Jide Alakija

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photoblog image The Lost of Ikorodu - #1 -  Into the Blue
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The Lost of Ikorodu - #1 - Into the Blue

This photo was taken on my trip to a project in Ikorodu, just north of Lagos. I suddenly got the urge to process an image today. If you are still out there, I would love to know what you think. And Happy New Year (in arrears) by the way.
- Jide Alakija

comments (38)

  • Bitchy
  • Nigeria
  • 6 Jan 2008, 00:07
Burriful wink
Jide Alakija: OLODO!!!!
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 6 Jan 2008, 02:27
That's a killer shot, Jide. Somewhat too predictable in terms of the composition (dead center), but I'm sure, you had your reasons for it. The old wood of the boat, its reflection, the overall calmness of early morning (I assume, as an evening shot would've been in warmer tones), all come together here. Surely, you made the guy proud. He got famous through the whole fishing village, and maybe a few adjacent ones now.
What was the goal of your project? could you elaborate?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Viktor, re: composition, I don't think there is any other way I could have composed it better. As Ingrid has pointed out, the main subject is not in the centre and it does look well balanced with the front of the canoe being the most prominent part of the vessel.

AVSI is an Italian charity working with the Catholic church on projects in the Third world. They managed to secure some land in Ikorodu for some settlers who have been travelling from Cotonou, Republic of Benin. They have developed communities on this land by providing them with the basic necessities such as shelter, water and in most cases schools and medical facilites.

I was introduced to one of the Facilitators at AVSI who took me to this project to inform me of the kind of things there were doing there. It was quite facinating.
Agree with Viktor ! That's a great one. This blue filter is a good idea.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Florence.
The reflections and the postprocessing do it for me, beautiful!!!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Patrick. I'm glad you like the post processing. At the time of posting I wasn't too sure if it was a good idea to present it this way. I'm very pleased with the response so far to it.
Beautiful photograph. Lovely atmosphere of quiet and calm. Love the texture of the boat and the reflections in the still, glassy water. (:o)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rosalyn. Glad to see you drop by again.
  • boye
  • United States
  • 6 Jan 2008, 08:22
when I grow up I want to be like you!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Boye and curiously what am I like for you to want to be like? wink
  • Stan
  • 6 Jan 2008, 09:07
Nice work my guy. Always good to see stuff other than your usual portraits smile The processing is very effective. I'd plan to print it large if it were mine.
Jide Alakija: You might not be seeing portraits on my photoblog for a while. I'm sticking to photojournalism now.

(Meanwhile, I tried to call you before leaving, your phone was out of action apparently)
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 6 Jan 2008, 09:14
oh my what a stunning photo, nice processing toosmile
Jide Alakija: Thanks alot Tim.
  • Urv
  • California
  • 6 Jan 2008, 10:09
Love it! Any chance I could get a larger copy to use as a desktop image? It's just gorgeous
Jide Alakija: Urv, I'll have to send you more information regarding getting a larger version for desktop later. In the meantime I appreciate your comments.
  • Nkemo
  • london
  • 6 Jan 2008, 10:38
Great capture Jide, although some of the horizon seems to be lost in the centre.. pp? or was that intentional. Happy New Year. Tell us about this 'Project'..
Jide Alakija: Re: horizon, I don't think it's the pp. I'll have to look at the original later. Glad to see that you're back to photoblogging again. I like your recent posts. Were you in Nigeria over Xmas? Details of the project are mentioned in my response to VZ's comments above.
  • One Way
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jan 2008, 10:47
I think it's a beautiful shot. Love the mysterious, misty, background
Jide Alakija: Thanks. Your comment is highly appreciated.
  • Maksim
  • Russia
  • 6 Jan 2008, 14:18
Good shot!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Maksim. Curiously how did you find out about my photoblog?
Alakija is back. Likeyed
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'll try my best to post as best as I can. I'm not promising to stay for long.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 6 Jan 2008, 18:00
A beautiful image - I love the different blues together. I don't agree with the comments about the composition, because although the boat is central, the figure is well to the side. I think it is a well balanced composition.
Jide Alakija: I'm glad you noticed the different blues, I spent sometime working on that part of the photo. I totally stand with you re: the composition too.
  • manju
  • United Kingdom
  • 6 Jan 2008, 21:21
Beautiful shot !
Hey Mr Jyde. Good to have you back!!!Love this shot. Did he know you were taking it? He seems to be looking straight at you!

We should meet up soon.
  • Dotun
  • MD, USA
  • 7 Jan 2008, 00:47
very nice
  • Shakara
  • Herts , UK
  • 7 Jan 2008, 07:36
Lovely !!
  • Ann
  • SucĂ© sur Erdre - France
  • 7 Jan 2008, 08:53
I love the colours and the reflection in water ... Well done !!!
Nicely processed Jide. Didn't even bump into you this xmas Happy new yr!
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 7 Jan 2008, 09:57
nice to have you back
well composed and processed
the vignetting works
Welcome back Jide - I've missed you.

Yes, we're still out here, but not necessarily daily on my part, I regret to say. Redundant now, so working hard to make ends meet one way or another.

I agree with you - there's little else you could do to improve the composition with the main point of focus on one of the thirds and the equally featureless canvas above and below the boat divided equally.

Nicely done.
  • kunle lowo
  • Nigeria
  • 7 Jan 2008, 12:12
The Don returns! Nice to see another Alakija picture. Thanks for the post and I look forward to seeing much more. By the way, did u actually use a blue filter or was that added in PP?
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Jan 2008, 13:55
Love it!

I like the near illusion that the boat is floating in an endless sea, with just the hint of a horizon. The shades of blue are delicious.

There's almost a ghost image in the centre of the boat - something long and rectangular from just below the oarsman's hand to where the bow leaves the water, what is it?
Welcome back ...not that i've been here regularly anyway. smile
Great shot and processing.
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2008, 16:28
Great tones. tranquil.
  • Okiki
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jan 2008, 16:37
Hi Jide, totally love this shot! Looks like a painting that can go on my wall :-0))
  • laku
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 07:58
Hi Jide, nice to meet you too! great shot, Ikorodu will never look the same to me again.
  • Anon Imus
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:22
I absolutely adore this picture!!! So beautiful!!!
  • Morenike
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2008, 17:40
This is really beautiful, jide
rule of thirds obeyed and disobeyed.
of course it works for me!
  • Guurle
  • Nigeria
  • 16 Jan 2008, 10:55
Lol, burriful abi!? Wont ditto ikorodu will neva look the same to me 'per se', but i fit try sha! Marvelous outcome!!
  • Dembi
  • Germany
  • 16 Jan 2008, 21:43

Welcome Back.......after you long Hiatus!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loove this photo and pls can I have it?....Thanks....Besos.....
  • Damide
  • New York, New York
  • 23 Jan 2008, 04:06
Very Calming, I like it very much!
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jan 2008, 12:15
I find this commercial. Something that could be on a calendar somewhere
Jide Alakija: Oya...find the contract.
  • manoj
  • india
  • 7 Mar 2008, 10:46
beutiful composition with good use of light
  • nig
  • Gym
  • 12 Mar 2008, 08:05
How did I miss this one!! Just cracking everything.
what magical colors! A great one for sure1

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