisable.
Jide Alakija: The Lawyer speaks....Thanks Madam.
  • Starks
  • 9 May 2006, 01:13
Another good pic. am gonna have 2 become a regular on this site. the focus on the background lighting sets the subject off perfectly. definately not too colourful
Jide Alakija: Thanks Starks, how'd you hear about this blog?
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 02:09
I think it's a great shot. Well done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ray.
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 02:20
I like it in colour. Could so easily be Nike advertising campaign poster. Excellent job
Jide Alakija: I suppose you are right. Thanks NKX.
  • roger
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 02:22
This is a great shot! your processing is on the mark here.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Roger and thanks for the tip too.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 9 May 2006, 04:33
Interesting pose, and the subdued tones suit the mood of the picture. Lighting looks good too. Nice one!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran, somehow I'm always particularly interested in what you think of my work. I guess because I really rate your standards and work.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 9 May 2006, 05:56
I like the concentration of the athlete. Nice picture!
You ask yourself too many questions! ;-) Just do it ! ;-)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney. Maybe I do....:$
  • dave
  • Australia
  • 9 May 2006, 06:29
the lighting and composition rocks! cheers wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 06:40
another great shot. they sent u hurt shutterchance this week sha
Jide Alakija: LOL...you think? Have to prepare for your arrival.
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 9 May 2006, 08:03
aint nothing like a too colourful image if u ask me! u make the colours work. and i think that is the most important thing. loving this capture. its all high fidelity stuff grin
Jide Alakija: I guess you are right, professor.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 9 May 2006, 08:16
I like this one even more than yesterday's and no - they're not too colourful. B&W and colour both have their place.

Is that a Rado he's wearing? Nice.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sgt Colin.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 9 May 2006, 09:03
Man this is so proffesional shot. for Nike maybe. however i like it so much, and NO your photos are not too colourful. smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno.....really appreciate your comments.
Does look like a photoshoot for a sports brand, very professional.
Jide Alakija: Thanks BeakerSt......
  • tore
  • Japan
  • 9 May 2006, 10:25
The colours here are at perfect saturation point IMHO. Someone knows when to stop! I can imagine that this would be quite effecive in B&W but I think it's all the better for being in colour.
Jide Alakija: Not sure about the b&w.....But really appreciate your comments.
great! the framing and lighting are so cool! like the vigneting...
Jide Alakija: Thanks man....really appreciate your input.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 9 May 2006, 10:57
I think there's always something about seeing a lot of color images and then [suddenly] seeing one with not so much color. For me this is just different and not necessarily better than yesterday's photo.

Jide: why did you move the "prev" and "next" links? I only found them again today after days of looking..
Jide Alakija: Long story, I'll explain on Messenger sometime.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 9 May 2006, 11:04
And i totally agree with Nkechi on this one:

"Although yesterday's one was very 'in-your-face' [in a good way, of course!],this one makes you look just that little bit closer and deeper."
Jide Alakija: Of course you'll agree, she's fricking studying to convince you!!!
  • micki
  • 9 May 2006, 11:46
I love this in color, the colors are too rich to go b&w.

I've never thought your images were too colorful. But it doesn't really matter what we think, these are you expressions and the way you see things.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki, really value your input.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 12:03
I like this one very much. The color is very rich. The composition is excellent. It has a great feeling to it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie.
  • Ede
  • UK
  • 9 May 2006, 14:01
FANTASTIC....Love how you captured the essence of him. Ticks all the right boxes. Great job!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ede.
  • Ari
  • England (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 14:11
This could be a Nike ad. Its very good. I dont know much about photography (technically speaking), I just like what I like. You've really improved from when you started out. well done Jide..
Jide Alakija: Thanks for the comments, Ari, long time....have no contact for you...drop me a line sometime.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 14:24
oga, your images are shot and post processed exceptionally well. Nothing wrong to concentrating on colour. If its done well its a joy to behold and your blog is testament to that. Keep up the good work man
Jide Alakija: Thanks Docitar!!!
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 9 May 2006, 14:30
I love the pensive mood this image reflects. Like a gladiator mentally preparing for the decisive fight.
Isn't it the common notion among photographers that shooting in color is more difficult than in b&w? So you should see yourself as being courageous for tackling the issue of color smile.
Jide Alakija: Ah! Prof. Ella, Danke fur der komment!!!
Great work once again... It's all about the light! smile
Jide Alakija: It is indeed....that's what photography is all about. You hit it spot on.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 15:55
I like the processing and mood of the shot but the shoes need a bit more detail (exposure needs knocking down on them) and the lines on the basketball are a bit jaggy from sharpening. Overall though, it's nice.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jamey, love your technical input.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 16:03
great work here
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary....Have an image that has been inspired by you for tomorrow. Hope you like it and please make critical comments if you can.

