Jide Alakija

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The kiss that blew me away

I've been asked by Yinks and Johnny to put up more wedding related photos so I decided that I'll put on hold what I originally wanted to post up. As I mentioned sometime ago I really don't like using my photoblog to post up work that is related to clients for the mere reason of privacy. The images you see have the clients consents most of the time but sometimes it can be difficult to share work that is deemed as private.

I mention this because I really want you all to be sensitive to those you make comments on or about, not everyone can take the heat that you all have come accustomed to.

This shot was taken during the my first wedding using the EOS 1 D MkIII. For those of you wondering about the camera I can tell you that it's a B****y fast camera. You can hardly miss a moment with it. As far as picture quality is concerned I am yet to see a difference in what it is giving me compared to the EOS 5D. I know this because I shot with both cameras on the day and the image quality is more or less the same.

This would make a lot of sense as the pixel density is more or less the same between both cameras. So that's good news for all you EOS 5D users. I must stress though that that being said the 5D is more a studio camera than the 1D MkIII, I wouldn't put it in the rain or take too many photos with it, it wasn't built for heavy duty use.

Finally, this shot was processed from RAW using Capture One, no photoshopping,

comments (11)

  • Fotografa
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2008, 00:15
A stunning capture of a special momentsmile Am keeping my fingers crossed on the 5D upgrade.
Jide Alakija: I'm sure the 5D MKII or whatever they call it will be so worth the wait. I really love the 1D MkIII though, so far it's been really good to me. smile
The angle on this one is KILLER! The kiss is quite powerful too. It does blow me away!
Jide Alakija: Thanks John, glad you like it.
  • Dotun
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2008, 13:58
Hi Mr Jide, I like the overall composition of this image, as per shooting this at 8.0 I am not too down with but that is just my style of shooting. I find my self looking all over the frame, I was more drawn to the floating veil and pillars than the kiss. I would have shot this at a much more wider apperture lets say 2.8 or 4.0, my guess is that you had the 16-35 on the camera.

On the Mark III camera, I have had a chance to test drive this camera. I agree that it is fast but with little bit more work I find that I can do the same with the 5D. I also find that the 5D renders color and skintones sligthly better. This camera was plagued with a lot of focussing issues when it came out and although canon had fixed the issues most most wedding photogs that use it here still dont trust it as much, I expect that when all is said and done Canon will release a "N" version like the Mark 2's. Oh and when it is very hot outside this camera tends to give you problems. In my opinion, it is not worth the prize tag of $4500 and we have seen the prize drop and lots of used Mark III's for as low as $3500, I will gladly get one when the prize gets lower. Wedding photogs are really waiting for a the new 5D. The current 5D is a great camera but it old and needs some new updates like noiseless files at ISO 6400 like the D3, D300 and D700, fast AF system like the 40D, more AF points like the Mark III's, Dual Card system. Rummors say the new 5D could be anounced in coming weeks.
Jide Alakija: F/2.8??? With all that vignetting, softness?? No way! I don't like soft edges. Also F/8 is the Universal aperture, you're sharpest then which for me is what I'm really trying to achieve.

At the end of the day it really down to your preferences, you like what you get with wider apertures and it suites your style.

I find it really hard to believe that you're drawn to the pillars than the kiss because of the aperture, I think that is more to do with composition than anything else, infact with a wider Av, you're gonna get more light from the background which will make is more prominent in the shot.

Re: Camera's I'm sure there are a lot more positive things about the MkIII than that wink
  • Dotun
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2008, 15:06
My 16-35 II at 4.0 is sharp at the edges and at 2.8 slightly soft and my first Version was not that bad either. But soft edge and vignetting is not always a bad thing as a matter of fact it will work for this shot..at least for me.

There are definately more good things about this camera but it is definately not worth the price tag, I shot a whole wedding with this camera and a 40D, my assessment is that canon can do better for a 4,500 camera. My second shooter had a D3 which I tested too and sorry the Mark IIi(1D) simply fell shot, ISO wise, speed and dynamic range
  • #2000
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2008, 15:08
Stunning pic J, that kiss not only blew me away...but I'm still floating. Gorgeous!
  • Dotun
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jul 2008, 15:08
And yes, the kiss would have been more obvious if you had moved to the right a bit.
Hi! Jide. I have been visiting your galleries from your page of beginning (Nice Web) Your images of Nigeria are spectacular. Fantastic works. I congratulate to you because your work is very inspiring!
  • chichi
  • United States
  • 11 Jul 2008, 21:50
I like the framing of this picture alot, but I think for what you are trying to achieve, Dotun's assement is spot on. I barely noticed this kiss tell I read the title of the picture. The pillars and veil have more thunder than the kiss.
Jide Alakija: Thnx Chichi
  • Collins
  • Houston, Texas, USA
  • 22 Jul 2008, 01:42
A PJ camera for a PJer. Sounds about right. smile
  • Collins
  • Houston, Texas, USA
  • 22 Jul 2008, 01:45
Oh, as for the shot, you nailed the embrace but the kiss is hardly visible.

Move to the right and frame them in the doorway and you also get a better vantage for the kiss.
  • Jaycee
  • United States
  • 28 Jul 2008, 06:22
I just love the way her veil was captured as it flew in the wind!

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