Jide Alakija

09 Feb 2009 1,216 views
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Sorry I couldn't post yesterday as I would have, I was slowed down by a little relapse of an illness that has been bothering me for the past two months. I'm happy that I'm on the mend. As I am getting older my ability to work through the week with very little sleep is dissappearing. I have to adjust myself and start working smarter in what I do.

This is a shot taken during the last walk at Portobello. I came across this gentleman who was setting up his stall with another photo colleague, Trey. With a face like this I could not but stop and interrogate him about his look.

My tip: When taking a portrait, a big tip I will leave you is that you should always remember your back drop before you take the shot. It can make or break your shot! If you have a dark subject don't use a bright backdrop as you will have more focus on the backdrop than your subject. Get the point?

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I do like this one. It’s the sort of shot which requires you to have a camera to hand all the time. I rarely take my camera out unless I have a pre-set task.
Jide Alakija: Thanks David. I so understand what you mean, which is why I had to organise this PhotoWalk, to get me to take photos outside a pre-set task.
Great stuff! He's obviously enjoying himself and it is catchy! Glad you are feeling better.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dawn.
  • Mo
  • London
  • 9 Feb 2009, 06:24
Fantastic portrait! Brings a smile to my face. He was obviously very at ease with you. Great tips about street photography. Glad to hear you are on the mend.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Mo.
  • Dr A. W!
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 06:40
Jide Alakija: Indeed!
Bloody extroverts ... great image Jide. richard
Jide Alakija: tongue Thanks Richard!
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 11:58
This really made me laugh out loud!!! Seriously amusing.

I'm sorry you have not been feeling too well and hope you get better soon.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Laurie
Alakija fella has man flu, aaawwwww, GET OVER IT NOW smile

Sweet sweet shot bro
Jide Alakija: I wish it was the flu you know....Thanks.
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Feb 2009, 21:24
hey Jide what hell is doees YPJ mean? young photojournalist. I like what u are doing with ur blog, the whole teaching thing. did u tell him to wear those gimpish glasses

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