Jide Alakija

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Okay guys, I know of late I've not been putting up my best work or actually I haven't been going out to shoot stuff I'd say is Alakija amazing as some have come to call it. Today I decided to make an effort. This shot is for Atunbi. This might not be to your liking or this might amaze you, you'd be surprised to hear that I'm not sure about it. It's not what I had in mind or rather I wasn't able to achieve what I wanted to achieve with it, take it as a work in progress.

Please tell me what you think? Oh one more thing full credit goes to Asiko for the pose, I just took the picture, you can see his version here.

comments (39)

  • Sinem
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 26 Sep 2006, 00:12
Dreamy in white. I likey smile
Jide Alakija: Wow! You're the first to post today...YAY! Glad you like it.
Ethereal! Love the processing, it's so angelic! The passion of the bride eternalised! Amazing!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Monotony.
  • Red Indian
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 00:47
Makes me think of Lot's wife looking back and turning into a pillar of salt. Reflecting a sense of reluctance to leave the past behind. Interesting.
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm....okay that wasn't what I was trying to achieve with the shot, I blame Asiko for that thought.
Wow! I love the softness, but it's nice that you've got detail in the subject. The leading lines and the windows in back really make the shot for me. Even though the room is barely a part of the picture, something about it strikes me. Great image.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gabriel. I wasn't sure how this one would be recieved. Really appreciate your words on the shot.
  • marc
  • south africa
  • 26 Sep 2006, 01:25
i like it, got a nice feel to it, going to try something like this soon, hopefully i can pull it of as well as you did. just one thing looks a bit odd, her right hand seems big, is this because of the angle or did you 'liquify' the hand smile?
Jide Alakija: One of the problems you can encounter using a fish-eye is that objects really closer to the lens can appear larger than they really are. I think also the fact that you can't really see the wrists well has affected the impressions of this shot.
Jide, I like the effect. What's tha trick?
Jide Alakija: No trick I didn't do much other than played with the Channel mixer in this one and a solid colour adjusment layer, the colour was white. The rest was done by masking and the toning using the colour balance tool. That's it.
ok Jide, you've done it again. I love the effect. Thanks for encouraging me to come on board.

Jide Alakija: I'm glad this has inspired you, why would I post it in the first place. Thanks.
hey jide,

i really like the airy, graceful effects of this shot. although the pose might have been done for you, you managed to capture the moment perfectly. while you might be unsure of this shot, i think that the pping is great. really nice work.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicole, glad you like it.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2006, 04:50
I like this; the dreamlike feeling is really lovely. I only wish the background was a garden or something more soft-edged with less cold angles and straight lines, if that makes sense. It's still a lovely image.
Jide Alakija: You know I wish that too. You've given me a good idea now on how I should take a shot like this again. So you don't think it's over PPed?
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 06:51
cons - feels a bit unnatural, softness is too much
pros - have you seen that pic!!!???
-8.5/10 (under the new system)
Jide Alakija: Hmmmm....I worried about the softness, but I thought if I made is less it would not fit the overall look. WOW! I scored 8.5 which is equivalent to 9 on the old system?
JESUS young man ur PPing abilities are beyond believe, bcos I know what this already cool shot looked like before U PPed, well done dude
Jide Alakija: Heehee...I don't think it's more about ability here, I think it's more about the idea.
inspirational wedding photo
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2006, 07:20
Nice concept. However I think you could have pulled it off better.

There's seems to be not enough space at the top of the composition. We are definately getting there, keep up the good work.
Jide Alakija: Hey, that's why I needed to talk to you last night. Thanks for the comment. I agree about the composition, it was something that also bothered me too. This wasn't what I wanted to achieve but it will do for now.
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 08:28
Very ghostly feel to it
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 26 Sep 2006, 09:16
Lovely lovely work bro, very inspired. Me have now stolen the idea quick smile

Jide Alakija: Thief???? What you want next? My woman?
  • Funmi
  • 26 Sep 2006, 09:35
very nice, looks almost like a pencil portrait. i see ur creative juices are flowing...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Funmi, let's see how long they flow for.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 26 Sep 2006, 09:42
Oh myyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Beautiful work Jide. I'm back!
Jide Alakija: Welcome back with your new loaded gear.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2006, 09:50
My first thought was 'wow, zowee, what a cracker' etc. Then I saw Mr Skee's comments, er I mean I studied it more closely...

