Tuesday, August 31, 2010


So I’ve been averaging about 6 hours of sleep a night or less during my stay here.  I’ve also drank more expresso/coffee in the last few days than I have in any year of my life.  And I don’t even like coffee that much lol.  I’ve concluded I hate red wine and am now in pursuit of the cheap/fake/frowned-upon super-sweet desert wines (like the strawberry white wines).  The cheese here is AMAZING!@#  I’ve had a few, but I’ve also had a super soft and creamy goat cheese that’s probably one of the best cheeses I’ve had in my life.

The school took us out and gave us fish tartar (raw fish) and a super rare steak for diner.  It was pretty … sophisticated …  I also walk to the Eiffel Tower yesterday (my school is close to it) and there were some pretty cool kids doing soccer tricks under the tower.  Wedding pictures too.

Met a bunch of people yesterday.  Most everyone here is just absolutely loaded.  Dressing up for school is a nice change (for now anyways).  Everyone has a pretty distinct style and mine happens to be the semi-casual look.  Jeans, button downs, maybe a loose tie, etc.  Also found out I’ll only have two non-weekend days off for the next four months.  I guess that means no traveling really.

The real Parisians will be coming back at the end of the week and all the DSLR carrying tourists will be leaving soon.  Speaking of which, Isabele’s host dad was talking about shooting at 1600 ISO just for the look even in daylight.  I might explore grainy photos soon instead of trying to edit out the grain.  

Something that I’ve been noticing every now and then is that my wrist still hurts from when I got hit by a car and my shoulder is still crappy (I think from Frisbee).

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orientation Week Begins

Orientation began today.  I couldn't fall asleep until 3:00AM-ish maybe because I was excited, but also maybe because I was worried I had lost my passport.  Turns out it fell out of a drawer (from the inside) and then remained under the dresser.  Although Parsons isn't a huge name in Paris, there are a handful of Parisians here.  They said that the American art school are much better and more structured.  Making some friends, realizing some networking opportunities, stuff like that.

Oh, and the lady at the front desk lied.  There is wifi here.  So I'll be able to use my laptop with a normal keybored and everything :)  Now I need to get my hands on a tripod.  Also, the school is within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.  Oh, and I also learned that I don't have any breaks during these for months.  I get two days off, one of which makes a 3-day weekend.  So probably no side traveling for me, except at the end.  Florance and Rome are at the top of my list right now.  I might just go to Southern France instead though.

I didn't realize until after I saw it on a bigger screen that I should have taken the second shot (with Isabele) with a smaller aperture to keep the water in focus too.  Anyways, you get the idea :)
hmm.. so the french keyboard is really diff...  check it out:

I cqnmt post qny pictures becquse ,y school doesnùt hqve wifi qnd kristine stole ,y flqshdrive:  This is reqlly dissqpointing becquse i hqd so,e reqlly fun pics i zqnted to shqre M°
so in short, i,ll prob get my internet qt school on weekdays n ill have q lot of abreviations n typos. Im really bad at spelling normally, but this keyboard makes things really difficult...

Sunday, August 29, 2010


This is basically where I live.  It's pretty amazing.  Night life is such a different world in Paris.  I don't know anyone/haven't met anyone on the Parsons Paris program yet, so don't really have anyone to go out with yet.  Met up with Isabel (fr. Carleton who happens to be doing a diff abroad trip here too) today though!  Helped me buy groceries, etc.  We're at the libe right now, she's doing some project presentation thing and I finally get to be on the internet!  The pastries here are great!  And as cheesy as this sounds, pretty much everything seems better (except the price), even the clouds :)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

On the way to Paris

1) Still don't have internet at home and I can't find a free wifi spot around Paris yet.  I was told McDonald's has it though.
2) I need my Bank of America PIN to get money from the ATMs, but I don't know it, and they won't give it to me because of security reasons..
3) I met soo many nice people on my way to Paris.  One of them was my neighbor on the plane.  He was coming back from a two day trip to Las Vegas. He works at a small airport and said I should hit him up on the weekends.  Maybe he'll even be able to hook me up with cheap tickets to explore neighboring countries!
4) Wow.  Everything is soo much smaller over here.
5) Really wish I had a tripod.
6) Super nice studio room!  Except the no internet part.
7) Paris is soo beautiful!!  I'm close to the Notre Dame, St. Micheals, and the Louvre.  And much more I'm sure!!

Pics above are kinda sloppy, but I wanted to throw them up for the post!  Internet is from a Libe right now :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

No Internet...

I have soo much to share, but no internet in my room.  So this is all I have time for.  Maybe they'll have free wifi at my school..? lots of nice people!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Last Day on Campus

Yesterday's shoot wasn't exactly what I expected.  In short, it wasn't quite as fun as I had hopped.  Nate Erickson did however pay me a visit at about 1:45am and is currently sleeping on my floor.  Today is my last day here and I have soo many things to do.  I apologize in advance, but I might miss a couple posts in the next week during my transition from Northfield to Paris.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last Days at Carleton

I guess I didn't realize until now that I only have a little more than one day left at Carleton Summer 2010 ... and only a little more than 2 says in MN and then 4 whole months alone in Paris.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Last Week at NEC

Woke up today and my throat feels mildly better!!  As for NEC (work), everything is wrapping up really smooth and everyone seems happy.  Nothing particularly exciting ... tomorrow Vicky, my cousin, is coming up to visit and to take some pics with me.  I rented out a couple omni-lights and an umbrella.  Should be interesting :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Alumni Affairs

I spent pretty much all of yesterday taking photos for Allumni Affairs.  It was great!  Wonderful food (steak and ice cream to name the highlights), wonderfully nice people, and a great atmosphere to take photos! All in all, it was much more fun than I expected it and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!  I'll be spending most of today post processing all 450 photos.

