Jide Alakija

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photoblog image Scene of the Thames.
Scene of the Thames.|

Scene of the Thames.

I've decided to do a bit more shooting around my area of residence from now on. Allow me to introduce you to Thamesmead and Woolwich. I'm going to try and see if I can put these areas on the map by telling a few stories along the way and by showing you some scenes too. You've seen a few already in my archive. I hope that with my photos you'll get to know more about the area where I live.

Why am I doing this? Well I've noticed that photoblogging is a very good way to update and inform the vast majority within a locality.

About this shot! Firstly I wish I had a subject at the bottom left or right to make it that even more interesting but I didn't have the time to put one so it doesn't score highly in impact though I do like the colour of the sky and how it balances with the foreground too. What do you think?

Carrying on from the debate yesterday, I've decided to put my ShMood on Yellow as standard as now I don't see the point of people just saying something that is not related to the image of the text below it or not constructive. To my own understanding the Yellow ShMood is for posts that are looking for critically constructive comments, can even be technical, and the Red can be for anything else, basically freedom of speech. It seems like the fact that we have this freedom it now means that anything even very harsh statements can be posted as comments. I'm not in favour of such so to control this I've decided to take this stance.

comments (30)

  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jul 2006, 00:14
ok i think this is ur best shot yet!!! This is brilliant jide!! well done
Jide Alakija: You really think so? Then I must have done something right then. Thanks.
  • Offie
  • My paddie pad pad
  • 28 Jul 2006, 00:15
Is that really Thamesmead!! Well done .. i think you should like it to the council's website!! Would make a good selling point
Jide Alakija: Maybe I should. The plan is to accumilate enough material then probably contact the council about it. Thanks Offie.
  • Sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 28 Jul 2006, 00:24
I really like the tones of blue/green in the water and the sky (Note the use of slash as we do not seem to agree much on colours, hehe. You actually managed to make the Thames look good, bro! Well done! smile
Jide Alakija: You do know that it's because you did say that you wanted to see some more landscapes that I've decided to make this my main shooting find these days.

Thanks Sinem.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jul 2006, 02:02
Very clean lines here, which I like. And blue always goes with orange/yellow well. The little group of birds on the right is a nice addition.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jamey.
  • Rob
  • Canada
  • 28 Jul 2006, 02:11
Great blog! I've added a link to your blog on Blog of the Day under the category of Photo. To view the feature of your blog, please visit http://blogoftheday.org/page/111717
Jide Alakija: Thanks a lot Rob.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 28 Jul 2006, 03:17
I agree completely with your assessment. This is a good shot, but the one thing it's lacking is a good anchor, like having a person in the foreground. That's something not entirely in your control though, so good work still.
Jide Alakija: Yup. You are right. I did have one with a patron in it but it didn't look the way I wanted it so I decided to put this one up instead.
  • Reza
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2006, 03:37
Nice shot Jide. This I like smile.
Jide Alakija: Thanx Reza.
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jul 2006, 06:39
Love the colouring with very nice detail. Nice shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jonathan.
  • sk
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jul 2006, 06:50
get out, this is not Thamesmead........ stop that!!!!! very nice dude, if only I could process like U?
Jide Alakija: I know, I'm shocked too with what you can find in Thamesmead.
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jul 2006, 07:39
I like the way you've managed to get stripes of the same colour running across the image like that. It strengthens the composition.
Jide Alakija: Thank you Jon.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 28 Jul 2006, 07:51
I'm trying to take pics with a lower ISO reading now. How come no one told me thats what causes all the noise! lol. This is a cool shot of usually dreary london...is it still hot?
Jide Alakija: Enimien, have a look at this page. I learnt alot from it when I started.

I disagree with you....i dont think this needs a subject in the foreground...its fine as it is..its so simple, yet i would never be able to do something like it!! urrghh frustrating..I quite like the sky as well, and the light bouncing off the water on the left..very nice...
Jide Alakija: Come to think of it I now agree with you. Thanks.
  • Ayo
  • London
  • 28 Jul 2006, 09:30
Solid! I like this shot so much that i'll give YOU a free canvas of the image as a well done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks my man! You are too kind.
  • shooter
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jul 2006, 10:46
Hi Jide this is very unlike you my friend, having said that I like the balance the jetty strikes with the buildings in the background, I must say it's a good idea to shoot locally, methinks I would have a great time down there with a camera, the processing is as always exc...
Jide Alakija: I never had the patience to go out and shoot a good landscape. Yesterday I decided to take just one lens with me and find a landscape to shoot. You can imagine my concentration when I got this one.
This is so beautiful. Fit for a postcard. Love the sky and the row of houses.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Navin.
  • chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Jul 2006, 11:57
great sky, normally we tend to capture only 'perfect' good weather skies, this is great.

