Jide Alakija

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Thank you very much for the lovely comments I recieved yesterday, I really owe most of it to Robin and Lacrecia. Here is the other shot that I promised to process. Okay can we treat this as a seperate shot from yesterdays as it's a different shot.

I tried to be less colourful here, I think this would please the peeps who love very little processing. To me this works. What about you?

Update: Again I've been asked to post the original, can someone tell me how this helps. It's here anyway

Jide's secrets on the shot: Really nothing, it's all about the subject, apart from changing the crop, all I did was increase the contrast with curves and used the selective color tool to increase the saturation on the Red, Yellow and green colors, also played with color balance and painted out the box. No secret there, it's all about the subject on this one.

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comments (45)

  • Reza
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 00:02
Jide....this is...spectacular. Your really kicked into high gear for this one. I am very very very impressed and very very very discouraged to even take photos. lol. Thats a good thing for you btw. smile

This is very very good.
Jide Alakija: Dude, I only do this to inspire you all as you all inspire me too. Thanks for the compliment.
  • Leye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 00:04
Prof... Am loving this right here...the color seperation is awesome..
Jide Alakija: Prof ke? Dude I'm only doing what I know I can do. wink
  • Folake
  • at home! for once
  • 6 Jun 2006, 00:22
feeling this so much, such a powerful shot/image/piece of art. Extremely expressive and speaks volumes, love it, love it ... can u tell how much i like it :o)? Wouldn't normally find body art appealing but digging this loads dude right down to the way her earings are placed and the way only part of the other earing is captured. oooh i'll even argue with anyone who thinks this is less than beautiful :o)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Folake. I spent the whole day at home and now I feel sick. I'm going to Sainsbury's, I know it's late but it's the only time you don't get the queues that hold you up over the weekend.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 00:27
For me your best portrait/person/studio shot I have ever seen.
Kudos to Robin, she's a force to be reckoned with in front of the lens, but man you captured it and made it yours.
Maybe you could have got rid of her peeping feet.... Just doesn't fit in sad
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji, I actually wanted the feet in there. I removed the other one, thought it would look weird if you didn't see her feet. I'll try your idea again and see how that looks.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 6 Jun 2006, 01:02
A very very well composed shot. I like the subtle lighting and lack of distractions to focus the viewer onto the subject.

I don't know where you find the time to take, process and submit perfect shots time after time.
Jide Alakija: I read somewhere that to get better photos you should take your camera everywhere, so I take it everywhere, literally. I spend only about 10 mins processing my shots, so it's not that bad. Thanks.
  • idleye
  • Australia
  • 6 Jun 2006, 01:02
A lovely shot again, Jide.

Personally I think a pair of feet echoing the line of her crossed legs and the highlights of her knees as well as framing/echoing her hands might be interesting (hate that word!) Looking at the image there is a lot of symmetry - earrings, arms, knees, legs - but only one foot at the bottom.

I still think you guys have the world monopoly on willing and more than able 'models.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 6 Jun 2006, 01:07
There is bright line just over her shoulder and another bright mark slightly higher. Not sure what they are but they look unintentional. It actually looks like it could be her bra strap in reflection but I assume it was a cloth back drop!? Just found it distracting so I thought I would let you know privately.

p.s. not liking this new green dot box thing, seems as though there is no distinction between a small useful comment and one of suby's diarrhoea moments.

p.p.s jury is also out on the hidden comments. I think it would work better if you could post a comment at any time but had to click to view other comments. I found it a bit annoying as I rarely read all the other comments and now I have to click additionally to leave a comment. It would be interesting to see if the number of comments left over the site decreases.

p.p.p.s keep up the good work. I have one phrase at work that may help..."just because you can do something doesn't mean you should". Not all these features add value but they all take time.
  • Paul
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 02:19
Jide, I'm seriously feeling this. It is an amazing shot. I'm at a loss for words ... simply amazing. Kudos to you, my friend. Big time kudos! Wonderful lighting. Wonderful idea. Superb execution.

  • Reza
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 02:46
Jide-man. Please post a tutorial on how you did this. Maybe an original shot so we can get a better idea on how to post process. This is the 8th time I've looked at this.

If you do not want to reveal your secret...then....send it to me smilelol.
Jide Alakija: I've put up the secret at your request sir!
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 06:21
Aha this boy, u won kill us abi. I can't put up a portrait again, damn U Jide. If u producing stuff like this its time to step up (u know what I mean). I do agree Deji about the feet though
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 06:50
Jide this is one of the best portraits you have shot , love the positioning and the lighting, super...
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 6 Jun 2006, 07:37
Excellent portrait, the pose, lighting, muted colours and the black empty space create a very contemplative mood. Great work Jide!
Nicely done. I like the negative space very much. You've been quiet at my end. Been busy, friend? Kind regards, Brent
Jide Alakija: Yeah you are right, I haven't been around many blogs that I used to, been too busy. I'll make it a point now to support you guys as I did in the past. Thanks for not given up on me. Really appreciate it.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Jun 2006, 09:26
Another excellent shot!
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 10:23
Very nice very calm. Keep up the good work. Thanks for sharing your gift with us!!

