Jide Alakija

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photoblog image Carnival 2006 #8 : The Show
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Carnival 2006 #8 : The Show

I've been again through so many images and I can't be bothered any longer and I think I'm putting too much pressure on myself so much so that I don't even take the kind of photos I used to like taking. I'm worried that I'm influenced by all the comments I NOW get on my photoblog. Sorry no disrespect to you all but I think I'm going to slack for a bit now.

Here's one from the carnival, enjoy it. This is for all the colour lovers out there

Good night!

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 (22)

  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Nov 2006, 01:03
Just my opinion, but I've said before, post what you like - not what we like!! Mal

PS Got to say though this image sure does have impact and is good! Mal
Jide Alakija: Yes Daddy!!!! smile
  • Oz
  • Canada
  • 8 Nov 2006, 04:35
Hey, thanks for the color... I am loving this

@ - - You have to put up pictures you like not pictures we like, This photo blog has J. Alakija written all over it not "the rest of the world" photo blog.

I speak for me when i say : I enjoy seeing your work, I appreciate that you say you are new to this thing but make it look so easy, I appreciate the joys and memories most of the pictures bring back, I was at the Notts Carnival this yr and it was fun, much different from the carribana in Toronto and this shot made me smile....

You are you, you are unique in your own way. Enjoy your pictures as they reflect the inner you!!!!!

Have a blessed week and looking foward to more pictures...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Oz.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Nov 2006, 06:10
This shot definitely stands out. You should stop worrying about others and put up what feels right to you. At the end of the day, its your shot.
Jide Alakija: Yes ma'am.
Waow thats stunning!!! Like something out of a fantasy movie...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik.
Fantastic shot ! So colourful ! Delightful !
Jide Alakija: Thanks Florence.
  • Andy L
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 09:49
As Mal said, you've gotta post what YOU like. That's surely what it's all about? Anyway, nice shot again. I like the dark brooding sky on the right, contrasting with all the colour.

Keep on keeping on.
Jide Alakija: Mal's right....I'll do just that.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 8 Nov 2006, 10:08
Jide, Jide, Jide, one day you will learn smile

Yes I know it's not easy not to be influenced by comments that are thrown your way, BUT what you have to do is take those parts of the comments that help improve your art, those comments that help you improve your vision and ideas, USE THEM, mold them and let it help you become a better photoghrapher.

You do post up amazing images, you know I for one have always said you have a unique style that is the "Alakija Man" style.

Comments are sometimes posted because the veiwer has their own vision of how the image should look or how the picture should have been taken or how the image should or should not have been PPed, I say fair enough, however, look at your images in your archives, you can see how you have improved over the months, because you have stood true to what you do best.

So I say STAND TALL, keep on dazzling us your veiwers, keep on taking on board those comments or critics that make you a stronger artist, keep on enjoying your art and most of all....


Jide Alakija: Well that's fine but sometimes I find that some people are more negatives than positive or to be more precised not helpful.
I agree with Suby.
Jide Alakija: Thanks David.
A real magical feel, well polished Jidesmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dan.
  • Shanti
  • Switzerland
  • 8 Nov 2006, 11:16
This is beautiful, Jide. I love how these two people stand in the middle of two opposite skies, one dark and one bright and blue, and how inviting they are. I love their playful and joyous expressions.

And I love what you've written, so sensitive and honest... says something to me on how the mind works... one (or rather, one's mind) can be influenced by comments as well as by no comments! Either way, it's healthy to respect the feeling to withdraw, pull in, re-connect to something other than the crowd out there (which brings me back to your photo) ...no matter HOW enticing it is!

