Jide Alakija

07 Jun 2006 1,654 views
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A quickie snap!

This image actually turned better than I expected it to. I was driving round the round-a-bout in hyde park corner and stopped at the traffic light and had my camera on my lap, saw this opportunity and shot, by the time I had time to do anything else the traffic light had given the "go". Looking at it now, it actually made it's way to my photoblog and for that I'm quite pleased.

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comments (30)

  • Reza
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 00:03
What I like:
-The cyan colors of the sky.
-Detailed inscriptions. smile
-The tilt.
-The fact that you carry your camera in your lap as you drive. I do the same. Wherever there is Reza there is Reza's camera, backpack full of gear and compact tripod hangin' off the backpack. smile

What I dont like:
I'm just kidding. Good job bro smile

Overall, I think the tilt and the sky's color did it for me. Otherwise I would say this sucks. Meaning if it was without tilt and the blue sky in the BG because anyone could have done it that way. smile
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 00:03
Nice composition and processing! when am i booking me appointment? wink
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 00:19
Considering the circumstances under which this shot was composed and shot: Jide you are nuts!!!
Liking the result.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 7 Jun 2006, 03:01
Nice shot, especially since you didn't have time to think about it. The only thing I don't like is that head in the bottom right corner, but you couldn't have cropped it from this image without losing something else important, so...
Jide Alakija: Could have being the operative word! But I didn't. I thought about doing so even cloning the soldier on that side but I chose not to. Maybe it would have looked different. For some reason I wanted to leave it there.

I think you are right, I should have at least cloned out that bit.
Wellcome to the real world.
  • Ray
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 04:26
Love the angle. Very powerful photo.
Excellent work. It seems as I get more straightforward everyone around me gets more distorted. Eh, well, I guess that's an eventuality. I love the green sky and the tilted perspective. The exposure is excellent. Fine, fine work here. Cheers, Brent
Jide Alakija: Yeah, you've inspired the distorted clan on shutterchance. Thanks.
  • Mask
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 07:57
This is great. I always have a hard time photographing statues, Somehow I excpect them to show emotion. I struggle with interesting ways of potraying them.
  • skee
  • Skeetown (SL)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 08:03
Jide, you've come a long way! well-done my dear friend smile

Every picture that we as both photographers and artists alike capture, can be regarded as a "Quick snap", after all I am yet to see anyone press the camera button after the subject is in focus in a way that is regarded as "Slow".

But a mere click of a camera button, fast or "Slow", is just a process in a series of processes that the photographer/artist makes in capturing a shot.

With constant practise, photographers, good ones anyway, tend to process information regarding composition, exposure, depth of field, white balance...etc, faster and faster.

In a nutshell, what i'm saying is the time taken to take a picture is not measured from the time of pressing the camera button, but from the second the thought hits the mind.

Therefore in the "real world", refering to a comment above, that I don't really agree with, good photographers and artists have trained their minds to react instantaneously to situations. A trait that Mr Alakija is clearly exhibiting here....It can only get better!
Jide Alakija: Awww....geee....thanks man. Well I think you've contributed a lot to my success in these quick snaps, I've watched you move your reflexes in places I wouldn't have imagined e.g when doing a headspin on the dance floor (joke).
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 08:22
What Skee says. the more you do it, the more natural it becomes.

I like the composition - from the thumbnail I thought it was a desert mountain range!

I wondered about the cyan sky and tried to imagine it with a 'proper' blue one. I think yours gives it more impact; a sense of the drama that led to the need for the monument. And with that thought, I wonder if you could work it a little more for an even more dramatic sky.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin. When I started working on the sky I thought of the drama bit, maybe darkened the edge of the clouds or something like that, I think I was to much in a hurry that I just left it like that.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 08:49
Cool "snap"
Jide Alakija: I've managed to silence the Subster!!!!!!! HA!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 7 Jun 2006, 09:36
The quick thinking worked here. I also have my camera handy nowadays
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 7 Jun 2006, 09:38
You've taken this very well, you've obviously developed techniques which now allow you to capture images very quickly rather than having to scan around in the view finder. The image immediately made me think of past wars due to the monument and future wars because of the futuristic/post holocaust looking sky that you get in sci-fi movies.

Top shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon, I was actually going to title it along the lines of the war but I couldn't find a title that would encapsulate the fact that I was in a car that was just about to move on the roundabout.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 7 Jun 2006, 10:14
Heheh well done smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 7 Jun 2006, 11:31
great addition how you tilted the camera.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 11:47
I love it. The colors are really perfect. I love when random shots turn out so well.
  • micki
  • 7 Jun 2006, 12:19
That was a great catch! It's a wonderful example of your skills to be able to do something like this without having time to think it through.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 7 Jun 2006, 12:33
Just replied your comment on my blog - yep thats the idea

  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 7 Jun 2006, 12:58
Cool shot! Great sky and i love the tilt.
  • Adura
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2006, 13:00
Wow... doesn'tlook like this was taken in Hyde Park...
Sensational photo - you probably couldn't have done better if you had a day to plan and capture this scene.

How much & what post processing was done ?

This is the best photo I've seen this week.
  • Dammie BerryMoore
  • St Somewhere
  • 7 Jun 2006, 16:01
OooooooooooooooooooooooooooKayyy......GET A ROOM GUYS!!!..................LoLoL

I like the sky.......LoLoL
  • Matt
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 16:26
Great image. Over 49000 dead from one regiment in five years really speaks to the futility of war. Well done. Your image really speaks to me.
  • Dave
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 18:36
Yeah, it's terrific; these monuments are always interesting and the colors came out great. My wife forbids car photography though as she figures I'll kill myself for something special like a bird or broken shopping cart.
  • Gary
  • United States
  • 7 Jun 2006, 18:53
nice perspective here
  • Erik
  • Sweden
  • 7 Jun 2006, 21:33
Great "driveby" shot!
I like the tilted angle and the colour of the sky.
Very nice shot. I also took some pictures in teh Hyde park, including a couple quite fimilar to this one. Check out this image gallery of mire and you can see this image under Hyde Park link.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 9 Jun 2006, 12:37
Your compostion and angle are 100% perfect!
Loving the sky, whatever colour it is.
  • emma
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Jun 2006, 14:58
great angle jide - very dramatic!
  • dolly
  • United States
  • 12 Jun 2006, 20:22
one of my favourite statues in the world,always saw it on the bus but decided one day to get off and go look at it. even more fantastic closer up

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