Jide Alakija

11 May 2006 2,186 views
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A hint of spring

This is the second in the series. Okay now back to portraits I think....I've put a more detailed post processing list, Reza, what do you think?

Post processing:
- Major color work done through the red and green curves,
- 2 H/S for white petals and  to remove the blue created by the curves (yes this is something I forgot to mention in my last few posts, you I learnt something by mistake but it's kinda obvious, you can add and subtract curves and then use the H/S to remove the colours you don't want in the image).
- Levels - increase contrast (Yes I know I could have done this through curves too....couldn't be bothered)

I've put up the original shot
here ( I'm actually not sure it's a good idea to put the original up any longer)

comments (26)

Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 11 May 2006, 01:07
Jide, bro, I really really like this. I see the 1/3 rule working its magic! The coloring is really smooth and on the mark on the artistic and actual photo. What I also love is the white flowers in the background with yellow middles. Also the one flower underneath the main subject is a really sweet touch. I'm not sure why, but it gravitates my attention to the main subject even more.

Btw, Jide, aren't the nominations for photobloggies over?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Reza, re: photobloggies, you are right! wink
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 11 May 2006, 01:08
"I'm not sure why, but it gravitates my attention to the main subject even more. "

^ That being a good thing by the way. smile
It looks like it's made by paper!For me it looks a little wierd : I don't really know....ummm....(scrolls to look at shot again) I think it is the greens and purples in between the yellows where I think it should be completely grayscale.Overall I like it.Great shot!

P.s.Just got onto vfxy : it's all automatic right I don't need to do anything?Thanks.
Jide Alakija: Sorry, thought it would look surprising. Nice that you are now on vfxy, you find me there?
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 11 May 2006, 02:44
Lovely shot.

I don't understand curves. I try it and I usually just give up because I just get weird results.
Jide Alakija: One day I'll put a little illustration on curves, one thing I can urge you is that you've got to think to yourself thinks like "what colours do I want to enhance or remove?" and then ask yourself "if I want to remove the greens, then I need to bow the green curve down a bit" try it but be subtle and see the result. Never use the curves without knowing what you are going to archieve. Also get an RGB chart, this helps because curves only have three channels and all the colours are a combination of the three, the RGB chart will tell you what combination you'll need.

Hope that helps as a starter. If you need more please don't hesitate to contact me. That being said I'm no expert.
  • Dionne
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 03:24
is it true they (dandylions) make you wee?
'you' as in the royal you...as in us...as in *sigh*
i'm sorry
i forget myself...
yellow is the colour of the day.
and clearly i didn't learn about 'curves' on that old photoshop course.
how terribly saddening.

great shot though!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dionne, we so missed you! Nice to see you back.
  • Starks
  • 11 May 2006, 06:08
the main thing that stuck out to me was the blurred effect on the background which lays more emphasis on the subject (i guess everyone is saying its a dandylion). i like the varied colours in the back as well. good eye for these things or was it just by chance?
Jide Alakija: In some way I knew what I wanted to archieve and in orders I was surprised by the results.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 06:11
nice shot Mr man, CR@P U keep putting what I will be putting up ARRRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: Pity, there's loads out there to picture, I'm not even happy with the current state of my images, I don't think they are dramatic enough.
This one looks so much better than the original shot. Lovely work
Jide Alakija: Thanks Navin.
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 11 May 2006, 06:53
can never seem to get enough of this "weed". good one jide!
Jide Alakija: LOL. I'll stop the weeds now. I want to now concentrate on some really weird stuff. Not happy with what I'm photographing at the moment. I need to be more consistent, what do you think?
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 07:58
What is H/S ?, great shot by the way !
Jide Alakija: Hue/Saturation. Thanks.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 11 May 2006, 08:25
Yes - much better processed. Who'd have though the humble weed could look so good?
Jide Alakija: LOL...that's a funny thought.
I think I agree with you about posting the originals, to know what tools you use to get a result is very useful and encourages me to play around. Through your posts (and extra info from Ade) I have learnt about curves, HDR and Lab Mode but to see the original image detracts from your results. I end up feeling as though so much is reliant on the skills in photoshop and less about selecting and executing the right shot in the first place. I would only consider posting the 'original' when responding to feedback to change something e.g. my Jetstream image.

As far as this shot is concerned, I think that the purple colours destract a tad...other than that it's another very nice shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks, I think that's one of the most useful comments I'll ever recieve.
  • Me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 11:10

That dang flower towards the bottom? I mean like huh and duhhhhh!!!! explain it's relevance? You know I was going to pick up on that and you left it in just to drive me up the wall didn't you??? Now you are spoiling for a fight!!! LOL

Jide, why do I get the feeling you could not be bothered. You would not have let this happen with your portraits. So why slacken here? Know this type of photography does not light your fires... but if your aim is to wind me up, your job is done smile

I agree with you on your comments on curves, one has to understand the colours available in the curve tool and know what they are trying to achieve. I actually sat with about 3 or 4 books on curves and played around with this tool for about 3 weeks until I could use it backwards.

