Jide Alakija

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Okay since I spent the whole day editing wedding pictures I thought I might as well put one up. I'm sure the bride and groom wouldn't mind me doing this as they are such a great couple. Oh please don't go on about the tilt in this one as it took me ages to get it like this, you can imagine how this looked as used a super wide lens and there was a horrible distortion at the top, something I need to watch out for when next I'm doing a door scene (Skee would tell you this was the part of the wedding I lost control and the situation got majorly chaotic. Thanks to Skee and Asiko, I don't know how I would have got by during this part).

Okay yesterday I asked if you guys had any questions regarding my processing techniques and the response wasn't that great. I thought I'd rephrase the question and ask if you are interested to know how I processed any shot I have in my archive, all apart from todays shot.

comments (33)

  • Wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2006, 00:13
Now will you look at that!!! Nice moment in time to capture. Didn;t see the note on PP techniques. Will go thorough and fire questions. Hope you'll be ready.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Wale. Look forward to your query.
You captured a tender moment here beautifully. You're taking the pictures at my wedding o. Oh, i love the PP here. Your vignetting technique is awesome. pray tell h how did you process this shot.

The bride has such lovely cheekbones.
Jide Alakija: LMAO! I knew I'd get one of those for a shot like this not that I'm blowing a trumpet or anything I just know that I do really like this shot too.

Yes the cheek bones where something I thought I'd highlight, I don't know how much you can see on your screen but I think if you brighten it up a bit you can see a bit more detail.
  • Ismael
  • Argentina
  • 8 Sep 2006, 00:17
Hey, que escena !!!
Muy hermosa !!!

Jide Alakija: Gracias Ismael. Realmente aprecio.
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2006, 00:26
Why now? Just when I was about to fire u on how you processed the colour and the texture on this one!
Very, very lovely.
Jide Alakija: I can't say much about this one at least not now but I think a combination of colour balancing, softening and vignetting did it on this one. Okay I've given it away. Look what you made me do.
  • Wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2006, 00:30
Okay back. How did you go about the PP for this shot? http://alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/14372.htm. It's a powerful picture and seeing that i was in that area a little while ago wonder how this was accomplished. cheers
Jide Alakija: Okay I don't know how much you know about masking. I suggest you do a google search on "Photoshop Masking".

I masked the colours in the gaps between the bars using a photo filter....You know what...I think I'm going to have to put a details description in the forums so you can see what I mean, please bear with me.
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 02:08
Lovely shot... but I feel the couple have been too centralised.
Jide Alakija: ...as opposed to????
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 04:53
Not being in the centre but more to either side
awesome Jide, really awesome, I'm sure Nkechi will love this
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 06:38
It almost has an hdr feel, very good....8.5/10.....how did you process this one? - http://www.alakija.shutterchance.com/photoblog/13976.htm
  • e etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Sep 2006, 07:23
Lovely shot Jide! PP is awesome. Like they are stepping out from the old and into the new..
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 08:14
Dark shot, ofcourse I love it grin. Sweet PPing, Lovely moment captured.

  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 8 Sep 2006, 08:27
Very dramatic effect! Excellent!
You captured a beautiful moment and you were able to make it timeless!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 8 Sep 2006, 09:26
Superb finished reult, which after all is what we're after.

I fear for their long term relationship, however; I'm waiting for the toot of the whistle and a steam locomotive to come hurtling out of the tunnel!

(Just kidding; it's Friday.)
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 09:38
this is such a magical shot.
Very cool shot.
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 11:32
Lovely...she's got an amazing bone structure...fantastic cheekbones.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2006, 12:00
Beautiful capture of this special moment!! Looks great, you made them stand out from the rest of the scene well.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Sep 2006, 12:39
great capture, so intimate.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2006, 12:57
I like the feeling of purity and love exiting a dark and understated back drop Jide, lovely image. Mal
The back drop gives it a very old feel - really nice shot.
  • attah
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Sep 2006, 14:33
nicely processed. Was it the same one that Asiko went to?
  • Dammie
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2006, 15:38
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, Lovely!
  • armeen
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2006, 15:59
that is a great moment. i like the quality of light created.

i do like to know about some of your post processing techniques. mainly your high contrasty b&w shots.
(Good Composition * Good processing) + EOS 5D = Lovely picture
  • Andrew
  • Canada
  • 8 Sep 2006, 20:55
Great lighting. Very nice
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 8 Sep 2006, 21:29
This is lovely, really it is...but it might be even better if the two lights were removed, I think they take a little away from it and I think the couple would be most pleased if those could be removed. My eyes keep going to the lights.
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 8 Sep 2006, 22:17
mixed blessings i need you day and night,like black and white!
  • Sinem
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Sep 2006, 22:53
lurrrvely. I'm sure they loved this photograph and many others you shot that day.
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 9 Sep 2006, 04:25
Lovely moment! Dark background makes them impressive. smile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 10 Sep 2006, 19:30
Are you experimenting with your crops? I'm sensing a change...
  • Dumebi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2006, 12:04
Wow!! thats a fantastic picture, great shot and very good angle.
  • Dami K
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 23:27
  • Aibee
  • Malibu, CA
  • 21 Oct 2006, 06:03
NKECHI...she looks amazing! i have to say your photos are just so incredibly impressive. I'm just so proud of my heritage and people like you who inspire others to experiment with the notion of creativity.

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