For what it's worth, I have enjoyed viewing your work and reading your commentaries. Thanks.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I really wonder how I can improve on the commentaries, any thoughts?
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 13:58
I understand you completely, Jide. When it becomes a chore it's time for a change, or at least a rest. Sincere apologies if I've contributed to adversely influencing your natural style.
Jide Alakija: C'mon, I really really value YOUR own opinions even when you don't like the stuff I may present I don't always agree though. Thanks.
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 8 Nov 2006, 13:58
I agree with all the previous comments...it is about you and your art not 'the rest of the world' you've done well so far...that is why we keep coming back for more.
I love this photo such a wonderful splash of colors and the angle which you captured the couple with the sky acting as a semi-background is so perfect.
Well done!
Jide Alakija: And that's what you'll be getting from now on as always. Thanks.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 8 Nov 2006, 16:04
I've told you before, you've got to shoot from your heart and post what YOU like. We're all just here because we like your work, the work you like to do...so just go shoot it!!

How wide was this lens? I love this shot!
  • Craig
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 16:40
Love the colours and detail - fun angle to!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Craig.
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 17:48
not gonna point out the negatives...very enjoyable shot...7.75/10
Jide Alakija: Not so much point negatives but suggestions on what could be done to improve it. Thanks.
  • shooter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Nov 2006, 19:03
Jide I will play devils advocate here and say what are you wanting from this blog? It seems to me there are two choices to your dilemma, post pictures without the ability to post comments as I have seen some do or do as you are doing. I am a relative newcomer to this arena and in the short time I have been blogging I have noticed there seems to be folk who have an almost praisebox mentality, they are either unable or unwilling to post anything potentially contentious even if it warrants it. I also feel certain exulted ones create a pressure on posters to conform to the PB mentality because not to do so goes against the crowd and as a result folk just don't want to put their head above the parapet to have it shot off (metaphorically)!! What is sad for me is that it then becomes reminiscent of the emperors new clothes which I have to say is both sad and funny. I appreciate sometime folk with no real foundation make crass and ridiculous comments but that my friend is the nature of the beast, Sorry to go on so, but I hope you see what I mean. As for this I have to say it's a nice shot, being picky for a moment, the element that keeps it nice is the composition, where are the legs/feet of the main couple? having that in would have made this a stronger image IMHO. Take Care
Jide Alakija: I totally agree with all your points shooter and I think the reason I have raised this issue up is because it started to get to the point where I found it hard to post an image and I couldn't work out why, the subjects I would normally make a photo of I would dream of doing so however the one that were really interesting i.e. the portraits in my case seemed to always catch me but you can't shoot one everyday.

I was a bit frustrated with this shot because of the issue of the legs so I didn't want to post it for fear that I'd be CRITICIZED for posting it at least that's the way it seemed at some point, maybe I'm just being overly sensitive at this time.

Thanks for your comment, and I do value all opinions of my work though I don't always agree with most of them, but that's good.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 8 Nov 2006, 23:08
I agree with Suby...yep go on, note the day.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Nov 2006, 00:34
This, for me, is a bit of a Wow shot, these people look so proud, so alive, so vibrant.

About your pictures, they're 'yours' and they're special to you .. and they're darned good too.
With a blog you get to see/hear comments you wouldn't necessarily know about if your pictures were on show in an exhibition, or on sale in a shop .. and you're lucky because you could exhibit and do very well out of it.

Go with your heart Jide smile
  • Alison
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 02:32
if you're going to slack, go out with bang, it's a great shot.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 08:04
I like the wide angle and the tilt but find the contrasty (great word) sky distracting. As for taking a break, do it. I'm always doing it. So much so that I think I average a shot every 2-3 days.
wow...! great pic...! love the mood it captures...

god i can spend hours on shutterchance,start out on one blog and just surf away,
anyhow theres a flipside as well,atleast you are getting 15-20 comments or more per picture,i ahve been posting on blogger and on shutterchance for sometime now and stil i get max 4 comments,so i dont know what i'm doing wrong,why my pictures are not appreciated OR critisized....!
Jide Alakija: It's more than just posting comments on blogs that brings visitors but also getting them to participate in your art. It's difficult now especially as there are many photoblogs on the site these days but you can still break in by focusing your art in an area that has not been fully covered by other bloggers on the site, find your own niche so to speak.
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 10 Nov 2006, 06:43
This must be one of the most entertaining pictures I have seen in a long time. So much colour and atmosphere that I can't help but smile with them.

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