Jide Alakija

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Bad day at the office

This shot just describes the kind of day I've had and the Olympians too. This was the first home game of the season and it was a complete down pour. I couldn't stay for the entire game but at the time I was leaving they were down 6-20 and it didn't look like things were going to get better.

The weather didn't help either, there was just no hope for me and my 10D. Anyway I haven't had time to do some creative shooting so I'm kopping out and posting a shot from todays game. Again a monochrome shot. Please excuse me here i know this is getting boring, just having had time to explore newer channels yet.

Post processing:BW through Lab mode, Toning through colour balance, vignetting, curve adjustments

comments (32)

  • ayodeji
  • United States
  • 22 May 2006, 02:27
Wow! I love this picture. I love the look on his face, the intensity. I couldn't stop staring at it for the first couple of minutes!...

Um, could I ask what 'vignetting' is please?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ayodeji. Check out this link for what "vignetting" means.

great sport photo...i like the color tone and contrastsmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Man.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 22 May 2006, 04:05
Love the stare!
Perfect tones, and love how the rest is blurry : vignetting works well.
Jide Alakija: I now count the number of "GREAT"s you put in your comments to see how much you like it. Thanks.
  • Idleye
  • Australia
  • 22 May 2006, 04:50
idleye says nice shot!
The others are all right in their comments and it is just a matter of where this image would work best - context is (almost) everything.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Idleye. Really appreciate your comments.
  • deedee
  • United States
  • 22 May 2006, 06:30
i have a confession to make; i am ADDICTED to this site now... i find myself checking in daily to see wats going to be up. all i wan to say is remember me when u blow up!!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: WOW! That's a really lovely compliment. Thanks.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 22 May 2006, 07:56
hehe, cool title dude. i like it smile love this tone u use here, lab colors? however i like this one, smile))
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno. Lab colors? Yeah I get dark skin tones on black skin in Lab color.
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 22 May 2006, 08:02
Cool shot! Nothing I would change in this picture. Everything's perfect for me including his stare (though I don't really know if he has already given up or just started to get furious).
And I agree with Deedee: The fun of your site is that I never know what you might put up next!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ella. I never really thought that the fact that I randomly put up something was a good thing. I thought consistency was what most people liked. That way you showed your content with a particular style. Most photobloggers I've seen have this going on...or am I wrong? Please correct me or what are your thoughts? Really interested to hear them.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 22 May 2006, 08:58
This is a great capture. Looks like something u'd put up in a sports bar..blown up.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Enimien.
This isn't boring this is a dam fine shot well done
  • Me
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2006, 10:26
Cool shot, like the fact you caught him looking in your direction. Now thast what I call impact of the image.

  • Mona
  • London
  • 22 May 2006, 10:50
It's a nice shot. LOL @ the guy's expression
  • micki
  • 22 May 2006, 11:14
I love the old, classic look of this image! And his eyes tell the whole story. Great shot!
  • sk
  • UK
  • 22 May 2006, 11:19
great capture dude
  • Funmi
  • 22 May 2006, 11:24
not at all boring... quality work as usual
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 22 May 2006, 11:25
Suby writes what i was thinking.......
great b&w tones and focus!! cheers smile
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 22 May 2006, 12:37
I really like this shot. The eyes are so expressive. really great photo once again.
  • Leye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2006, 14:32
Nicely processed Prof...
I have a Picture of this dude.. wearing his Pads getting ready for the game.
  • eterisk
  • Sweden
  • 22 May 2006, 15:16
A great shot. I like the softness in the picture against the hard player.
Great portrait... Very expressive! Beautiful atmosphere and lovely tones!
  • Temi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2006, 16:33
I like this image. One is really drawn in to his gaze. Great composition and good strength in his expression. Generally a good image.
  • Temi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2006, 16:41
I like this image. One is really drawn in to his gaze. Great composition and good strength in his expression. Generally a good image.
  • aaron
  • United States
  • 22 May 2006, 16:52
Great b&w and dof.
  • AirBete
  • Canada
  • 22 May 2006, 18:29
I especially like the way he stares at you or in your direction. Great shot.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 May 2006, 20:23
Hi Jide, love the image the eye contact make the picture for me.
  • John
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 May 2006, 09:38
This shot is superb!! The eyes are simply stunning! They draw you in to the image. This image is what photography is all about.
John - Skegness
  • Paul
  • United States
  • 23 May 2006, 12:47
Very powerful image. I love the direct stare! Great work!
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 23 May 2006, 17:58
This one is a great sport portrait. Nice composition too.
Monochrome works for me here and usually it kind of pisses me off. wink Really excellent and dramtic shot. His eyes locked with your camera; very effective! Beautifully blurred background. Great work. Cheers.
  • Seth
  • United States
  • 24 May 2006, 14:50
I really like this shot. The B&W is perfect for it and I like the vignetting and other pp you've done as well.
  • leeroy
  • Japan
  • 27 May 2006, 03:16
This is one of the best B&W portraits I've seen in a long time. Great expression and fantastic work on the eyes!
  • ken
  • uk
  • 17 Jul 2006, 01:17
i play 4 dis team and dis man take pics if u want 2 see more of dis game dis is da link http://www.olympiansfootball.org/gallery/blitz06/index.htm
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ken. I took all those pics. I wasn't a good day for the Olympians.

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