Jide Alakija

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I had a change of mind on what I though would be appropriate for the blog today. I initially was planning on putting up something from my stroll but I've not been able to sort it out the way I'd like to. I then stumbled on this one. Taken July 2005 on my trip to Lagos for my Photo exhibition.

The image was in a terrible state when I took it so I had to do quite a bit of work to salvage it. You can see the original shot here.

What do you think?

comments (14)

  • aaron
  • Duluth, MN
  • 13 Jan 2007, 00:06
Amazing DOF giving the looks of the distance. This can be a tough shot to get. Nice work.
nice work
The final result is a fine one. Beautiful.

It's interesting. there's been an ongoing debate about photo journalistic authenticity and the validity of edited photos on another blog and it's a very controversial one. Even to the point where awards have been withdrawn for photos when it's come to light that they have been edited.

http://www.lensimpressions.net/index.php this is the blogger who has been sharing his observations (it's been going on for a few days now).

http://www.zonezero.com/editorial/octubre03/october.html
He referenced this article about the award winning photographer Patrick Schneider whose award was revoked for violating photo journalistic code of ethics. (If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will see the altered and unaltered versions of his works. Not the edits were pretty subtle.) It's an interesting debate.
  • Louis
  • 13 Jan 2007, 09:11
You succeeded in taking the focus away from MTN to the guy - it also moved from average to great (excellent being the highest). The last if you could make MTN look good - since it is in your title and keep focus onthe guy. You would probably then have been able to sell it to MTN.

I see Laurie is raking up the old photo vs image controversy. The only ethical issue really is when you try to pass an image off as a photo. Which you haven't done here.
Nice shot. Great job on the processing Jide.
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 13 Jan 2007, 11:25
Impressive shot, very impressive rescue, I love how you have made his face now stand out, the colurs lovely, the chiselled look works a lot for this guy and the shot. Awesome work here.

Suby
  • Mal
  • 13 Jan 2007, 15:08
You really have worked wonders on the image Jide. You have injected a mood with feeling to the photograph
i think it looks a lot better than the original..tight vomposition works really well..
  • Andy L
  • North East England
  • 13 Jan 2007, 18:10
Excellent processing. Just shows you shouldn't give up on a shot initially. I personally don't have any problem with manipulating an image. So what. People have always done it, even non digitally. And as for Patrick Schneider to have his awards stripped, is surely ludicrous beyond belief. Oh well.
Excellent work of PP here after having a look to the original : Bravo. It was very clever to work on it because the final picture here is really nice !
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 13 Jan 2007, 23:39
Great work. I commend the work more after seeing the original. It is the glaze...his eyes. I told you before I love seeing the face
  • WuKa
  • Poland
  • 16 Jan 2007, 16:35
Yeah, I like it. Hav no words to explain why, but just... Just good pic!
  • Soulchild
  • 17 Jan 2007, 11:26
Very nice work...
You took an image that could have easily been passed by and made it into a work of art. Really excellent PP here. The lighting and pose as well as the color overlays is very well done.

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