Jide Alakija

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More experiments guys, okay I'm looking for constructive comments here.

Don't worry, no more experiments tomorrow for a while. Thanks.

Post processing: Advanced Sharpening through Alpha channel, Levels for contrast, Channel mixer for the mood, color balance for toning, H/S for colour, vignetting, radial blur
Crop: None

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comments (38)

I like this one, I'm not usually drawn to sports shots but this one works for me.

p.s. your ShMood has slipped to yellow. wink
Jide Alakija: Yeah I didn't want too much focus on what was wrong with the shot as it is an experiment. I think the yellow would focus the comments on the technique of the image.

Thanks Simon.
I like that the focus is all drawn toward the ball.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 02:21
I really like this one a lot, and I'm not a sports fan, well maybe just a little...Anyway, the tones are great, the perspective is terrific and the timing...perfect, just enough suspense to make you wonder if he managed to control the ball.

There is one strange thing here, the other players don't seem to be paying attention, which begs the question, was this just a practice or warm-up?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie. Yes it was a warm up. Very clever and observant of you. I'm really impressed.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 02:22
Flawless my friend. Flawless. I love every aspect of this shot
There is no need to go into WIL WIDL because there is nothing that I don't like.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Reza. Really appreciate your comments.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 26 May 2006, 03:08
Ah, you know how I am with photos, but anyway, I think it's a pretty cool effect you achieved with your post processing.
Jide Alakija: Yup yup, I know how you are, though it's always nice to hear your point view.
  • rayts
  • Philippines
  • 26 May 2006, 03:21
I think the enhancement went well with the whole aspects of what you are trying to portray in the image. The impact of the ball being catched added "drama" to it. I like the yellowish tone as well, as it adds a nice element of time to it...as if the image was taken some time ago. nice line of sight too. The tendency of the eye is to look instantly at the ball he's trying to catch. great job.
Jide Alakija: Thanks for the visit and also for the analysis. Thanks for the comment. Really appreciate it.
really great shot....give the feel of action and movement by the effect...nice work as alwayssmile)))
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 26 May 2006, 07:12
Good image and there is more here than is seen immediately.
Yes the ball is the point of interest and the lines and the player's eyeline draw the viewer's attention to this as does the 'zoom' effect. So graphically/image-wise strong and 'eye-catching'
But there is more, semiotics guys semiotics! Why is nobody else interested in this ball or not watching with backs turned? What is the other back story? Is he fighting a rear guard action because nobody else has noticed that a game really is in progress! Or an allegory on being the one who thinks the game is important? Whoops! too many words.
Jide Alakija: Many words? I love that. Actually, this is a training session and the ball was thrown to him, he's actually about 1 foot above the ground catching the ball.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2006, 07:55
Jide I like this, love the angle and the energy in the image...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shooter. I'm glad you like it.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 26 May 2006, 08:19
this is awesome man, i am really digging this
Jide Alakija: Really? You are? Thanks.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 26 May 2006, 08:42
yeah like my bro asiko say im digging this, love the feeling about this shot and how you process it. take care my friend and have a nice weekend.: )
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bruno, You have a great weekend too.
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2006, 09:06
I wish i had kept all thos slides, when i was photographing for my school football team, damn !

I love this shot. the wide reciever going long and making a fantanstic catch for a touchdown is one of the most spectacular thing to watch in american football. This shot brings back memories of those moments.

For me this radial blur thing is pretty cool, I will try it sometime.

Sorry I dont have any things i think you should improve.
Jide Alakija: You've said enough. Thanks. Just your description of how it impacts you is enough for me as it gives me a good idea of that too. Thanks.
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 26 May 2006, 09:32
Great timing on this shot !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Manju.
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 26 May 2006, 10:06
works for me!
Jide Alakija: Thanks incubus.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 26 May 2006, 10:24
Excellent shot grin
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mona.
  • Ego
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2006, 11:07
Constructive comment from an aesthetic point of view - I like it!. Light seems to be oozing out of the picture...more like bursting out.

