Jide Alakija

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Canvas Sale this week only (Details below)

I took the time yesterday to do some shooting whilst on a break. My aim was to put up a masterpeice that I think Suby will admit is to his LIKING. I went to the banks of the Thames next to my house to see what interesting things I could find and lo and behold someone somehow got his bike in the river. Looking closely at it, I can't see anything wrong with the bike, I wonder how did it get there?

Again this was shot in RAW and an HDR was created from 3 exposures from a single RAW file. More of a reason why Suby will like it. I plan now to be more consistent with my monochrome images from now on as I'm really liking the look of style for them. What do you think?

Post Processing: HDR, Channel Mixer, Colour Balance, Curves
Crop:                       none.

I'm selling A3 sized canvasses of my work for this week only for a DISCOUNT BARGIAN price of £45 each. Take advantage of it NOW! Offer ends Friday 26th May.

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comments (47)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 19 May 2006, 00:09
Dang Jide, I am really liking this shot, Before I go any further let me quikly bestow you with a a double coveted "I LIKEY". Dang and it is a HDR.

Okay bro you stepped up your game with this shot. I am impressed. Now this for me has moved from just a mere photograph to a work of art. Hey bro, 2 classic work of art from you in one week (Patrick -http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/2397.htm ). What is going on here? smile

Hey the bro has made it his mission for the Subster to eat his words about HDR, okay I really think I will invest a little bit more time in theis HDR thing, lets see if I can now convince myself it's the best thing since sliced bread smile

Absolutely absolute stonking work of art that should be hung in the Tate (together with "Patrick").

I tip my virtual hat to you Sir Alakija for your brilliance.

Jide Alakija: Awww...Suby, you flatter me. I specifically went out to get this shot for you!!!!

Well I'm thinking when the forums come up on shutterchance I'll put a walkthrough on how to use HDR the way I have. I don't regard myself an expert in it but I like the way you can take advantage of the lost tones that you get with it.

Thanks man!
  • seun oduwole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 00:11
Alakija, did you ride your keke to the moon?

i like
Jide Alakija: You are very funny Mr Oduwole.
  • Leye
  • UK
  • 19 May 2006, 01:04
This is a Masterpiece.. Me Likey!..
Jide Alakija: Thanks L.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 01:12
This is really really good Jide. I'm going to US and when I pick up my D-SLR I"ll come knocking for HDR tutorials.. out of interest, its like the HDR shots in your blog are not of people.. is that delibrate?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Attah. I do have one of a person. Prob don't remember this one.
nice duotone, i like texture on the mud...beautifulsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks. It's actually a Tritone, but the third tone is hard to notice.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 19 May 2006, 01:51
Nice man, nice. This is a very good shot.

What else to say...?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Reza. Say nothing..! wink
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 19 May 2006, 06:05
huh, dude i dont know how it get there, maybe it was a IronMan who throw it there :p very cool shot and u just love this tone here , take care dude smile
Jide Alakija: So you put the bike there? Thanks.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 19 May 2006, 06:11
Abosultely stunning : looks so perfect and somewhat futuristic.I love the details ands that tone.just fabulous man....GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!!!!!!!!
You selling prints?45 pounds?Hmmm....thats Rs.3600 for me : which could get me 2GB Ram...unfortunately Mom wouldn't like me buying prints : especially from the UK to get them all the way here.Wish I coulkd though : especially of the drummers.
Jide Alakija: Sigh! Don't worry one day you'll buy all the prints you want the way you're going with your blog.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 19 May 2006, 06:27
very beautiful....agree with Suby on the 2 photo's...brilliant!smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Petra.
Oga of HDR, I have to confess you ae beginning to make me change my mind about HDR
Jide Alakija: Like I said the first HDR shots were just extreme cases of it, but now I'm using it subtly for my monochrome work and the results are really amazing.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 19 May 2006, 09:04
Well of course it was stolen by someone to get from A to B who then had no further use for it so disposed of the evidence, but then I'm a complete cynic.

This image suggests to me an archaelogical dig where busy students have been painstakingly brushing and scraping away the dirt to reveal the prize. They've all gone for tea now in the tent nearby.

This is real modern art. Nice one.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 09:08
Hi Jide

love the pic, love the tones, yet another cracking shot, when I find the time I shall definitely have a go at HDR
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shooter.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 19 May 2006, 09:09
Wowwwww love the concept love the pic, love the HDR (though I don't know what it means, going to wiki after this). Bike in the river huh? I certainly don't see this everyday smile
Jide Alakija: Hope you get it now. Thanks Mona.
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 19 May 2006, 09:52
right: that picture is a masterpeice. i can't say anything against it. ah, btw.: maybe you'll find the owner of this bike in almost the same mud smile hopefully alive!
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'll go check it out.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 10:34
Dont like it. Sorry does not look natural. I have descided i dont like HTR.
Jide Alakija: sad
  • Leye
  • UK
  • 19 May 2006, 10:51
Ermm... Its HDR Tosin... wink
Jide Alakija: Leave my baby alone.
  • micki
  • 19 May 2006, 11:25
I, too, often wonder what the stories are behind these finds.
Jide Alakija: Me too.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 11:54
i like!
Jide Alakija: That all you can say today? Hope you preach Alakija.com when you post on other blogs?
  • seun oduwole
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 12:13
Tosin, you have killed me !!!!!! oh my ribs.....
jide, your oga has spoken. no more HBC

so how did you get that keke to the moon anyway?
Jide Alakija: More like my Madam. I'm oga. HBC?
  • Me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 12:28
Tosin, I could not love you more than I do at this moment smile

