Jide Alakija

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Okay guys, I'm back from all my travels and I'm also glad to say I have some new material. One problem though - I've been looking at what I took and I'm not really sure why I took them all! As such I'm not sure how I want to process them. Anyway I think something about my immediate environment has something to do with it. You know that feeling you get when you've left some work undone and gone off to play, well that's the problem here. I guess I'll spend time working on the backlog.

This particular shot was taken in Italy on the beach. Please go easy on me as I took a lot of time in processing this one. You might ask what exactly I spent time on, well I can tell you for sure that it wasn't on the texture of his skin, that was the easy part. I spent about 30 mins toning it. Yup, I've discovered a new way to tone your image using the gradient map. This might not come as a surprise to some of you but to me I've always used the curve tool to do my toning but for some reason I wasn't able to achieve the toning I have here. You'll be seeing more of this type of toning in future.

Now onto the subject, when I saw him, I immediately asked my client (who speaks fluent Italian) to translate my request for a photo to him. To my surprise, he said yes, gladly, I posed him and took the shot. After I did it he then ran into his cabin and brought out a lot of photos that other photographers had taken of him. Yup I wasn't the first person to run to him for a photo. Anyway this is by far my favourite portrait photo I've ever taken. I hope you like it too.

Update: Please vote for Alakija.com for best photoblog at www.blackweblogawards.com/blog/

comments (18)

  • E Etomi
  • Sweden
  • 29 Aug 2007, 06:53
I do really like it Jide. I wish we had more of his story.
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 29 Aug 2007, 07:25
Very nice detail and I like the orientation of the shot. Lovely portrait.
nice shot Mr Alakija. ur b&w whites keep improving, we need to talk
  • Stan
  • Africa
  • 29 Aug 2007, 08:03
I like this shot as well. Could have done with a tiny bit more dof but nothing that ruins the shot here. Wish you could have brought out the eyes a little more but not a lot you can do with his squint.

Finally, like i told Skee, you guys overdo the b&w. In my opinion its the easy way to do 'people' shots. Still very nice work thoughwink
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 29 Aug 2007, 08:45
I am loving the portrait Mr. Alakija..
Absolutely stunning portrait. All the Photoshop talk is goobledy gop to me but whatever you did was worth the time, I'd say.
  • Rayo previously Mo
  • 29 Aug 2007, 12:12
Jide, how do i go about voting, i went to the page, but got no directions
  • makoto
  • Sapporo, JP
  • 29 Aug 2007, 15:58
Good portrait. Perfect work.
beautifully weathered and expresison filled face...
  • adaoha
  • 29 Aug 2007, 17:32
When I opened your page I was so amazed by the quality of this portrait. The background to which it was placed on, brought it out for me. Maybe I like black. Time less picture - could be the back cover of this man's autobiography if he ever choses to write one. Imensely impressed.
This image struck me immediately and serves its subject well. It makes me want to know more about him, but the image definitely stands on its own. Great light, great toning.
beautiful portrait!
i second asiko we need to talk i want to learn toning jare.
And I absolute understand why
Beautiful, Jide... the expression, the lighting and tones, the detail in his face. Well done.

I like the redesign of your site.... makes me realize that I haven't been here for awhile!
  • Aibee Abidoye
  • New York
  • 3 Sep 2007, 16:22
ps: just saw the update would have voted for you.

This photograph is very journalistic/documentary-ish. (I hope i'm getting across what i'm intending) Love the processing and the contras. Its not quite B&W which is really nice...its got a brownish glaze to it... i guess thats where the documentary idea come from.

I do think a little less light on the left would have popped the image a little more, but... then again, i love really dark images so i'm commenting tangentially from my bias. smile Ignore!

V.Good! (remember that from high school? with the red tick from the teachers pen? haha. memories.)
  • adebanji
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jun 2008, 13:56
hannibal lecter in his old age
stylish as usual

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