Jide Alakija

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I should have checked my ISO and f-stop before I took this shot, that's the only problem I have with the 10D, the preview screen is so small you can't really tell if your subject is fully in focus after the shot is taken.

Anyway as promised I said I'd do some macro stuff today and also some floral work too. This is the first of the batch I took that I'm pleased with, I have also processed the other one for tomorrow. Hope this is to your liking. It was to mine considering that I hate doing macro photographs, not my strength at all.

Post processing:Softening through blurring, used a combination of curves and H/S to adjust green in grass, Channel mixer for improve toning.

I've put up the original

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comments (35)

  • Lekan
  • UK
  • 10 May 2006, 00:17
I'm certainly not experienced in technically assesing this (lol), but its well alright by me. Lovely flower and from a literary point of view, probably signifying spring (but that means i'm reading to much Ibsen!!!). How were you able to achieve the smoke-like aura in the background? Is it through photoshop, picassa or something?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Lekan, I did the processing in Photoshop.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 10 May 2006, 00:40
Jide, that is a nice photo but I love the original one much better. If you could somehow pump out a version that just lightens the whole photo and adds some more color to the actual flower, then I think it will look much better.

Also, there are some tiny dots that are distracting on the pedals, maybe you could clone those out? And the yellow part on the outter rim is way too bright and yellowy to have it blend in.

I see where you going with this image, but I, personally, favor the original shot.
Jide Alakija: Sigh! I was in two minds about putting up the original, I find that it really skews the point of what I'm trying to show. Plus not to sound defensive but I actually left those bits of pollen in the image....wasn't going for the professional look. But since you say I'll do that next time.

Thanks for the comment Reza, much appreciated.
Beautiful shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 01:24
very nice indeed
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nkx.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 10 May 2006, 03:10
I'm not a big fan of heavy processing, but it is quite nice. On the other hand, you could have improved your original shot before working on it (focus and exposure). Was that also the nearest you could go to the flower?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran. I used a 12mm lens extension tube and so I couldn't get any closer, I should have used my 21mm instead.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 10 May 2006, 03:21
Odd, Jide, my mother just bought flowers the EXACT same kind, only yellow. I was going to take a photo of it, but I thought I better not try to look like I'm trying to immitate.
Jide Alakija: You should have photographed it....Shutterchanced would have been filled with Floralfona.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 10 May 2006, 05:12
Maybe I am not severe enough but this looks good to me!
Gorgeous flower, great colors, good focus,etc.
What do we need more?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
  • izzy
  • Taiwan
  • 10 May 2006, 06:01
nice dreamy colors!
Jide Alakija: Thank Izzy
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 06:47
well it seems somebody has been doing some macro stuff, well done Mr. I will be putting slightly similar flower images soon.
Jide Alakija: Well thank you.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 10 May 2006, 07:42
this one ill puttt on my wall. perfect shot, great poster!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno.
  • Funmi
  • 10 May 2006, 09:00
very nice... i agree with minelmio, he luvs me, he luvs me not...
Jide Alakija: LOL...thanks Funmi.
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 09:18
I cant help but notice the black dots on the white petals, or is it my monitor ?Other than that, it is great.
Jide Alakija: It's not your screen, I didn't do any cloning on this image. I wasn't really trying to produce a perfect image and this is what happened as a result. Tomorrows should be a lot better. Do you live in London?
  • Suby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 09:19
Nice one bro, now this is how to place an image in the centre of the shot and get away with it, the background adds to the whoile image, now I would not mind having this hanging on my wall smile

Missed a tiny bit during your editing, bottom right of thre flower. Yup Suby never misses anything smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Suby, actually I didn't miss it, it was one of the brighter parts of the leaves if you see the original you'll notice that too. I didn't think to distort the curve at that point. maybe you are right it should have been distorted too.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2006, 09:26
The flower is very beautiful and I love the blue tone in the background you have created (compared to the original).
As Suby would announce: Now to the BUT ;-)...(or should I say why?)
My personal philosophy is that I try to shoot only subjects, scenes or situations, that fascinate me. In my universe of thoughts it would sound strange or forced to take a picture of something I do not like or use a artistic technique I do not like working with. I totally agree with your argument about wanting to improve in a particular area, but maybe that is little Ella speaking, having fun for hours painting and shooting away: You have to love your subject, in order to make a beautiful and unique picture (and if not love then at least curiosity and fun). And it totally shows in your portraits that you love shooting people. Why make it hard on yourself and choose something that you feel little connection to?
The way you talk about macro photography, it doesn't seem to exactly make your day ;-). John Washington also sold his macro lens a few weeks ago, because he said, he simply wasn't a macro photographer (and he is by far not the only one I know).

These were some thoughts I had about your post and I hope, you don't mind me writing these lines to you.

Since I felt, that these words are a little more private, I did not post them publically.
  • jlc
  • 10 May 2006, 10:04
Nice tones and cut.
I love the back side !
it gives more softness to the image wink
Jide Alakija: Thanks jlc
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 10 May 2006, 11:01
wow quite a change from the origional. Beautiful picture. The sharpness of the yellow part of the flower is great. The blue background almost makes it look like a backdrop. I really like it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Faustina.
  • micki
  • 10 May 2006, 11:39
Beautiful!! I love daisies!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 10 May 2006, 11:54
I am a flower type, nice one, so serene.
a classic shot, well done
Very simple, very nice
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 10 May 2006, 14:00
nice work Jide, I thought the original background was a bit busy and the flower rather small in the frame and you've done a great job in resolving those issues, this isolated flower dominating the frame works much better, this would make a nice print
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 10 May 2006, 14:51
I'm a fan of cropping as necessary and for the angle of this shot a square crop and central position is spot on. And it has got spots on, but you've explained all that. You've made a great shot out of a weed. (Who said they went and bought one!)

For real macro, get close in and see the hairs on the yellow bits!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin. I love cropping too, but when you are limited to 6.3MP and you want to print an A3 sized image cropping becomes something you don't want to consider.
  • Nicola
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2006, 15:21
Looks lovely! Like it's glowing from the inside.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicola.
  • NC
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 17:16
Wow! I'm speechless. - certainly sending this as an e-card to all my best buds. I just wish that I could print it onto canvas and put it on my wall.
Jide Alakija: You can buy it if you want. Just send me an email and we can discuss.
  • Bilyan
  • Germany
  • 10 May 2006, 17:18
I read about your photoblog in an article and had to come and have a look what all the fuss was about.

I think the photos you displayed concerning organ harvesting are emotional and you did a great job.

Consider yourself bookmarked.
Jide Alakija: Thank you for your commments. I'm very flattered. What article was this of interest?
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 10 May 2006, 17:50
Beautiful shot.
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 10 May 2006, 22:20
liking hw uv enhanced the colours: a real skill of urs smile
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 May 2006, 22:21
Still haven't seen you put a bad shot up yet. For an area you're not good at that's a superb shot. The background's a winner for me. Well done
i like the softness here...go well wt the color and shape of flowers, beautifulsmile
  • Starks
  • 11 May 2006, 06:02
Nice pic. i especially like the emphasis on detail.. its almost like i can geel the flowers texture. (by the way, a friend highly recommended ur site)
  • Starks
  • 11 May 2006, 06:03
sorry, i meant "feel" not "geel". its early!
Excellent digital art here, Jide. I'd prefer the original one if you corrected the exposure, saturated the greens, and blurred the background just a little bit more. As it is here, it's a peace flower for the peace pipe. Regards, Brent
Fantastic work. A Great shot and colors. Congratulations !
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 22 Nov 2006, 11:09
I also have something like this that I am going to put up the day after tommorrow

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