Good going!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ego. How's you find out about this site?
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 26 May 2006, 11:19
Great experiment!
Jide Alakija: Thanks. E.
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 26 May 2006, 11:26
Cool shot! Haven't read the other comments so I don't know is someone pointed this out already, but since you're looking for constructive comment, I just feel that the main subject's right sock is a little too bright or washed out and that's the only(!) thing which isn't perfect about this otherwise excellent and cool shot!
Jide Alakija: Hmmm. Thanks for that Kris, I didn't notice it.
  • micki
  • 26 May 2006, 11:48
Great effect!! I really like this one bunches!! It's like the "dream catch."
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 26 May 2006, 11:48
I absolutely love the 'warping' effect you've created.A sense of motion and action.You can alsmost feel him catching the ball.Perfectly done.GREAT GREAT SHOT!!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Azhar. 2 Stars today.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 26 May 2006, 12:32
great capture and timing
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal.
  • Peter Forsberg
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 12:44
Does his shirt say Mississippi State? I went to a near-by Ole Miss and Mississippi State was considered a yahoo university. I hear they go to class wearing dirty boots. The capture is ok, but the post-processing is a bit much, in my humble view.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Peter. How'd ou find out about my blog? The shirt does say Mississipi state but this team is based in the UK. These are old jerseys that have been used for the UK team as cash is something that the teams don't have a lot of to print their own jerseys.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 12:57
I really like the action here. The processing works really well, but maybe just a touch less.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Faustina. Considered. wink
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 26 May 2006, 13:18
Amazing ! I am always wondering how you guys do those PS tricks!
Excellent !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney, and I'm always willing to share. wink
  • Peter Forsberg
  • Europe
  • 26 May 2006, 13:48
I have a blog here myself...
  • aaron
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 14:20
I like it,,, I think the bush/tree behind the ball and his hand could be darkened a bit. It kind of draws me away from the ball. Also a bit less around his feet? Other then that it's a great shot.
  • jj
  • Japan
  • 26 May 2006, 15:37
it has an uplifting feeling! nicesmile
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 16:10
Jide! Man, CONGRATS on your masive leap from 32nd to 7th on the TopBlogSites. You deserve it bro.
  • kazeem ademiju ademola
  • lagos, nigeria
  • 26 May 2006, 16:45
in one word you are creative!
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2006, 18:03
You know you could write your own manual on photoshop techniques. I love this shot man. Great one
  • Yinka Babalola
  • Bath
  • 26 May 2006, 18:50
Hi, congratulations on being 7th on topblogsites although you really should be at least no 2 considering that hits to five of the top 7 sites are probably motivated by different interests entirely! Just wanted to let you know you do great work, your work is really appreciated and i've been hooked onto shutterchance since Deji told me about it..thanks!
  • Yinkavelli
  • Europe
  • 26 May 2006, 19:39
Quality!! Gives the shot a kinda predator perspective. No. 20 has been marked and is about to get knockd da f£"$ out by...THE PREDATOOOOR!!
  • Seth
  • United States
  • 26 May 2006, 20:05
I like this one and your processing techniques used here. Well done!
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 May 2006, 21:54
Nice capture Jide.
Though looking at it, the radial blur appears to be centred on the centre of the image, probably it might have worked better if it was centered on the ball; giving the ball a sense of movement.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji, actually it's centred around the subject, I masked him out and did the blur.
You managed to capture the right moment, nice timing. And the processing work is just superb!
I'm exhausted just reading the post-processing. Makes me want to take a nap or watch DuckTales. Anyway, nice mostion capture. The effects enhance the image. Kewlness. Regards, Brent
  • Funmi
  • 27 May 2006, 14:06
very good work...
  • ken
  • uk
  • 19 Jul 2006, 00:21
i love dis pic of me, dis photographer is wicked man, very professional about his stuff i hope 2 see him at da next game

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