The Story Behind the Image
My husband and I motored through the old city in a small boat, transported to the past, to Old Europe. The air was still. Cars and voices could be heard, but only as subtle background noise. Bicycles were everywhere. I was seeing in front of me how I pictured Europe to be in the 1700s—old stone archway bridges, brick buildings, brick roads.
The boat hummed along through the canal in Utrecht, Holland. The captain apologized for the overcast morning, but I loved that it was a softly lit morning as there were no harsh shadows. We almost had the canal to ourselves. I was taking in the scenery, but also capturing bits and pieces with my camera.
It was one of those "right place right time" moments as we approached the bridge's archway, a view that was very nice on its own. I almost missed the cat. He (she?) was sitting so still, staring at us. Sweet serendipity was on my side. I did notice the cat! And this wonderful image was the result.
The first image is with just minor adjustments made during post-processing. Similar to what a straight out of camera jpg would look like. While this accurately captures the scene, it doesn't have any oomph. The scene looks flat, not to mention the bits of garbage and a few leaves in the canal.