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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Study Session: ACE Hotel NYC

As mentioned before, the CFA Level II exam has sucked up a lot of my free hours so I've tried to be efficient about my time.  Studying on the train?  Duh.  Studying while eating?  Yeah, done that.  Studying while cooking?  Sad to say, but yes. 

This Saturday I decided to bring my Nikon with me to the ACE Hotel in New York to brush up on some fixed-income valuation while taking pretty pictures of the fashion blogs' unofficial hotel chain.  This is the second time I've taken photos while studying (my shots of the NYPL are here), so I guess I've inadvertently kicked off a series called Study Sessions. 

The photos are a nice antidote to the mind-numbing hours spent with my nose in a book, and I think the tension from studying and subsequent artistic release forms to create some interesting photographs. 

The ACE hotel lobby is very dark so I used long exposures (2.5 sec+). I like the warmth of the photos that came out. I took most of the shots from level desks or bookcase shelves to steady the shot.  I'm no expert and I'm still getting the handle on manual modes.  

My main vantage point for most of the morning.

Sometimes after drinking some Stumptown coffee and eating a hot-cross bun from the Breslin, you just want to play Battleship.  I understand that.  

Can't remember now, but I believe these were Edison lightbulbs that illuminated the back of the bookcases.

Took this from one of their bookshelves that was about seven feet off the ground.

Studying at the ACE is like studying at the New York Public Library, except with better coffee, food, music, scenery, and people watching. Other than that it is pretty similar.

The "Foster" shot. APC NS and Bean bluchers.

Probably my favorite shot of the morning.

See all the photos: ACE Hotel on Picasa

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Thursday, February 18, 2010


New York Public Library Mystery Slides

I found these images back in December while going through The New York Public Library's digital archive.  They are fascinating and a bit mysterious.  When I couldn't track down any more information about these online I spoke to the (very helpful) special collections archivists/researchers.  They weren't able to find any substantial information on them either.  The next step was for me to come into their research center and do a little digging - but my schedule caught up with me and I never made the trip.  I'm posting these now to see if anyone else knows their history - or perhaps to prod myself in doing a bit more research in person.


See more photos from the History of the NYPL > Research Library photo set


Thursday, February 4, 2010


Laudholm Farm

"Making variations on a theme is really the crux of creativity"
-Douglas Hofstadter

No need for a play-by-play.  The pictures I took tell the story better than I could.  

The Wells Reserve is a 2,250-acre research, education, and recreation facility, a public-private partnership within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Wells Reserve facilities are located at historic Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine.



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