Jide Alakija

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Power of Context #2

I've put this up because yes I want to put a really colourful photo and also because I want to show a different side to my work. A photograph is about a story in my opinion, some of you may look at this and say "well it's just a photo of a paillon and a lovely sky" yeah that's exactly what it is, so what's the story...You tell me what you see, how does it make you feel. Upon studying the portfolios of a lot of commercial photographers I found that a lot of images look rather bland on their own but the moment you put some text to it the entirety comes alive.

Now what can I add to this image to make is more interesting? Gimme a title or a peice of text...Imagine this shot was to be used for an ad, what would it be linked to?

By the way this shot has been processed in much the same way as the previous shot.

comments (11)

  • dotun
  • Maryland, USA
  • 23 Apr 2008, 00:47
Very nice, it looks very vibrant, not sure I can help with the text though. The colors especially the green rubs me well. The sky blues on the very top don't transition too well with the lower blues, did you use a CircularPL for this shot? if this was mine I will probably crop off a bit off the top cause i don't think it adds anything to the shots, I really have to scroll all the way to get up there it kinda of makes it a bit less landscappy..if there is any such word smile I still love the overall Jide's signature processing, it's a likey for me.

Jide Alakija: Hmmmm...well I guess we're seeing different things in the image. I personally like the transition.

I agree with you on the crop and I did actually consider a more stretched landscape crop, however I was not presenting the image that way, I wanted it presented in light of what I was refering to in my text i.e. image you had a peice of text written at the top of the image or that the image was used in an editorial peice with something written on it. That's the reason for the crop.

Well spotted.
  • E Etomi
  • Romania
  • 23 Apr 2008, 05:50
Sharp shot Jide, but I am not getting inspired with words for it. Maybe its too early smile
Jide Alakija: LOL...Thanks E.
  • Stan
  • 23 Apr 2008, 06:06
What they both said
Jide Alakija: Thanks Stan.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Apr 2008, 09:37
'they made it worse!' will be my phrase!! How much more beautiful will this photo have been without the input of people like me 'engineers' in this world!! Nice shot tho....
Jide Alakija: Interesting...I was thinking something more along the lines of "Power in the Future"
  • Tokini
  • Nigeria
  • 23 Apr 2008, 11:31
I would call it 'The Power of Nature' or 'The Power of Nature's Beauty' or something along those lines.

The sky is fantastic in this shot, but the things that "spoil" the beauty of the sky are all man-made, every single one of them.

Imagine how much more beautiful this would've been if we could cut out the hideous rail tracks and steel structures...
  • Amatuer
  • Europe
  • 23 Apr 2008, 15:11
I actually disagree with the comment above. I believe this picture manages to bring out the beauty of both the natural and artificial works (rail tracks, poles etc).. Although I am definately not a professional, I love the way you make the viewer appreciate the beauty of nature whilst recognising that "man-made" can also be artistic...
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 23 Apr 2008, 21:44
as expected...wicked shot!
i even like the effect of the wide-angle distortion at the bottom

like the comment above, i like the marriage of nature and man-made

i also couldn't help noticing that one or two clouds above look like feathers (i know, i know, totally off topic)
if it was not that busy on the man made part at the bottom, I am referring to the structures here, it would have told me about things to come, "Power to the Future" could have been one headline here, but it is already quite busy here, so either the future is one big mess, or you can see the great progress brought along by man. Being a third world child, I can feel the power of the future, but some might see the spoilage of nature, as some of your commenters already noticed.

It depends on who is the public, I guess I have been rambling here, but if this was for the new york times, it would probably be named "the last frontier", if it was for the Surinamese newspaper, it could head up "power up the future" wink
Looks like green has the blues.
"Pile On The Power" or "Power Tower" or somesuch for me.

Lovely processing Jide.
Jide, this would look great in print especialy in monochrome on dot matrix. What lens, was it shot on a tripod or did you have to lie down or something. It looks very arty. Would be interesting to see ht this would look like without the power line. taking aside the wideness, the striking thing is the absence of ppl or any animate object. its like it was taken after rapture or armageddon, by the way is that prince regent stn ?
Jide Alakija: This was not shot on a tripod neither was I on the ground. I used a Canon 17-40 F4 L lens.
I'm glad you noticed that there were no people in the shot, that's why I took it, I made sure of that.

Prince Regent Station? I don't know, it's was taken right next to the Excel Centre in the Docklands.

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