Jide Alakija

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Duff or Not!

This is a shot I took sometime back in the day (Dec 2004) when I was still a puppy to photography. I was taken on Lekki beach, as you can see I had no idea how to put subject in focus and as a result the image suffered. It would also have been a lovely shot if only there was a personality in the background anyway as I said I was a novice at the time.

I borrowed some ideas from DJN (Chromasia) in the processing. What do you think?

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

Update: See the shot at the tme I took it here

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comments (13)

  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 27 May 2006, 00:05
I am still a puppy...lol and i wished i could make a photo like that!!
Happy weekendsmile
Jide Alakija: Puppy growing fast. You can once you put your mind to it. Just visualise what you want to achieve and go out and do it.
  • nkx
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 May 2006, 00:33
Looks like chromasia. fab
Jide Alakija: Yeah I thought it did too. I might put up another like it sometime. Thanks
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 27 May 2006, 00:40
Not too bad for an amature. My only problem is that I cannot decipher what this object is.
Jide Alakija: It's an old can that's gone all rusty on the beach. It's been recently post processed since I took it Dec 2004.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 May 2006, 01:11
Reza's not been to the mother land yet ;-)
Jide for an amateur that is stonking. Although its clear that its your early work. I think even to a relatively untrained eye like mine, it look obviously post processed, but your recent work is not overwhelmed in anyway by the Post processing. That's a skill that I'm still learning. does that make sense?
Jide Alakija: Remember Attah, I have post processed this since I took it. You should see the original, you'll be surprised what my latest PP techniques have done to the image.
  • David.
  • United States
  • 27 May 2006, 03:19
Now this is my type of blog... talking about the ShMood.. everyone seems to want positive comments only. grin

Ok... When I look at this shot... I think
Jide Alakija: Welcome back dude, ShMood? I'm happy to hear all, it's red. Thanks
Lovely colors and nice dof!
Jide Alakija: Thnx Ashish, just posted the original.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 27 May 2006, 06:42
Man looks like you post processed it very well.I need to learn more in Photoshop but with school starting in a week alas :_(
Anyways GREAT GREAT SHOT!!! Love the simplicity but maybe more vividness will help and bring out the colours more it looks sort of dull.
Jide write a PP book and send it over!
Jide Alakija: Thnx Azhar, just posted the original.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 May 2006, 08:48
nice post processing Mr, u have really come a long way.
Jide Alakija: You really think so?
You know what, I see what you're saying Jide but the overall image has a very artistic quality to it. The colors and the placement. It's simple but effective. Really. Cheers.
  • micki
  • 27 May 2006, 13:17
Nice work, and very cool to see one of your early images! I really think it all starts with something that's already there and just needs to be trained.
  • Nicola
  • Germany
  • 27 May 2006, 20:47
Love the focus and the colors!
With the caveat that it was taken a while ago, before you had learnt what you have now, you have still posted it with a red Schood so I guess you want some feedback. For me the focus is on the back edge of the can but you have already admitted that. The subject is also a little too centred and doesn't present much in terms of context, there is no expanse of deserted beach in which it is marooned/abandonned for example. Chromasia is always able to get some drama/emotion/context over with his subjects. The colours would have been really nice with the rusty tones balancing the beach but they've been lost as they are out of focus.

I can see why you have posted it but I think you can (and have) done better. I always feel bad leaving you negatives but I guess this is what I would want and expect from you...it's the only way we can learn. Having said that I appear to be in the minority...again! wink
Jide Alakija: Firstly, Thank you for that very detailed comment. I really really appreciate it and you may think you are in the minority but I treat each comment seperately. If you just said it was a great shot then that would be because you thought so if you didn't then the same. Doesn't change the shot but only allows me see something I didn't see before and I really appreciate that.

I don't see your comments as negatives at all. To be negative would be to ridicule my efforts as it was taken when I didn't have a clue about photography. I find your comments very interesting and helpful. Please don't feel bad just say it as you want to.

Thanks again Simon.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 31 May 2006, 10:24
I know this is coming a bit late but another good shot - RUSTY!! Heheh tongue I like it!

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