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Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
Breeee123


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Challenge: Beatles Song/Lyrics (Advanced Editing IV*)
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS
Location: Lomita, CA
Date: May 27, 2006
Aperture: 3.2
ISO: 50
Shutter: 1/50
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: May 28, 2006

Eleanor Rigby

Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
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?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from ?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong ?
Father McKenzie writing the words of a sermon that no one will hear
No one comes near.
Look at him working. Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there
What does he care?
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Ah, look at all the lonely people
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
Nobody came
Father McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave
No one was saved
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?

Statistics
Place: 51 out of 273
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Avg (commenters): 7.5000
Avg (participants): 5.8878
Avg (non-participants): 6.1868
Views since voting: 3485
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 280
Comments: 15
Favorites: 1 (view)


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06/09/2006 08:29:38 AM
Hello from The Critique Club! :)

This is a very clever concept for a shot, which you pulled off pretty well!

Compositionally, its well done, with the important elements clearly placed within the frame of the photo. I feel that perhaps the two lipsticks in the foreground, whilst adding interest and added context and depth, could be better positioned. The way they are right up against the corner of the photo seems awkward to me, and I feel there should be some empty space surrounding them rather than them touching the edge, more like you've done towards the left of the jar.

I like the way you have the face in the jar, it looks very effective! I think having used a polarizer filter would have improved it however, since this would have reduced the bright and distracting reflections off of the glass. It may have also gone some way to reducing the glare from the window.

The overexposure in the background I find quite distracting. Perhaps waiting for a different time of day when it wasn't so bright outside would have been useful, or choosing a different location. I like the contrast it creates, but at the same time I don't like how it overpowers the subject of the photo.

The DoF you used is effective at leading the viewers eye through the photo and placing the correct emphasis on the main focal points. I feel however, that the DoF could have gotten away with being perhaps a bit shallower, as the edges are currently still quite sharp, whereas the details are soft. I find this "in between" kind of feeling a bit niggling, but it's not too much of a problem in the grand scheme of things :)

As far as post processing goes, I think the sepia works quite well, giving the photo an old fashioned nostalgic feeling, which matches the style of the person in the jar, and the Beatles in general. I don't like the border though. Firstly, it doesn't seem even, with it being thicker on the left and at the top, and secondly I think the feathering looks a bit tacky. I would have preferred no border at all, or a thn single colour one.

Overall, a well thought out concept and a photo which definately does it justice, with just a few little technical things which could be improved. I hope you found this critique helpful! :)

-Ben

Message edited by author 2006-06-09 08:31:17.
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06/07/2006 02:49:29 PM
Top notch conceptualization and execution!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/06/2006 02:59:52 AM
Well done! 9
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06/05/2006 10:39:23 AM
I think you did an excellent job here... especailly with your DOF being perfect so that you can still see her real face in the mirror, and I like the haloing that the back lighting creates in keeping with the song and the fact she works at a church. Nicely done. -10-
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06/05/2006 03:44:34 AM
technically, she still has the face in the jar, so she's not wearing it...:-)

nice shot, hope this does well for you
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06/04/2006 04:30:33 PM
the best image of this song in tne challenge....9
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06/04/2006 02:48:05 PM
excellent
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06/03/2006 12:50:15 PM
who is it for?
  Photographer found comment helpful.
06/02/2006 01:02:00 AM
Using a new formula....
0-2 Meets the Challenge = 2
0-2 Technical Merit = 2
0-4 Interest/Creativity = 2
0-2 The "wow factor" = 0
Final score: 6
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06/01/2006 12:41:20 AM
very well composed photo.
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05/31/2006 08:42:15 PM
That lyric really speaks to a lot of people! I hope the popularity of the song doesn't dilute your votes.
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05/31/2006 05:09:38 PM
a popular line for the challenge, this, and so far yours is the best crack at it. Personally, I would like to see someone without a face, and the face in the jar, but meh.
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05/31/2006 11:09:11 AM
I really like the mood captured here in this composition. All the elements come together to capture the moody & meloncoly spiritof Eleanor Rigby. The face in the jar in the forefront is the first most notible object. And as it is in the song, it should be for it is this face that she wears in public - it is what most people see. But behind the face - there is a woman that remains hidden/forgotton. Here in this photo there is a woman in the background - hidden and looking into a mirror perhaps trying to find her true self. She may have even forgotten what "face" she truly wears because of the face in the jar that she wears for other people to see. Perhaps she looks in the mirror to ask herself "who is it for?" Also the model sits all alone - very much playing to the sad lines "all the lonely people". Very nicely done, captures mood and feeling of the song.
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05/31/2006 09:51:22 AM
Great picture.. Fits the challange :o)
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05/31/2006 02:36:27 AM
That is SO weird! I have a whole collection of heads in jars and I thought I was the only one. ;-P
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