Jide Alakija

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Today in Daisyland, Asiko and I decided that we would be on the look out for lovely bright daisies. I was very successful in spotting the sharpest and brightest of them all, as for Asiko, I think he had other ideas of what to do in Daisyland, he didn't shoot daisies, Blue bells caught his eye instead.


Anyway thank you very much for all the lovely comments that you all gave me yesterday, most of which were from my secret spectators. I really value your support and input, I think I owe much of my progress to you guys, because if not for you I wouldn't be doing this.

Okay we carry on. I'll let the Dandylon and Daisy debate carry on. Hope y'all having a fab weekend so far? I'll be posting another one from Daisyland tomorrow.

Post Processing: Curves and H/S (I'm noticing that I'm becoming lazy on the processing these days, I rely a lot on my camera equipment now than Photoshop, don't know if that's a good or bad thing.)

comments (21)

  • faustina
  • United States
  • 14 May 2006, 00:08
I love your flower pictures. A daisy is a great simple flower to make complex a shot like this. I really like it.
Jide Alakija: Funny you should say that regarding the fact that I'm not a macro genuis. But so far I've been looking for ways to improve, from what you're saying I'm not doing a bad job.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 14 May 2006, 03:16
My kinda picture! Jide, you know how to make my day with these pictures, bro.
But as always, I like to complain and rag on the good photographers.

There is an orange blob in the middle more toward the above. Maybe some photoshopping to remove? But I see your relying more on camera and so am I, so whatever is there is supposed to be there.

btw, I love the focus on here. Reminds me of Gary's, but this is totally different. I love the little glowy green around the main subject. Keep it up bro.

Much respect, Reza
Jide Alakija: Man!!!! Always something wrong with the image. Actually I didn't think that orange bit was distracting but as you say I'll be more watchful next time. Thanks Rez.
  • Nkx
  • London
  • 14 May 2006, 05:29
Love this.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 14 May 2006, 05:42
Rule of thirds defined here!Powerful stunning shot : beautiful!Blur is very cool : GREAT GREAT SHOT!

I think it's much better to rely more on the camera : helps develop your skills even more.If you really want to challenge yourself : use Picasa all the time.
Jide Alakija: Yup tried Picasa a few times but hate the fact that I have to go through many iterations to get what you want and you can't do selective work with it. Good post processing package though just very limiting.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 14 May 2006, 05:43
Rule of thirds defined here!Powerful stunning shot : beautiful!Blur is very cool : GREAT GREAT SHOT!

I think it's much better to rely more on the camera : helps develop your skills even more.If you really want to challenge yourself : use Picasa all the time.
  • Folake
  • Work :o(
  • 14 May 2006, 08:09
Lovely feel! Question though, how come something or some part of the pic has to be in focus, it seems to be a general rule: blurred in part and focuses/sharpened in part. I agree it works sometimes but it seems to be a template for most photos.. Just thinking out loud :o)

Loving the feel!
Jide Alakija: You've started this thing at your new job? You love working.

Well you don't have to just focus on one thing you can make everything sharp just easier to make everything blurred and focus on the main subject, it's a kop out but if you think of it that's what your eyes do, they just focus on one item and the rest is sort of blur.
  • Nicola
  • Germany
  • 14 May 2006, 09:40
Nice focus on the daisy!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicloa
I like this one very much......simple and effective....the background is great....enough shape there to make it interesting but not enough to distract.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Phil, comments always appreciated as usual.
  • micki
  • 14 May 2006, 13:39
Lovely!! Daisies are such a wonderful flower to photograph.
Jide Alakija: Thnks Micki, I'll post more later. They are such beautiful subjects to capture.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 14 May 2006, 14:25
Jide, bro, lol, I'm sorry if im too picky, you are really good and thats why I believe I set the bar high for those who are good. So if I try to shred your image to pieces, then its a compliment and just the regular suggestion tagged on.

There are some professional photographers who's work I just eat up. I do not let the best get away with anything. Novice ones, like myself, I go easy on.

Btw, I dont mean to sound as if I'm the best this or anything by any means. I just point out what I see, like and dont like.

But even with that bro, I still think its a lovely image.
Jide Alakija: Don't be silly, you're a very good commentator, I like that you say what you think, no point just saying what you think I'll want to hear. Keep it on. I'm harsh too but I don't know if people can take it until I test their response...so watch out.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 14 May 2006, 17:53
I'm not sure what rivalry there's supposed to be between the two species of flowers, but I do have something to say about your photo... I think your main flower is a bit too small in the frame, and/or too far to the left, making it a bit too small of a subject to hold the picture. As I've said several times before about myself not being a fan of heavy processing, I don't feel relying on your camera more as opposed to relying on your post-processing is a bad thing, in fact, I think it could only be a good thing. As an initial process, you should strive to get the best image possible at the earliest stage, and photoshop shouldn't be a magic bullet, but an improvement instead.
Jide Alakija: As mentioned above I wanted to break the rules, but I guess it didn't have the impact I needed. Thanks.
Lovely composition and nice use of the rule of thirds. Good dof too!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Suby
  • mk, uk
  • 14 May 2006, 20:27
Not really feeling this shot. Looked at it briefly this morning and decided not to post any comments, Now I'm back and looking at it again, feeling it even less. That orange blob in the middle is really distracting.

For me by far by far the weakest shot I have seen from you in a while.

The DOF does not work on this at all, a tad way too much, the image of the daisy in focus is soo small and not facing the camera, it might have been out of focus to. I also feel you could have cropped off some space from the right.

Looking at this, if someone had said the Alakija man took this I would say hell no. Thats like the 1st time I have felt this way about any of your shots.

As always the voice of dissent smile
Jide Alakija: Sorry you aren't feeling it. These are the sort of shots that I personally like and I don't find the red distracting as I told Reza. I love the DOF and also love the fact that it's all the way at the corner......now all that combined tells me that this wasn't by mistake. You either like it or not.....PERIOD!!!!

Thanks for the "Harsh" comment...need more. grin
  • tammy
  • Nigeria
  • 14 May 2006, 21:02
Sheeeeeeeeeeee don't talk, I love the composit of the sharp flower, One among others.Cheers
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tammy.
  • tammy
  • Nigeria
  • 14 May 2006, 21:04
Sheeeeeeeeeeee don't talk, I love the composit of the sharp flower, One among others.Cheers
Guess whose back! Lovely concept!

I love flowers and pictures of them, but composition is weak,the main subject is not strong enough to carry out this, cropping advised!
Jide Alakija: Good to have you back mate. Lovely comeback comment.
  • Sele
  • 14 May 2006, 22:39
Skee, I concur re cropping...
Jide Alakija: Make your own comment.....sorry but I love the composition.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 May 2006, 00:05
Re Post processing I think that is definitely a good thing that you rely on your camera a lot more. This shot appeals to me but again I like shots that do not obey the rules. I think I see what the others are saying. But I guess for me it works because I see it almost painting like...
Jide Alakija: The bohemians rest their case. I like the composition too for the same reason, it breaks the rules.
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 15 May 2006, 10:41
Nice DOF!
  • Seth
  • United States
  • 15 May 2006, 20:55
Great shot and use of DOF. I think it could be considered a good thing to rely more on your camera. I love the post processing you do to photos though as well, so it'd be a tough decision to say. =]

Keep up the good work.
Very simple but very effective.

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