Jide Alakija

04 Jul 2006 1,451 views
 
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Water no get enemy

Today I'm sorry I don't have anything special. No new stuff as I've run out of material to put up. I've dug deep into the archive to pick this one that I'm not happy with because of one thing I wouldn't mention it, I've tried different things to rescue it and this is the best I can come up with at 12:33 am. Now I'm tired after a very long day on client work.

Please don't dog the titling as I have always said I'm not very good at them.

comments (18)

  • Meme
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jul 2006, 00:38
I don't really like this one Jide....you've done better and the green tone doesn't really work for this shot.
Jide Alakija: Hmmm. I did it green just for a bit of a change. I'll try better next time. Thanks Meme.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 4 Jul 2006, 00:44
Au contraire, I love this one! Great shot and the image is very neo-renaissance.

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  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 4 Jul 2006, 00:45
You get a pass bro, it's an okay picture.

Let me explain it this way, on another blog, I would have said lovely fantastic. On the Alakijas mans blog, known for his stonking shots and posts, this ranks as not one of the best I have seen from you.

Does that mean I don't like it, nope, actually I love it smile

Still means you get high marks, 7/10, just not your normal 9.5/10 to 10/10 marks smile

Suby
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 4 Jul 2006, 02:50
Wow!!!
This shot has many stories to tell. smile
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 4 Jul 2006, 03:23
One of Alakija's best.
Definately got the story and your toning and processing is spot on for this one,
Love it, so animated.Whatever that means.
GREAT GREAT GREAT SHOT!
  • Ash
  • United States
  • 4 Jul 2006, 04:04
nice texture...the duotone look serves the photo well!
Potent shot, I think made all the better by it's "imperfections"
This is a very good piece of documentary work. Don't shy away from it but tell us what it is and why you shot it. This lone image tells a story.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Neil. I shot it because I wanted a shot that reflected a bit of culture. You can see the way she is carrying the bottles in her cultural attire and the walls fron a shanty village behind.

I didn't like it because I didn't frame it properly and the DOF is too high too.
Forgot to mention, are you familiar with the work of South African photographer Peter Magubane and his documentary work from that area telling the stories in pictures of the hardships of the townships during the period of apartheid. This feel is in the same vein of his work.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Jul 2006, 07:11
Love the choice of processing as it emphasises the subject (although less dof would have been a great help also) and the way you have framed it, sod the tilting Jide it's a lovely shot!
Jide Alakija: Don't you think you need to see more at the bottom? I've clipped her feet.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 4 Jul 2006, 09:43
Maybe you should have cropped the houses out all together..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Enimien, however the background is very much part of the scene in this one.
Well I do like the image and the processing and I'm sure I haven't noticed what wouldn't mention wink
  • sushi
  • Austria
  • 4 Jul 2006, 10:42
hey jide,

the photographic process is a lifetime learning process. actually i don't know why you are set yourself under this "daiyly post" pressure. when i started my photoblog i thought i can post every day a pretty nice picture but than a realized that i'm not the man for this job. now i just post picture when i have good stuff.

to your picture: the post process is very nice. maybe you can tell me how you did this ... i'm curious dude smile the framing is nice but would be nice to see more from his feets.

cheerz.
Jide Alakija: I think I'm challenged by the fact that I can put up a good pic everyday. It only helps me improve my work. There are many photobloggers who are very good at this so why can't I? It may sound silly.

For the processing, nothing really spectacular apart from two things.
1. The toning done by playing around with the curves in the RGB channels. Use and S-curve for the red and reverse S-curve for blue and I think I lifted the green curve....remember you have to be very subtle with these changes.

2. I then selectively masked teh wall and the stones on the sand seperately, applied an S-curve for more contrast and detail. Also selectively masked the lady walking and applied a reverse S-curve to brighting and reduce the contrast.

I hope this helps.
  • Ayo
  • London
  • 4 Jul 2006, 11:22
You could have titled it "water no get enemy", especially with the fela-resque outfit the girl has on. Nice shot.
Jide Alakija: I think I'll title it that actually....Thanks.grin
  • Steve
  • GB
  • 4 Jul 2006, 11:47
I think it's pretty good apart from the loss of the feet and the unusual trouser flap at the bottom of her right leg. You mention it having too much DOF, but if it was less, the razor wire wouldn't be as striking, and that's an important part of the story.

I think she could do with standing out a bit more from the rest of the picture, maybe by using colour and less saturation for the b/g, or a blurry vignette, or lightening everything else.
  • BeakerSt
  • shutterchance
  • 4 Jul 2006, 12:18
I hate it when people's 'desperation' shots are still special
  • micki
  • 4 Jul 2006, 12:52
Maybe you just had a rough day, because I like this shot a lot. Could be that the subject matter is so different from what I would see in my country. I find this very interesting and nicely captured. I think you pp work was well done, helping to keep focus on the young man.
  • Marina
  • Germany
  • 5 Jul 2006, 14:13
WOW. Strong picture.

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