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Eleanor Rigby

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 27 January 2008 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

...after the famous and beautifully haunting song about loneliness by The Beatles.

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NIKON D40 1/30 second F/4.5 ISO 220 46 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Sharon from Brooklyn, United States

I like this very much. Tells a good story.

27 Jan 2008 5:39am

@Sharon: Thanks very much Sharon!

GJC from Kyoto, Japan

Nice shot, very reminiscent of French impressionist's work on cafe life, and especially Degas' famous painting "The Absinthe Drinker" (see at: Well done.

27 Jan 2008 10:09am

@GJC: Thanks very much for the link GJC....the expressions are very similar aren't they.

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

Nice bar shots, I particularly like the fly on the table colour one from yesterday.

Good job on the challenge, No 1 stood out by a mile. The blue nun would have given it a run for its money with your suggested crop, and I wouldn't have featured Birkenau - I've never been there, but I don't think that shot had any mood or atmosphere considering it must be one of the creepiest places on the planet, just the emotion of a title.

27 Jan 2008 1:34pm

@jkjond: Thanks John....the shutter is very quiet on the D40.

I'm relieved that you thought I did okay judging that photo challenge as I trust you're judgement when it comes to these you say, the Birkenau photo was the problem one as it evoked such strong emotional reactions in me as it would in anyone aware of the significance. Would you have processed it in B&W?

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I Love it...evenmore than mine lol I'm sorry me, but it's perfect, the composition, the way the chairs are lined up, somehow the rest of it makes her seem even more alone...

27 Jan 2008 2:10pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine.....the photo was taken at dusk just as the street and cafe lights were turning on. That and the cropping were what gave me problems for some reason....thanks for inspiring me with that photo of yours to try again with this one!

tom from Germany

Great street shot. I love how the light seems to emphasize the tables.

27 Jan 2008 7:25pm

@tom: Thanks tom...I've had several tries processing this one! (the light on the tables is from the cafe lights which were turning on!)

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

What a GREAT image. The woman at the table really adds intrest to this shot. Great B&W conversion.

27 Jan 2008 8:13pm

@See The Light: Thanks very much Mary....I'm really pleased you liked the B&W conversion!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I love it. And the title. And the song.

27 Jan 2008 10:15pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks very much Michael!

jkjond from Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom

I think the Birkenau shot is ripe for a desaturated moody colour. Colour is important to the shot, it needs to have some feeling of now, rather than something to be dismissed as having been and gone. I think black and white may consign it to history. A strong black and white conversion multiplied on top of the colour, then a tweak with opacity should do it - though I be honest, I don't think the composition is anywhere near strong enough.

27 Jan 2008 10:19pm

@jkjond: Of course!.....I did feel it was right to leave it in colour but didn't know why. You're quite right in your reasoning as always. I thought the composition was okay apart from the rose which was neither in or out of the shot and just looked like a mistake of either framing or crop.

Nimrod from Tel Aviv, Israel

I like how you used the light to isolate the subject. It looks as if the place was dark and the tables well lit.

28 Jan 2008 8:18am

@Nimrod: Hi Nimrod...thanks for visiting!....this photo was taken at around dusk when there was still a little daylight but the lights in the cafe and on the street were turned on. The lights under the canopy were reflecting off the white tables which gave the scene a feeling of intimacy despite all the people passing by on the pavement.

danthro from Suburbia, United States

like the juxtaposition of 'eleanor rigby' with the crowds hurrying by. kinda sad shot. well done.

28 Jan 2008 7:13pm

@danthro: She has a real look of being lost in her own thoughts doesn't she.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

She does have that alone look. Great candid, Ian!! (it's also one of my fav Beatles' tunes...)

28 Jan 2008 10:41pm

@amy: Thanks Amy!...there's a lovely statue dedicated to Eleanor Rigby in Liverpool....I'll Take a photo next time I'm there!

Momo from Montpellier, France

Looks a bit like Simone de, this looks straight out of the forties or fifties...another very cool image...

30 Jan 2008 12:15am

Putter from Belgium

A classic image, Ian. I really love it!

1 Feb 2008 1:50pm

1/30 second
ISO 220
46 mm (35mm equiv.)