Jide Alakija

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I didn't plan to upload this shot today as I wsa hoping to get some abstracts to post. I've just return back from a very hectic session at a wedding (with a lot of good help from Suby) and I'm really exhaused right now.

I thought since this is my photoblog I'd put up a shot from todays event. I promise I'll have something special for tomorrow. (Fingers crossed). This is a shot of the make artist for the bride at the beginning of the day. I should have paid a bit more attention to my aperture setting when I took this as you can see the eyes aren't in focus bu the lashes are. Anyway I still like this one and I'm happy with the way I've processed it.

Right now I must sleep as I'm totally aching from the running around. Talk tomorrow.

Again Thanks Suby, it wouldn't have been successful without you.

comments (10)

  • Uzo
  • US
  • 27 Aug 2006, 03:00
ME LIKE!!! Can't wait for the SPECIAL TOMORROW. Get some rest and hope Jide's wedding was great.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Uzo. Didn't know you knew that I was covering his wedding? Didn't even know you knew him.
hey jide,

really sweet shot. i didn't even notice the eyes being out of focus. i love the intensity of her look and the way this shot was framed. i also love the dof and the blur of her hair. excellent!
Jide Alakija: Thanks nicole.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Aug 2006, 08:47
Really good shot...loving the misty effect of the eyes.....8.25/10
Jide Alakija: Now this rating I keep getting 8.25 is becoming too standard. I need to up my game a bit.
Jide...very lovely tones, but I really don't think this composition works! Eyes are way too low making the space above the eyes plus the hairline the major focal point, but they are not strong enough to pull off this composition.
Jide Alakija: Well I think it works quite well in that I'm trying not to portray the same old composition that you would have seen everywhere else. You could take some of the hair away but the you loose the style, you could put some part of the image below, but then you now have the nose which you don't want to reveal.

Take it that this is amongst Jide's weird compositions....again another experiment and who said I always have to follow the rules?
  • The Maven
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Aug 2006, 13:05
Jide... I think you miss the point - in portraiture you don't want it too sharp! wink Maybe use the remove "dust and scratches" filter in photoshop?
Jide Alakija: I don't really know what you mean. When I said I lost focus I meant on the eyes.

I don't see anything wrong with the skin here by the way. I think it's perfect.
It works pretty good for me ! Love this kind of portrait
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 27 Aug 2006, 17:43
I noticed her eyelashes right away and thought "cool!" I wish mine would curl like that.

I do think that her foundation (makeup) seems obvious in this close shot.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Aug 2006, 20:14
Really nice. I particularly like how you retained the texture in the skin. Though the tones (probably due to her foundation) are not working for me. And the single strand of hair...what's it doing?

:'(:'(:'( Why I'm I not in London. Look Jide if ever you're covering any event in and around the north of England, please, please let me know!
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2006, 10:01
I think it's a good idea to get some 'sighters' - a sort of warmup routine - when doing a wedding and this is the sort of thing I'd do if I could find a willing victim on such a busy day.

As a standalone image, I fall into Mr Skee's camp in thinking the composition is awry, but then as you say, it's your choice to make something different. To solve the issues you outlined about including the nose if you cut out some from the top, what about a panoramic crop arond the eyes and eyebrows alone? The lady has a powerful gaze and this would accentuate it.

I know what they mean about the skin. It is perfectly exposed and very sharp. All very well technically speaking but if it was to be used on, say, a magazine cover, I think they would soften it a fraction so tha you don't see every pore for a more flattering finish. Really close up, we are all quite ugly!!!
  • Adrian
  • Mexico
  • 2 Sep 2006, 19:43
Beautiful eyes. This is very weel framing.

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