As I always say, one would not want to go to war without knowing how to operate his/her weapons (hate war but that was the only analogy I could come up with in such short notice)

So people, it's all about putting in the hard work learning how to take that ultimate shot and using Photoshop to help ENHANCE the image.

If your aim is to use photoshop to create a totally different image, please let your viewers know (or horrible people like the Subster will rip you to shreds) smile

Back to Jide's shot. Is this a great shot, no, it is an okayish shot. The use of the curves and contrast I feel has been used a tad too much here. Yes the Dandy stands out, but against what my friends? A purple lifeless background, looks like everything else is either dying or crying to be fed some water in this shot.

So gaze again at this shot and tell me what you see. Now people, open open the original and the pretender side by side. Which one would you want hanging in your living room (or as the Yanks say "Den") wall?

Well Nuff said.

God I soo love controversy smile
Jide Alakija: Ehen!!!! Okay I bet everyone is waiting for my response, as the Subster has decided to go all out on my poor dyslexic self (yes I hate long text and words).

I saw your comment and it left me smiling for some reason these are the sort of comments I'm always hoping to read when I wake up in the morning.

Right point 1. People notice he says not bad at all!!!!
Point 2. So you do have weaknesses, shots like these......wink

Okay not to the shot. Well you've pointed out some "personal issues" but not my macro issues. I personally don't have a problem with the flower and feel it should be relevant as it was captured as part of the shot. Look at it as a little or large Dandy in the mist of daisies. it is very much part of the environment. Sorry dude.

The colour, right, if I wanted to make this into one that looked like the original I would have, duh why would it be up in the first place. Remember it's my own interpretation of the environment. The problem I find with macro is that it never really has allowed me show my own interpretation of an environment I am trying to capture. I heavily processed it because I wanted to show something drastically different not the same. You should have noticed that by now. Whether you like it or not (note again people he said it was not bad at all...so he likes it).

Thanks for the curves story, I too am still learning how to use curves so each shot is a result of a different lesson I would have learnt.

Sorry dude, I'll keep on producing shots with annoying issues to set a presidence and get you to accept them.

Thanks for the comments....please more of this.

Me too I love controversy, I think more than you actually.
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 11:35
Well composed. I like it a lot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nkx, anything else that you think I can improve on it?
  • micki
  • 11 May 2006, 11:49
Love the daisies in the background, they added something special to the shot. This is one of those cheery spring photos that make me smile.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2006, 11:59
A simple flower, still such beauty
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • Suby
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 12:40
I dislike the Alakija man, he does know how to put his point across and defend his corner. "Why did he not crumble under my mighty barrage oh Lord?" Not only does he defend himself well, he also has learnt the art of "The Subtle Comeback". This is a worthy adversary. smile

Darn, the force is strong with this one. smile

It's cool bro, I do not expect you to always conform, as I have pointed out so many times and on soo many blogs, as long as one is able to defend their post then it's all good with me. I love experimentation, as it's the only way one can progress. However where is it written I will make it easy for you? Ahhhh guess no where. I expect the same from you if and when I via of the hard a trodden path into territories unknown. I would want to be challenged as to all the whys.


Gracefully retreating to fight another day tongue
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 11 May 2006, 13:24
Nice macro! I love that lonely flower. Great color and details. Great DOF but I would crop away that little white flower in front. I find it disturbing.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 13:35
things I like: the composition (very good use of the rule of 1/3.. I should use it more ;-)), the background (good PP). Not feeling the flower too much but that's just me. In anycase I'll be pleased to have a shot like that in my blog. But we know that alakija.com strives for maintaining perfection. keep striving bro ;-)
  • david
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 13:57
perhaps a little too much contrast for my taste, but a great shot nonetheless.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 11 May 2006, 13:58
Well, my comments for this one are much the same as yesterday's; Not bad looking, but I'm not a fan of heavy processing, especially with those blue-green colours. So you're using a hollow tube, it can get a bit tricky, but your framing here is much better than the previous shot, as in that you didn't have to crop so much.
lovely flowers.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 11 May 2006, 16:15
beautiful color! That bright yellow is so beautiful. I really love it.
  • Bilyan
  • Germany
  • 11 May 2006, 17:31
I had to search for that link to where I read about you.
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 May 2006, 20:26
just to add, as requested. I still maintainn i really like composition but the background green is a little distracting. Am not a great fan of overt desaturation, perhaps you could have saturated the background incy bit more.

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