Jide Alakija

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Unsual Dock Scene #1

As part of my Thamesmead series, I've decided to put up a shot of the Thames on low tide today. This is one of two shots I'm happy with from a short walk along the river today. It's a bit on the unsual side from my normal stuff and a bit on the arty side. What do you think?

On another note. I've started another photoblog on Shutterchance called the Street Phone Photoblog. In this one I have decided to put up shots of things I encounter on a daily basis. The images would not be anything artistic but take it as a daily journal into the life of a photographer. You'll see images that you would not normally see due to the limitations of carrying a huge DSLR. Wish me luck. Check it out.

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comments (37)

hey jide,

i really like this shot for a number of reasons. it is a unique departure from what you normally do, yet you did it very well. i love the tone in this shot. you did a terrific job capturing the sky. i also love the angle from which you captured the metal objects in the foreground.
Jide Alakija: Thanks, I'm glad you like it, it means I can put more of these up as I go on.
  • Amebo
  • Abroad
  • 9 Aug 2006, 03:10
STUNNING - absolutely great shot!!
Jide Alakija: LOL..your name cracks me up. Thanks for the comment.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 04:37
This is unusual but I like it. The cleet looks very large or is that an optical illusion?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie, the cleat is actually very large, it's amplified by the fact that I shot this at 17mm. Wide angle effect, I notice Kathleen does this a lot too.
  • jt
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 05:01
I like your choice of processing on this.
Jide Alakija: Thanks jt.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Aug 2006, 06:48
I always love a picture with a moody sky like this.
Jide Alakija: I have another moody sky that I got on my trip to Lagos. I got it about the same time I got this shot. http://www.alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/9195.htm
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 07:40
Hi Jide, I like this, the framing, the toning and the overall feel, lovely stuff...
Jide Alakija: You very much inspired me on this one Shooter. I think one thing I've learnt from looking at your photos is how to create an impact through moods in the overall toning of the image. So thanks for that one.
Great pp jide...really like this one..Did you try a longer exposure as well?
Jide Alakija: I didn't unfortunately. I didn't take along my tripod. I had to lean against the wall for this one and it is very challenging keeping yourself still for 1/4sec. I'll take my tripod the next time I'm there.
  • bruno
  • Sweden
  • 9 Aug 2006, 08:39
ok you made my day right now. this is absolutley best shot iv seen today. great work and lovely mood you have created here. well done bro´
Jide Alakija: This is very encouraging. I think I'll post more like this from now on. Thanks Bruno.
  • dezhare
  • my atelier
  • 9 Aug 2006, 09:12
this reminds of a scene from Xmen: the last stand....perhaps the sky and the water set that mood!! nice nice

pray tell whats on the edge (lower right of the picture)???
Jide Alakija: Are you referring to the cleat? If so it's what naval ships used to tie their ropes to when they docked at shore. Where I live used to be the docklands for Ships bringing in goods to London.
  • Diya
  • Switzerland
  • 9 Aug 2006, 09:36
it is a stunning shot, a nice suspence and a great colour combo, congratulation
Jide Alakija: Thanks Diya.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 10:11
very GOTH!! me like grin
Jide Alakija: You are a clown! Thanks.
oo very informative. Thanx!

incubus, ur goth days stopped in 2003..
Jide Alakija: LOL...The banter between yourself and Nj is something I always look forward to.

I'm always happy to help.
  • debola
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Aug 2006, 10:28
Whoa....loving this. the sky especially
Jide Alakija: Thanks debola.
  • sk
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 10:59
this is awesome, ur PP is on another level these days
Jide Alakija: Thanks mate. Glad you like it.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 11:29
That is brilliant...8.5/10....beautiful processing..the sky is something else BUT doesnt give u a feeling of it being fake.....nice framing, angle and all the rest....a very very cool shot....
Jide Alakija: What do I need to do get 9/10 on your rating?
I really like this shot. It almost looks like the water is streaming over the side of the wall.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Joy.
  • Mona
  • London
  • 9 Aug 2006, 11:46
Very unusual but a great capture

