Jide Alakija

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This is my next shot from Portobello market. I took quite a few of these and I am thinking of doing a series with them. This shot was inspired by Mista Skee. He took something similar two years ago, he posted it when we were both sharing the blog. That time shutterchance didn't exist.

Anyway I'm hoping this shot will recieve more of an interest than the cameras of yesterday. I tried not to do some heavy processing to this, in the end I couldn't resist the temptation to make it more dramatic

comments (26)

I have something very similar I will put it up soon
Jide Alakija: Oh let's see it.
o.k so did you open it up or was it just like that when you saw it...heehee....lol
Jide Alakija: Nope this is part of my photojournalism collection so this is how I saw it.
  • Suru
  • Los Angeles
  • 31 Jul 2007, 04:05
I like how the clocks seem to fade in the background. is this what you meant by giving it a more dramatic effect or is this how you saw it. Either way I like it. Nice shot smile
Jide Alakija: Well the lens did the selective focus, that was deliberate. I made it more dramatic by playing with the tones and contrast.
The depth of field is excelent for this. Having just one watch face visible with all the others facing away isolates it. Nice and sharp on the watch too! The slight sepia gives the image a 'timeless' feel! Ho ho!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rob. Really appreciate your comment.
I will look for it and put it up soon,.....oh really what a great spot
Jide Alakija: Thanks Yeni...itching to see it.
  • Oli
  • 31 Jul 2007, 09:07
I liked yesterday's cameras, but this pocket watch shot is great.
Depth of field and vignetting are spot on.
Is it an optical illusion, or is the image ever so slighted slanted?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Oli, I asked myself that question about the slant when I processed it. I think it is slanted but I wasn't too sure whether to correct it or leave it. I left it in the end...I think I like it, what do you think?
thinking about it I believe I was influenced by skee one to go and shot something similarly
Jide Alakija: Really? Did you see his shot on my site some 2 years ago?
Yep I agree..its a very lovely shot. I really like it...the processing didnt affect it much.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ngozi
  • Jon
  • uk
  • 31 Jul 2007, 11:28
Love this. You've isolated the main watch nicely. The subtle sepia processing works a treat too.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Jon.
  • Ovo
  • UK
  • 31 Jul 2007, 11:30
I like this. It is lovely.
Jide Alakija: It's because of people like you I have to produce an image like this. In a way I felt that have been let down by some of my past posts. I took my time in getting this one out. The only problem is that I never have enough time ti get stuff like this daily, though I see images like this everyday. Carrying the camera around can be too much sometimes...what do you suggest? (PS leave your email so you get my responses)
this is possibly the best photo I've seen on Shutterchance. Amazing. Love it. Lisa x
Jide Alakija: That's really flattering coming from someone of your calibre. Thanks Lisa.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 31 Jul 2007, 13:20
this is just you taking it to another level...thank good you didn't under-process...heres just so much essence in this shot, excellent...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Sam. Really happy you're inspired by it.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 31 Jul 2007, 13:59
I LOVE this, Jide! I can think of all kinds of places where it would/could/should be used as a stock photo!
Jide Alakija: Very good point Ginne! Now you got me thinking!
Very well spotted! Looks more like studio photography than something caught in the wild.
Jide Alakija: It was swinging I guess...thanks Martin
  • adaoha
  • 31 Jul 2007, 14:54
I really love this, this should definately be part of the JIDE alakija collection as museum pieces. I can see people standing in front of this for hrs. Brilliant, for the first time in a while I get to see again what your work really is about.
I like this one very much. Nicely done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie
as u already know: exquisite.
Jide Alakija: Thanks man!
This is one of the best images I've seen for awhile, somehow you always manage to give me some inspiration. It was your street series that inspired me to shoot in and around Spitalfield and Liverpool Street, this shot will make me try harder to up my game. Your right about carrying a camera with you every day, sometimes I have so much with me for work that I have to decide what to take, camera or laptop.

Jide Alakija: You when next I'm out with Skee to portobello you'll be invited.
A magical image, and so enjoyable to gaze upon, the in focus and out of focus watches. This is very deserving of b&w treatment
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chad.
  • rambo
  • lagos
  • 31 Jul 2007, 18:30
FABULOUSOOOOOOOOOO....I really really REALLY love this shot!!

missed u on msn
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rambo.
  • klickd
  • Milton Keynes
  • 31 Jul 2007, 19:34
Stunning capture !
Jide Alakija: Thanks.
Wicked. How many seconds did you use for the exposure (hope my photogrammer is right). For sure you used a tripod. Well done sir.
Jide Alakija: Tripod? For what reason, it was taken at 1/4000 sec, no need for tripod!
I love this shot Jide. Beautifully done, perfect depth of focus and I love the subject matter too. These b&w toned images of yours are quite something else!

Tell me what made you decide on a Canon 5D. Did you ever consider a Nikon equivilent?
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I originally decided on the 5D because I had been using a 10D before then. I originally knew that the Canon was more superior in low light and indoor photography, also there were a better selection of lenses by Canon so I decided on Canon...plus my good mates, Marven and Skee all use Canons so I had no choice in the matter! I love canon and will stick to them for now.
  • Aibee Abidoye
  • 1 Aug 2007, 19:53
I love this!!!! I think this phrase is beginning to sound humdrum. lol. i'll stop. I think stop watches are just great works of art period. Dont know why we dont use 'em more often. It's perfect; a classic watch frozen in time. lovely!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 3 Aug 2007, 18:58
I love the framing
  • Nicola Rose
  • London/ Stonebridge
  • 22 Aug 2007, 14:31
wow, this is just too good. I didn't understand the title till i saw the time on the watch. But did you just find this jewellery shop by chance or did you go knowing what you were looking for?
Jide Alakija: Thanks nicola, No I found it by chance.

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