Jide Alakija

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Okay guys, unto something very different. I've decided to concentrate on another aspect of digital post processing. Which is to produce some rather abstract images with proper colour correction. I think I'm blabbing as I write this but I this is what I think this image really represents.

Subject, Tosin reading a brochure sent to us from a merchadise company and me just very bored in the room testing out my 30mm f/1.4 lens.

I'll be very interested in what you think about this shot.

comments (25)

  • Uzo
  • USA
  • 25 Aug 2006, 00:20
THis shot reminds me of another shoot in photoclass. Was gonna what you wanted to convey with the shoot ... Can you draw out more details with the lens? If yes, then would like to see more details... as in what can you capture the pages doings?
Jide Alakija: Not sure how to answer that one, as I said it's an abstract, so the rules can be broken right. The shot is what you want it to mean to you.
  • Uzo
  • USA
  • 25 Aug 2006, 01:08
Well, you did say you were experimenting with lens so guess what i meant to ask was if you could draw out more details with the lens.

As image is right now, my focus goes straight to the book and the next thing i am trying to do is find out more about the book and so i thought about capturing the details on the book. But you are right about the whole abstract thing.
hey jide,

i really like this shot. i think that it was a very good decision to make the center spine of the book the focal point. as soon as the viewer's eyes are drawn to that point, the rest of the shot naturall falls into place. i also really like the fact that tosin is not centered behind the book. very different from your usual stuff, but very successful.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nichole. I like your technical analysis of the shot.
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 25 Aug 2006, 01:54
I like the concept, but it's too dark and there's no point of focus. It would help greatly if there was something clear and in focus on the cover of the brochure, like a title or a picture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Veloran for comments. I think I really was focusing on the edge of the pages as it's an abstract. I wonder what it would have looked like if the cover wasn't as dark, interesting.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2006, 02:06
A little dark, I wish the cover had more light on it, since it seems to be the focal point. Nice concept though.
Jide Alakija: The cover wasn't the focal point actually, the edge of the pages were.
  • Yeni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2006, 02:42
nice composition
Jide Alakija: Ta.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2006, 03:08
Nicely done, but I'm not sure about how the book's so much darker than everything else.
Jide Alakija: Glad to have you back mate. Hope you had a great time.
  • greg
  • Philippines
  • 25 Aug 2006, 03:59
Is that the Sigma EX lens you've got?
Jide Alakija: Yes it's the Sigma EX DC f/1.4 30mm lens.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2006, 04:14
Nice shot. I like it but I dont know what i like about it. That makes it a very good technical shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks man.
  • omono
  • Nigeria
  • 25 Aug 2006, 06:23
On this comp the pic is cool, but then it makes everything bright. Will check again at work
Jide Alakija: I don't get? What do you mean makes everything bright? Waiting your response.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 25 Aug 2006, 06:25
That was me..
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2006, 07:40
The 30mm f/1.4 works very well. This looks like a very good stock photo that could be used in a magazine to illustrate numerous articles.
Jide Alakija: Thanks alot. This shot was really in response to your message yesterday, so thank you.
Great abstract, like it just the way it is...like how the brochure seems so smooth..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik. I like it too.
It is a Professionals piece. I think it is a great shot.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. What's professional about it though? I would quite like to know.
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 25 Aug 2006, 10:54
Lovely DOF ! Good one !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Manju.
  • Jon
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 Aug 2006, 11:18
It reminds me of one of mine, but I'm not gonna link to it here smile
Jide Alakija: Why not? I would have loved to see it.
A Photograph always has a subject. A character that catches the eye. Something that screams "hey check me out!. Usually that character or subject is a person or an animal. So in a picture with a person and something else. That something else compliments the person and so does every other aspect of the picture directly or indirectly. Now using a person to compliment something is quite remarkable. It is a tiny step higher than the usual. It is professional.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2006, 12:11
Normally never would like such a hoto but I find the abstractness appealing and the brochure seems to be extremely sharp...but no rating because I'm just confused as to how i would do it...
  • micki
  • United States
  • 25 Aug 2006, 12:37
I like it, there's a certain casual, homey feel to it. I don't think it would be better with more "light on the cover." I don't want to know what she's reading, it's irrelevant to the shot. This is one of those 'relaxing evenings at home' images that's meant to bring out a good feeling from the viewer. Awesome shot!
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Aug 2006, 14:27
Swweeeeet shot. Something different from you is good, Actually have a similar(ish) shot queued up for tomorrow.

  • Azhar
  • India
  • 25 Aug 2006, 15:29
I like this, simple and effective.
Nice shot!!
It's a relly beautyful picture
regards from Spain.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 25 Aug 2006, 20:30
I like it!
I think the book is a bit underexposed. Aside from that, I like it. It's great bokeh and great framing. My screen here is a bit dark (work laptop) so that might be part of my earlier comment but I'd love to be able to read what it is she is reading. If you can and it's just my computer, sorry! It's perfect then! smile

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