Jide Alakija

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Portobello Simon #2

This is the chap I met at Portobello market that his name I forgot to ask. I coined Simon for him in my last post which quite a number of you liked.

I decided today I'd post something with a bit more colour and more character. This time I am going for a more "toy-camera" style in my post processing, so don't panic, I like many don't like overly photoshopped photographs. I wonder if it works. What do you think?

comments (13)

  • Noa
  • London
  • 13 Feb 2008, 17:12
Nice shot. Cool colours and tones. I like it just as much as the previous one. The blurring on this one draws attention to his face.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Noa, your comment is very much appreciate and very invaluable.
Yeah I agree with Noa. He also has a nice smile. Nicely done Jide, the PP works for me.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kunle, much appreciated.
a very nice portrait
Jide Alakija: Thanks Christian.
Wow Jide. Wow!! The detail is amazing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Abisola.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 14 Feb 2008, 06:39
As an alternative to darkening the edges, vignetting with soft blur is also very effective in concentrating attention where it's wanted.

The gritty look of "Simon's" face is complemented very well by the aged brickwork behind him and his expression says he's happy with his lot.

A very effective portrait as we've come to expect from you, Jide.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 14 Feb 2008, 08:02
I love him before and I still love your photos of him. So expressive.
I like the darkened edges .. It's a nice shot and well processed ....
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Feb 2008, 10:59
A very human portrait, Jide.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 14 Feb 2008, 11:50
I think Simon is a great character picture subject and would stand many a photoshop attempt. So this one will work if it was a family member or someone else with whom you have emotional ties.

My association with character shots is for a strong face and either contrasting or a strong b&w conversion.
  • laku
  • 14 Feb 2008, 13:21
Nice portrait Jide, i like the tone.
Another very good portrait Jide. You're really talented with this exercise !
Very good processing. You have to teach how you do this.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Feb 2008, 17:08
Wicked portrait. Love it.

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