Jide Alakija

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The Red Bridge

This image is for Sinem

I saw an image like this on Sinem's (suby's) blog sometime ago and it gave me an idea of one I could do as there is a bridge near by to where I live. It's not the sort of thing I'd put up but I think sometimes it's good to try something new and different. I think the next time I take an image like this I'll use the location with a bride and groom on the bridge, now that would be romantic, what do you think?

Anyway this is one I actually started in full colour then removed the colour and had a really lovely monochrome version then got myself confused and resulted in a half mono, two toned version, in the end I decided to stick to this one.

As you can see my 10D still takes great pictures.

Update: A combination of my processing skills and a good camera produced this sort of image

Streetphone is back but with a twist this time. I've decided not to use my camera phone anylonger as I'm having problems getting it to connect to my laptop. It's now my Black and White Street photography blog. Check it out

comments (32)

  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2006, 02:32
absolutely gorgeous.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Abi.
  • Cee
  • US
  • 31 Oct 2006, 03:12
@ 1st look, my mind recalled little villages in far away China. Don't know why but that's what I thought of. Very Well Done!!!smile

Yeah, I know i said i wouldn't post again till you out did yourself but you made it too hard for me.

Good thing about the code below too. Wasn't feeling all that SPAM.
Jide Alakija: Cee, I think I really got tired of deleting. THanks for the comment.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2006, 04:17
wow, jide, this one's awesome. as you would be able to tell easily from my pictures, i have a weakness for the outdoor shots. the colors are great here.

the 10D must be really be a great camera. did you do an HDR with this?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Alex. I think I'm going to do one with my 5D and see the difference in result.

No this wasn't HDR. Just a lot of masking.
Absolutely AMAZING
Flawless Image Jide
Jide Alakija: Thanks bellanaija.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2006, 07:20
bellanaija is right, for any technicalities concerned its flawless....8.25/10
Jide Alakija: Thanks PS.
  • viruta
  • Argentina
  • 31 Oct 2006, 07:53
Wow wow incredible.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Virtua.
  • Aidil
  • Europe
  • 31 Oct 2006, 08:14
Jide Alakija: Thanks Aidil
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 08:28
The sky is stunning. Excellent.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jon.
Good shot Jide I like the roof and top half best but it seems balanced enough.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dan.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2006, 09:54
Enter the party spoiler... it's ok. I like what you've done to the sky, but the left side of the image featuring the pointy roof doesn't really have anything going for it. I think you need to crop this either side of the bridge, leaving a vertical format.

People on the bridge gazing wistfully into the inky depths would definitely enhance this.

Jide Alakija: Sigh! If the expert says that the roof is not working maybe he has a valid opinion. Thanks Steve, really appreciate your thoughts.
  • Steve
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2006, 10:19
I'm no expert Jide. I do belong to a camera club and have sat through many years of photo competitions being judged (I'm not a judge myself). Camera club photography is not the same as either 'art' or commercial photography, but quite often the judges do have interesting things to say which apply across the whole spectrum of photography. A lot of that has rubbed off on me (for better or worse) and I do look at photoblogs bearing these things in mind. I am being a bit hypocritical here as a lot of the stuff I put up I wouldn't dream of entering into a camera club comp.

Sorry, just blathering. Ignore me...
Jide Alakija: No please say it....In fact that's really interesting. I think we can all benefit from the bits of information that we all have, you mention a camera club, maybe it's time I joined one because apart from you guys I don't know many photographers.

Thanks Steve.
  • Leye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 10:43
Jide is Baaaack..
  • Leye
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 10:48
Oh Nice shot bro. U still owe me one.. I have something for you Sef..
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 31 Oct 2006, 10:49
Steve cracking me up, he stole some of my glory today smile For me, I really do like what you have done here, That sky, can I have it? (serious), looking for a lovely sky I did for a shoot yesterday, this will work just fine smile

Anyway back to the image, well photographed and composed, I like the fact you can see the building in the far distance betweeen the trees, Sweet sweet shot and very effective PPing in my opinion.

  • micki
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2006, 11:42
This is a pretty location! A bride and groom will look wonderful at this spot. I do like the dark water and the glow of light in the background...an inviting place far off in the distance.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 13:08
Nice location, definitely one to go back to.
  • Sola
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 13:24
great stuff man, loving it
  • Lajumoke
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 13:27
Awwhhh..this is quality. Well done. Pardon my ignorance though but is it the camera or ur processing skills that produce great pictures like this.
This is why I still own a 10D. Good work!
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 Oct 2006, 14:26
Fabulous! I like the detail, the colour, the sky ... the lot, even though I'm not sure about the roof on the left.
  • Hendra
  • Singapore
  • 31 Oct 2006, 14:51
Very very beautiful, Jide. Wonderful.
  • Sidak
  • India
  • 31 Oct 2006, 14:52
lovely photograph, it has a very charming mystic field

the roof makes it look like a scene from a ming dynasty or something.
  • Dafredo
  • France
  • 31 Oct 2006, 17:03
beautiful colors, amazing sky!
Beautiful shot Jide. It will be lovely if you can get a wedding couple into a setting the same as this. Cheers for now, Neil.
How about just to the left of the bridge down by the water's edge? Cover up that mucky patch with some grass cuttings and you're made, Neil's suggestion would be a cracker! I do think it's a bit "thin", colour-wise, in places, but is that an effect you were going for perhaps? All round groovy image though.
  • Jonathan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Oct 2006, 18:50
Cracking shot, especially love the sky.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2006, 21:44
Other than the roofline in the shot, I like it. The sky is very dramatic.

A bride and groom on a bridge is verry romantic and a classic shot, of course a mush tighter crop would be a given.
  • Tolu O.
  • United States
  • 31 Oct 2006, 22:16
I like this. Its a bit creepy. Absolutely love the composition. Don't like the houses above/behind the bridge though. Love the pointy roof - gives it an oriental look. Cropping out the roof would make the picture look more orchestrated and boring, as well as overly symmetrical may as well have a computer take the picture. Just the opinion of a visually stimulated individual.

You should definitely get a couple on that bridge sans creepy sky smile
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 1 Nov 2006, 09:10
Wow ! Beautiful shot !
Great sky, love that colors. BTW you got at big duster in the top of the frame! wink
  • Magic
  • London / Poland
  • 4 Nov 2006, 14:45
Hey Neighbour.
It's Cool Pic. When I Saw This Photo First Time I Do Not Recognized This Bridge. It's Look Like Japanese Style. Great.

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