Jide Alakija

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As promised I have a shot that I think is right up there as one of my favourites. Today was the last home game of the season of the Olympians. The weather was very good and the game was comfortably won. I took sometime during the half time interval to catch some shots of the players warming up.

Still feeling very tired from the wedding, I didn't realise how much energy I expended. Today I'll be covering the Carnival with the Paraiso School of Samba with Skee. Hopefully I'll get some cool shot from there.

Oh for those of you that were expecting a shot from the wedding, I couldn't get concent from the couple since they were otherwise engaged. When I do I'll post something from the event.

comments (37)

Nice capture... Beautiful post-processing!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Michael. Very nice of you to drop by.
  • Gavin
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 28 Aug 2006, 00:31
Oh Wow. This just blew me away. Excellent!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Gavin. Really appreciate your comment.
Such harnessed power. Its an b&w at its best.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Photowannabe.
  • Jamey
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Aug 2006, 02:17
That's really nice. I like how the depth of field is shown on the grass and you can see how tight/correct the focus is on the player. Almost like you're showing off photographically smile

I went to carnival today as well. Got a few nice photos, I think. Probably gonna go tomorrow too so might text you and see where you are.
Jide Alakija: Went there today and got loads of rubbish stuff. Note to myself try and shoot in RAW if possible. All my JPEGs didn't come out nice at all! Only the few RAW files I took.
Wonderful shot Jide!
The things that I always love your shot is the sharpness and clearly of main object(s). Is that depend on camera or something else? Could you share some tips how to do that? I am sorry for this stupid question because I am just a beginner. grin
Jide Alakija: No such thing as a stupid question, how else would you know if you don't ask.

I think the lens, camera and good lighting have a lot to do with it.
  • agus
  • Venezuela
  • 28 Aug 2006, 03:17
Wouu!!!... I like this picture a lot. To see the player stretching out and the tiers behind empty it produces a relaxation sensation smile
Jide Alakija: Thanks Agus.
wow jide,

this shot is picture perfect. honestly it looks like a print ad for a sports drink. amazing tones and use of light. i love the dof and the way that you have created this sense of isolation and intensity. awesome!
Jide Alakija: Thanks nicole.
  • Uzo
  • US
  • 28 Aug 2006, 03:46
Simply FANTASTIC. Great depth of field and use of light and tones (very minor wish: To see his face).
Jide Alakija: I actually think that his hidden face adds more to that shot. There is a certain mytstery to it. Thanks Uzo.
  • Intern
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 03:49
This is such an amazing picture!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Intern.
  • Jamey
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 04:52
Wow, I like that a lot. It's interesting that some of the best shots come from the moments when no one else would care to look.
Jide Alakija: LOL....True very true. Thanks Jamey.
  • rookskooks
  • kindgom of passive aggresive
  • 28 Aug 2006, 05:07
beeeeeyyoootiiifulllll....LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT...once again jide...a moment in time is captured...
Jide Alakija: Thanks Rooks.
  • sk
  • UK
  • 28 Aug 2006, 07:40
U dis boy sha.......... nice!!!!!!
Jide Alakija: LMAO!!!
  • Mask
  • Nigeria
  • 28 Aug 2006, 07:50
This is lovely. The shadows the light !!! Ahhh!
Jide Alakija: For you to comment that must mean that it's really right up there. Thanks.
  • E Etomi
  • Nigeria
  • 28 Aug 2006, 08:00
Ur right Jide..a definite fav
Jide Alakija: Thanks Miss E.
  • barbara
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Aug 2006, 09:43
Go Jide!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Barbie. Arms in the air!
Very nice shot Jide as much as I detest american football but an excellent tonal range
Jide Alakija: LMAO!!!!! I used to myself until I started photographing them, Now I'm really intruiged by it. Thanks Neil.
  • Samarth
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Aug 2006, 10:21
One of your best shots ever I would say...9/10 (yes, you finally got it)...toning is superb...i love that guys pose and i think uve applied radial blur which works well....

p.s. ive started a new shutterchance blog, be sure to visit...
Jide Alakija: YAAAAAAY! Finally!!!!! YAAAAAY!!!
  • micki
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 11:14
Definitely a great shot, one that could be used in an ad.
Jide Alakija: That's true. Thanks Micki.
  • Turfdigger
  • Southeastern Massachusetts (US)
  • 28 Aug 2006, 11:30
This is a fine, fine sports photograph - post-processing here really takes it up a notch.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Turdigger.
  • Ana
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 13:19
great perspective! it has a very good feel to it, and he looks like he's working hard!
Jide Alakija: He sure does. Thanks Ana.
  • Laurie
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 13:41
Fantastic shot. What strikes me though is it's seems like he is so completely alone.
Jide Alakija: "Seems" being the operative word. There were about 40 other players beside him in a row. I chose to isolate him in the crop. Thanks Laurie.
You can feel the intensity & concentration. Perfect capture, Jide!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dave.
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 28 Aug 2006, 16:24
Awesome image. What a great atmosphere. Love it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brian.
  • incubus
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Aug 2006, 18:16
very beautiful!!! Great work
Jide Alakija: Thanks incubus.
Superb vignetting and blur looks cool, well done!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Ashish.
Very good B&W conversion !!!!
Really love this shot

I'll put the player in the left side and not in the right but...
Jide Alakija: Thanks. I would have done that too or have him stretch the other way, however this is a candid so I had no choice in the matter.
  • jt
  • US
  • 28 Aug 2006, 19:12
Great shot Jide. Job well done!
Jide Alakija: Thanks Travis
na wa o. there's no stopping you sha... (i wouldn't try this guy in the picture, though wink
Jide Alakija: Well I've decided to shoot more now and to put up something worthwhile. I'm glad you like it.
  • Claude
  • France
  • 28 Aug 2006, 20:47
Beautiful b&w shot. Great use of DOF and excellent post-processing.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Claude.
Love the tones and colours! Love the details..
Jide Alakija: Thanks Craig.
  • Paul
  • Canada
  • 28 Aug 2006, 22:42
Very nice. I love the tones, and the repetition in the seats in the background.
Jide Alakija: Honestly Paul, do you think the tones work? How would you have taken this shot? I'm tempted to send you the original JPEG to see your OWN interpretation of this shot. What do you say?
This is a great shot. It captures the isolation of the athlete in preparation very well.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Chris.
  • hilal
  • Turkey
  • 29 Aug 2006, 10:42
hi jide! thanks 4 dropping by.
great one here.
Fantastic shot! I love tonality.
  • donchichi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Aug 2006, 08:36
I couldn't help but comment on this one!

Great shot Jide! Very impressive. Perfect.
You can't fault it...
You can't teach it!

Where did you take this shot? Are you in the states?
Jide Alakija: Thanks donchichi, that's very flattering of you. I took this in London at Crystal Palace. American football is played in the UK
  • moncef
  • Paris
  • 2 Sep 2006, 07:31
guys said it all... great atmosphere and framing. good b&w shot
  • 29 Jun 2007, 16:34
please make this a post card!

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