Jide Alakija

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I haven't yet worked out how to manipulate noise in photoshop so that it comes out quite realistic. At least for printing, I think I'll need to spend some more time in the National Portrait Gallery. This is one from a couple of very good friends of mine in fact I have the honour of being one of his grooms man at his wedding. This image was taken during a pre-wedding photo session and we all had fun.

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comments (30)

  • Dupe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2006, 00:19
Aaawww I like a lot! Kinda like the Porgy and Bess shot...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dupe, that's exactly where the inspiration for this one came from. Seen the play?
simply wonderful!
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
After seeing Atunbi's pic of yesterday and seeing this, I can safely ask if this week is the official grainy picture week smile Very nice shot and PP.
Jide Alakija: You know you have a point but wouldn't we need at least 5 more people for it to qualify as the grainy pic week? wink
  • navin
  • India
  • 16 Nov 2006, 03:16
The noise and the vignettig are making this shot for me
Jide Alakija: Thanks Navin.
hey jide,

love the pose and the way this shot was framed. i think that the noise really compliments the conversion to b/w very well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Micki, I think it really does too.
As nicole said, the pose is great..Love the focus..and u know the noise works..grin
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yanik.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Nov 2006, 06:13
Aww cute shot
Jide Alakija: Thanks Eni.
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2006, 07:52
arty arty shot, nice
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ade.
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 16 Nov 2006, 09:59
Nice pose, nice shot, but for me too much noise, a little less and you still would have been able to have the same impact. You & I both know this shot printed would be too noisy bro grin

Jide Alakija: SOrry dude....different strokes for different folks.
very tender moment you captured here. Not digging the noise though.
Jide Alakija: Sorry about that, as I said to Suby different folks......I'm very much into noise.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2006, 11:50
Hey Jide, If you find a satisfactory solution to the digital grain issue, let me know because when printing grainy images, I simply can not get it right it looks artificial. Beautiful image though. Could the grainy effect have been reduced toward the courners of the frame to give a more solid/less noisy dark tone? Mal
Jide Alakija: Hey Mal, you I tried all sorts of grain techniques for this one including reducing the grain at the sides but this was what I ended up liking. I've seen something I'll send you a link but it's not too impressive, i.e. RE:grain techniques for photoshop.
  • micki
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2006, 12:38
This is such a tender sweet shot and the grain really adds to that.
Jide Alakija: Ooops I just called Nicole, Micki!!!! Ooops. Thanks Micki
  • Fola77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2006, 12:41
i feel a migraine coming on... eurgh, not feeling this at all
just a wonderful moment!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Marcal.
  • Abi
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2006, 14:25
peaceful indeed
Jide Alakija: Thanks Abi.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2006, 15:11
Noise is one of those things... Once you can get real, good-looking noise on digital images, that's when film will really start to die but until then, I can see why a lot of artistic photographers stick with film.
Jide Alakija: Yup. THanks Jamey.
  • Seni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2006, 15:15
As requested


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  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 16 Nov 2006, 17:14
Film grain is so much different than digital noise. But this is pretty sweet, maybe a bit too much noise? I haven't done a lot of experimenting with noise/grain, it doesn't seem to be able to stand up to film at least not yet. Unless there are some magic filters out there that we just don't know about yet.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie. Your comments are sooooooo well appreciated. Thanks.
  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Nov 2006, 17:53
hmmm....luckily for you, the noise is so unoform and the rest of the shot is processed so well that it fits...8/10
Jide Alakija: Luckily? That's hard work. I used two noise layers and quite a bit of work on the highlights, shadows and midtones to get it right. Not sure if that's luck or persistence. I think I had more adj. layers in this one than any one I've processed in a while. I think 14-16!!!!
  • Mo
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Nov 2006, 18:58
Again Jide, you have nailed it, this was well captured and as a result, i feel like i know what the couple feel for each other without actually knowing them ,in other words, it looks real. Well done.
  • Yinca
  • Us of A
  • 16 Nov 2006, 20:35
nice one
lovely shot wt artistic feel from the noise effectsmile i like itsmile
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 16 Nov 2006, 22:56
Beautifully presented. You've worked this well and secretive nature of the embrace come across.
  • Paul
  • Canada
  • 16 Nov 2006, 23:22
Very nice, Jide. I love it.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 16 Nov 2006, 23:46
lovely soft tones and pose jide. I have heard that noise ninja is good for sticking in the workflow i think it removes but don't know if it adds. I was reading a tutoral the other day where someone was using linear noise instead of gaussian as they thought it gave a more realistic efect when doing airbrushing. nice shot
grain looks realistic but still a bit on the higher side,
but the shot is great,love the pose,the emotion that the picture captures....!
great shot..!!
  • Ngozi
  • United States
  • 22 Nov 2006, 16:34
Definitely love the intimacy captured.
  • Dami K
  • USA)
  • 25 Nov 2006, 04:11
Beautiful.........they seem so into the session almost like u werent there NICE!
  • Carolyn Makana
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 27 Nov 2006, 17:47
  • yemicie
  • london, United Kingdom
  • 20 Jan 2007, 21:24
I have not seen anything like this before.....so natural and truly peaceful. Wish both of them a blissful union. Enjoy!

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