Jide Alakija: Thanks Hun.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 6 Jun 2006, 10:27
Everyone just likes to look hence the reason we ask for the original smile As far as I'm concerned, the shot is great. Very colourful in a suttle along with the sepia (is it?) Well done.
Jide Alakija: Still working hard to be on your favourite blogs list. wink
  • Heath
  • Australia
  • 6 Jun 2006, 10:38
Stunning shot Jide. The colours, the mood, just fantastic.
  • Lizbeth
  • UK
  • 6 Jun 2006, 11:30
Very nice shot, i like the mood of the picture, it captures a contradicting side of the model if you know what I mean. Very nice.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Jun 2006, 11:47
very good portrait, love the closed eyes.
  • micki
  • 6 Jun 2006, 11:51
I really like this portrait!! Nice work!
  • Ego
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 11:55
Jide, what a lovely shot!

Don't really like tattoos but the image is captivating.

She looks so chilled, the colour coordination (make-up, jewellery and tattoo)is cool and the background make the image stand out even more.

Nice one!
  • Adura
  • London
  • 6 Jun 2006, 12:12
I like to see the original cos it shows the work you put into it to make it even better.

This picture is really good, I like it a lot but I really like yesterday's. The colours, theway darkened the background, etc

Mr Photographer, very good work!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 12:23
Jide "I LIKEY" Now this is a shot and a half. Loving the lighting and the composition. Can I loan Robin from you, she makes a lovely subject to shot. darn need to go out more to get more models.

Now for me the secret to this shot is not the PPing, what makes it stand out are the model and the lighting (yep Jide was only there to capture an already perfect scene, he he he he he ) Now this is a shot I bet the Skee would be proud of.

Good one bro.

Jide Alakija: I guess you put it in plain english as I couldn't articulate it properly. Photography has really been about producing good images from what you see than how you take it. Thanks Subs!
Bro, what can I say? Hmmmm, I say nothing, I just duff of my virtual hat!
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 13:17
Jide, thanks for putting up the requests. Now I have a better idea on how this was done. Thanks.
Jide Alakija: I'm glad you found it helpful. grin
  • yuriy
  • Ukraine
  • 6 Jun 2006, 14:21
I Found Absolutely FREE PlayBoy & Penthouse:


If I find something else I'll inform you.
Best Regards, Yuriy
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 15:53
Love the shadows and composition.
  • dezhare
  • inside the fridge
  • 6 Jun 2006, 17:09
amazing stuff, love the way "dhalsim" street fighter 2 turbo effect, makes me feel ur camera lifted her mid-air...nice work!!
  • Mask
  • Germany
  • 6 Jun 2006, 18:03
Jide, you want to know how posting the original helps, it inspires the hell out of us photoshop wannbees gurus ! thats how. The vision, the simplicity, the final result, it amazing, there is not enough time in the day to try to learn all this stuff !
  • Adam
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 18:07
I love this style of portraits.. real nice work!!
Lovely potrait, probably one of your best shots!
  • Ella
  • Germany
  • 6 Jun 2006, 18:27
Great job! She is a fantastic model indeed. Tried it in Photoshop and it also looks spectacular simply in b&w. There is some kind of streak next to her left shoulder. Did you leave it there on purpose?
  • Matt
  • United States
  • 6 Jun 2006, 18:50
Wonderful job with this photo. You are inspiring me to improve my skills. Changing the crop really does make it a more ppowerful image. Been here less than a week but have already learned a years worth.
  • Gboyega Dada
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Jun 2006, 19:49
  • Morenike
  • Lagos
  • 6 Jun 2006, 21:52
can't say anything that hasn't already been said. Fantastic shot - very dramatic.
  • Morenike
  • Lagos
  • 6 Jun 2006, 21:52
for some funny reason, I'm really curious about what Mr. Skee has to say about this shot... mmm
  • Nkem
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jun 2006, 22:01
wonderful shot jide. This is one of your best so far. I am more than impressed. My only slight niggle is with the earrings. probably would have cloned it out... that is the only slight criticism i can humbly offer ...
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 7 Jun 2006, 09:41
Much better wink
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 7 Jun 2006, 12:59
Stunning!! I love the tatoos and the shot is brilliant!
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • St Elsewhere
  • 7 Jun 2006, 16:02
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh *blown away*
beautiful shotsmile
Cool colors & nice black BG.
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 8 Jun 2006, 13:50
This is one of your best, Jide.
Simpley awesome. I love the tattoos.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 9 Jun 2006, 12:39
You have outdone yourself!I think you deserve this :

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