Jide Alakija

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I've just purchased a new Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro, my very own first telephoto lense. Up until now I've been exploring the world of wide angle and I think I've got to the boundaries of it. Now it's time to explore this new area. I find that shooting in wide angle has helped me overcome the intimidation that it requires when it comes to shooting people close by. Whether that's a good thing or not is debateable. However it's forced me to learn how to shoot what you would normally shoot with a telephoto properly.

I must say it's been a challenge but one I suggest that every photographer should go through. Skee once told me that there is no point buying a new lens when you've not explored everything on your old 50mm lens, try and shoot a whole wedding in 50mm and see what you can do with it! What a challenge.

This was a challenging image to process and you can see why from the original here. It's along the same lines as "Moping at the lines". I'd like to post at least 6 more images like these. I'm on the hut!!

comments (28)

  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 27 Jun 2006, 00:09
I like what you've done to it. It's got a steely city feel about it that helps the subject and his expression.
  • nicole
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2006, 05:43

this is brilliant. it truly looks like a print ad. i absolutely love the contrast of his black shirt against the white buildings. i also really like the blurred effect of the background! great capture!
  • nicole
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2006, 05:46
sorry alakija,

when i was typing my last comment, the top of my page read "image for suby..." so, i suppose suby's name triggered the comment to be addressed to him. sorry.
Jide Alakija: Grunt! Grunt! Grunt!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Jun 2006, 06:27
Wow I love the transformation but for us novices,how would this have looked with a wide angled lens?
Jide Alakija: Wide angle? Probably the same but the buildings in the distance would have been much smaller and you would have seen more of the concrete bench he's sitting on as you would have to be closer i.e. the curvature.
  • sk
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jun 2006, 06:51
well done processing guru
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 27 Jun 2006, 07:39
man i really want to know how you process this one. iv loook at the original and now. and its amazing what diffrence it is now. i really love this one smile
Jide Alakija: I blended an increased exposure version of the shot with one that wasn't and then toned it. Played with the curves for the "mood" and that's it really.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • 27 Jun 2006, 08:35
Now the Alakija man is back on form (still trying to banish blip image from yesterday smile) This is the True Alakija man standing up.

Loving the image to bits (darn why do you always take these pictures before me?)

This for me earns you a coveted "I LIKEY" from the Subster. This just shows what can be done with the right editing skills to an image. You have not created a new image, but ENHANCED the image to this CLASSIC.
Use of rule of 3rds works perfect here, the tones are exceptional (curves man smile ) the fact the subject is looking towards you is an added bonus to this shot.

Looking at the original and then this, one can see the effort put into this shot, the cropping is perfect (LEARN FORM THIS SHOT & PROCESSING NEWBIES).

A HUGE well done to you. Looking forward to the other shots with your new lens.

Funny thing is I was speaking to Skee last night,he has convinced me of the merits of having a Canon 100mm f/2.8 Macro & had decided I was going to get myself one ASAP, I do agree one has to learn the ins & out of old lenses before moving on. I shot 1/4 of a wedding on Sunday with my 50mm prime, I think shooting the whole wedding with a 50mm prime is pushing it a bit smile

Jide Alakija: Thanks buddy. Maybe as you want to shoot in a studio, I would shoot a wedding with you. How's that for a deal?
  • Folake
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jun 2006, 09:16
The tone, composition and mood come together really well, brilliant work!
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I wasn't going to make it look like this until I borrowed some inspiration from Kenny's blog.