One down side is that I got sick ... 5 days before Paris.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Night on Boliou

Spent last night with Bacon, Kayla, and Jaclyn a top Boliou taking a bunch of night shots.  All we [Bacon and I] had were our on camera flashes and post processing knowledge.  I think my favorite ones are silhouettes.  I guess the point is, I think I need to get my hands on a tripod somehow in Paris.

Friday, August 20, 2010


Annelise, someone I've known since 1st grade, came up to visit me at Carleton last night.  Pretty much just spent the whole time talking.  There was dinner at one point: Mac + Cheese w/ hot dogs, peas, and corn.  Not our fanciest dinner, but it was still delicious!  Lots of memories since 1st grade came up.  I'd list them off but I don't think anyone who checks this blog would get any of them.  (And for those who don't know, pics above aren't of Annelise.)


Saw Precious (the documentary) a couple nights ago.  Wow ... that's the first movie in a long time that I had to turn away from the screen...  Anyways, I forgot to post this yesterday so I'll double post today :)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Night in Northfield

I spent last night walking around around Nofo with a PEPS tripod and a 16-85mm.  Took a lot of great shots that I'm excited to share!  Anyways, summer is coming to a close ... a thought that just recently entered my mind.

All the shots are from my Chicago trip.  The first two are from my night with Rob and the last one is a few hours after I got into Chicago.  I had to wait in the rain for stores to open.  I also hadn't lost my wrist bandanna then yet :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


So I think I'm picking up a photography gig this weekend for Carleton.  Some alumni art show thing maybe?  I haven't really been given many details.  Anyways, it sounds pretty sweet! Also, I get an email yesterday in the middle of the day (a complete surprise to me) saying Carleton wants to buys some of my images for their calender this year.  A couple sentences later, they say they're paying me $100/image.  .. too bad there's only 12 months in a year .. :) [I didn't get all 12 months myself].

Photo credit to Tam Bui on the second picture.

Monday, August 16, 2010


This last weekend I explored quite a bit more of Northfield and have added a handful of little nooks to disappear to when I need/want it.  During this adventure, I ran into two photo-nerd-townies.  It was great! :)  They captured the first shot of this post with a bee flash and a long exposure shot.  They also had this pretty creative but super ambitious idea to take long exposure shots of the stadium and highlighting parts of the bleachers with a [literally] off camera flash that one of them ran around with.  They tried to composite the images into a panorama.  I will say the concept was cool and creative!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy B-Day Nate!

First off, Nate, Happy Birthday!  Hope you have had an unforgettable day that you're having trouble remembering.

As for the pics above, I met Bill Arnold from Triple Espresso at Zach's 21st a while ago.  Anyways, he had super nice Nikon camera equipment and let me play around with it.  The individual portraits above are mine, the others are his.  I didn't realize how much nice glass affected the shot. Most of these barely went through any post processing.  He also said that I can test out any of his lenses before I make a purchase if I want :) ...too bad I don't think I'm buying another lens for a looooong time.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wish Upon a Shooting Star

Making a wish at the sight of a shooting star is believed to have originated in Europe with astronomer Ptolemy.  Every now and then for whatever reasons, God(s) make a little slit in the sky to peer down at earth.  Sometimes stars would slip out of this slit and reveal themselves as shooting/falling stars.  When we see these stars, we know God(s) are looking at us and [we assume] they will be more receptive to our wishes.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Meyers 214

Woke up in Meyers 238 today.  238 because that's where Bacon's new room is and Steven is away for the weekend.  Meyers because apparently Carleton's bat protocol is not up to MN Department of Health's code, and so all Rice House residents have to move out asap.  I ended up getting kicked out of my triple into a single by Carleton's random room selection.  Anyways, Meyers is far, smaller, and all of this is really just a lot of unneeded work :(

Also, another edit on that wing-damaged bat: The person that lives in that room thinks he figured out what happened.  The bat got in their room and was trying to get back outside.  He clawed the grate of the fan open, which was sitting in the window.  Unfortunately the fan was on and the bat tried to fly through.  After that he just crawled around on the ground.. :'(  I wonder what a fan would look/sound like in sonar.

Edit: Oh, and Meyers 214 cause that's my single.

Thursday, August 12, 2010


This morning Kristine, Bacon and I made Naan.  And quite successfully this time!  Also, the bat from yesterday's post is going to the U of M[N] today to get tested for rabies.  Maybe they'll fix him up if he's clean too :)

Above are just some composites that, well, aren't great, but I had fun making.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This morning Bacon caught and released [outside] a bat in our neighbor's room only to discover that one of the bat's wings was disconnected from it's body.  An unfortunate end for the bat...

In other thoughts, summer is 3 weeks from its end, which means Paris is only 3 weeks away.  hmm...