Jide Alakija

11 Nov 2006 1,865 views
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This is a play on Dynamic range, not extactly HDR but HDRish. I used three exposures for this shot. One for the skater, one for the sky and the last one for the ground + background. I'm not too pleased with the result, I think a silo might have worked better. Anyway I thought I'd post it and get the general consensus of the many in this case.

This is a shot I've been wanting to post for sometime but haven't as I haven't even sent the image to the skater in it. Anyway I really should send them out as soon as possible.

Update: How did I do it? I think I'll tackle each component in the shot seperately but firstly have a look at the original 0.0eV so you understand what I've done here.

First thing I did was to create two further exposures from the RAW file at 1eV and -1eV.

Skater: I used the 1eV exposure for the skater and also applied a curve adjustment to correct the contrast.

Sky: I used the -1eV exposure and applied an S-curve adjustment. I also increased the black in blue channel in selective colour for the richness in the blue.

Tarmac: I applied a photo filter for the red effect on the tarmac.

If you need me to explain further please DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK!!!!

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 (26)

  • zach
  • Italy
  • 11 Nov 2006, 00:23
yes, i'd like to know how you did this too. the sky is surreal. really makes the photo.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Zach. I've put up an explanation on the blog.
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 11 Nov 2006, 00:46
i like all of the pieces put together. i don't understand the techincal aspects.. and i doubt i will be inclined to learn.. but i love watching people do this well.

the striking sky and unique angle are really poetic. nice photo...
hey jide,

i really like the idea of combining the three shots. i particularly like the fact that the it has an hdr effect minus the severe extremes that accompany an hdr. after reading your process, it seems pretty complicated. is it complicated, or does it just seem that way?
  • Conor
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2006, 06:55
PP aside, this is a creative shot. I like the low angle and composition. Good job.
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 09:52
i think its great and the only "distraction" is all the people in the background...8.25/10
  • ndiginiz
  • Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 12:29
Tena koe ehoa
Creative processing Jide creates an interesting result. Your image is visually stunning and impactual!
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 11 Nov 2006, 13:17
beautiful catch - and i like the dramatic sky.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 13:54
Really dramatic, excelent image. Mal
Good bit of PPing here, Jide.
I absolutely agree with Mal, Jide. Howeveeeer, did you really need to go through all that palaver to get this image. I ask this because it looks like the sort of image that could have been captured with a single shot and not much pp. Don't get me wrong, I love photoshopping things just as much as the next guy, but if you want to teach me something show me the original image. So I can see the difference! I admit I'm a bit of a doubting Thomas....sorry! Have a good weekend, btw.
Jide Alakija: Thanks man but I don't think you read my text properly, I did put a link to the original image, unless it's not clear!
I'm impressed with the overall balance (colour and exposure) especially the sky. To start with, how do you separate the different elements in a photograph? Do you use a Lasso tool or is this another HDR? What the hell is an S-curve adjustment and where do I find the blue channel? I love to know, not that it would help my latest upload. I guess you need clouds in the sky to begin with, before you can start to improve this type of image.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 11 Nov 2006, 15:56
Usually I find the result of HDR on photos of people to have a very odd cartoonish look to them that is not flattering. THis HDRish treatment seems to have dealt well with that issue.

I like the action in the shot and the sky is lovely.
nice shot,
great use of hdr...
love the sky tones,
nice tutorial,helps a lot...
  • Ofonimeh
  • my workstation
  • 11 Nov 2006, 16:14
Hi Jide, how r u? If you quit photography it would be strange as you seem to always have been there all along. Anyway I would like to ask a little favour of you.Please :-( .....Would you have 10 mins to look at three photos on this site on shutterchance Shiv Ahuja. I know they would appreciate your comments. Oh nope i dont even know the owner!!
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 20:57
Like the sky most in this.
  • Jo Connop
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Nov 2006, 20:59
I really like this shot. i no you say you not happy with it, but i would
be proud to take a shot like this. well done..
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 11 Nov 2006, 21:17
very nice composite jide. what blend modes did you use when your put them all together. was it normal and did you leave the opacity at 100 %
  • milou
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 22:42
HDR shots tend to leave me "cold" as they seem almost forced in tonal contrast but this to me, as a previous poster also states, has all the benefits with none of the perceived negatives. Great work; the clouds are fab and I love the light in the hair although I guess by rights his face should be in shadow judging from his body shadow.
  • milou
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2006, 22:44
HDR shots tend to leave me "cold" as they seem almost forced in tonal contrast but this to me, as a previous poster also states, has all the benefits with none of the perceived negatives. Great work; the clouds are fab and I love the light in the hair although I guess by rights his face should be in shadow judging from his body shadow. Edit: not sure about the shadow aspect now! The more I view, the more I'm convinced that his face would be lit.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 12 Nov 2006, 02:04
Nice lookin' guy you've treated us gals to!!

Great processing work, too. ;o)
Great capture! - love the sky smile
  • manju
  • Singapore
  • 15 Nov 2006, 09:31
Great shot ! Nice cloud patterns !
  • LTK
  • Malaysia
  • 17 Nov 2006, 09:42
I'm not a skating fan.But I am now!
  • Brent Vermilyea
  • 8 Dec 2006, 05:32
Stunning image.
Cool, cooler, coolest! Smart PP, old chap!
  • demi
  • 21 Jun 2007, 19:31
Now this i like!! I can almost feel the wind as if thru my hair wink
All those black and white photos were really starting to make me feel gloomy
Jide Alakija: Now thank you very much Demi.

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