Jide Alakija

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"The owner of this stall has gone to the toilet so I'm standing in for him till he returns. I don't know anything about what it is he sells."

My Tip: One thing that makes a good black and white shot is high constrat. This is usually possible during days of high sunlight, like this shot. Also I've employed the framing technique in my composition. That way you can see the enviroment in the shot. It puts the image in context, so it's a better representation of what was happening during the capture. Sometimes when telling a story it's always a good idea to use the enviroment to put your subject in context.

Oh and don't forget to meter!

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  • Mr Skee
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2009, 01:10
This guy seem weary of the camera and a little bit tensed up.

Very lovely framing, the joys of a 24mm. Last two shots have been smoking

I actually like this better with a little bit of the top of the photo cropped off, the guy then tends to be more balanced in the composition.

I love the 24 but once in a while it can reveal a litte too much

once again great capture smile
  • àsìkò
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Feb 2009, 07:18
very cool Jide, framing is very good here. are those swords? I must go to portobello
Looks like an Arms dealer stall, and the on-looker is as puzzled as I am.

Swords, bullets, and the item on top of the UN helmet, looks like a land mine smilesmile
  • Arike\'mi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 17 Feb 2009, 01:30
This is helpful jide thanks, is the ISO also taken into consideration while taking this picture and what software do you use for editing? definitely the raw image is not like this i presume grin, im trying to improve my techniques by taking as much picture as i can and learning from it. Using my mind i get the pictures i want but having to make them stand out properly is what i dont know how to do, i dont know if you understand what im saying i.e vividness. Also can you shed some light on the lens of a camera.... wink
Jide Alakija: I usually shoot in high ISO so that I can get fast enough shutter speeds so yes is the answer to that. The RAW was like this only that it was in colour. wink

Lens I used was a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L, I suggest you google this lens for more information about it.
  • Collins
  • United States
  • 19 Feb 2009, 22:53
Great capture and compelling composition.

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camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
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