Jide Alakija

17 Jul 2006 3,376 views
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I don't know if this shot is complete as I quickly did this last weekend after a party. I have a colour version but thought this was stronger. I would have put a link to it but I didn't intend on posting it till I got back from Lagos. As I didn't put up enough shots whilst away this is one from the "Online Archives" (shutterchance users will know what I'm talking about).

I don't know what I like so much about her smile and cheesy look I think it's very much reflective of her personality, honestly!!! I'll leave her to make the comments on this one.

Oh and yeah I've put a Yellow Shmood as I always do for my portraits. Please don't be overly critical as you are making comments about a picture I've taken of someone not really prepare (This photo was taken in a party!!! not a studio). Also to make her head swell a bit, this was a very eash shot to process as she's naturally beautiful, very little touch ups were made to this shot.

comments (43)

  • Idefix
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2006, 00:06
that's amazing - very powerful and striking, and you reright, she is really beautiful, that beauty shines through her eyes, and you captured it fabulously well in this very minimalistic way
  • Nicola
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2006, 01:47
Wow, what a cool portrait!
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2006, 04:00
The only thing I am not crazy about is that it looks like a floating mask to me. I think there is too much shadow. The lighting on the left side is just lovely and she has very lovely features, but the complete lack of detail on the right bothers me a bit.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 17 Jul 2006, 04:43
This isn't taken in a studio? Could have fooled me, bro... Great work!
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 06:23
very nice shot Mr, love the darkness and how her face shines forth. shes a beautiful lady. is this the famous incubus? if so, love the title.
dude are U back?
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 06:45
WOAH!!! I very nearly didnt recognize myself!! AMAZING WORK JIDE!!!
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 06:50
o yea i definitely agree with it being very reflective of my personality!! LOL! its like spot on!
Nice shot...love the way her eyes follow the camera.
Someone is probably extremely excited by this post smile. Nice work Jide, something quite "ghostly" about the photo.

Bob, try to give us a different smile every now and again
Jide Alakija: This your sister? Funny thing is that you were right next to me when I took this shot!
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 07:47
Cracking portrait. The lighting is brilliant and you've captured bundles of personality.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 07:48
Sola if u didnt beef me i wudda eaten my head!!! smile u need to quit on the sibling rivalry!!! Im the cuter one, DEAL WITH IT!!
Bob I shall deal with this later smile
  • jlc
  • 17 Jul 2006, 08:01
perfect lights and smile wink
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 17 Jul 2006, 08:03
Wow, this is very nice. A great and creative portrait.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 09:40
Very lovely! So cute!
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Jul 2006, 10:58
Aww she's cute. It does look like a floating mask, would have loved to see a bit more of her neck. When are we going shooting??
  • Mona
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 11:10
very very nice cutebus hehe
  • Craig
  • London
  • 17 Jul 2006, 12:01
Excellent portrait!
  • dezhare
  • somewhere far far away
  • 17 Jul 2006, 12:17
NJI-STUNNER..bonzest babe...tres hott!! this is a very strong portait, job well done!!
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 17 Jul 2006, 12:38
this is jaw dropping stuff. Excellent
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Jul 2006, 13:04
great with the large black part on the right.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 17 Jul 2006, 13:24
Love this in b&w! She is beautiful and I like the mood of the image! Nicely done for a party portrait!
The way it merges with the backfground is great
LoL, Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee........Beautiful!!!!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 16:03
Love the smile smile Really cute

  • Dimples
  • Herts. UK
  • 17 Jul 2006, 20:01
Love the picture...great smile from a HOT babe smile
  • Obi
  • Nottingham
  • 17 Jul 2006, 20:10
Casper the friendly ghost! Nice one!
  • Sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 17 Jul 2006, 21:12
Such a cute face and smile!
Nice portrait!
  • Barbara
  • Nigeria
  • 17 Jul 2006, 23:14
lovely....reminiscent of some beautiful mask
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Jul 2006, 23:31
Made me laugh as soon as I saw it, both for the expression and the floating mask type effect. Well done, I think you've accomplished what you wanted.
  • wale
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Jul 2006, 00:07
Very good shot. Not in a studio??? Incredible. The lighting was not too harsh and agree a black and white version is the best for this shot. Love the twinkle in her eyes. cheers man.
lovely shot!and brilliant DOF!!!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 18 Jul 2006, 13:08
I'm finding this shot a little unsettling although it is wonderfully conceived and technically spot on. Think it's what people are describing as the 'floating mask' feel about it. The right eye (or left as you look at) looks a little strange and the prominence of the edge of the face due to the lighting is giving it adding to the strange appearance. I think that it's the angle of the face that could be easier on my eye if it were a couple of degrees more to the front. This would give more detail to the eye and give the cheekbone and the smile a smidgen more room.

I do like the composition on the left hand side of the frame as this conjurs up the mischevious side that I assume matches her smile. wink
  • Oz
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2006, 16:32
V. Gorgeous
  • Oz
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2006, 17:24
Ebun whats goin on...i thot money exchanged hands and u were sposed to make it do what it do...
really cool shot...look like a mask...lovely bw contrast and compositionsmile))
  • holger
  • Germany
  • 20 Jul 2006, 22:45
wow. reminds me of batmans's joker ...
  • Ameno
  • Abroad
  • 22 Jul 2006, 01:23
ah! this picture is fine o....i like!
  • Isowa
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2006, 03:56
I love this picture! I wish I had one of myself! wow! GOOD JOB Jide!
  • Jonathan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Aug 2006, 11:32
Great lighting and an awesome expression, lovely capture.
Its luvly.
  • Claude
  • France
  • 18 Aug 2006, 19:56
Amazing b&w portrait. Nice composition. Bravo.

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