Jide Alakija

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I really need to get on top of things as my images are now being posted very late these days, apologies for that. I went over to Deviant art today to get some inspiration on how to process my new set of images, I didn't get anything really but this one came out really weird in colour. I tried all sorts and resorted to monochrome in the end. I think it's stronger and I'm quite pleased with it.

It's also one from the shoot with Sarahlouise for the Magasine. I'll be very interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

My day: Again processing photos and also spent sometime with Abi showing him a few post processing tricks I've discovered. I just recently learnt that the year originally started in March which makes sense because if you think of it the Seventh month is September (meaning "7") and the eighth is October (meaning "8"). I haven't got the details as to why this was the case but I'm sure someone here would share the reasons why the months are titled the way they are and why we now have the year starting in January now. I do know that August was named after St Augustine and July after Julius Ceaser but why the other names?

comments (28)

Great shot!
Seems like a pop star in a forlorn place. This cause a lot of contrast of riches wink
I like the pp a lot. Just playing with the browser I feel like a slight crop on the right might gives the model a bit more focus. Have you been looking at www.altphotos.com for inspiration? I cannot get over the depth of talent in the polish photographers.
Jide Alakija: Altphotos is another place I frequently visit. Thanks Nev.
  • Alex
  • United States
  • 13 Sep 2006, 02:46
i like this shot, it's very raw.

check this site out for calendar info.


and i believe that August is named after Augustus Caesar, not St. Augustine.

basically, the Roman calendar had 10 months (starting with March), followed by an unnamed and unnumbered period following December. the Julian calendar basically filled that nameless space up with January and February.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Alex that's really useful of you.
  • marc
  • South Africa
  • 13 Sep 2006, 03:34
hi Jide, i like the composition and it works nice in mono, i think i would have gone for a bit more contrast , but perhaps that's a personal taste or it's just too late for me to see clearly now...nice pic
Jide Alakija: I did have a more contrast version but I wasn't looking for that as I have one like that on my photoblog. Thanks Marc.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Sep 2006, 08:03
Like the shot, you lost me at "I've discovered" Always remember,the Subster a SIMPLETON, so make it vvveeeerrryyyy simple grin

Jide Alakija: Sorry dude...will try harder to explain myself better next time.
Love that pose...Again, wonderful pp...the location of shots like this is almost as important as the subject itself..i've learnt this the hard way..
  • IanB
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Sep 2006, 09:59
It's Rock album cover in the making !! Like !
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2006, 10:36
Very nice! Liking this a lot. Its got style and attitude.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 13 Sep 2006, 11:37
Hmmm...Not sure about this one. Her pose seems too forced. The stance just seems disjointed, legs too wide apart perhaps. The look on her face isn't convincing me if that makes sense? I think the background is a little too flat.
Jide Alakija: Oh dear....okay I'll see what I can do with the next one. Thanks Laurie.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 13 Sep 2006, 12:06
Looks like a shot for an album cover. Very nice.
  • Dammie
  • United States
  • 13 Sep 2006, 13:02
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 13 Sep 2006, 13:13
beautiful fading edges!!
I think the processing of this shot has made it a very good image
Great composition, love her stance as well - very unique.
this is great!! curious though.. how did you take the shot and process it? did you use a flash? this is wonderful ..
Jide Alakija: Well, I didn't change much to the composition I only toned it with the coloriser and masked the lady out, applied a solid white colour layer and reduced the opacity. Does this make any sense?
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Sep 2006, 16:43
first thought...id accidentaly visited the g8, becuase this is a very g8 shot....8.75/10
Jide Alakija: Yup, you're right it's the sort of thing you'll find there. I love their images too.
a very neat fashion shot. i like the body expression of the model and the high contrast smile
  • Ismael
  • Argentina
  • 13 Sep 2006, 18:42
Hello! Very good photography. I like the composition and the light. Many Ismael Greetingssmile
  • Attah
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2006, 19:03
hello dikita. I love the concept and the PP. Not sure about the model's expression. And I don't like her shoes ;-) A personal thing but otherwise a top shot job.
i like yr background tone...really give a drama to the shot....awesome worksmile)
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Sep 2006, 21:14
This is what I love to see from you Jide beautiful but gritty urban portraits. I shall be brain picking shortly! Mal
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Sep 2006, 21:28
Hmmm... It seems like there is good contrast on her but no contrst at all on the background. I guess that's intentional but I'm not sure if I like it. Nice model though smile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 13 Sep 2006, 22:19
I agree with Jamey, not so sure about the washy effect on the backdrop. It does highlight her but the feel should be more gritty considering the subject...imho
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Sep 2006, 09:32
Jamey is far too hard to please at the moment! The contrast is perfect. I'm not interested in the wall, this shot is all about the model. She oozes attitude and you're quite right to nudge the viewers eye toward her.
This is just stunning!!
wow, fantastic processing and i love the pose of the model
  • Funmi
  • 19 Sep 2006, 09:02
its got a medieval feel to it... nice!
  • Oli
  • St Andrews
  • 16 Jul 2007, 10:09
January - Janus, God of beginnings/endings. Had two faces.
February - Februare, to purify
March - Mars, God of War
April - aperire, meaning "to open" - all the flowers start blooming
May - Maia, mother of Mercury
June - Juno, Queen of Roman Gods
July - Renamed in honour of Julius Caesar
August - Renamed in honour of Augustus Caesar
September - Septus, Seven
October - Octo, Eight
November - Novem, Nine
December - Decem, Ten

As for the photo, I like the stance, but would like to see a bit more detail in the brickwork (though I'm not sure how you would achieve that without it being too distracting...)

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