Jide Alakija

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It's been a while since I did a shot like this. The last time I did this it was in monochrome. Since that was the case I thought I'd do one in colour. What do you think?

You can tell that I'm archive raiding again, haven't had the opportunity to go out and get new material.

Oh for those of you interested, I used my 580 speedlite fired in the direction of a white A4 (letter) sized magazine, you can see the reflection in the specs of the light on the magazine.

Some good stuff on The Streets today

comments (21)

  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 13 Nov 2006, 08:35
Very surreal image, was wondering what the reflection in her glasses was, me feel I would have preferred if you had removed it, but then again me may be wrong grin

Liking the shot a lot, sweet bro. Stop moaning about archive raiding, not as if it is a bad thing. grin

  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 13 Nov 2006, 08:38
Nice one Jide.
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2006, 09:21
nicely captured. It feels a bit unbalanced though - i know it is conventional but it might have been better to have her looking into the large expanse of darkness
  • Tosin
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2006, 09:32
nice pic when did you do this
another beautiful pic. nice colors and light.
  • Peter Obey
  • Ireland
  • 13 Nov 2006, 11:23
I love the model's strait-laced expression.. so on point... and needless to say the juicy pouty lips are to die for! This would qualify as a superb fashion shot - advertising sunglasses or lipstick or lip gloss. Great job!
  • micki
  • United States
  • 13 Nov 2006, 12:27
Oh this is awesome!! I love this lighting and how the rims of her sunglasses were lit up by it.
Love the soft focus and colour. Nice portrait.
Just superb!
  • kurt
  • Austria
  • 13 Nov 2006, 16:04
very interesting portrait and great use of negative space
great shot...!
the black really adds to the image,
great use of the magazine too..!
well i would have liked to see the face aligned to the right of the frame and not the left though,u know...that way the empty space would lead up to the face....but great shot nonetheless..
  • Mo
  • United Kingdom
  • 13 Nov 2006, 16:49
well need i say more?
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2006, 18:23
Gorgeous image Jide. I really like dark background and use of space with this one, quite inspirational. Mal
Ohhh that's HauTe!
  • Claude
  • France
  • 13 Nov 2006, 22:55
Beautiful portrait and unreal atmosphere. Great lighting also. I agree with shiv ahuja concerning the composition.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 13 Nov 2006, 23:37
Pow, very nice. Love the lipstick smile
  • dezhare
  • pluto
  • 14 Nov 2006, 00:20
smack smack...love the lipstick
  • Exquisite Eminence
  • Atlanta, GA
  • 14 Nov 2006, 01:27
Love the color of the lipstick...but not feeling the smudge on the top lip...it's distracting to me...
  • mat
  • france
  • 14 Nov 2006, 09:49
what a nice picture im jalous!
  • Amebo
  • Abroad
  • 15 Nov 2006, 02:16
interesting - i like that her eyes are engaging and i always like the blacked out background - quite neat!!!
  • FS
  • United States
  • 15 Nov 2006, 04:15
Inspired work as always, Jide - not feeling that violent shade of fuschia gloss though... not flattering to any skin tone under the sun..that doesn't detract from the fact that you're clearly extremely facile at portraiture though...

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