Jide, madam has spoken she does not like HQR. smile

Tosin my babe, tell him who is boss.

Jide Alakija: Doesn't change anything Shubs! Still the Oga in this relationship and she knows it.
  • Fi Fi
  • UK
  • 19 May 2006, 13:07
Absolutely gorgeous and has officially been added to my favourite Alakija shots! The textures and tones are fantastic. This is one of those pictures that makes you (or at least me) think. Excuse me while I add another gold star to your chart.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 19 May 2006, 13:23
I really like it, the texture is amazing. I posted the photo you helped me with. Thanks again for the help.
  • Digitalmike
  • United States-Virginia
  • 19 May 2006, 13:39
This would look most excellent printed on metal.
  • Leye
  • UK
  • 19 May 2006, 13:57
Seun...I think Jide was trying to avoid the Congestion Charges.. Look where he landed..smile
  • Dave
  • United States
  • 19 May 2006, 15:34
This is terrific. I really like it.
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 19 May 2006, 17:30
Well done. Wonderful post processing, Jide. Remind me of chromasia style.
Masterpiece indeed, some cool processing work!
Still haven't seen a HDR picture that I like! C'mon you guys, skee is still waiting! smile
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 18:33
I really really like the flag concept !

My only beef cant we have 2 flags one for were you are from and another one for where you live , that way Naija will be FULLY REPRESENTED !

I cant wait for a forum so we can fully trash out these issues !
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 18:37
Oga skee its not HDR its HER !
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 18:46
Just kidding I was loking at the different ways HDR had been spelt today and i thought i will add my own twist.

Anyway say what you guyz want about HDR, its still a creative and effective way of solving an age old problem in photography (since the days of slide film) i.e capturing more than 5stops of Dynamic range in an image. (10 stops is what you get in the real world)
  • Morenike
  • Nigeria
  • 19 May 2006, 18:49
WOW! this is really impressive. I think this -the abandoned bicycle on the banks - is classic and it is brilliantly captured here. For some funny reason, it makes begs the question "what happened to Elliot and ET?" (i promise you i'm not losing it). I would love to have one of these hanging on my wall, i especially like the tragic quality it has to it. Well done, Mr. Alakija, well done...
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 May 2006, 19:21
great shot, nice use HQT
That´s nice smile I´ve shot a similar one. On the shot I take there are 2 bikes and a trolley, but I´m not happy with my pic, ´cause it´s a bit overexposed.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 20 May 2006, 09:11
Great one, Jide! You know, you can't drag me away from junk ;-). Love the overall tone, because it looks very sleek.
Like a bad cold, this is infectious. There's a lot said here and who am I to say more? Regards, Brent
  • Funmi
  • 22 May 2006, 11:32
really good display of ur creativity, translating ultimately into art! well done!
Nice spot, I do feel the frame is a bit bright in some places but it's still a great shot. Reminds me of Chromasia's work smile
Great, i like to much this picture, the post processing is cool. Nice Job.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • one red eye island
  • 24 May 2006, 20:20
*speechless*.....this pictures stopped my heart for a second!!!........Nowww UR LUCKY THIS IS A GOOD THING!!!
  • David V.
  • United States
  • 9 Jun 2006, 10:37
Man, you have some great photos here..
I like your style! wink
Funny and artistic
  • FS
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2006, 04:11
Fabulous, fabulous shot. But tell us, Jide - this was not lying in the Thames, looks like VI gutter water to me...right before someone reached in a stole the bike!
  • Ngozi
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2006, 16:27
What's an HDR? sad
  • Ngozi
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2006, 16:28
Really like the contrast and tones on this.
Ha love the photo's, Vary inspirational. But all I have to say is did you keep the bike??.
  • yasmin
  • Nairobi
  • 18 Nov 2007, 10:54
Id title this
'Broken Dreams'


As we grow up ,as children our eyes Glow with glee and naive ambition.Little girls play with mmums hair clips,tom boy girls wear cordroy and ride Bicycles.Little boys having been bough their first cameras Dream of being Photographerrs.
Until we become 'logical' as the society puts it and are advised to get logical respectable carriers.the girl on the bicycle dumps her bicycle for the biology books.And the bicycle sits behind the house ,9 years later,weather beaten and still crying out to be ridden.

Know what i mean?

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