Jide Alakija

09 Jan 2007 1,915 views
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Unto a lighter issue. Asiko, Jamey and Mal have recently been an inspiration on motion blur. They have done it the proper way by using Long exposures. I took this shot sometime ago with my 10D but was never really happy with how it turned out, colourwise. With a little bit of patience I played around with it and realised that it wasn't the colour that was so much the problem, okay I have completely changed it but it was the contrast between the elements standing still and those moving. Anyway this has been corrected it now and I am very happy with it.

comments (21)

  • dotun
  • USA
  • 9 Jan 2007, 00:14
Nice PP afterall, I was hoping to meet up with u in lagos, but there was hardly anytime to co-rodinate that....happy new year.
Jide Alakija: I wasn't in Lagos for long either I left on the 27th so not much happened there for me. I hope you enjoyed your trip.
  • Mia
  • 9 Jan 2007, 00:24
Really feeling the motion Jide. The colours are brought out perfectly too -- not too bright, nor too light.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mia.
Very, very nice. Looks like he's standing in company of ghosts. Very beautiful and well done!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Suzanna.
  • Dudee thea
  • Purwokerto, Indonesia
  • 9 Jan 2007, 03:14
Cool shot!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dudee.
This is very interesting. Very cool.

I think it would have been really cool if all the motion was in front of the gentleman so that he would be separated more from the action. I'm sure you didn't have a choice here, but maybe you could try to set up a shot like that just for fun.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie. I know what you mean.
  • Fatima
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2007, 04:30
Jide Alakija: Good to see a lot more of you these days.
yeap this is tight, love it
Jide Alakija: Thanks buddy.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Jan 2007, 08:26
I am still struggling to come to complete understanding of this 'genre' and have accepted Mal's explanation of emotion. This one in colour opens a new window for me - i like it a lot. Great post.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Louis. I think for me it's more about the slow down of time. I look at motion blurs in respect to the capture of how things may look if we slowed things down wrt to the main subject in this case the man waiting for the train.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 9 Jan 2007, 08:29
Nicely done! Did you clone the dude with the trainers on?
Jide Alakija: As with most of my shots I didn't do any cloning to this one. Only colour corrections and contrast adjustments.
  • Tosin
  • 9 Jan 2007, 09:43
This is a very cool pic it reminds me of matrix!! have a good day!
  • micki
  • 9 Jan 2007, 13:19
Best part of this shot is the gentleman in the suit who stands out so clearly. He's gray, probably middle age. The surrounding youthful figures depicted in motion, but he is at the place in his life where he is very sure of everything. He's not youthful foolish and in a hurry with no direction, and he's not past his prime and beginning to suffer the burden of old age. His steadiness and sureness are the prominent theme of this image.
  • Aaron
  • Duluth, MN
  • 9 Jan 2007, 14:35
Very cool shot. Gives a lonely feeling of him standing there alone. Nice work
very nice,albeit different knid of shot.KUDOS
  • Jamey
  • 9 Jan 2007, 15:57
Very successful Jide. Really like that shot.
  • Jamey
  • 9 Jan 2007, 16:02
By the way, your link to my blog is messed up. I'm highly offended wink
Jide Alakija: You said what???? What are you talking about???? No link......I think you must have been in the twilight zone.....

(Actually I've fixed it)
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 9 Jan 2007, 17:41
blur is great...and i like the way the colours dont feel overdone...
  • Jonathan
  • Driffield, England
  • 9 Jan 2007, 19:40
The movement and blur works well, like this a lot.
  • Petra
  • netherlands
  • 9 Jan 2007, 20:22
Gives me a feeling that i could make time stand still.....
Think this is magic....in spite of all the blur the details of the man are pinsharp!! i even can see the wrinkles in his suit.
I would love to try making such a photo...but i have no clue how to do this...(is it just the camera settings?)
  • Mal
  • 9 Jan 2007, 20:44
Hee hee, Jide's gone all weird and blurry! wink Love it, perfect example of a quality motion blur image. Mal
very nice
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 10 Jan 2007, 00:06
Very nice, I like the effect smile

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