Jide Alakija

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An image for Atunbi

I do believe that when I do finally get to start that portfolio of mine that I've been putting off for the past year this would definitely go in with some others I am yet to put up some day. Again this is Claire, the lady from the fire eating series and rocker series. As I said before she is a lady of many talents and this was one of the shots from a shoot we did sometime ago. The make up was done by Eliza and the rest by Claire herself including the little stump of hair portruding a the top left, she thought it was cool, who am I to argue.

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comments (33)

  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 01:39
This image is about to go through the roof! It's beautiful. Mal
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mal.
  • atunbi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 02:21
JIDE I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YA ....... PHOTOgraphy before ya start getting ideas. You are good at what you do bro and i wish you great success. Now send me the psd files. NOW!!!!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: Your comment yesterday sparked the inspiration in me to post this one up. It took me sometime to get this far....why should I then share it with YOU? wink
you are a genius..thats all I have to say!
Jide Alakija: aha now! Haba! I've not yet recieved the nobel prize. Thanks for giving me the ticket to front row though.
  • Cee
  • United States
  • 7 Nov 2006, 04:44
Atunbi, thanks for comment that sparked the inspiration for this... My eyes are quite happysmile
Jide Alakija: Gosh! You people....LMAO!!! Thanks Cee.
one of the most beautiful portrait I've seen
it is the begining of a dream. thi picture is "opened"... you look and after you dream
Jide Alakija: Im glad you like it thanks
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 7 Nov 2006, 05:41
Really love this shot Jide. The lighting is great.
Jide Alakija: Thanks E. The sun is the best light you have. grin
Congrats! This is your first "Studio" shot that I can't fault, top marks! smile You have really done well on this shot!smile

But, don't get too carried away, "Studio stuff is like doing a still life painting smile

I really feel that there is more, much more to you and your work than this smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks and the funny thing is that this was not done in a studio. It was done outdoor with your favourite light!
I must comment on this first of all the eyes are not in focus, the hands are distratcing...you'd probably say I do not know what I'm talking about.......grin

haha hope I got you there...this is just PERFECT!! very well done 12/10!
Jide Alakija: You actually did get me....Silly man! wink
  • shiv
  • India
  • 7 Nov 2006, 08:51
amazing shot..!
nice PP,
love your other blog as well...!
beautiful!!!! (the picture as well...)
Simply outstanding. Has a very dreamy feel to it
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 7 Nov 2006, 09:14
Very Bjorklike! I think you've nailed the colour combo and the crispness of the eyes. I think you could lose a few mm's off the top to remove the darker element of the background above her head and bring the eyes onto the third.

This is why I stick to inanimate objects! I could never achieve this therefore will not disappoint myself. It's the same with fireworks and smoke trails having seen Chromasia's...good to admire you both!
  • Andy L
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 09:21
Yeah, great shot. Beautiful lighting. Great image.
I can't say I'm a great fan of images like this. The artistic intent is obvious, and the soft tones make it pleasant to look at. Not my cup of tea really.
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 7 Nov 2006, 09:31
The eyes have it! They drill through the lense of the camera and burst out in unparalleled resplendence unto the computer screen. Intense... icy cool.. futuristic.. i'm thinking Sci Fi bombshell! THE VIRTUOSO STRIKES BACK!
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Nov 2006, 09:43
awesome Jide, i agree with Simon, very bjork like, def my cup of tea
Looks like it was shot outdoors with a bit of fill-in flash? The setting is perfect but the red/purple hair is off-putting for me, and her left hand is a little too prominent. Post processing is up to your usual high standards. A very good picture, well done.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 7 Nov 2006, 10:00
Sweet, perfect shot, the Alakija man deserves my 1st "I LIKEY" in a looong while, I duff my virtual hat off to you Sir Alakija for such a lovely wonderful image. Now we talking grin

  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 7 Nov 2006, 11:26
Brilliant shot ! One of the best portraits !
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 12:34
Jide I do not wish to be the one dissenting voice here, but am I the only one who thinks the arm (I assume it is the girls) coming in from the right of frame looks very strange, it's disconnected and ruins for me what would have been a stunning shot, the processing is wonderful as usual and the pose minus the arm is lovely, sorry...
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 12:37
Beautiful model and I love the colouring.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 7 Nov 2006, 13:03
Most definitely one of your best. You've made high key art here!! Nice job!
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 7 Nov 2006, 14:08
I love this shot...but her left hand around the back of the pillar looks strange as if it isn't hers. I think it sould be even more fantastic without her left hand in the shot or the pillar in the shot to give the hand ownership.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 7 Nov 2006, 14:11
I reread my comment and it wasn't quite clear (I am rushed). If the entire pillar was in the shot with her arm coming around it would give the hand ownership, I didn't mean to remove the pillar. I think it would be best if the left arm just wasn't there and the shot would be absolutely fantastic. Sorry if I confuzzled you.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 15:43
Definitely worthy of the portfolio. Lovely beauty shot.
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Nov 2006, 17:26
fantastic...beautiful exposure and at the sam time uve managed to keep her skin tone at a beliveable hue....8.5/10
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 19:49
Bravo, marvelous and all of those other words. Jide don't wait to put this in your portfolio.. make it the first, this is great. smile
  • Elsie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 22:43
hey Jide, I have a question. Im not sure what i did to my camera but sometimes when i try to take shots and im using the flash, theres like a delay. I dont know if u know what i mean. I have to like hold the shoot button down for a number of seconds before it actually seems to flash and take the shot...very frustrating. What do u think I did? A worried Elsie sad
  • donchichi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Nov 2006, 23:14
You can't teach it!
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 14:02
This image stands as one of the all time best contemporary portraits I've seen, not only here on Shutterchance, but anywhere - ever!

Claire has stunning eyes and you've done her great justice. Frozen moment indeed. This oozes ice.
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 8 Nov 2006, 16:59
What a captivating portrait, it is amazing the contrast between this and the fire-eating images...equally wonderful and completely different at the same time. What enchanting eyes. Well done!
Great model and great tones. nice work !
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 08:02
This is brilliant Jide. The high key effect works a treat and I love the way it's punctuated so often with the bright warm colours of her finger nails, lips and hair, and those liquid ice eyes that are so amazing.

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