Jide Alakija

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The return of Soulchild

This image was taken the same time as this other image. No his eyes were not photoshoped like that, the talent was from the sitter in this shot. I only used one light source in this one (my speedlite) actually two including the sun bounced unto his face using a reflector panel, everything else is straightforward in terms of how I've processed it.

I did consider again posting this in colour but thought the monochrome version was stronger. I've decided to include some information about my day in this photoblog from now on so you know more about me and my life as a photoblogger and as the author of Alakija.com

My day: I covered the hardest wedding of my life, I was the only photographer on ground as everyone else was busy. Anyway I got a lot of good stuff (16 Gigs of images!!! - That 5D chew's up your memory card) and had a good time with the bride and groom, now the hard bit continues, editing their pictures, along with the other wedding which I still have to do, boy it's time to employ an assistant for this job.

Oh and Tosin looked absolutely stunning as well, she made her own outfit as she usually does for all her outings. I should really put up a shot of her too sometime.

comments (25)

  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 00:09
Creepy stuff. Reminds me of a zombie flick smile
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 00:19
Hey Jide, this shot encapsulates everything that I need to learn, this is what I would love to create - but can not. This is really great, I truely love this image its got the lot. All the best Mal
  • suby
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Sep 2006, 00:26
16gigs of images??? Bro how many pictures did you take? Gez bro. How many cards did you take with you? Why was it a hard wedding?

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 10 Sep 2006, 01:06
awesome shot. I love the light from behind and on the face. was it prodigy's firestarter that this reminds me of.
  • Attah
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Sep 2006, 02:29
The S man returns. Did you give him that nickname? Nicely prepared. Man I guess you're now a pro ;-)
hey jide,

wicked shot. this is so completely eerie. i really like the shot in mono. i don't think that the color shot would have worked nearly as well. 16 gigs is simply sick! hope you are enjoying the weekend!
  • adebanji
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • 10 Sep 2006, 04:56
looks more like the return of lucifer! Some people cant sleep when they see things like this!!!!!!!!!
Superb shot! The lighting is great and so is the composition!!
spectacular shot!
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 10:48
First off, 16 GIGS!!!!...thats unbelievably huge, i hope the shots were worth the space they took up.....
as for the shot, very eerie and supernatural with great lighting...8.75/10
Wow! Frigthening! Very cool. Bela Kozma
  • Ellen
  • New Zealand
  • 10 Sep 2006, 11:26
its awesome but scary at the same time
Very nice result ! As an horror moovie...
  • incubus
  • Europe
  • 10 Sep 2006, 12:06
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 10 Sep 2006, 14:59
Now this is just weird...creepy...shudder. Very effective.
Love the portrait - excellently taken.
This can look very scary but its a lovely picture. You experiment well with the camera
  • worshipper
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 22:19
I disappear 4 one week and return to see such a sinister photo! na wah oh!! Anyway, how've u been? Browsing thru this week's photos kinda put my mind at rest sha, u've not crossed over to some evil dimension. Have a fab week. Though not my style, great work I must say. Well done
  • bola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 23:06
At first glance it did look like you tampered with the eyes. Good thing you pointed that out as onr's still got to closely look to see that it's natural. Good call on the monochrome

You did work really hard at that wedding. At some point, i wished i had a camera to take a picture to show you at work.
  • Mr Skee
  • SkeeTown (SL)
  • 10 Sep 2006, 23:22
Alakija... 16Gb, ouch! it's called being trigger happy.

I saw this chap, yesterday on oxford street lol, nicely rendered smile

If you think 16Gb is a problem then wait till this time next year when you have archived over 3Tb of images lol I'm on my 2nd Tb 10months down the line. Just you wait lol
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Sep 2006, 23:42
Ah... I just left a comment on tomorrow's photo saying it scares me without looking at this one first... Now THIS is scary... Love it, well done.
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 12 Sep 2006, 06:04
WOW ! Quite a scary pic, but then its amazing !
  • starks
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Sep 2006, 19:44
nice pic. soul is a pretty cool model. either that or u make the most of his limited talents. nice
  • Funmi
  • 19 Sep 2006, 09:48
  • teri
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Oct 2006, 22:21
wicked !! loving the sinister effect

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