Jide Alakija

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Here's something very different and also somewhat over processed as some might say. I took a portrait of Tosin and decided to show something very different. I don't expect everyone to like it but at least it would be nice to hear what you think about it.

Oh Tosin doesn't remember when this was taken, shows how different the original must have looked.

I'm running out of inspiration at the moment, and I think that's partly to do with the fact that I've got too many things going on. Now I ask you guys, what do you want me to show? What do you want so see on Alakija.com? I'd really appreciate your input, someone out there say something, give me some clues!!!

Post processing: Not much except from a strong s-curve and 4 skin layers which I've softened through blurring.

comments (42)

  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 27 Mar 2006, 00:05
I like it, amazing look and very very mysterious... smile
mmmm I think you should post what ever you wish, I will always be happy to see whats on your mindwink
  • deji77
  • newcastle, uk
  • 27 Mar 2006, 00:09
lovely. i like wat uv done to the image. though u should have cleaned out the eyes a bit more....
  • clarence
  • Irving TX, USA
  • 27 Mar 2006, 00:47
Incredible portrait, I'm sure she would be happy with it.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Clearance.
beautiful skin tone...nice framingsmile
Nice shot, Jide! The tones are nice and the central composition reinforces the symmetry of the face. The eyes are the sharpest part of the photo, which is a very good thing. Very good work. Regards.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Brent. Couldn't access your blog today for some reason, kept on getting 404 errors. Will try later.
  • Andy
  • London, England
  • 27 Mar 2006, 05:33
I have to agree very mysterious indeed! I like it alot. keep'em coming!
  • Amit
  • Singapore
  • 27 Mar 2006, 06:10
Wow, this is a lovely close-up shot. Details have come out so nicely.
  • sk
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 27 Mar 2006, 06:49
  • Bjrn Utpott
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 27 Mar 2006, 07:48
This is amazing, almost haunting. You have achieved a perfect symmetry, even in the lighting.
  • Inu
  • London, England
  • 27 Mar 2006, 08:21
This is very "different". Love the way you've focused the lighting. The overall effect is somewhat haunting and looks as though Tosin's face is submerged in some liquid or something. Me likey purely because it's striking & emotive...the more you look, the more you see...nice
Awesome. A brilliant potrait
  • jlc
  • World
  • 27 Mar 2006, 08:37

Superbe !
I like, don't think its over processed
  • Suby
  • 27 Mar 2006, 10:34
Ahhhhh my woman smile Nice Nice, have some shot like this to, maybe post up one day smile As usual we have your signature golden glow smile Yep it's an Alakija shot.

Not sure if it's my screen but what are those lines runing on both sides of her face?

Okay what do I want to see more from you? This is also a question I ask myself day in day out. As my greatest critique(my lovely Sis "tbyte12") always says, try and be imaginative, be different, you do not neccessarily need to comform to the norm, think outsided the box, go to museums, think of themed shots, shoot mostly where you think your strewgth is. Try an create an identity for Alakija.

All easyier said than done though, when I have cracked it, I will let you know, till then will just keep doing what you enjoy smile

Look on the bright side though, you have been doing an excellent job so far.
Jide Alakija: It's not your screen it's Photoshop. I saved it as an 8 bit image so the colour gradiation isn't great. This was an emergency shot as I've not got anything to put up.

Pondered on your thoughts oh master Suby...will go out today and look for something unique!!!
Jide, how about more candid and street shots? They are pretty interesting.

I don't quite like this picture here, not my type of portrait. smile
Jide Alakija: No worries....at least you spoke, thanks for that I really needed someone to say something. I'll put up some street stuff on Wednesday, how's that? grin
  • Tosin
  • London
  • 27 Mar 2006, 10:46
Hey Jide,

This is an impressive shot. Reminds me of bohemian rapsody by Queen! I love you baby!!
  • Kim
  • Napoli, Italy
  • 27 Mar 2006, 11:27
This is absolutely stunning. The intensity of her stare is softened by your processing and these two complement each other greatly. I love the shape of her face. Beautifully done.
Jide Alakija: Thanks Kim.
  • Nkechi
  • 27 Mar 2006, 11:52
I love the shot!! I agree with deji77 that you should have cleaned out the eyes a bit more. I would also have preferred a full face shot without her chin cut out and without those fuzzy lines running up from the sides of her lips - they distract from the overall picture! Despite all this, the shot still does it for me!

