Jide Alakija

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Thank you very much for your very constructive comments yesterday.

Today I decided to post another shot from the shoot I did with Swinda. I haven't done one of these in a while and I found a composition that allowed me do it. This shot is along the same theme line as this shot, this shot and this shot

I was expecting this one to be quite bright on screen #1 as is usually the case, I process it on screen #2 which is not properly calibrated and tends to lead me to processing dark images. Is it dark to you? Can you see the "textured background" on the left clearly?

What do you think?

Update: For those of you that want to know how to do this fade into black effect, the PSD file can be downloaded here.

comments (15)

  • Suby
  • MK, United Kingdom
  • 20 Jun 2007, 01:29
See what you are trying to achieve, image is rather dark BUT you know I like dark images so it workes for me. Looked at this on 3 screens, no textured brackground can be seen on any screen.

Jide Alakija: 3 screens?
I like the photo. I like all the darkness. The texture can be seen if I look at just the right angle.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Michael.
  • riika
  • finland
  • 20 Jun 2007, 07:11
I like this portrait. It seems to have a greater story behind, leaves many questions open. Good one!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rikka, now the story is the thing, questions? please share if you have time.
It's dark however it's a powerful image .
Jide Alakija: Thanks Shakara. I'm glad you like it.
I can't see the textured background, but I think it's a great shot. I really like your dark, moody shots...
Jide Alakija: Thanks One way.
I had to tilt my monitor to see the texture you are speaking of...a very nice portrait Jide you are very creative. I would however try and consider the varying degrees of calibration of other computer monitors when editing images. i.e amybe you should have brightened or enhaned ur lighter colors a bit?
Jide Alakija: Maybe....it's hard when your monitor is not calibrated well, also from the responses I'm getting most monitors aren't. Thanks Ngozi.
  • Niki
  • 20 Jun 2007, 13:49
This is definitely the best shot in the theme and i think the darkness works here for the effect you were trying to achieve. However, i've viewed image from different angles and i still can't see the textured background. Regardless, it's a very nice shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Niki.
I like this a lot - exceptional. Great composition especially the position of the face. Not too dark for me and can make out the detail (24" screen). Will make a fabulous rich print if you print your work out. Mike
Jide Alakija: WOW! Thanks Mike. Really appreciate your thoughts.
cant see the texture but it is a lovely shot...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sam.
Jidelistic bobos...nna i like am 4dis ya halfly-unveiled maiden wey just dey peek into our world with such white teeth and seering eyeball...hope say we all dey safe as she's exiting from darkness into our lightened existence!lol..but sure it's a great work to say the least.

I like ur shots a lot and u seem to be the ace guy flying naija flag in the photblog world.More aces up ur sleeves...and am grateful that Bidemi gave me a link 2ur site.
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'm really honoured by your own visit to the blog.
It is very dark and there is just a little texture just to the right of her on whatever it is she's peering out from behind. It is an interesting image though.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie. This is the problem with different screens and different brightnesses.
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 21 Jun 2007, 11:42
It is very dark. Not like any of your normal pieces. It is interesting and I think I get what you are trying to do here...but please ellaborate
Uhmmmm...looking at the previous 3 shots its so striking the evolution that has taken place both in how the images are captured and then subsequently processed. This is definitely miles ahead!
  • peter
  • 28 Jun 2007, 21:17
I've been back to see this one several times and have enjoyed it every time. I love the moody, dark tonal range and the look on her face raises more questions than answers. A really good image.
Hi Jide, How do you get to fade a picture smoothly into black (like the right side of this one). Please share the tip. I have not been able to pull it off.
Jide Alakija: Hi Tony, it's probably better if I put up a PSD for you to download. I'll put it up. Check the page again in 5 mins time.

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