Jide Alakija

17 Dec 2006 2,194 views
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Sola, Asiko and I met up today to do some shooting at North Greenwich tube today. It was really a good lesson in low light photography because the sun had fully set and we had only one tripod between us at the time.

I think out of all the shots we took together I'm happy with just one. Sola and I spent some time looking at Photoshop and some other peoples work online. I went through some post processing techniques this is what we came up with in the end.

Again full appreciation to Idu (model) and Stacy (make up)

comments (14)

  • Jezblog
  • Washington DC USA
  • 17 Dec 2006, 04:45
Thats agreat shot....I love her eyes and her serenity...the background her colouring her clothes all fantastic...Im a little less keen on the chair but hey a bit of reality sneaking in...can be good! Great picture ! cheers Jez XX
I have to say, I would never normally point out something like the chair (inexperience mainly), but seeing as Jez has brought the subject up, it does draw the eye away, and the pp you've done is possibly the culprit there. Otherwise it's a lovely, soft image which imparts a slightly melancholy vibe.
  • Abi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Dec 2006, 12:46
nice shot
  • WuKa
  • Poland
  • 17 Dec 2006, 14:54
Beautyfull. Can not even explain my feelings when watch those eyes.
  • Tosin
  • 17 Dec 2006, 15:18
That is pretty, but the picture is a bit to soften for my liking
i like the softness as well as the blue in the background...compliments her dark skin tones extremely well...
  • Mal
  • 18 Dec 2006, 00:55
When you have an image that works so well that all people have to worry about is a distant out of focus, irrelavant chair! Then you have achieved your goal! Beautiful image. full stop. Mal
Jide Alakija: Mal, I TOTALLY agree with you and thank you for helping here because I couldn't understand why the chair was such a problem.
I agree that I can't see why the chair is dominating the comments. The light on the right hand side of the face is beautiful. Great shot.
  • jose
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Dec 2006, 11:39
I think it's an outstanding portrait. Composition, lighting, tonal range, depth of field; all spot on. The image would be lacking something without the chair! For me, it allows the eye to move from the face and back again rather than being constantly fixed in one place.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 18 Dec 2006, 13:22
I did notice the chair...but it didn't take my focus away from the portrait at all. It a beautiful portrait, almost too perfect. She is very lovely.
  • paul
  • 18 Dec 2006, 19:33
Well I thought it would have been better to have lost the chair. It doesn't spoil it but why have the possibility to taking the view away from that beautiful face. It certainly doesn't add anything for me. But chair or no chair this is an excellent portrait
  • emma
  • naija
  • 26 Dec 2006, 15:15
jus say hi to idu
  • Daniella
  • UK
  • 7 Feb 2007, 12:52
A very good pix, model's very pretty 2. Big up to my gurl IDU!! love ya. xx
  • Idu
  • 20 Feb 2007, 15:14
Thank you Jide this is such a wonderful picture and CONGRATULATIONS on the hall of fame you deserve it.

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