Ian Chantler  


Bella Donna by Ian Chantler

June 2021 - Bella Donna

About the Image(s)

The area of the Wirral I have lived in for the past 2 and a half years is called New Brighton,from the late Victorian times until the mid 1960's it was a very busy and popular sea side resort,from the mid 1960,s investment was virtually non existent businesses moved away or closed and it was in a very poor state around 4 years ago a gentleman called Dan Davies who was born and brought up in the town returned having set up and developed a very successful business which he had just sold and said I intend to bring New Brighton back to life,among the things he has done bought or leased all the shops in Victoria Rd the main street leading down to the waterfront he has refurbished all the outlets and let them to purely independent traders I am told the rents are well below the national average he then set about brightening up the area and invited Europes top street artists to come and paint the town we now have around 27 buildings painted and many many smaller pieces around this area.

The piece I have featured is Bella Donna by Nerone it took 8 days all done with spray cans and I was delighted to be asked to document every step of the painting and have become firm friends with Nerone.

This will never be a competition entry so the walls sloping in do not bother me it just adds to the quirkiness for me.The lane the painting is on is so narrow the lady on the opposite side let me stand just inside her hallway to get everything in and that was using a wide angle lens.

How I did it

Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Canon lens EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM f10 1/320s ISO 100 focal length 24mm Lee filters landscape polariser used RAW file opened and adjusted in photoshop sharpened using a high pass filter,cropped slightly from the top, final touch a 2px stroke added


20 comments posted




Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Ian, you have become the official recorder/photographer of a lot of events so far. Obviously your craft has spread around. Congratulations indeed. Now; Bella Donna in Italian means beautiful woman, but is also a poisonous perennial plant/flower native to Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia. It is a Medical plant used as a sedative, to stop bronchial spasms in asthma and whooping cough, and as a cold and hay fever remedy, not to mention intestinal spasms and diarrhea. Enough of this Medical stuff... The image covers the whole painted wall and with very rich colors. The projected shadows effect gives dimension to the image as is the spilled painting effect on the walls. Overall it is a nice documental image and very sharp.   Posted: 06/08/2021 08:58:02
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
It's amazing what you learn in this group!   Posted: 06/09/2021 09:45:07
Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Isaac, thanks for the medical lesson! Guy is right, it is amazing what you can learn in these interactions.   Posted: 06/13/2021 18:42:13



Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Isaac thank you so much for the comments but above all the education.
Nerone is currently in Italy painting a University wall twice the size of this with spray cans   Posted: 06/08/2021 16:39:47
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
This wall painting events also happen here in South Florida at the Wynwood area in Miami. In fact they are called Wynwood Walls. Lots of artist's are invited to do them, and the walls rotate on a yearly basis.   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:02:07
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Sounds fabulous Isaac the ones around here just put a smile on my face.   Posted: 06/10/2021 16:29:00



Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Ian. Missed you last month. This is a very sharp and colourful record of this wall art. Congratulations on being asked to record the making of it. Even if it is not a competition image, I think it is still worth straightening up the verticals. I did this quite quickly in Photoshop and cropped in to eliminate the resulting blank patches. For a record shot, I would stop there. However for pictorial satisfaction I cloned out a white rectangle at the extreme right. I also darkened down the white gatepost at the extreme left (Select>Color Range then Curves and pull down the top RH point on the curve, then pull down the mid point a little too).   Posted: 06/09/2021 09:42:14
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Guy, very nice result indeed.   Posted: 06/09/2021 10:03:31
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Guy you have so convinced me.Thought I would give you all a rest from me last month,sadly we had a death in the family so a lot to attend to.   Posted: 06/10/2021 16:31:16
Guy Davies   Guy Davies
Hi Ian. Condolencies on yourfamily loss. It is always sad when someone close dies.   Posted: 06/11/2021 03:48:57
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Guy it wasn't unexpected but still a shock.
  Posted: 06/11/2021 12:52:29



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like Guy's version as I felt like the slant overwhelmed the image concept. How nice to be asked to be a documentarian from a renowned. I went to his website. Très intéressant.   Posted: 06/09/2021 13:42:43
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Vella I had a lovely message from him last night he and his lovely lady Frankie have become personal friends.   Posted: 06/10/2021 16:32:35



Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like Guy's version as I felt like the slant overwhelmed the image concept. How nice to be asked to be a documentarian from a renowned. I went to his website. Très intéressant.   Posted: 06/09/2021 15:17:56



Gary Butler   Gary Butler
Ian, I always like to think through my response before looking at what others have said (so that I am not influenced).

I love the way the colors grab and hold my eye as soon as I opened the image. I think that you have done an excellent job in capture with the exposure and the DoF To me, the building in the left background gives the wall some size perspective.

The tilted walls did bother me as well. From my experience the window on the right (which Guy cloned out) and the light post on the left are distractions from what I think you really want us to look at. To that end, in the VF I used vertical guides in LR to straighten. The resulting cropping removed both right and left distractions.

So my VF will look alot like Guy's feedback. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 06/13/2021 18:50:35
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Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Gary
The more I have looked at Guys edit the more I am convinced you are both correct,I must admit it was a bit of a rushed almost on the deadline entry as I have had little time over the past month I will re visit and agree with the counsel of my learned friends thank you so much to you and Guy for your advice,   Posted: 06/14/2021 16:36:07



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
For me, Gary's edit is right on. The story behind the image is a real "upper".. so nice to find people in this world who give back after huge success.   Posted: 06/17/2021 05:48:05
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Many thanks Bev its my weekend project. Dan is so inspirational and the area is changing by the day all for the good.   Posted: 06/17/2021 13:56:13



Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Guy and Gary stole my thunder re: line straitening. The "Early Birds" always get the worm. Love the striking color combination and symmetry of your subject. Bev's remarks were right on as well. Welcome back, my condolences on your family members passing.   Posted: 06/17/2021 07:32:11
Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Erik many thanks for your kind words and condolences it was a difficult time but the lovely lady in question is now free from pain and at rest her truly amazing life lives on and always will in the memory.   Posted: 06/17/2021 13:54:46



 

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