I expect to look this hot (and processed) in my wedding pics!!! (Jide, take note!)
Jide Alakija: Of course my dear...your's will be special. Still up for Saturday?
  • Ella
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • 27 Mar 2006, 12:24
Very beautiful portrait! I think I would also prefer the crop a little less tight and I agree with Nkechi: the highlights on the lips do look a little streaky.
When my boyfriend and I run out of ideas, we take a walk to a neighbourhood, where we have never been before. We also ask our friends about their favourite places. This often leads to new ideas. Thank you for being so open and honest on your blog. I learn a lot from the discussion here!
Jide Alakija: Ella, I believe in sharing and that doesn't mean my giving only but also me recieving. So your input is always valueable.

Thanks for the tip also I'll go to a different part of my town and look for something different.grin
  • Sele
  • London
  • 27 Mar 2006, 12:37
Very very nice...
Its a good portrait and visual that its been processed but not over processed. I like it
  • Micki
  • 27 Mar 2006, 13:19
This is lovely, but then you have a beautiful subject to work with! I mean, this is truly spectacular!
  • eterisk
  • Goteborg, Sweden
  • 27 Mar 2006, 13:37
I really like the contrast between the nice details like under the nose, against the soft skin. This is really great.
  • Dave
  • California, America
  • 27 Mar 2006, 14:13
Cool closeup, man. It reminds me of an extreme closeup in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet. Both model and actress are beautiful enough to make it work.
  • Peter
  • London, UK
  • 27 Mar 2006, 14:18
this is pure beauty ! smile
... and I definitely cannot see any lack of inspiration, just give it a little time ... it's spring smile
  • Azhar
  • 27 Mar 2006, 15:12
Amazing lighting and shades.
  • mr Skee
  • skeetown
  • 27 Mar 2006, 15:28
Brill Idea and execution but...
for me the composition isn't working!!!

Less of the forehead and more below the lips, maybe even including the chin.

Having done this, you would have achieved a perfect triangle, which would start from the top of the eyebrows and finish with the chin, following the natural curves of the cheek bones.

For those of you who think i'm speaking greek ;-) grab a mirror and look at yourself thats if your not like me, who enjoys studying peoples faces on the train on my journey to and fro from work.

....skee has spoketh
  • Roger
  • Denton Texas
  • 27 Mar 2006, 16:01
Wow. I love it. Amazing shot.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK
  • 27 Mar 2006, 16:03
Oh superb. This reminds me of one of those windows in a door, the ones they open to check you out before they let you in. Imagine this beautiful face confronts you when you knock. Heavenly!
Wow... what a lot of comments you have today! Anyway, about the shot, yeah pretty nifty. I like the way her face fades into the black background. But definately looks rather "processed".
I like the smoothness to this one... good work
  • zee
  • birmingham, jand
  • 27 Mar 2006, 18:48
jide i always dig your work... i'm a bit concerned you're concentrating too hard on being a people pleaser. you clearly have a super wikid eye, i wanna see some well thought out photo essays... can you give us some of that? wait a minute does that style of photography even interest you?? keep it up!
Jide Alakija: Good point. I'll do one maybe next week for a whole week. I'll think of something. Thanks great idea.
  • samcam
  • St louis, United States
  • 27 Mar 2006, 18:54
I like it.. although, it is kind a too close a shot for me! I dunno whether I would have liked it without the post processing...
  • Sinem
  • 27 Mar 2006, 22:15
  • Tuffer
  • United States
  • 27 Mar 2006, 22:26
I don't love the soft blurring around the edges but the cropping and colors are really well done. I think sharpness through out would have just added that last bit of "pop" (which is becoming my most over used word in comments!). Just found your site through vfxy and it is great.
  • Kemi
  • United States
  • 28 Mar 2006, 19:48
It's too green.
My eyes are hurting.
OMG. wow.
fantastic !!!!
  • Lee
  • Manchester
  • 31 Mar 2006, 20:21
I'm not sure what it is, but she looks all teary eyed. I like the whole smoothening process Unfortunate;y or not, I'm not feeling the wattery lines leading up to her lips.
But good work all the same.
  • dayo
  • Manchester
  • 14 Apr 2006, 00:32
I like the fact that the picture doesnt even look as if its been processed, thats black skin for you. the eyes are perfect, cleaning them out will give her a bland look, Excellent work, cant wait for you to do me...photographically that is lol
Jide Alakija: Thanks Dayo, you got the point. Whenever you're ready.
One of my favorite shot - Really amazing, geometric and expressive

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