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From The Vault


The holidays are a great time to catch up with friends, family, and digital asset management. Recently I have been going through some archival images I made years ago with my trusty D1X as I toured Europe following the Tour De France. After chasing Lance Armstrong around in 2004 we decided to spend the last weekend of our ‘European Vacation’ in Sitges Spain.

Looking at these images, I would really like to go back.

Nikon D1X
Nikon 80-200D

Aperture -> Nik (Tonal Contrast) –> Nik (Sharpen for Display) –> LightAsMagic.com

Tip: The Tonal Contrast filter available in the Nik Color EFX 3.0 suite is a great filter to use to bring out the textures of older buildings.

Gato de International



Gato de International, originally uploaded by LightAsMagic.

Going back through some archival footage, I found this gem. After we had traveled the French countryside chasing Lance Armstrong around, we decided to take a much needed break in Sitges Spain.
Sitges is a sleepy coastal town about 35km south of Barcelona. It is full of great food, art, and casual night life.

On our way, a couple of young ladies had struck up a conversation with us on the train and suggested we meet them on the beach. After checking into our hotel, we made our way to the sea for the rendezvous. When we found our friends, unknown to us ‘Americans’, they greeted us topless. The ice was broken so I took off my shirt and blended right in. Well, as best as I could for being a pale white male not wearing a Speedo.

Camera: Nikon D1X
Lens: 80-200 D