Jide Alakija

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Northern Beauty #2

Remember this shot? This is the follow up to it. I actually processed this one around the same time as the previous one, but I never really thought it was right. Now when I look at it I wonder why I had any qualms about it in the first place. It just goes to show that your mood can affect what your eyes see. I have noticed recently that I have become very "finicky" about the amount of light and darkness in the images that I photograph these days.

Okay enough chatting. On to the image... tell me what you see.

comments (33)

  • Mo
  • London
  • 5 Oct 2007, 00:04
What an incredible image. Her gaze is so direct and piercing. The eyes really are the window to the soul. Beautiful!
Jide... I love this composition, I think it is very good. Looking carefully at the eyes though I see you have lost quite an amount of detail and tonality smile

Top marks for everything else. its striking in b/w. This could be a really good poster. I really like it... BUT ure PS work is a bit off. With a tad bit more care in processing.... u have here a real winner. Back to the lab mate, take your time.... like I said, top marks.... but this is rushed work imo.
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2007, 00:47
I think the use of shadows is very strong here, and the direct gaze of the model is very effective.
WoW! WoW! A great great portrait. Perfecto, Jide!
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2007, 01:09
o.k whats the story behind this shot I am interested
  • Yẹni
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Oct 2007, 01:09
Stunning eyes. Lovely composition and the tones are terrific. Right from white white to black black.

A real winner.
Very beautiful. The cloth adds some real mystery to the picture.
Lovely eyes, Nice shot.
I really like this Jide. Shots with nice eyes like these work for me.
Wow, the contrast is amazing. Love the texture and intensity too. Great depth of field.

My only complaint is the lack of detail in the eyes - they look a little blown out.

Otherwise, excellent photograph!
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • 5 Oct 2007, 05:38
Stunning shot, totally captivating and the light & focus & everything is just spot on. Excellent.
  • Stan
  • 5 Oct 2007, 06:11
Its a great concept Jide (not original but still great) but you let yourself down in the execution. Her eyebrows are clearly the sharpest bits of the shot, at f/4.5...tut tut.
  • Lesley
  • Montreal, Canada
  • 5 Oct 2007, 07:35
Very powerful image!
  • BeakerSt
  • Shutterchance
  • 5 Oct 2007, 07:36
Cats eyes! Nice composition and focus of attention.
  • :)>
  • 5 Oct 2007, 07:51
He is back grin. Lovely.
  • adaoha
  • 5 Oct 2007, 07:54
I AM SPEECHLESS. A real beauty. Wonderful, wonderful work. The image so striking, the eyes so piercing. LOVE it.
  • mal
  • in the prison of work
  • 5 Oct 2007, 08:55
top marks Jide! totaly beautiful. mal
Nice shot.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, USA
  • 5 Oct 2007, 12:13
I looked at it last night. Needless to say it was a sleepless night. This eyes...they haunted me all time, master Jide.
This is hauntingly beautiful.
All I can say is wow! Goes to my likeys
  • tp
  • United States
  • 5 Oct 2007, 16:24
I LOVE this shot. It's so expressive. Well done!
Me like this very much bros
Hi Jide, it's a masterpiece !
Likey !!
A very striking portrait. The eyes never leave you. I like very much the way it is lit with the edges in shadow. Perhaps the whites of the eyes are a little overwhitened, but that is a minor quibble.
Add this email to the heaps of praise. Wonderful capture.
  • aisha
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Oct 2007, 23:53
simply beautiful...striking
Excellent composition, very striking image.
  • yasmin
  • Nairobi
  • 18 Nov 2007, 10:48
My dear u are good!!!
Have u ever actually thoug of working with Advertising Companies that hold Accounts for Corprate clients who use this kind of Detail?

Or Holding an Exhibition?
Beautiful shot, lovely tone and piercing gaze.
  • Fausto
  • Paraguay
  • 23 Feb 2008, 12:53
Amazing...Love it. Those eyes...smile

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camera Canon EOS 5D
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/250s
aperture f/4.5
sensitivity ISO1000
focal length 100.0mm
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