The treatment is fantastic - very very effective, but a) the sleeve near her left hand is maybe a bit too etheral so it's making her hand look disconnected, b) She needs more headroom, c) her veil/headressy thingy has been overcooked so her head (rear) looks a bit too angular/masculine, d) maybe fade the roof strut near her right hand, e) there's a white spot and three dark splodges above and near her left hand.

I'm wondering how well these faded areas will print.

Overall, for me the treatment gets a big thumbs up.
Jide Alakija: Now that's what I was looking for some real comments on the shot. Thanks Steve. Yup I agree with all your points.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 26 Sep 2006, 10:03

Yes, it's not without some minor problems as pointed out by the greats, but sometimes you know, you don't have to search for something to criticise. Does it work overall? You bet. Would a paying bride like it? I'd be surprised if she didn't. Would she look for any faults. I think not. She'd probably give it pride of place in her album.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin, I'm sure she'll like it. She has no choice in the matter.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2006, 10:32
Colin is of course exactly right. My observations come from the perfectionist in me, that spends another half an hour doing work that the Client wouldn't notice unless it was pointed out.

I'm sure she will be thrilled with this, even if she has no choice smile
  • micki
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2006, 11:18
This is lovely and I would imagine would be a must shot for every bride's wedding album!
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Sep 2006, 11:53
very soft, love it.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 26 Sep 2006, 12:13
excellent pp Jide, very creative!
one thing: i think the background is too distracting.
and i don't like the glass in her hands.
I think the bride will be very pleased with this one, and in the end that is what matters....
Well donesmile
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 26 Sep 2006, 13:17
I don't think your pp or composition could be any better. The only comment i would make is that if you are trying to reproduce this look for other clients is whether you tried a 2/3 face shot instead of a profile. Having her drop her head more and down i think ?? may make her look more demure. Lovely shot jide.
Nice picture. I like the heavenly feel it as to it. I'm not a guru when it comes to photography, but something struck me as odd though. The hands; the left hand looks a lot smaller (that's expected 'cos of the distance) and darker than than the right hand. Is there a reason for that?
Jide Alakija: The reason for the difference in size is really because of the effect of the fish-eye lens. The reason for the colour is because of the luminousity balance, there's more light on the right (as a result of the flash) than on the left.
Love the dreamy tones and focus.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2006, 15:34
No fault here... it looks ethereal!!
  • fggggg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 15:54
when will you upload jides wedding?
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 26 Sep 2006, 16:03
Well, I love it. Even after reading the comments which show the slight faults... my impression doesn't change about the shot.
Very 'fairy tales' - I like it !
  • David Lawrence
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 16:34
Really amazing picture. It's not the type of picture that needs to be examined and segmented under a microscope. Taken as a whole, it’s a classy shot.
  • Ovo
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2006, 18:53
Beautiful. I love it
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Sep 2006, 20:26
I'm glad you had replied to others regarding the PS work Jide, I would not have had a clue as to where to start trying to recreate this image. But it's not about the skills and knowledge, it's about having the imagination to take this image to where you have. Really lovely shot. Mal
  • wale
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Sep 2006, 20:59
I like the transformation!!!
Very lovely!!
Hello . Thank you very much to pass through my site. Its photography is very good.
ismael smile
  • Bunnylish
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Sep 2006, 13:15
This is an awesome shot, would have ecstatic to have one like it in my wedding album...turned her into an angel, nice!
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Sep 2006, 22:47
Very dreamy. Like the feel.
Me Likey!! Beautiful Picture...... ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!

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