Jide Alakija

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New York, New York

Remember a few months back I started a series on my time in New York City. Well this is an image that is part of that series.

I was on a walk with Isi that day and we came across this scene. I noticed the lovely contrast between the yellow cabs and the Gucci board in the background. I immediately picked my spot and took this shot. I think portrays the comsopolitian side to New York.

What do you think?

N.B. For those of you wondering why my ISO was set to 1600, again I was after speed and also a more infocus image too.

comments (17)

  • Tony
  • 21 Jan 2008, 00:22
It's quite interesting the extent to which advertising has evolved. It's remarkably cool the way the Gucci ad wraps the Trump Tower. Great capture.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Tony, I couldn't agree with you more.
  • alex
  • Idaho, USA
  • 21 Jan 2008, 03:54
wow, what a crisp image! is this a wide angle?
Jide Alakija: Thanks Alex, I had this done with two exposures from the single RAW file. I'm very pleased with it.
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2008, 09:44
I can't get enough New York pictures at the moment, Jide. I'm taking the missus there in March o/
This is really good. I can see why you would want to stop and capture it.
Jide Alakija: Hi Jon, Long time. Glad to see you're still around. New York has a character that is unmatched by any other city in the world. I keep enjoying my stay there. Enjoy yourself when you go and get some good shots too.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2008, 16:48
Nice work, well done
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 21 Jan 2008, 17:00
went there a couple of months ago myself, stood in the exact same spot and took the exact same shot...love those trees...
Jide Alakija: WOW! So that means that there's still a lot of work going on over there then. I took this in September last year.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 21 Jan 2008, 17:20
The advertising is everywhere! Yes I think it does capture that side of NY.

I tend to take NY for granted because I live so close to it and go there fairly often. I do tend to shoot more of it from the Jersey side.
Jide Alakija: I feel the same when I'm in London. I don't seem to see the same shots that most people who are visiting see.
  • Ellie
  • wet UK
  • 21 Jan 2008, 23:15
Astonishing detail right through the picture, it's very good.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ellie. NY is rich with so much detail.
How did you get such strong colors with such a high ISO? This shot is amazing.
Jide Alakija: The ISO doesn't affect the colour. It only can affect the sharpness of the image. I boosted some of the colours in photoshop
nice nice nice, two exposures from a single raw file, hmmm
Jide Alakija: Thanks Patrick. I do it alot with many of my portraits too.
  • SheepLover
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jan 2008, 21:49
Really like the composition on this one. It's of a scene we all have seen 100's of times, and yet the composition still makes this a very interesting and entertaining picture.
Nice one smile
What did you achieve with the two exposures that you couldn't have done otherwise?
Jide Alakija: There were so many things wrong with the shot when I did the capture. The sky was very bright so it meant that the buildings to the far right would have been very over exposed if I metered for the Gucci board. So I had to generate two exposures taking into consideration the exposure for the board and one for the buildings to the far left.
  • truth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Jan 2008, 02:17
I reaaaally like this shot. Good job. Quick Q.....what digital camera $210 or less would you recommend for great shots? thanks
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I'm no camera expert and I am based in the UK. I suggest you check out http://www.cnet.com for comparison on the various cameras on the market that will fit your budget.
  • Noa
  • London
  • 27 Jan 2008, 22:29
Arresting image. I like the bold colours, it draws me into the scene. Been a fan of your work. First saw these oversized boards in NY and I notice they are getting common place in London now.
  • Ovo
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jan 2008, 12:12
Love this shot. It gives you a real feel of where you are.
Jide Alakija: Do I sense a My Story Project coming along? wink Hint hint!
  • Suru
  • USA
  • 2 Feb 2008, 21:17
I love this. All the colors seem to run from one side of the picture to the other, and the tree seems so luciously green. Nice one.
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hi jide i wonder if you can take a trip back to africa there so many great view to shot here am also looking forward to meeting you some day i love photography and i would love to to some jobs wid u thanks and remain blessed always
  • alakija regina
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Sep 2008, 12:45
hi jide was up wid u brother i sent u a message some while ago i did like to do some shot wid u even for free i just love the good work u doing think about it bro and contact me 08033010873 or by mail [email protected] thank remain blessed.

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camera Canon EOS 5D
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shutterspeed 1/400s
aperture f/14.0
sensitivity ISO1600
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