Jide Alakija

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One afternoon during my writing, (yes, I'm still writing) I decided to take a break and walk to Woolwich, on my way through the Royal Arsenal I came across these Iron men next to the Fire Power Artillery Museum. I'm not entirely sure what they represent but they were rather intruging to look at.

This shot was taken is an HDR shot produced from a single RAW file. I've posted another version that I've processed exactly the same way but from one single exposure, i.e. no HDR applied. You can see the difference here.

I'm sorry that the following images I'll be posting aren't going to be anything that spectacular as I'm finding trouble making time to shoot and process them these days. I'll try my best to put something good from time to time.

Post Processing: HDR, Channel Mixer, Colour Balance, Curves
Crop:                       Minor due to straigtening

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comments (32)

really cool shot...both iron man r in a great compositionsmilebeauitful rusty color and texturesmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks i wasn't sure anyone would like it.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 00:15
WOW!!!!!!!!! I REALLY LOVE THIS ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: Glad you like it.
  • AirBete
  • Canada
  • 18 May 2006, 02:37
Very nice recovery from the original RAW!
Jide Alakija: Yup, I normally shoot in JPEG in the daytime and this time I thought HDR would bring out some more detail in the sky but it worked out bettere for the iron men.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 18 May 2006, 05:27
Lovely shot : great angle and very vivid.GREAT GREAT SHOT!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar.
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 05:42
dude.........i like it......like ahzar said "great shot"
Jide Alakija: Thanks...meanwhile how did you find my blog?
  • Mona
  • London
  • 18 May 2006, 07:16
Okayy this is interesting.....not the usual, did you make it all cartoon-ey
Jide Alakija: Yup not the usual....have a few unusual shots in my archive, cartooney? I think that's the unusual sky tone I put in the image, it was a bright sunny day when I took it.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 18 May 2006, 07:56
Iron man, i thought you talking about me smile just joking, nice and kind of unusual shot my friend, but i like it! take care smile
Jide Alakija: Ok that's what I'll call you from now on....IRON MAN!!! Gotta nice butt hey? wink
  • sk
  • UK
  • 18 May 2006, 08:07
nice shot Mr
Jide Alakija: Thanks mate.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 18 May 2006, 08:07
more like iron butt he he
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm....
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 09:14
Hi Jide

I love this!

I have never tried any HDR images but this may just make me take a look.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shooter, if you know what you are doing there's a lot you can get out of HDR.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 09:15
this is a interesting shot to look at. I like it!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Hun.
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 18 May 2006, 09:25
Quite interesting - HDR has really brought out detail in that statue. Well done!
Jide Alakija: I really did and I'm happy I shot in RAW this time.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 18 May 2006, 09:51
Yeah -this is definately cool :-D
Jide Alakija: Cool. Thanks Man.
  • yemi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 10:16
Jide Alakija: Thanks man.
  • AG
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 10:33
Interesting composition and technical capture. Intriguing subjects, too : must make a visit to Woolwich.
Jide Alakija: Thanks AG, how'd you find my photoblog?
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 18 May 2006, 10:53
Looks like a scene out of Fifth Element...love that movie!
Jide Alakija: Yeah...thanks!
  • Me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 May 2006, 11:07
It's the iron butt man smile
Cool shot, so I take it you like big butts? Tosin where are you? LOL

Me no like HDR but unfortunately I have to eat humble pie here and say "it has been extremely well used in this shot"(Darn)

Good one bro

Jide Alakija: Thanks man! As for if I'm a butt man well I'll let you keep guessing. Don't understand why you don't like HDR still.
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 11:39
i was introduced by the one and only soulchild...........
Jide Alakija: I see...so I take it that one day you'll be featured here then. wink
  • micki
  • 18 May 2006, 11:42
Definitely liking this version better!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 18 May 2006, 12:19
beautifull colours.....like it a lot
Jide Alakija: Thanks Petra.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 13:08
really love the color in this
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gary, why you disable your comments box in your blog? Spam issues (Seems like a lot of people are facing that today)
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 18 May 2006, 13:11
really interesting. I love how you set it up. this is a really really great shot.
Jide Alakija: I didn't really do any setting up, I just chose a spot and did the shooting from there. There were about 10 of them around. I'll post more of these later.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 18 May 2006, 13:35
I prefer still prefer a soft behind in flesh and blood, but that rusty tone is really trés chique! Very well composed.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ella. I wasn't too sure this would be well recieved as I just think it's ordinary.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 18 May 2006, 13:58
Nice work on the processing, but I'm not feeling the composition on this one.
Jide Alakija: Veloran, I'm not sure if it's the composition, IMHO and this is what I think, I think the shot is too ordinary.
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 18 May 2006, 14:17
Interesting photo, i like the light and the rust on the statue.
Jide Alakija: thanks Frank.
  • Yinkavelli
  • Europe
  • 18 May 2006, 15:17
The first thing that caught my attention is the iron man's butt crack. Right there in yo face like a lunar eclipse.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 18 May 2006, 17:11
Very nicely worked, Jide. Yes, it was an ordinary shot until you worked your magic on it. It's still an ordinary composition but it has no less value because of it.

I tried a close crop, with just the tiniest space left on the outside edge of each statue (in other words, crop out the building) and it made a stronger composition for me. Was the building an integral part of the image for you?
Jide Alakija: You know it's times like these I ask myself, why didn't I think of that, re: composition, you are right.
A very good picture of boring subjects!
Jide Alakija: Yup you hit it on the head, the subject is boring. Tried so hard to put some life into it but nah it didn't work. Thanks for the comment.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 19 May 2006, 03:44
Jide, I like this, but I dont. Skee is right. But boring is too harsh of a word. I'd say its hard to find it instresting but it still is. ya know?

Anyway. My only suggestion is to clone out some minor distractions to the left side of the image in the background. Like the bikerakes, lightpost thingy, other things behind the wall, etc.
Superb mate!
  • Funmi
  • 22 May 2006, 11:36
like others before me... i christen this 'IRON BUTT MAN!'
nice work...
Composition is excellent on this shot, oh and the DOF, oh and the colour!

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