Have a great weekend!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chantal. You too have a great weekend.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jul 2006, 14:07
Stonking shot, does not take a red, green or yellow shhs mode for me to see that,

The Subster has always been for constructive feedbacks not just someone poking holes in images, I have see shots that ARE PERFECT in my humble opinion being put up and people trying to say what else could have been done. I look at it this way, I I think it's perfect, I say what I why I think it is, If I thinkk it could be better I offer my humble opinion, if I think the shot is diabolical, I offer my humble opinion and ask why or why or why? then I offer ways this could have been presented. it;s however all subjective, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Show me what you think is the best most wonderful lovely shot in the world, I will show you at least 1 person that would think it could have been better if taken differenty or PPed different.

So green red, brown yellow or whatever colour it is, HONEST feedback ON THE IMAGE is what it's all about. I always ask this even at work to of others in Management, why do we as Managers always have to use FEEDBACK only when there is something NEGATIVE TO CONVEY? wHY CAN'T WE GIVE FEEDBACK WHEN WE ONLY HAVE POSITIVE THINGS TO SAY???

Answers are welcome people.

One of your best shot ever, On the technical side, WHAT IN THE WORLD COULD I ADD WHEN YOU GOT IT PERFECTLY RIGHT.
Jide Alakija: Oga, na you Bikko! (I that how they say and spell it?)

I know you get the whole point of the ShMood but some people have missed it and have complained to me about it, I decided to lay my claim to it.

Thanks for the compliment.....BTW I need some inspiration. Any ideas?
  • micki
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2006, 14:36
Great job keeping all your horizontal lines parallel, and I really like the pattern of diagonal lines at the bottom. And what can I say about that dancing sunlight on the water! Looks like the last shining moments before the storm moves in. Lovely image.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki. A true photographer recognises those sort of things.
  • Sele
  • Europe
  • 28 Jul 2006, 15:11
Very nice.
Jide Alakija: You still come to my photoblog. WOW! Thanks.
  • Craig
  • London
  • 28 Jul 2006, 15:17
Lovely shot, I went past this place on a boat to Greenwich about 2 weeks ago smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Craig, maybe one day we can meet up and go shooting. I've met up with Jamey Howard (http://www.jameyhoward.com/photoblog) once and it was real fun, I'm thinking maybe we could arrange another shoot and you could come along. Would be nice to meet a fellow London photoblogger.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 28 Jul 2006, 15:48
As usual, wonderfully processed.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir! Glad you like it.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 28 Jul 2006, 16:58
I like I like, the different levels the photo has from top to bottom.
About you and your confused ShMood, the policy of subster sounds good for what you're looking for (its completely changed....again).
Jide Alakija: Something told me that I'd only get 2 today!
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jul 2006, 17:10
Simple Outstanding. This is Jide as we know you. But with regards to the sh mood, Jide I remember your comments about a wedding photo yesterday ..nice couple. Surely this has nothing to do wiht the photography. Maybe am wrong.
Jide Alakija: Dude. I'm not sure I understand what you mean re: my comment on your photoblog.

Glad you like the image though. You live in London?
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2006, 17:43
I love waterfront shots of all sorts.

I like the tones in this shot. Nice shadows as well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie for your kind words.
The range of colors is amazing and so are the details, great shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish!
  • photoDude
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jul 2006, 20:23
nice shot. Great colours, particularly the sky.
  • Dammie
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2006, 21:54
Ohhhhhhhhhhh this is niceeeeee
  • wale
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2006, 00:34
I have to agree with Offie. Some council people would appreciate this well well. However on the other hand won't that mean more poll tax??? Good stuff!!!
  • Funmi
  • 31 Jul 2006, 12:32
nice dark skies, i love rain and this reminds me of rain.
Nice sharp shot! I like this touch of colour!

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