Jide Alakija

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Staring in the heat

This is the first HDR portrait that I am pleased with. This was a chap I met during the Rockers shoot. He was from Liverpool, I forgot to ask him his name. He kept on telling me how life up north was so much better than life down south. Well I think life anywhere outside London is better than life anywhere else.

Not much to day about this one.

comments (24)

Hey, great portrait. Do add the EXIF the image. As a learning photographer, would love to learn!
Jide Alakija: Ooops! Sorry Vijay, I've added it now. When you did the HDR manipulation, I lost it then. Thanks.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Oct 2006, 06:32
How is HDR done? I like this shot..Many Nigerians would tell you otherwise about your statement.
Jide Alakija: Have a look at http://www.hdrsoft.com.

They may be right but then again it's all about what you like and what you are about I guess.

So crisp!! can you forward your reply to E's comment to me too please?grin
And what tool did you use to blur? free hand orrrr????
Jide Alakija: Have a look at http://www.hdrsoft.com.

The blur was done in Photoshop, simple Guas blur, though I masked it too.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 07:33
Hi Jide. this is a lovely portrait, the PP is is always excellent, my only minor issue is with the blur which I feel is a little overdone, but it's still a great character shot..
Jide Alakija: You know Shooter, I wasn't too sure about the blur you know, I played and played with it to the point I couldn't even make up my mind anymore.

  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Oct 2006, 07:34
very nice work jide. are you doing you hdr in photmatix or cs2. great portrait
Jide Alakija: THanks Nev. This was done in Photomatix, using one RAW file with a seperation of exposures of 2eV.
Nice work on the guassion blur front smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Diego.
A great portrait, love the background
Jide Alakija: Thanks Zebigleb, you know I wasn't too sure about the back ground. Glad you like it.
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 08:41
Jide, you've converted me to HDR with this potriat. Good one
Jide Alakija: Really? I'm glad you are converted with this shot, though I don't know how. I think you need to see the original first, there is that much of a difference other than the fact that I have a bit more tonal detail.
  • Andy L
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 09:28
This is one beautiful portrait. You should be very proud of it, I know I would be!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Andy. I really am proud now that I am reading these comments.
  • Suby
  • UK, Milton Keynes
  • 20 Oct 2006, 10:13
Swwwweeeet shot.

Jide Alakija: Only Swwwweeeet?
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 10:14
love it jide...8.5/10
Jide Alakija: now I'm trying again to achieve Samarth's 9/10....working hard! Has anyone got it yet?
I love the overall colour tones of this shot. really nice.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Russell, that's really encouraging coming from you.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 20 Oct 2006, 11:36
Nice work!! This is a great portrait. The blur works well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 20 Oct 2006, 11:42
HDR on portraits usually look strange to me, but if you hadn't told me I would not have guessed for this shot.

I'm not sure how I feel about the way the blur is applied for this one though.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie, I've been posting some HDR stuff in the past but haven't told anyone about them, I guess it's because it's in monochrome most of the time so it's not very obvious. This is the first colour version I've posted that I'm actually very happy with.
  • Morayo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 12:10
Hi Jide,

I dont really know much about photography, but since i started checking out your blog, i havent been able to stop, i keep looking over my back so that i dont get caught at work. My comment is that you INSPIRE me.
Jide Alakija: WOW! What a comment. I still wonder what it is that makes you all come back, I'm really being honest here.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 12:28
The answer is quite simple to the comment you make above. You take damn good photographs full stop. Mal
Jide Alakija: And guess what.....so do you. wink
  • marc
  • South Africa
  • 20 Oct 2006, 13:57
lovely shot, would like to see that in full format.
Jide Alakija: Full format? What do you mean Marc?
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Oct 2006, 14:02
You'd never know it was HDR. Very nice portrait.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jamey, I think the RAW file from the 5D is really good that's why.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Oct 2006, 15:10
He looks a great character smile
Beautiful portrait, and the HDR work is great, you've managed to do it without this looking cartoony which so much HDR is these days. Great work.
nice shot ,could you show us the pic before the hdr work please.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Oct 2006, 20:35
Beautiful portrait Jide. The man has a very interesting face!!
The blur is a bit to much inho....
Have a great weekend!
Love both the composition and the colours... your blurring has spoilt this for me though :-( you seem to have overdone it abit... why is his nose blurred? smile Nice atempt though
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 23 Oct 2006, 09:36
Love the softness in the pic. good one.

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