Jide Alakija

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Fire Eater #2

The second image in the series. It's not as strong as yesterdays but I couldn't keep it away from you guys.

I have some more material for my other photoblog "The Streets" please make comments if you will please.

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 (21)

  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 00:16
Not as strong true but those eyes!!! Jide forget the focus, exposure and all of that it's still alive becuase of her eyes.
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
hey jide,

i really like the intense gaze of her eyes. i also like the way you focused on her face, while the foreground is blurred. very nice motion capture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Nicole.
Jide, I will be frank on this one. Apart from the intense gaze of her eyes, this photograph does not cut it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tony. Maybe next time I'll get something more appealing....I still like it though.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2006, 03:37
The flame looks a little odd, however, if she was twirling this, as it sort of appears that she was, the timing is fantastic. She does have amazing piercing eyes.
Jide Alakija: Odd? How so? I didn't do much to it.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 06:34
I love it when ppl are honest here on shutterchance, usually there its not the case. Well, bro the eyes have it, the picture itself is not saying much. The one I saw earlier on ya screen is much better.
Jide Alakija: Well, if I had some privacy and time to work on it I would have processed it a bit better. SOrry dude.
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 08:10
Ah, now this one I like. I saw yesterday's but was so pushed for time I failed to leave a comment (and I feel guilty about it - sorry!)

Yesterday's was a little too understated I think, but this one has a bit more about it to engage the viewer. Possibly it's the direct eye contact or that you can detect more of a performance from the artist. There's a strong hint of seduction too - play with me if you dare but you'll be playing with fire.

I like.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Colin. I like too.
Interesting shot, like the movement in this shot
Jide Alakija: Thanks Navin.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Nov 2006, 11:02
The eyes have it for me too, such an impact.
Jide Alakija: They do don't they. Thanks.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2006, 11:40
I think it's just as strong if not stronger. Her eyes are really lit up and the direct gaze into the camera is very strong!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki. I really appreciate it.
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2006, 14:02
I actually like this one...the daring gaze into the camera is both challenging and disarming...makes you feel like you have been caught off guard doing something you are not meant to be doing. I am not sure i understand the position of the fire, perhaps a little lower and a little more to the left. Thinking about it now, you could have used the light from the fire to illuminate the photo but not shown it at all...that is if you had it a little lower and then cropped it off, it might have looked a lot more intense than it is now. Just a thought, but each one to his art...still a good photo.
Jide Alakija: light up the picture????? I didn't darken the picture! That's how it came out, it was taken at night in a pitch black location.
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2006, 15:34
It is strong...her direct and powerful gaze into the camera is pretty disarming. A few suggestions - I think the use of the light of the fire to illuminate the photo like yesterday's is excellent, however, if the fire was lower than it is now as in just under her arm and you had done a little cropping, it might have been a bit better. That is you would still have used the light of fire, but it would not be visible in the photo. What do you think? I am not a professional so I may just be shooting arrows in the air.
what a gaze! great capture!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
I like the "different-ness" about this
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brett.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Nov 2006, 17:01
Top timing Jide, perfectly still face with the contrasting movement. Mal
Jide Alakija: I took so many before I could get this one. It was really hard as Claire had to keep going till I got the shot.
  • freelancer
  • Europe
  • 3 Nov 2006, 17:59
not your best shot jide...
Jide Alakija: I'm sure you have something to say to improve on it, otherwise I still like it for what it is, I think it's one of the most challenging images I've produced.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 3 Nov 2006, 21:30
wow, I cant believe you manage to have all these details of her (beautiful) face! I love fire juggling and I've taken lots of photos, but none like this one, I love it!! smile
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 3 Nov 2006, 21:37
Hi Jide, What I meant about the flame looking "odd" was that it's so white it looks like a magnesium flame. It also had some distinct chromatic abberations. It just didn't have the yellow-orange color that I would expect the flame to have for a shot like this. I would think a white hot flame would be much too hot for a fire eater. Don't misunderstand, I really like the shot, I think the timing is great and her eyes make the shot, I just noticed the flame was too white and the chromatic abberations.
  • Suby
  • UK
  • 4 Nov 2006, 00:34
I am loving the look of this shot, appeals to me a lot. Doesn't she get burned?

  • àsìkò
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Nov 2006, 09:29
well done, i know this is hard
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 4 Nov 2006, 10:59
Love the eye contact. Very good.
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 7 Nov 2006, 11:29
What a look, that is ! Too good !

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