Jide Alakija

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On the bench

I am trying desperately so hard not to put up another portrait. I have many sooooo many but I want my blog to be more diverse especially in areas that I know I'm not very strong in. Almost every shot I put up is an experiment of some form or technique that I am or just have learnt.

Okay for Suby and co I've decided to list out a step by step workflow for this one but to fully appreciate it you need to see the original. I've posted it here and you can download it and try it for yourself. These are the things I do, if you are confused about my steps I suggest you search in Google for definitions.

1. Sharpen the image using the advanced photoshop sharpening technique.
2. Increase the Dynamic range using Fred Miranda's Velvia Plugin
3. Increase exposure using Lucis Art Plugin
4. S-curve for contrast.
5. Created an adjustment layer for H/S and decreased the saturation to 0% - Then changed the opacity of this layer to 11% to reduce saturation in the image.
6. Played with the colour balance, I think you can guess the values can't be bothered to write them in.
7. Then used the select tool, feather = 200px, selected about 100px into the image off all corners to create teh vignetting path area, inverse select and used the curve tool and dropped the image luminosity right down, looks like a rising curve.
8. Selective color adjustment layer, For Red color (increased Yellow and black) For White color (reduced black and increased Yellow) and for Green color (increased increased yellow and reduced black)


If you need some more explanations do no hesitate to leave a comment. Hope you had a fine Saturday.


comments (25)

  • timmybomb
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • 18 Jun 2006, 01:13
Wow, you processed this very well. When I fist looked at the image I wondered why so much processing. Then I looked at the original and realized that you did a lot, and it turned out great. Excellent work. You obviously know your stuff.
You are definitely king of PPing.
Even more so, liking the composition.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji, King, hardly!!!
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 18 Jun 2006, 05:11
Thanks for sharing smile
Loving the shot, especially that angle.Obviously the PPing is WOW.
great processing, well done!
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 18 Jun 2006, 09:53
ahhh, puh, hmmmm, speechless? i tried to follow your steps in my mind but it's not the some when you are doing this stuff step by step! great work especially when you watch the original picture (which has not really interessting mood).
Jide Alakija: I guess that's why I think it's very important you understand what each tool does in CS2. I for one am not an expert but I'm learning how to use the tools to produce the effect I'm after.
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 18 Jun 2006, 09:57
uh damn i forgot to say: post picture you want to post! don't feel under pressure by yourself like "i have to post more different stuff" or anything like that. if you want to post some great portrait shots, just do that. this here is your personal playground and nobody has to say what you have to do buddy!
Jide Alakija: Very true Sushi and thanks for the advise, I guess it's easy to get carried away with the challenge and feel let down when you can't rise up to it.
  • Sinem
  • UK
  • 18 Jun 2006, 10:01
King of PP! Thanks for the lengthy explanations you've taken he time o write. Me likey! smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks....as I said if you need further clarification, ask!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 18 Jun 2006, 10:25
Alakija man on fire again as usual. As always he provides us with a masterpeice. Does this man's talent know no boundaries? smile

Lovely shot which has been woken up by the right amount of PPing (learn something vierwers, I HAVE).

I do understand your need to post images on your blog that are as diverse as possible. I try doing that on my blog as well. Take my post for yesterday, did not feel the shot or the PPing (my useless 1st attempt at HDR) one bit but just for the heck of it and to see what people would say, I posted it up. Oh well one must not always put there best efforts, what about those times when you miss the mark(or soo you think) why not let someone remind you ONCE IN A WHILE, one is not as wonderful a prosumer as he thinks, sorta helps remove your heads from the clouds smile (I know me crazy).

Anyway, a big thank you for the detailed PPing here, now have to go get myself some plugins smile

Have a lovely weekend and by the way, WHERE IS MY DARLING TOSIN, been a while I heard anything from her. Lotta love to your abolutely lovely woman.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Subs. I'm glad you've learnt something from this, not all my shots are on the mark as you know but again that's just my opinion.

As for Tosin she's been bugging me to put up a shot of her sometime as I've not done so in a while, I guess again I've gotten too carried away with putting up other peoples stuff. I'll see what I can conjour up, but also she's very very busy these days, been working on a new project which she's just put together called Scent Olive (http://www.scentolive.com) so we never really have time to spend together with my camera.
Awwwww this is beautiful indeed great shot man!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 18 Jun 2006, 11:34
Happy sunday Prof Alakija!
Jide Alakija: Happy Sunday back (again)....Prof???? LOL....nah never me.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 18 Jun 2006, 12:38
I love what you did with this, what a difference from the origional. wonderful work.
Very well done. You've taken a new perspective on a very common subject and turned it into something quite special.
woow very nice! I like the angular perspektiv of the picture! and the nice blur!

  • Mona
  • London
  • 18 Jun 2006, 17:42
Are you from Ghana? lol nice pic by the way xx
Cool processing and thanks for sharing the tips. Besides Ghana is an awesome team, i am with you!
  • micki
  • 18 Jun 2006, 18:19
I ignored the processing list, as it's all Greek to me. This shot cannot be ignored, however. It's a lovely image!
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jun 2006, 23:21
Jide I like this, I like the angle you have used, it is more dynamic as a result, the slats on the seat lead you nicely into the frame and there is a repetitive pattern in the backgound for added interest, the shapes are lovely also...
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 19 Jun 2006, 07:55
Wow! Good work
  • Mr T
  • United States
  • 19 Jun 2006, 09:58
Wow Jide,
i am just catching up on all ur blogs and i have only one good thing to say abt al of them - a job well done. You are soo good at photography that u have started giving out lessons for ur pupils on line (lol)...thats quite a mad stuurffs. I guess thats a testimony to ur talent. U seriously need to take this to the next level - u have done all the experimenting u need. keep it up
p.s. ur babe is looking quite bunz and she knows how to strike her poses.
  • Barbara
  • England
  • 19 Jun 2006, 10:55
Wow... now I've got to print of this list of instructions...dear oh dear.. more homework (before my PS CS2 trial runs out smile) Thank you very much for sharing this with us.
  • Ian
  • Adelaide, South Australia
  • 19 Jun 2006, 15:36
Great composition here - Love the angle..
  • Kris
  • Belgium
  • 19 Jun 2006, 16:53
Simple idea but it's one of the best pictures i've seen today!
  • jlc
  • 20 Jun 2006, 08:55
I love very much this sot of picture.

the color process is very beautiful wink

have a nice week
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 22 Jun 2006, 12:20
I have an almost identical image!

Note to self: Delete almost identical image as inferior.

I just want to have a seat. wet bench or not...... thumbs up

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