Jide Alakija

16 Jul 2009 1,562 views
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I feel so bad now that I haven't been taking my photoblog seriously. Once upon a time I used to post an image every single day without missing a day. I did this for almost two years without burning out. Not only was I posting daily I was also putting up something that broke the boundaries of my own understanding in Photography and post production. Nowadays I just put up whatever I have from different parts of my work.

Ok I will start to make more of an effort over the next coming posts.

Here is a shot taken about two years ago during my telephoto days. I just aquired the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Lens, "The Great White" at this time and was using it to snoop out all sorts of candids whilst photographing weddings. I hadn't really a clue when it came to composition, I found that I was always using the same composition with the lens, even till this day whenever I pick up the lens (and I hardly) I still use this simple, detail finding composition.

Most photojournalists hardly use this lens because of the fact that it's not a very good lens to make cool compositions with.

Also I've developed the post production of my colour grain shots to the point where I would based most of my Wedding photojournalism on.

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on this one.

comments (4)

  • Kay
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2009, 03:10
Jide, I can only dream of that lens that you have. I just ordered it's poorer cousin, the EF 70-200mm F4/L http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=150&modelid=7345 (it was on sale at Amazon).

I don't think it matters re: what lens you use for weddings, as long as they turn out like this pic of yours did.

I'm not a wedding photog, but I know what I like.
Jide Alakija: I used to use that lens a lot when I first started. In fact it was borrowed and I loved the image quality it produced.

You're right it doesn't matter what lens you use for weddings, or anything in fact. It's about the image you see and how you want the image presented. I'm a very strong believer that each photographer should present his image in the way he/she feels it should be presented.
i guess this is what i mean about the seeing eye. This picture is totally engaging
Jide Alakija: Thanks Bill.
  • DrAW!
  • United States
  • 16 Jul 2009, 20:10
i didn't quite get the zoom range i desired when i used this on a full frame. believe it or not, i preferred the zoom of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS which i found great for long distance candid sniping...even indoors

this is a great candid.
i know the grain adds to the photojournalistic feel but i think it could do with an ever-so-slight toning down in this shot
Jide Alakija: I guess with regards to the zoom range you can always move closer to your subject but that in itself depends on what you are shooting. I've always found that Zooms make composition difficult in general.

Re: the grain, I don't think there is such a thing as a photojournalistic feel. Each photojournalist presents the image in the way he feels he wants the story told regardless of the rules, the grain is more an artistic presentation than anything else, one I deliberately have chosen to use to present this image. Of course you may prefer to have the image toned down but then it wouldn't be a Jide Alakija image would it? wink
  • Mo
  • London
  • 16 Jul 2009, 23:19
Great shot Jide. I'm drawn in and intrigued to know what they were talking about. I like the grain here and the textures of the wooden pews. All in all, I likey!

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