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Eleanor Rigby  - Waits at the Window Wearing a Face that She Keeps in a Jar by the Door
Eleanor Rigby - Waits at the Window Wearing a Face that She Keeps in a Jar by the Door

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM (Silver)
Location: Old Stone House
Date: May 28, 2006
Aperture: F/7.1
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/100 sec.
Galleries: Emotive
Date Uploaded: May 30, 2006

This photo is very dark so it might be hard to see if your monitor isn't calibrated correctly, but I felt it had to be that way to portray the mood of the song.

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Clone (Reflexions on Jar)
Hue/Saturation (Yellows)
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Place: 41 out of 273
Avg (all users): 6.1895
Avg (commenters): 7.8000
Avg (participants): 5.8265
Avg (non-participants): 6.3797
Views since voting: 4959
Views during voting: 519
Votes: 285
Comments: 19
Favorites: 3 (view)

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06/28/2006 06:07:54 PM
Great shot, not keen on the face in the jar but i like the rest.
Seems to have the 'dragoniser' effect, which works well but you could have just overdone it. That could however have just been her being abit dark.
Really good shot though, well done.
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06/09/2006 06:50:39 PM
Paul, hello from the Critique Club:

First impression: I love this, although it also looks a bit "dissonant" or disconnected because of the jar/face.

About the image:

Focus is excellent. Absolutely no problem there.

Exposure is good for the rocks, foreground, jar, and girl. As you mention in your comments, the image is dark (at the top left). I looked at this on two monitors, and even though the image looks lighter overall on my laptop, the area behind the girl looks black on both. As one of your commenters mentioned below, I wonder if keeping a touch of detail from within the hut would have been preferable, just a big, like a hint of what's behind the girl. But the exposure for the rest is perfect IMO.

Composition: Very well done IMO, excellent use of the rule of thirds. The white border goes well with the image. The jar/stand is the one discordant element - the placement is fine, but it being there is sort of strange, and counters the dark mood of the picture otherwise. The jar/mask look almost comic, like a little cartoon thrown into an otherwise very moody image. I am not sure how well that works. In a way, it makes a beautiful image into something you're trying to fit to the song. I love the sweep of the rocks, and the girl's expression is just right.

Post processing: Looks to me like you did an excellent job. I like it that even though you applied draganizer, it is not so heavy as to make it look like a "draganized" image. The colours are beautifully muted.

Overall: A good entry for a hard challenge. You got a good score. Your score probably suffered because the image somehow didn't "connect" with a lot of viewers.

I hope this helps.

Take care,



Comments/questions/complaints - feel free to email me.
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06/08/2006 10:40:19 AM
love this , the mood, the colours and the composition...
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06/08/2006 06:10:18 AM
Nice shot and congrats on your new top score, won´t be long till you improve it though if I am not mistaken, you seem to be on the way to getting the hang on what scores well here and I wouldn´t be surprised to see good stuff rom you in the future.

I like the shot, well lit and technically well done, only thing I really dislike is the BLACK backround around the girl, think I would have preferred it if there was something visible there but still dark, like the innards of the hut (or whatever is behind her). Nice work, would probably have given it a 7 in the challenge.
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06/07/2006 03:54:32 PM
Ok, so I am going to comment this picture OUTSIDE of the challenge. Which means, I will not even take the lyrics into consideration. The reason for this is that I really think you have a powerful picture, but that by trying to stay "on-topic" ruined it a little. I think the mood in the picture is great, the composition is very nice (true, it's a little dark, but again it adds to the mood). What I don't like is the jar. It totally takes out everything you achieved in terms of "mood", expression, etc.
But, congratulations on a very good picture, jar aside ;)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 11:08:23 PM
Too obvious.
06/06/2006 04:14:37 PM
great shot, except for the jar! should retake and submit for some other challenge
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06/03/2006 01:17:49 AM
Wow great work. Very interesting idea.
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06/02/2006 07:30:13 PM
I think this was one of the most popular lyrics done. I KNOW yours is the best. One of two images I gave a 10 to.

I like that window, door, and even the house are all implied, not literal. The comp is excellent, and the face isn't a creepy dolls head stuffed in a jam jar!

Wouldn't change a thing.
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06/02/2006 05:07:53 PM
Looks like she's wearing a face but there's still a face in the jar... Is that her backup? ;-)
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06/02/2006 12:01:52 PM
I like the overall composition and moody tones of this photo.
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06/01/2006 11:45:29 PM
I'm impressed that you were able to portray such specific / abstract lyrics in a literal manner! I enjoy the use of negative space in the top left corner, and the subdued colors.
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06/01/2006 06:24:26 PM
Nice One
06/01/2006 04:02:42 PM
I know you're going for that particular Beatles lyric, but this would be a far better photo without the jar & stand. Or at least something more interesting than that jar. All the contrasts of grass, rocks, and person are great; and she looks lovely against that black background. Her expression is interesing, too.
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05/31/2006 06:29:48 PM
So many Eleanor lines here ... I can't decide about this - pretentious, or quite sweet?
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05/31/2006 04:21:28 PM
Eleanor Rigby, picks up the rice
in the church where a wedding has been
Lives in a dream
Waits at the window, wearing the face
that she keeps in a jar by the door
Who is it for

Just missed top shelf vote....9
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05/31/2006 03:54:51 PM
8- very good composition
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05/31/2006 10:12:39 AM
hahaha...very cool...i was trying to use a lyric from Eleanor Rigby but I just couldn't figure it out!!! 10
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05/31/2006 12:25:16 AM
Clever. I like that you went to all the trouble to set up this shot. Really suits the song. Good one.
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