Jide Alakija

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Carnival 2006 #1 : The Queen

Yes Carnival is here again. Today I was with Skee along with other photographers at the Carnival as Press photographers for the Paraiso School of Samba. I took quite a lot of photos but all and I mean every single one was rubbish!!! Except those I took in RAW which were't many at all.

Well this was one of the JPEG ones that I managed to salvage though I'm not too happy with it, I wouldn't go too much into why. Generally the day was very exciting and Skee and I had loads of fun doing the work. Carrying around huge lenses brings some sort of attention and respect as you proceed with the floats through the crowd, this until you see a REAL photographer with 2 EOS 1DMkII with lovely white L lenses. Sigh! One day, Jide .....one day.

Also thank you for the very lovely comments yesterday. I didn't expect such a response as I didn't even plan to put up the shot in the first place. I'm glad I did. Lately I've been shooting everyday and putting up my best for the day....I think I'll carry on.

comments (36)

Very nice colours! I really like this one!
Jide Alakija: Thanks FokuSusemihi.
nice shot, I like how U isolated the dancer from the background. is Miss T still doing Samba?
Jide Alakija: Thanks. No Tosin didn't do the Carnival this year. She's retired smile
  • Ana
  • Brazil
  • 29 Aug 2006, 02:40
very nice shot. I like the light, the colours, the background.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ana.
hey jide,

i am not sure why you do not like this shot. i really love the way this woman is coming out of the shadows. i love the dof and the light and shadows.
Jide Alakija: Sigh! I don't think I like her pose that much. I could have caught her in a much better pose. Thanks Nicole.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2006, 03:52
I love this. The colours and how they contrast with the background is so sweet smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Deji.
No wonder you are top ranking publishing pics like this. Very colourful.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Alistair.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 29 Aug 2006, 07:06
I like how she shines through Jide. Very nice! A few good ones is better than all bad ones smile
Jide Alakija: That's very encouraging. Thanks a lot.
Nice shot Jide she'shighlighted nicely fromthe background
Jide Alakija: Thanks Neil.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 08:21
Jide this is a stunning shot the transition from dark to light is excellent and really draws attention to the gorgeous carnival girl. I love the colours and the framing is as always excellent. Methinks you are to hard on yourself my friend this is a lovely capture and shows the vibrancy of the carnival beautifully...
Jide Alakija: There were some other very good moments which I didn't capture well, and because of that I'm so upset. This was probably the best one. Thanks Shooter.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 08:27
Now when you told me you weren't happy with what you're posting I expected a lot worse.....I wouldn't call it your best but you DOF and especially the way it seems to move into the shadows effect is pretty cool....8/10...oh, and the girl isnt too bad either ;-)
Jide Alakija: Well if you noticed I scored 8/10, so I'm not happy. I was hoping to get shots that were excess of 10/10 from this one. As I said I think this was also thebest from the day.
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 29 Aug 2006, 09:00
So beautiful!!
The lighting embosses her. smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tetsu.
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 29 Aug 2006, 09:18
Short ans sweet bro, The Subster definitely thinks that the Alakija man deserves an "I LIKEY" for such a dynamic and faboulous shot.
I stand impressed bro.

Jide Alakija: Thanks Suby, you should see Skee's work from this day, his came out really nice.
  • chunter
  • United Kingdom
  • 29 Aug 2006, 10:12
Now this lady really leaps out at you (and I'd be happy for her to leap out at me any day). Fine shooting.

You seem to have achieved quite naturally (by waiting for the lady to emerge from the shadows) what I spent ages doing to achieve a similar effect. In a similar street scene I exposed for the highlights, so most of my shot was in shadow, so I selectively dodged my subject and burned the background to make it darker still.

