Jide Alakija

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Sunset dance #2

This is the sequel to Sunset dance #1 that I promised to put up sometime ago but never found the time to do so, again from Alpha beach in Lagos, Nigeria with the same four girls dancing and the other two spectating.

I have another shot from the beach to show that goes with this one but I much prefer this one to that one. Again this looks better large than it does on the blog. Anyway I hope this image isn't "boring" by the new shutterchance standards.

Oh you may have noticed that my recent shot are a bit on the dark side, this is deliberate, why follow the convention when you can always break the rule. Okay I'm rambling again. Sit back and relax and enjoy the dance. 

comments (30)

i think the darkness, in terms of the girls, really works. its a unique approach, allowing them to remain anonymous. this enables the viewer to concentrate on the movement, colors, and atmosphere of the shot, rather than the expressions and features of the faces.
  • Sinem
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 00:47
Beautiful. I get the concept of leaving the girls dark, but I kind of would have liked to see their expressions as well. Regardless, beautiful, summery, feel-good shot.
Jide Alakija: I wish I could have got some more expression on their face but my cameras dynamic range was somewhat limited by the fact that the sun was actually ahead of me, if I exposed for the subjects I wouldn't have got the blue in the sky or the beach.

Also I took this when I was really an amateur. Way way back.
  • Sinem
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 00:50
Oh - and this is so much better than Sunset # 1 as the saturated blue and brown work so much better than the muted colours of the first one.
  • Dembi
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2006, 01:23
Hi Jide!

Well done love the contrast of colours it looks amazing......the colours are so vibrant.....keep up the good work! Wish u and Tosin all the best!
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 25 Jul 2006, 03:49
Good shot, great colours! I don't think there's anything wrong with the people being underexposed, it helps them and their movements stand out more.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 05:53
awesome, ur PP is on point. love the colours u have brought our from the waters and the sand. the "underexposed" ppl really add to the shot as well
Jide Alakija: Thanks Son!
  • paolo
  • Manila
  • 25 Jul 2006, 06:12
beautiful colors! very nice work!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Paolo.
I prefer this to the first one, in terms of colour and composition. But it's not quite what i'd call your most interesting shot! On the otherhand a friend of mine is really interested in your work, i'll pass ure number over.
Jide Alakija: Oh! Cool. Thanks. What you doing this weekend?
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 25 Jul 2006, 07:31
Wow, the tones are really rich.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Enimien.
  • Ferdz
  • Philippines
  • 25 Jul 2006, 08:18
Wow! You have nice beaches there as well. I like it's golden brown color against the blue menacing waves. And nice babes there as well smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ferdz, the coast is lovely there. Just beaches.
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2006, 08:32
both shots are beautiful..I like this one for the colours and the other for the people that look more like stick images (...like a Lowry).
Jide Alakija: Thanks Barbara. Wait for tomorrows and then give the final verdict.
  • dezhare
  • somewhere far far away
  • 25 Jul 2006, 09:25
gawsh theres so much I love about this picture most especially the sand and the water, I feel like I can scoop the sand in my hands from the piccie...weird huh
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dezhare!
  • Andy
  • Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • 25 Jul 2006, 09:37
Absolutely beautiful. The tones & pp are spot on. Gives me inspiration to go down the beach right now with the camera!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Andy.
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2006, 09:38
Ohhhhhh! i wish i was there. I want to go on hoilday!! ;-(

Oh well no rest for the wicked!

Nice shot jide
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tosin.
Yes indeedy, very nice grin
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik.
  • faustina
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2006, 10:59
I love how the sand and water look. Very beautiful. The girls dancing is so great too, I love the motion in their hair.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Faustina.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Jul 2006, 11:53
Awesome photo, love the rolling sea wave.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Jul 2006, 12:00
I know its against the rules of the subster.....but i just want to say: amazing photo Jide smile
  • Craig
  • London
  • 25 Jul 2006, 13:04
Love the colours, works well.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 25 Jul 2006, 13:27
I love the playfullness of this image with the sunlit waves rolling in behind them! Fantastic catch!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2006, 15:58
Alakija man, gone yellow???

Cool shot.

i actualy love this shot.
What is that sticking it's head into the shot top right, always remember, the Subster notices ALL :p
  • Jesper
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 16:25
I love the colours here. Great composition too. Many great photos on your blog.
Great shot, the colors are just lovely.
Nice shot ..
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2006, 22:31
Great colours and the composition looks spot on. Nice work.
  • shooter
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Jul 2006, 23:50
Jide this is a lovely capture, the group look to be lost in the moment, I also like the lead into the frame, an excellent shot my friend...
  • Ismael
  • Argentina
  • 26 Jul 2006, 16:50
Me gusta mucho la toma de esta playa. El contraluz le da una fuerza a la imágen impresionante.
Muy Buena !!!
Norberto Ismael Cafasso
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Jul 2006, 11:10
They look like they're having a great time. I really like the "dark" processing.
Looks like paradise, wish I were there!
  • Abi
  • 10 Feb 2007, 13:55
love the compo...a bit over processed for me...but still going into my likey tray

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