Jide Alakija

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Sorry for those of you that I promised to post a follow up shot from yesterdays, I'm glad we had that debate because it was bound to come up sooner or later.

No the most flattering of poses by Tosin but who said I had to have good poses all the time. Actually at that moment she was in deep thought such a thinker she can be sometimes. I think this shot reflects the kind of mood she seemed to be in at the time. From this shot you can tell I've hanging around Kenny's Blog for too long. I originally processed a colour version but I thought it was too radical a change from my normal stuff. What do you think?


My day: Not much was done today as my mood was rather low. I'm on the up though and I think that was as a result of the fact that I had delivered a job to a client who was very happy. I need more days like this.

comments (39)

  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 01:27
an excellent PP JOB DUDE
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 21 Sep 2006, 01:51
this is really jumping out at me. very nice.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 01:59
Cheer up Jide, we love you!

This is my second look at the image, I simply can not fault it's beauty, toning, light and atmosphere. It's a gem. Mal
  • tetsu
  • Japan
  • 21 Sep 2006, 04:04
Beautiful shot! I feel solemnity. smile
  • deji77
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 06:21
A very lovely and unpretentious shot.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 07:18
This is a really strong image Jide. I must get myself a full-frame camera so I can take photos at real 17mm too. 2 minor areas of weakness for me: 1) the blown out bit of sky which is contending for my attention, and 2) the halo around Tosin upper body, more noticeable on our left. Only nit-picking, though smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Steve. About the Sky and Halo, you can tell I was very tired and this was a very quick post. Looking at it now I can't believe I even bothered to post it. I'll have to somehow correct it. Thanks.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 07:30
I agree with Steve about the halo around Tosin. However, the image as a whole has a very powerful feel to it. The low angle works a treat.
Jide Alakija: Yes Sir, it shall be corrected in due course.
very very nice !!!!!!
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 08:11
I love this. It is something that I could easily have hanging off my wall. The sky is absolutely wonderful. And it is good that Tosin is not the complete focus of the shot and that her pose does not distract you from the rest of the shot.
Simple and nice shot
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 21 Sep 2006, 08:43
Love the clouds. Great capture !
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 21 Sep 2006, 09:43
Lovely lovely shot (you know any shot of sexy Tosin is always lovely grin)

Apart from the points poited out by Steve which drew my attention immediately, sweet swweet sweet PPing done on this one.


  • Seyi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 10:53
This shot is fantastic Jide.
  • Barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 11:29
Was this taken with a wide angle zoom?
Nice candid shot. I like the fact that her simple & thoughtful pose does not detract from her beautiful surroundings. Very good PP here.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 12:09
Oh, I think this is a great image that reflects the deep thought she appears to be in. I really like this portrait.

Great news on the delivered job to the happy client!
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 12:20
Following on from my & Jon's posts above, we have one of the problems and pressures of photoblogging. You've taken a cracking picture and your pp-ing is excellent, apart from a couple of weaknesses which we pointed out. However, to get rid of the haloes around Tosin, you'd have to do some really time-consuming and exacting work. It's all very well if you have a paying customer or a frame waiting for a print, but if the target is just the blog, then is it really worth spending the time? You have a life after all. And if it's a blog-only photo, is it fair for nit-picking pedants like me to even mention it, when most other people either don't notice it, or don't care, or perhaps more likely, are too polite to mention it? Actually, since your ShMood is yellow, am I even allowed to raise this or my last post?

Sorry, I'm digressing into a more philosophical discussion here, like chunter did yesterday. Feel free to ignore me. Have a great day.
Jide Alakija: You like Colin (Chunter) are one of the people who actually help me grow in photography. You are right, is there a point to redo the image on a blog, I guess there isn't because it's open for the others to learn.

Please be as philosophical as you want, the only reason I go Yellow is because I don't want comments that have nothing to do with the shot or the topic of discussion.

Steve, I really value your input here.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2006, 14:09
very good choice for sepia tone.
  • tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 14:12
i Look horrible!! But it is nice picture shame about the subject!!
Love the composition and the subject smile
  • David Lawrence
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 14:32
Certainly a powerful image. Steve has a point about the halo but I still love the shot. Great picture.
wow...love the shot...i like the angle and composition...wt a beautiful sky and landscapesmile)
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 17:24
GREAT toning and framing, really something else.....8.75/10....cr=9/10
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Sep 2006, 17:31
Jide I think this is a lovely shot which I think does suit the thoughtful mood of the subject, I particularly like the framing and subject placement, it adds a degree of tension within the frame. I think the point made about the imperfections is valid but sometimes folk can get to hung up about these issues. I feel this is undoubtedly more of an issue now as digital is always so clean and free of imperfections certainly compared to conventional film. By the way I hope you like some of the new posts, after your gauntlet being thrown I thought it was due a positive response, I hope you liked them...
Hi Jide, laolu here! I was just wondering if people have bought pictures from you, based on this site or if youve gotten jobs as a result... and the process. Thanks
sweet. Framing and PP spot on. Well done
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 21 Sep 2006, 19:37
after reading steve's comment it made me think for a while ..
Is it worth spending time redoing the pp on a photo just for a photoblog..
I must admit that i never "done" the pp on one of my posts again, but every time i am working on a new photo i take all the critics that i've remembered with me and try to get a better result for the next post.
About this post: i really love the fact that you shot her from below while she is looking down but not looking at you!
does that make sence?
great photo Jide!!
This is incredible!!! great sky and everything
  • atunbi
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Sep 2006, 21:13
This is absolutely beautiful
Great capture... Perfect mood, well composed!
another classic environmental portrait well executed.
  • Dami K
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2006, 23:15
This is nice love wat u did with/to the background!
One of the more incredible images I've seen lately. Really awesome.
  • Bougzy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2006, 12:24
Something about this picture reminds me of Lauryn Hill’s video for her song Everything is Everything. Especially the part of the video where she said ‘… sometimes it seems we’ll touch that dream but things come slow or not at all…’ for those who haven’t seen it ah, never mind. Cant work out how to hyperlink on here. Google it if you must.

Nice capture Jid, the clouds still seem to be in motion, though I’d saying going past her. Who were you channelling Madame?

For your next challenge, I think you should try shooting a motion picture. A music video. Go yea forth and bring back goodness smile
I think it is brilliant, I do not myself see the direct spin-off as to my style. Some commenters might be right regarding the light around her head, but I don not know if you have corrected this. But it is good.
  • wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2006, 02:09
I love the shot. It's really moody. Wonder what it may have looked like if the camera was sitting on the grass itself?? Just a thought. great stuff
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 25 Sep 2006, 03:25
I like the angle and mood of the shot. It makes her look so powerful and ready to conquer the world.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Sep 2006, 22:50
Great local contrast and composition. Nice one.
  • Drew
  • 8 Dec 2006, 01:48
That is a AWSOME picture

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