Jide Alakija: It isn't it. Thanks Mona.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 12:29
am gonna raise my rating to 8.75/10...it IS that good
Jide Alakija: Thanks Samarth, Again a mission to get top marks on your rating system.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 13:10
Nice!! I love the wide angle effect on the foreground and the sky. Great work!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki. As usual your comments are appreciated.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 9 Aug 2006, 13:31
Fantastic fantastic. Love it to simply put it.
Jide Alakija: Something told me that the lil 15 year old would give me 3 G's today. grin
  • rooksmeister
  • a room with a view
  • 9 Aug 2006, 13:35
wow ... very doomsday.very slit ur wrists..no wonder incubus loves it...

may i just say obi wan dint actually comment on the photo...

Jide Alakija: Okay I'm confused now!
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 9 Aug 2006, 13:39
RUKAYAT LADOJA!!!!!! HMMMM!!!! dnt let me start with u o!
Jide Alakija: Set them straight our lil princess.
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 9 Aug 2006, 13:45
Great composition. Nice tones.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sid.
rooksmeister: your room clearly hasnt got a view..or u would have seen that my first entry was a comment on the picture...so judgemental!!
Jide Alakija: Na wa O!....
  • david
  • England
  • 9 Aug 2006, 14:44
i like it - great grey tones and a faintly menacing sky!
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
  • Dave
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 14:59
Wow, I'm liking this very much.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave. I'll put more up sometime soon.
  • Ari
  • England (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 15:05
I love the wide expanse of sky. Looks so haunting...its actually quite beautiful.
The metal object (cleat is it??)is right in view and looks a bit menacing smile but it all adds to the mood. The longer i look at this, the more i like it.

That looks like a drawing on the left projection of the cleat? Or probably just rust smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ari. When we doing your shoot?
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 17:30
An interesting shot with some nice processing. Reminds me of rooted here while the world goes on.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jonathan.
  • Dammie
  • The Office
  • 9 Aug 2006, 17:48
Yeah mehn, your PP is on another level...these daysss....lolol

This is a nice picture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dammie. I wonder where you'll be reply next.
  • Tee
  • United States
  • 9 Aug 2006, 18:07
...love the interplay of colors..or should i say the lack of it...has a very dark feel to it. Great shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tee.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 9 Aug 2006, 20:58

Jide Alakija: Yup. Noticed that your comments have decreased a lot now. Any reason why?
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Aug 2006, 21:18
The thing I like most about your blog is the variation in styles you produce. This is very industrial, but I don't know what to expect next; a flower maybe, or a beautiful face, or a fight.
The fact you take them all well is a credit to you.
Jide Alakija: Jon, that comment really means a lot to me, it's all by mistake, I'm here trying to find a style that suites me and as a result I have a lot of varying images. I always thought it wasn't a good thing. Thanks, I'll keep doing it then.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 21:29
Very nice, that. Must get down to Thamesmead sometime. Wanna meet up?
Jide Alakija: Sure man! It's where I live, so anytime, I don't mind. I should also come down to yours too you know.
  • Tee
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Aug 2006, 22:42
Hey hey!
I particularly love this pic. It's quite beautiful and it looks like a foreign land rather than thamesmead!! Check out my site (randomwonders.com) because I would be honored to have some of your stuff on there. Im particularly loving this pic but I guess you can gather that! Let me know!
Take it easy!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 10 Aug 2006, 16:35
Very well processed
Jide Alakija: Thanks Simon.
This has such a cool mood to it...as always the processing is spot on. Phil
  • Dudu guy
  • Nigeria
  • 14 Aug 2009, 13:23
Your simply an inspiration to me, i always look forward to checking out your blog daily, your style of photography is what i adopted so when i found your blog i was over the moon.

I love the detail showing the corrosion on the wall, it still seems like the clouds are moving.


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