Thanks again
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 16:41
I have very fast lenses and hence never really used flash.
because of you, i went out yesterday and bought the 580EX,
I am going to dedicat a whole week to this flash. I will keep you informed. GREAT SHOT !
Jide Alakija: You really crack me up. You have sorta fast lenses but not fast for indoors, you reside in London? We should meet up!
The pose and the colors are wonderful.
Jide Alakija: Thanks a lot.
  • lekan
  • UK
  • 9 May 2006, 17:14
alakija...alakija...thts it! was wondering how i became such a regular on this site (after doing course work and reading all night, checking out the new pics on your site at exactly 10 past 12 has become...study break!!!)Yeah, i had seen the blog far back but it then struck me....are you related to one of my classmates in Kings College? We were the millenium set and he goes by the name Rotimi Alakija. Might be a coincedence though. Anyway , just thot i'd say hi to my favorite photo blogger. Cheers mate.
  • Funmi
  • 9 May 2006, 17:19
the series is very good...
the colour works but it'd be nice to see what this would like in black & white or sepia or some funky configuration.
Jide Alakija: Not sure I would like a black and white. I tried it and didn't like the look. Thanks Funmi.
  • Jeremy
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 17:24
I like this one the best, actually. and i have to disagree - i find this one MORE expressive than the others. Looks like a sports illustrated spread.
Jide Alakija: Interesting. I guess since I had more fun processing last nights I wasn't too sure this would cut it.
Lovely potrait, nice pose!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish.
  • Seth
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 19:55
Jide, I really like this one. It does look like something I'd see while flipping through the sports illustrated.. well, if I subscribed. =]
Jide Alakija: Thanks Seth, said by many, I didn't realise it but you are right.
  • Dave
  • United States
  • 9 May 2006, 19:57
I think this is excellent. The slightly muted color is fine, but I don't think you overdo it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
  • Ari
  • England (UK)
  • 9 May 2006, 20:26
If i had known you were going to fight me for making a comment, I wouldnt have bothered smile Its Elsie. Ari is my middle name. I seem to remember you in Church taking pictures of absolutely everything in sight. Your pictures are really very good. So again, well done Jide..
  • johnz
  • Cyprus
  • 9 May 2006, 22:39
nice pose
Jide Alakija: Thanks Johnz
  • fabrizio
  • Switzerland
  • 9 May 2006, 22:47
great portrait, you catch the power of zhis basketballman
Jide Alakija: Thanks fabrizio, I can't seem to open your Photoblog. It's been down for some time now.
cool shot..look like print ad in the magazine...great composition wt awesome pose from himsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 10 May 2006, 04:53
Are your images too colourful?No image can be too colourful :-P but I guess you mean B&W - honestly - this shot would look boring in B&W because it just cancels out all the textures and contrasts + the lighting is not for B&W.Love this series of this guy - it's a very poerful shot : should be an ad in a mag. : GREAT GREAT SHOT!
Jide Alakija: Thanks man!
  • Kimberley Jev
  • Canada
  • 10 May 2006, 08:19
not to sound like a broken record but I REALLY LIKE THIS ONE!!! And I agree this is something i'd expect to see while flipping through a sports magazine!!!! I like i like i like! Me mum agrees too! wink
And i like the way you play with colour....geez dont i sound like a fan?! seriously though, your use of colour is amazing!!! like if we go back to the shots you have up for the 23rd of january and others i dunno it just.......you just use colour well! and i'll stop rambling.
Jide Alakija: Are you the same Kim Jev that used to live in PH, Nigeria?
  • Soulchild
  • Smallville
  • 10 May 2006, 11:52
U asked Starks how he heard about the site?
Starks and Soulchild are brothers smile

U are the man oh - u made this image work it seems... serious mass appeal!
Your best work. By far my favorite of your shots that I've seen. Composition, lighting, color, pose, exposure: all perfect. I like the emotion you've captured: sublte but very strong. Regards, Brent
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 May 2006, 18:39
Hi, it's my first visit to your blog, I have to say I love the variety and the style, the images are wonderful, as for this, am I alone in thinking immediately of Rodins Thinker?

Great work.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Shooter, I too am very very very impressed with what I saw on your blog. Definitely bookmarking you. I really am feeling your approach. Will have questions for you as time goes on I hope you don't mind.

So flattered you like my style, not sure what it is as I'm still learning but will get there one day.

Thanks again.
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 17 May 2006, 03:05
Lovely picture,
Hunky model.
Do u deliver? if so i'll order a soulchild to go!
Jide Alakija: I'm sorry, but you have the cutest name ever!

Thanks for the comment.
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 05:40
wow, ure multi talented...
its good to know u have flattery and flirting to rely on ...
This one and the previous one are fantastic, wonderful Post processing, a real street mood. It seems to be advertisements from nike themselves smile

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