Jide Alakija

06 Nov 2006 1,567 views
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I spent 3 hours looking for an image to put up today. I went through about 8 different images which I processed only to come to the end of each processed image that I didn't like it any more. This is one I actually processed a long time ago but didn't think it was fit for my blog, I would have preferred the rider to look at me, though that being said you can still draw a little story from this shot regardless of that fact, maybe it is a mystery, why should all shots follow a convention. In the end I'm putting up what is making me happy and that's it. Also I haven't put up a shot from Lagos beach in a while too.

Off to bed now.

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)

  • Cee
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2006, 02:20
OKAY!!! lol ... It's your blog, don't mind we people that just ask for only what we want to see. You have to remind us who is boss every once in a whilesmile

Nice Shoot... Makes me want to head home... Miss night-time suya, fish, and chips by the ocean.
Jide Alakija: You are sooooo right Cee, I'm in the dricing seat and this is just an example of some of the things I have captured over the few months I've been in photography.
Nice Jide..shame that person in the back isn't else where in the shot...in a gap instead of hiding behind the pillar..grin
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik, maybe I should have toned the distracting person in the background too.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Nov 2006, 05:56
I like the contrast in colours
Jide Alakija: Thanks Eni.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Nov 2006, 11:59
Great shot Jide....but if you want to keep your first position in "the shutterchance ranking" one of the persons in your photo had to be naked...wink (look at suby's views!!!! lol)
Jide Alakija: Does sex always have to be reason to sell something???? wink
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 6 Nov 2006, 12:07
nope...lol at least not imho
But it works if you want a viewer-boostwink
Never going to get so much ppl to watch my landscapes...lol
Jide Alakija: I disagree.....I don't think that you have a problem getting viewership on your landscapes. I just think you haven't actually set that as your target. If you want we can work on getting you more views.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2006, 12:47
The processing work you did on this image is incredible! Nice!
Jide Alakija: Thanks, funny, you're the only one that noticed it.
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2006, 12:54
I love the way the colour of the sky matches the sand or dirt thus obscuring the horizon. Sometimes the story is in the way the subject is looking away, things happen and a photograph is a capture of the moment.

You still da man !
Jide Alakija: Thanks man!
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2006, 13:54
Splendid...this takes me back home...everything just looks so spontaneous and perfect. Great photo, well done!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2006, 13:56
It's a far cry from a Donkey Derby on Skegness beach! I'm no horse expert, but this one looks well put together. It's such a grey day though that it lokks at first as though it's an in-door arena.

The vignetting is a tried and tested method of containig attention in the middle, especially when there is no natural mechanism to hold it there, as in this shot.

I think it could stand a bit of levels and colour adjustment though. There's stacks of colour in there that could make this quite a vibrant shot. I know - I had a go at it!
Jide Alakija: Actually there was more colour in the shot and the sky was quite blue. I toned it down a lot and removed some colour. I think I was trying to produce a particular windy effect with this one so a blue sky wouldn't fit the mood.

Thanks for having a go. please carry on.
lovely light..the wind in this pic..the wind..it's really nice
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2006, 14:46
First thing I thought was "man, that looks windy" so I'd say you succeeded there smile
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2006, 15:29
Abolutely love the clarity of the horse and the lone ranger but Tonto hiding behind the post is distracting me a little. Mal
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 6 Nov 2006, 15:50
First of all, I never would have known you had your our blog (DUH!) if I hadn't sent you a technical issue. So thanks for adding the link smile

Secondly, when I first saw this, I thought it was an oil painting. Seriously! That makes it VERY cool, in my book.

Thirdly, yesterday I was in a very fragile state of mind (full moon!) in relation to "constructive criticism" on my blog. I'm still such a baby when it comes to this stuff and didn't realize I was throwing myself to the wolves when I recently started this site. I'm not into all the technical jargon or processing. I want my Soul to speak through what I capture and what I see elsewhere. So, when you said "In the end I'm putting up what is making me happy and that's it," you made my day. Thank you for that!.
Trust you to take a great shot and make it better, by making it worse, if that makes sense.I do agree about the guy in the background, but that is just a slight niggle, otherwise this is a phenomenal shot. (please get my viewer figures up for being so nice)!!lol. Regards, Neil.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2006, 19:13
I thought this was an indoor 'riding school demonstration' shot to begin with, and I like it.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Nov 2006, 19:50
Jide you know ppl are not always going to BE honest with you, i.e if you put a fart on here they would still leave fantastic comments. You got us though to tell you the truth. You are a pro and can handle a bit of of slaggin.

THIS IS ONE OF THOSE SHOTS OF YOURS THAT DONT BELONG HERE. Nothing really wrong with it, not just one of ya CLASSICS.
Jide Alakija: Actually contrary to your opinions if you look back in my archive it's the kind thing I used to put up. Sorry dude I like it.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2006, 20:40
not doing it for me jide....7/10
Jide Alakija: Pity because I really like it. Sorry dude.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Nov 2006, 21:24
eko ile...
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 6 Nov 2006, 23:31
I like this shot as it is one of your lagos shots and it shows us a bit more about what you like. I like the vignette and i don't mind that the horse is looking at the person in the background. I think i would have liked a crop to the right to remove the last lot of chairs but that is only how i would have processed it.
Very nice capture...I am really missing home!
  • shiv
  • India
  • 7 Nov 2006, 08:55
amazing capture,
tones are just perfect...!
i think is my favourite blog now..!

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