Jide Alakija

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Greek Rally #1

At Trafalgar square today there was a little rally I think of people from Cyrpus wanting an independent state from the Greeks. I stumbled on this event and thought I'd catch some photos.

I'm slowly realising that I'm having some sort of affinity for Trafalgar square in London these days, I have another image from the rally that I'll post tomorrow.

This is a question for those who have used a lens with an F/1.4 aperture, is there a secret to shooting at a full wide aperture of F/1.4? I find that 2/3 of my shots come out off focus, especially those with the subject at the sides....Steve? Any offers?

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Jide Alakija: Thanks Tony.
  • alex
  • 16 Jul 2007, 04:22
wow, that flag looks so CRISP. this is excellent. great action.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Alex
What a conjointed peice that flag pole is. Looks like it will break sooner than later. Great action Jide
Jide Alakija: LOL...it did break quite a few times hence the the clamping and patching.
A cracking image . Jide
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sir.
  • Oli
  • St Andrews
  • 16 Jul 2007, 09:25
A very striking image - I love the strong colour of the flag, and the burnt areas towards the outside of the frame.

I've found that my camera (20D) tends to struggle to get every f/1.8 shot in perfect focus, but I put it down to the DOF being so narrow that if the subject (or camera) moves a fraction of an inch forwards or backwards, it's no longer in focus. I suspect that this would be a greater issue for f/1.4, though maybe the 5D copes with it better than the 20D?

Is this photo cropped at all? I would have liked to see the top of Nelson's Column, though without the statue, it could be any Greek rally in any major city (with a column), so becomes dateless.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Oli. I did actually get a shot with the column in the background but it wasn't as strong as this one. Re:focusing it's the DOF but it's really tough getting it right at F/1.4 at F/1.8+ I have no trouble.
  • Dimples
  • Hatfield,Herts.
  • 16 Jul 2007, 09:34
Nice...put really couldn't u capture any Greek hoties??
Jide Alakija: Greek Boties?
Great shot; the picture tells a story but at the same time makes you want to find out more
Jide Alakija: Thanks One Way.
  • dezha
  • 16 Jul 2007, 14:01
can I touch that flag or what? lovely shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks...
I Love the colors here. As far as the focus at the edges goes, it might be specific to the 5D. I know the 5D has some vignetting issues at wider angles perhaps the focus issue is related? Otherwise it's just a tight DOF at 1.4 and more difficult to maintain the focus.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie. I think it's the DOF on the lens, it's too shallow
  • Oyinda
  • 16 Jul 2007, 15:58
Like the contrast between colours of the flag and the background. smile
Great capture! Beautiful.
  • Yeni
  • 16 Jul 2007, 23:46
top bit of Nelson Column? And you are looking at a Documentary shot
  • Yeni
  • 16 Jul 2007, 23:49
more like...lokking at a timeless piece
  • Yeni
  • 17 Jul 2007, 00:24
have you tried,shooting in AV at F-STOP higher than f1.4, I will say try shooting at f2.0-8.0.(Maybe on a similar seen. to make comparison on the Image in focus and the Bokeh Quality
Jide Alakija: Hmmm...I'll try that.
  • Yeni
  • 17 Jul 2007, 00:25
sorry meant to read, AV priority...
Jide Alakija: It was in AV priority, it's shutterchance that doesn't read my 5D's exif properties properly
  • Elena
  • Guildford
  • 26 Jul 2007, 20:16
Being cypriot myself, i think this picture is lovely and very patriotic. u have some gorgeous work!!

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camera Canon EOS 5D
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/6400s
aperture f/1.4
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 50.0mm
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