Jide Alakija

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Finding the light

One thing I really like about the 5D is the wider dynamic range compared to my last camera. This shot demonstrates just that. Today I was assisted by Layi who assisted me during the Tajie shoot some weeks back.

Today we were shooting for a band called Donkey Box and during the sound check I got the opportunity to test out some high exposures, this is a shot of Layi holding unto some guitar thingys, what are they called?

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)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 9 Nov 2006, 01:14
God I dislike that you camera soo much (CAN I HAVE IT??? smile )

Interesting shot bro, not really my cup of tea but I see what you are trying to achieve here and feel you just might have pulled it off (hold on, let me sit back and look at this shot for the next minute).....

......sitting down just staring at image........

Not really my cup of tea as I said but what the hell do I know tongue

Looking forward to seeing more shots from your shoot today, did one myself and got some of my best images yet smile

Jide Alakija: I didn't think it would be your cup but every now and again I do shots like these for stock purposes, you'll be surprised who would want one.
I love musical shots..I can almost hear the sound from here...lovely shot Jide.
Jide Alakija: Thanks man.
They are called Picks, hehe....Was this much a of a picture before you did the PP?
Jide Alakija: Learn something new everyday. Thanks Yanik
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 9 Nov 2006, 05:07
I love the mood!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sidney.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Nov 2006, 05:58
Hmm, maybe I need to look at this on a darker screen...
Jide Alakija: Darker? In these parts you'd need to calibrate your screen. It's not really supposed to be a dark shot.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 08:06
Has the feel of a summer evening. Nice and relaxing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jon.
  • chunter
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 09:09
I wonder if there's also a message in the ratio of the number of unique views to comments left?

My initial inclination was not to leave a comment because it didn't immediately grab me. You only have to see what I nornally shoot to see why.

But on reflection, I thought of ways I might improve this shot to suit me. One is to crop out the left half completely - right down the middle to eliminate the fuzzy fella and that light shooting out of his eyes. Then lower the black point slider in levels to add more contrast and focus attention on the work the hand is doing.

As I said - to suit me. It may not suit you or anyone else.
Jide Alakija: Interesting Colin because I have another shot with the exact composition you described. I thought the fuzzy face would put it in context hence this one was posted.
My immediate reaction was similar to other viewers, not sure, I am inclined to agree with Chunter, there are three pictures here, the original, the right side and believe it or not the left side. You are right about the stock image market, this could have a load of uses. I would like to see it also slightly more contrasty, just for comparison. They are called picks or plex depending which school you come from wink

I love your streetphone stuff.
I dream about the 5D smile
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 9 Nov 2006, 11:04
I like the hazy effect in this image ! Good one !
  • micki
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2006, 13:19
I like this, kind of behind the scenes, peeking into how the magic is made. Nice shot.
Well, i agree with suby, etomi and a few others on here jide. Dat dynamic business has not been pulled off here ooooo. Sorry.
Jide Alakija: I don't think you understand what I was trying to do here.
  • Abiola
  • United States
  • 9 Nov 2006, 14:05
I like the smooth jazzy cool ambience that you capture here...like someone else said you can just hear the music while looking at the photo. Cool and soothing photo
well i got lots of pics on blogspot,the same story there,thats why i decided to switch in the first place,so i get more exposure and i can learn a lot more,
learning a lot visiting your page,and with ur advice as well,thanks a lot...!
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 17:28
just a wee bit more contrast...other wise its really good...8/10
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Nov 2006, 17:46
Really lovely picture Jide.. wonder what a brown filter would do to it...
Hi Jide. I kinda side with Colin on this one, For me, the contrast is way off track and the cropping really needs attention. The subject matter is very good, but the application lacks something, I don't quite know what, it lacks "punch". It will be interesting to see the other shot. Regards, Neil.
  • Mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Nov 2006, 22:56
the one thing that I feel from this image is mood and atmosphere. It really reminds me of an early film set in a smokey Chicago Jazz club! And with the guitarist selecting his pick, he is like a gun slinger about to do his thing, particularly with the emphasis on the forefinger lighting. Yes I very much like this image. Mal
  • peter
  • Denmark
  • 10 Nov 2006, 06:41
I quite like the atmosphere in this shot. Often you people going for a dark and moody jazzy feel, but keeping it brighter has created a somewhate calm atmosphere. Nice work.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Nov 2006, 11:16
Not a fan of this one, sorry. I think I'd prefer to see the shadow contrast moved right up, so it was mostly black with white rim-lighting on the edges.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 10 Nov 2006, 22:42
Stunning shot.
  • viruta
  • Argentina
  • 20 Nov 2006, 00:37
I don´t know what to say, amazing picture.

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