In May 2013 Jon and I set off on another multi-continent adventure. This time we made stops in Barcelona, Paris, and Bangkok (with a half-day layover in Hong Kong on the way home). Flying from San Francisco to Europe, then through Asia, and finally back home across the Pacific, this marked the first time that either of us had flown completely around the planet in the same trip!
I had been to Barcelona once before, in high school, as part of a class trip to Spain and France. I remembered it as my favorite stop on that tour and always hoped to have a chance to go back. Interestingly, Jon had been to many cities in Spain, but not Barcelona. It was one of the few destinations that I had been to but Jon hadn't! Barcelona is a quintessential European city on the Mediterranean Sea and a popular tourist destination. It is probably most known as home to the iconic, yet still unfinished, Sagrada Família church by architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí's unique style is easily seen in the church as well as in his many designs which still stand throughout the city today.
This was the first vacation that I had a chance to use my new full-frame D600 camera. The increased light sensitivity and dynamic range were quite noticeable over my old cropped sensor D300s. I even found that I needed to spend less time processing images once home--they just felt a bit better out of the camera (well except for all the dust spots I had to clone out). I took 5 lenses on this journey. Three primes: 24mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.8, and 85mm f/1.4; and two zooms: 16-35mm f/4 and 24-120mm f/4.