Tim R, from Kent, Washington, sent in this scanned slide he took in 1969. Tim carried the film around for weeks before he could get it developed to see what he had taken.
He took the photograph, impressed by the carvings of the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica of Barcelona, Spain. Also called the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, construction began about 1298 A.D. and took about 150 years to complete.
Tim had less than 40 exposures, so he took only one of each location. He was limited to a single focal length lens. I feel blessed when my photos remaining display reads “999” because it can’t show any more numbers!
Tim asked what I could do with some of his old photos. I liked this image, but there was nothing to focus on, until I saw the woman in the white coat descending the stairs.
With it’s great masking capabilities, ON1 Photo 10 was my choice to make the subject more conspicuous; to help the subject capture the viewer’s attention immediately.
In short, I leveled the bottom stair. The background was blurred slightly, while the woman and her coat were brightened. Her hair was tinted and lightened, to separate her from the boy and the dark doorway above. I did not crop the photo, other than as necessary for the rotation.
Although she is at the bottom edge of the photo, the woman is balanced by the arches of the doorway. Even blurred, the detailed carvings and statues are more pronounced because the subject centers the photo, making it less chaotic.
For those who wish to see, Jesus occupies the center of the photo, available to those seeking Him.
Thank you, Tim.