Chalk one up for Jide's patience!
Jide Alakija: LMAO! Thanks Colin.
Wow that is a stunning image she just pops out of the screen at you. Very well taken
  • micki
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2006, 11:12
Wow!! Very cool capture! I love how you've made her the center of attention, did you darken the rest of the image?
Jide Alakija: Yes but not much, there was a shade to which I didn't expose for so everything underneath was dark. The Lady was obviously out of the shade by the time I took the shot.
Lovely image! Now that's a smile if i ever saw one. She really stands out.

P.S. Same question as micki.
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 11:58
Can't see what's wrong with this. Now I feel bad about not popping down to Notting Hill yesterday, having seen this lovely shot. I was being very lazy ..saw the rain clouds and chicken'd out.
  • dezhare
  • the planet formerly known as pluto
  • 29 Aug 2006, 12:16
I like the way she stands out against the background/....and I can see her smile so clearly..nice!!
Nice. I love the way the woman pops off the page because of color and brightness.
  • Lajumoke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 16:22
I agree with Andy. This is a nice one. Could put it up on my wall smile
I am not sure whether its the processing or the lighting which makes the focal point really stand out, superb!!
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 19:18
as always. I really like this;-) For my learning how do you manage to highlight your main subject in the photo's from the rest of the background? I'm guessing its adjustment layers. Slaving away on the GIMP I haven't found an easy way of doing that just yet.. but give me a run down on basic techniques.
p.s I got a sony-DSC-R1. Fixed lens digicam. I know but I told myself I wasn't at a stage yet where I could make the most of a canon 30d although that said that Nikon is really calling to me.. anyhow hopefully my technique will improve with the r1.. we'll see!
Jide Alakija: I didn't use any curve adjustments for the background. I waited till the lady walked out of the shade and took the shot.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 29 Aug 2006, 19:27
To me this is by far the most dramatic and individual interpretations I've seen, so much more impressive than the others. Top drawer stuff.
Jide Alakija: Yup. The others were taken exactaly a year ago, you can imagine then I had no skill on my equipment.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 20:32
Cameras don't take pictures, people do. Did Henri Cartier-Bresson have an EOS 1Ds Mk II? Of course he didn't. Don't worry about what kit people are using. Just enjoy yourself and take photos of things you think make nice photos.

I like how the light is only on the dancer in this photo. Everything else is dark, which picks her out nicely.

I think I might have about three or four decent carnival shots from the Sunday (was too lazy to go on the Monday) which I'll start putting up at the end of this week once I get through all the stuff I've got already processed.
Excellent shot, the focal point is superb!
Great lightning... Nice capture!
  • Roger
  • United States
  • 29 Aug 2006, 22:55
This is awesome! She is poping right out of my screen. Fantastic lighting.
Not one of your best pictures.

I opted to start my photoblog today so I can have some critic on my photgraphs. I'd appreciate your comments.
Jide Alakija: Well, I'll try and see whether tomorrow will blow you. I'll have a look at your photoblog now.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Aug 2006, 23:53
i take off mi hat SIR. You are sure ahead of ya game.
  • Fernando
  • argentina
  • 30 Aug 2006, 03:14
exelent,thank you for your photographs
  • EOS Chaos
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 30 Aug 2006, 14:27
Nice capture Jide! Waiting for the right moment paid off here. I agree with Jamey that the kit is not as important as the image, but the gadget lover in me wants the kit too. An EOS 1DsMKII with white L lenses, aaaaaaaaahhhhhh...[insert Homer Simpson drool here]...hhhhhhhh

very nice, great capture
Great light in this one.
  • Wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Sep 2006, 01:26
Is she a body builder or something? Can't say the first thing that struck me was the muscularity of her legs. The headroom does make her look miniscule too.
  • Offie
  • East London
  • 1 Sep 2006, 14:21
Jide I really like this photo!! I really do ...This MUST go on your PURRRRFFFEEEECT pile!! Well done well spotted ....
  • David Lawrence
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Sep 2006, 14:37
Very good work, difficult to fault. Facial expression, body posture and background/foreground lighting: all good. The only possible criticism would be directed towards the abundance of space above her head?

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