love the tones in this one!
  • Morenike
  • Nigeria
  • 27 Jun 2006, 10:08
The PP is fantastic, it's so far from the original that it's hard to believe it's the same picture. the tones gives the picture that urban edge you get from photos taken in/of industrial towns, whereas you don't get that with the original. Nice work.
  • Olumide
  • Birmingham (UK)
  • 27 Jun 2006, 11:17
Altogether an excellent shot. The background is flawless (well to me anyway), however I can't stop thinking that I would've expected the subject to be brought out a bit more. - I think he blends in a tad too much.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Olumide, on your point about the man being the subject, well he's not. The whole shot is the scene and he's part of it. If he were to be the main subject then I would have shot with a wide angle but when you shoot with telephoto then people become part of the scene, that's what telephoto does.
  • Ayo
  • London
  • 27 Jun 2006, 11:29
"I find that shooting in wide angle has helped me overcome the intimidation that it requires when it comes to shooting people close by" - translated; i am on my way to becoming an intrusive, shoot-from-a-distance paparazzi! lovely image.
  • micki
  • 27 Jun 2006, 11:51
I love this image and I am so anxious to see more work from you and your new lens!!
Very nice environmental portrait Jide,(portrait showing the area and scene around the subject)
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Jun 2006, 12:20
great composition.
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 27 Jun 2006, 13:13
kulehin is that u???
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 27 Jun 2006, 14:09
this is good. I think the toning is excellent and I'm amazed that you were able to extract to much detail in his face from such a dark original.
  • onada
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2006, 14:26
wow you did an excellent job editing this image....
  • Zza
  • Ni Ibi Ise
  • 27 Jun 2006, 14:28
I adore the color and the contrast...nice work
Brilliant processing, you dealt well with the shadows. It's also a testament to the quality of your camera as the detail was there for you wring out of it. I really like the feel of it and he kinda looks like Charlton Heston.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Jun 2006, 18:29
Jide this shows eminently your skills at the PS, tremendous final image given the original raw file, as mentioned earlier it is also a testament to the quality of camera to record this info for you to work on. I do like this, love the placement of subject and your interpretation. Of the two though I think Moping at the lines, wins for me.

Can't wait to see the next installment, not that I want to put you under any extra pressure!!!
Jide Alakija: "biting my fingernails" - I will try my best sir. That's the problem, consistency is tough.
Superb processing! Congrats on the new lens, looking forward to more cool shots like these ;-)
Great end-result! I got one in the exact same color tone wink
Jide Alakija: I know...I borrowed some inspiration from you! Love your photoblog very inspiring.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 27 Jun 2006, 19:47
It's funny what you said because I was just thinking how for a very long time back when I shot film (25 years ago), all I had for a long time was a 45mm prime lens. I was so comfortable with that lens. I never knew any different and couldn't afford more for a long time.

I don't have a prime lens for the camera I have now, which seems odd to me when I think about it.

I ordered a prime lens to go with my new camera that's on order and I am sure the "old friend" feeling will return with that lens.

This shot is truly well done. I really like it a lot. Although at first I couldn't make out his legs and it looked like he was sitting on the wall ledge looking back over his shoulder, but then I saw his boots and realised he was on the bench.

Did you take bracketted exposures or did you do one, process it 2 ways and then blend them?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie, I thought the same thing when I was processing it. The legs look hidden.

Re: Exposure bracketing. No! It's all from that original file you see. I created another adjustment layer with over-exposed highlights and blended them together. I had a lot more adjustment layers mind you, I usually have about 10 in all for different things like contrast, toning, colour balancing etc. wink
  • Mona
  • London
  • 28 Jun 2006, 12:17
Interesting and interesting to see how different it looks from the original...Smiley shmood again?

  • chiara
  • United States
  • 29 Jun 2006, 19:46
Love the postprocessing and the tones. Great expression!
  • Jesper
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 16:22
Fantastic processing! You've managed to turn an average photo into a great one. Well done.
  • Paul
  • Canada
  • 23 Aug 2006, 22:26
This is a stunning photo. Looking at the original I appreciate the fantastic processing that you have done on this one. My initial impression is that maybe you have gone a little too far. This is of course a personal opinion, but I think perhaps toning down the contrast of the bench a little might make the photo a little more natural-looking? Regardless, it is an eye-catcher.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Paul. I think you have a point there about the bench. I'm very inspired by your B&W work and am planning on doing some of my own using your techniques, I hope you don't mind me bugging you from time to time about them?

Thanks for visiting.

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