Jide Alakija

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Children of Rwanda #4: Clear up after dinner

This is an addition to the "Children of Rwanda" series to which I have posted three images already.

Presented in this image is the kitchen where the children's meals were prepared. Many things in this scene strike me. The poor lighting conditions, (notice that this was taken at ISO 1250 and yet it's relatively dark), the poor hygiene, there's a lot of smoke and dust all coming from the combination of the ashes and the dirty floor.

If there is more you can add, please feel free to leave a comment. I'd quite like to hear your own take on this scene.

comments (24)

  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2008, 00:55
.. and people in this country complain when they can't get to the shops and need to use the latest bio-detergents!

A really good docu-picture, makes me think.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ellie. Yeah it's very ironic how we on this side of the ocean live in light of how the others on the other side do.
Wow! that diagonal shaft of light is so potent and captures the kid delightfully. Interested to know the response of you taking shots inside buildings. richard
Jide Alakija: Taking shots inside buildings? I'm not sure I get you Richard.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 09:25
brilliant work!
the end result is excellent

would it have been possible to still get such a powerful shot if you used a slower speed and wider aperture so as to not need the high iso?

not that i see anything wrong with this capture...i mean it's relatively noiseless
Jide Alakija: I used a high ISO not only because it was dark but because I wanted high speed. If I had used a slower speed I run the risk of getting a motion blur if something in the scene had moved really quickly. Remember this is photojournalism, it's about the decisive moment so the settings you use on your camera are very different from if you are doing still life photography.
Would love to see more of your documentary work. It's very inspiring...
Jide Alakija: Don't worry. There's a lot more coming. When I have more time I'll post again.
Well done Jide.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Lolu.
  • Anon Imus
  • Nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:19
You have talent. Just curious? Is this a profession or a hobby? keep up the good work, it's absolutely brilliant!
Jide Alakija: My photoblog generally is a hobby. This particular shot was from my professional work.
u showed me this b4. still very nice and welcome back smile
Jide Alakija: Ah! Then it's not new to you then. sad
Fantastic shot - really love that shaft of light.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bernie. I like it too.
  • Dotun
  • Md, USA
  • 8 Jan 2008, 16:58
love it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dotun.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 19:28
A very strong composition - the shaft of light is just magical. I can't detect any noise at such a high ISO. The conditions that some people have to endure are terrible, and yet it is still home.
Jide Alakija: I use Capture one Pro to process all my RAW's. It's very good at removing noise from photos. Also this was captured with an EOS 5D which handles noise very well. Then don't forget that the image has been massively resized so you wouldn't be able detect any noise unless I posted a full size version instead.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 20:08
the light in this is stunning. great dust/smoke refraction and to get his shadow perfectly framed by the shaft of light is fantastic. mal
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mal. Much appreciated as usual.
Oh my word. What a shot! Magical use of lighting in this powerful image. You should be very proud of this one. (:o)
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rosalyn. I was very happy with a lot of the shots I got on my trip to Rwanda.
beutiful work here Jide, this is NatGeo stuff!! you should get published!!
Jide Alakija: Yeah I've been studying a lot of the National Geographic stuff of late. The inspiration came very much from there. Now how to get stuff like this published is the new challenge. Any ideas?
  • boye
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2008, 06:27
this is why i have a link to your blog from mine, so I never miss a shot (at least yours)
Jide Alakija: Thank you so much for the link Boye. Very much apppreciated.
  • Rafael
  • Suriname
  • 9 Jan 2008, 11:48
Very interesting! You have an eye for detail. Wonderful work!
Jide Alakija: Thank you Rafael.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 10 Jan 2008, 03:25
Very powerful image. Eye opening.

I should stop complaining about some of the things I complain about. I have nothing to complain about.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Luarie. It then means that you have something to offer. Esp to those who have nothing and much to complain about. What you think?
  • E.
  • Europe
  • 11 Jan 2008, 00:28
you know I'm proud of you for coming back to your blog...it was about time as well..

u know who this is smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks. No I don't know who this is. wink
Absolutely classic, perfect shot.
Jide Alakija: Hi Jamoula. Thanks for your comments.
this is quite the shot
the light its worth everything here... good stuff.
Jide Alakija: Hi aminTorres, thank I think you'll like the next one then.
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 13 Jan 2008, 20:01
Great photo, wow... some people are living like this, and some other people dont really know where to waste their money... or worse, because I grew up in a big city, people always complaining about everything and not appreciating the simple precious things that matter and make us smile everyday...
This shoot is simply extraordinary. Composition, light, theme. Very impressive.
  • urban8
  • the lush-lushness that is Stoke-on-Trent
  • 14 Jan 2008, 12:54
Well, I probably cannot say much more than the words expressed in appreciation of this image by other SC members, but will simply say excellent in every sense.

I know I have commented on a couple of your photos before, but must admit to, and apologise for, having missed many others - I've just trawled through part of your archive and have got to say I am very impressed, the quality & power of the images is briiliant, must be some of the best, if not the best, portraiture work on SC.
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jan 2008, 12:14
It took me a while to realise what I was looking at but this is an incredible shot. Love the way the light pours in.
Jide Alakija: Thanks...it was an incredible moment too.
  • Lonitra
  • A rlonlig stone is worth two in the bush, thanks t
  • 27 Jul 2011, 08:20
A rlonlig stone is worth two in the bush, thanks to this article.

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