Jide Alakija

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Does the Crop info help?

Yesterday's shot was a bit off the mark but as I said you can't get it right all the time. I've decided today to put up something I think it right up there. You have to bear in mind that kids are one of the hardest subjects to capture and Patrick is no exception to that. I'm testing out this new monochrome technique I'm planning on being a bit more consistent with my work, looking at the archive there isn't any order to them.

Anyway here is Patrick a very cute and inquisitive kid. I think I caught him at one of his very suspicious moments. What do you think?

Post Processing:     Curves, Channel mixer, noise, dark gradient and colour balance to produce this two toned look.
Crop:                           No cropping

(I'm going to start putting crop info with all my new images. I'm not sure how this would be helpful but if it is please someone tell me then I'll keep putting it up.)

comments (32)

  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 00:34
Great capture. Love the grainy feel. Nothing to add really.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nkx.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 16 May 2006, 00:36
Yeah Jide, shots like these are some that I'm trying to get, but can rarly achieve. The reason no one sees them is because they are deleted the second they hit the SD card ;-)

What I Like:
-He's holding his shoe. Such a kid thing to do. Gives him so much character
-The look on his face, I cant decide what it is, upset, curious, etc? I like it this way. Makes you look at the photo more and think about it.
-As stated above, the tone. It's to me, and so far I'm liking it.
-I really like the way his hair has been captured.
-The subjects background. I love it.
What I Don't Like:
-...I'm having a tough time not liking something about this image.

That all makes this a killer shot for me. But if I come back with something that I don't like, don't be surprised. ;-). I'm keeping my eye on your Mr. Jide Alakija! smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Reza, I'm really really flattered by your comments. I'm sure there are images that don't hit the mark but when those reach the blog I feel the need to respond to my critics. We are only human.
Maybe ure 3rd or 4th keeper shot smile Nice!
Jide Alakija: LOL....YOU????????
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 16 May 2006, 03:01
Nice shot, good capture of expression and nice toning.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran
very vintage feel, definitely better than yesyerday's!!
Jide Alakija: I knew that you'd say that. I had to rise up to the challenge. Thanks.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 16 May 2006, 06:28
dude! what a beautiful eyes that boy have. beautiful expression too. smile kind of angry or something. smile lovley blue tone too. smile i dont think you need to crop your photos, they are great as they are. take care my friend
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno.
  • Kimberley Jev
  • Canada
  • 16 May 2006, 06:54
he looks exactly like this guy i know only in kid form!!! nice nice nice! i'm gonna have to look up more describing words cos i'm tired of saying nice all the time!!!
....and yes tis me none other than the one and only kim jev! lol
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kim, anything you say is very much appreciated.

I had to ask my mother if you were the same person and she told me that you were now residing in Canada which confirmed it for me. How'd you hear about my blog, infact why don't you contact me, jide@alakija.com
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 16 May 2006, 07:09
Very cool shot : love the tones : fantastic composition and post processing.GREAT GREAT SHOT!
The crop info helps,it should be along with post processing : it's nice to know.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar, I'll try as much as possible to put more information re:crop.
You have managed to capture a time in the life of Patric very well. I love he way he is wearing one shoe and holding the other in his hand.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Navin
  • sk
  • UK
  • 16 May 2006, 09:15
dude this shot is tight and PP is even better, well done
Jide Alakija: Thanks man!
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 16 May 2006, 09:42
Very nice capture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Manju.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2006, 10:00
beautiful portrait!! you cought him with a very interesting look on his face....makes you want to look some longer at it!! very good!
Thank you for the cropping info...i really apreciate that, just as all the technical information helps me.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Petra, I'll keep putting it up. Still not sure how it helps.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 16 May 2006, 10:19
I like this shot, nice capture
  • micki
  • 16 May 2006, 11:11
WOW! Love the portrait: love the composition, the expression, and the old time tones that give this such a classic look.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 16 May 2006, 11:55
I love black and white pics and he looks like he was about to ask you a question. I hope i'm able to get this good!
  • Lajumoke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 15:36
....I think I feel ur portraits more. This is a lovely one and like I always say. Top pro stuff. Well done.
  • eterisk
  • Sweden
  • 16 May 2006, 15:50
I am glad that you didn´t crop this, it's really good as it is.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Europe
  • 16 May 2006, 16:01
"Why you taking pictures of me you strange man? I'll tell my mommy!!!" - Patrick

Nice Pic..
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 17:05
Like to actual shot. I would be interested to see it in Sypia tones.
  • Me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 17:27
There comes a time in every prosumer/photographers or bloggers life when he has to bow to a supperior image.

There comes a time in every prosumers/photographers life when he is so impressed by a shot he wonders why he did not take it.

There comes a time in every prosumer/photographers life when he totally dislikes not the image but the photographer/prosumer (who unfortunately is not him) who took said such lovely shot.

There comes a time in every prosumer/photographers life when he comes accross that elusive PERFECT SHOT.

Well this is one such time in the Substers life and he has to thank the Alikija man for this.

My boys are on their way as I speak to deliver some justice to you smile


You earn a well deserved "Triple I LIKEY" from the Subster for this shot (Like winning 3 Oscars or Grammies)]
Me not like you sad
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 17:47
Hi Jide, I love the portrait, informal and great eye contact, love it!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 17:48
Hi Jide, I love the portrait, informal and great eye contact, love it!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 17:48
Hi Jide, I love the portrait, informal and great eye contact, love it!
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 16 May 2006, 18:30
Terrific portrait on so many levels. Really, really good.

As for the crop information, I don't see how that matters either. To me, it's only beneficial to the viewer if I was able to see the "before" picture as well to see what was accomplished via the crop. I'm certainly not a purist who feels that a photo shouldn't be modified in post-processing.
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 16 May 2006, 22:12
loving the expression on his face, loving the b&w grainy processing. vintage stuff.
Excellent work, Jide. This is very inspiring. I like the framing but I also love negative space. Kind regards, Brent
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 16 May 2006, 23:55
really wonderful photo. It is so hard to get a childs true expression. I think your processing worked well. I really love this.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 May 2006, 23:55
One of your best. I have no doubt now you'll make it as a professional photographer. As brent says thats really inspiring. Plus he is the only photographer I know who likes negative space on this blog ;-) well done mate
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 17 May 2006, 15:08
Umm. Strict face...
Impressive shot. smile
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 17 May 2006, 22:21
Love the attitude. Good shot!
cute !

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