Living Outside the Stacks

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Blogtober: My Hobby

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

A little over 3 years ago, The Hubs bought me my first “real” camera. It was a GE X500 Power Pro. I loved that camera. And I took it every where with me. But as I became more comfortable with photography, I started to recognize the limitations of my “bridge” camera {a step above a point and shoot and a step below a DSLR}; but I didn’t want to ask The Hubs to buy me a new camera either. We’d just moved from Pennsylvania to Missouri and were trying to get settled in a new place. A new camera was a luxury I just didn’t think we could afford.

Then one day The Hubs came home and said, “How’d you like a new camera?” I immediately started protesting until he said, “I want to do this for you.” So we hopped in the car, went to the store and he helped me pick out the Nikon D3100. This is, hands down, the best gift The Hubs has ever given me. And that includes our children.

The reasons I enjoy it:

  • I’m an introvert and photography allows me to be part of the action without necessarily interacting with people.
  • I like that photography allows me to capture memories and share them with people.
  • I enjoy the creative process; figuring out how I’m going to process the picture: light or dark, over or under.
  • I can tell a story. A whole story or part of a story. It can be real or imagined.

Some of my favorite pictures:

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This was my first photo to ever go viral. I was and still am very proud of it.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

An abandoned house in Fruitland, Missouri. I love the textures, the colors… I wonder about the people who used to live there. I want to know who owns it now.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

Katie and Robbie are the owners of Dynamite Coffee in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. They’re such a fun couple and I wanted it to show in the picture.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

This guy right here. I told him to hold the ball for me so I could take a picture. This is what I got.

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s something about old vehicles that appeals to me. I guess I really like old stuff. Maybe it’s the historian in me?

Blogtober: My Hobby {Living Outside the Stacks}

I also enjoy portrait photography. I prefer to capture people doing stuff rather than posed because I like the idea of capturing someone doing something they enjoy. But I do appreciate posed photography as well. In this case, my daughter and I were talking about random silliness and I told her to stop and this happened.

My photography goals are:

  • To get more comfortable shooting in Manual. I do it but I get really anxious about how the pictures will turn out.
  • Take my camera out in public more. I get angsty in front of people.
  • Street photography is calling my name. I’m barely comfortable asking people I know if I can take their pictures so going up to strangers will be a real challenge.

You can see some of my other photographs by clicking here.

What’s your favorite thing to do? How do you make time for your hobby?

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

I’m linking up with Natty Nikki for Blogtober 2014, a month long blogging challenge. Please feel free to join up, leave comments, share the posts, you know, spread some love.

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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Walking on Tucker Blvd

Tucker Blvd {Living Outside the Stacks}

When I was a little girl, the one thing I wanted more than anything was one of those personalized license plates that I saw in stores. Actually, I wanted anything that was personalized but that was never gonna happen. My name is Daenel. Not a very common name.

So now whenever I see some variation of my name, I have to take a picture.

When you were a kid, did your parents buy personalized items for you? Or do you have an, ahem, creative name too?

Daenel T

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100 Things: Part VII {About Me}

100 Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

Soooo, today is the last Monday in 2013. How crazy is that? Very, right?

Usually, I like to take the last week off from blogging so I can spend time with my family and recharge the creative battery but I didn’t do a very good job of timing my “100 Things” posts, and I don’t want to go into the New Year with unfinished business so… Here we go, a total wrap up in one final post.

61. My favorite food is seafood. Specifically, crabs.

62. I check my email obsessively. Even though I rarely get anything important.

63. I don’t set resolutions because I always break them, so I set goals. My goals for 2014 include learning how to use the Manual setting on my camera and learning to code.

64. My name is Daenel and I’m a shoe addict. The hubs had a walk in closet built into our first home with special shelving to hold all of my shoes.

65. I like to randomly text my children the following message: “Don’t tell the others but you’re my favorite.” It was funnier when they were younger but I still enjoy it.

66. I still have one of my childhood dolls but my family thinks she looks like Chucky so she has to stay in the closet.

67. I’m a news junkie. I don’t have a preference for channels or anchors, I just want to know what’s going on in the world.

68. I know all of the words to the movie Dirty Dancing. I also know the dance steps.

69. When I was a teenager I shaved one side of my head just to freak my parents out.

70. I didn’t get my driver’s license until I was 20 years old.

71. Sometimes I think about going back to school to get my PhD. I’d like to study protest movements and/or popular culture.

72. I was born in Washington, D.C. and I’ve lived in: Virginia, Texas, Colorado, Italy, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Pennsylvania, and Missouri.

73. Money and safety no object, I’d like to go to Madagascar.

74. When I lived in Korea, the Korean nationals who worked on post used to bring me food because they thought I was too skinny and needed to eat more. I was pregnant, I ate everything they gave me.

75. At the age of 19, I protested to end Apartheid and free Nelson Mandela.

76. In Italy, I used to skip school to hang out at Burger King. My best friend’s mom used to write us excuses to get back into class.

77. I used to say had I been an adult during the 20’s I would’ve been some gangster’s moll.

78. My sisters say I would’ve made a better hippie.

79. Either way, I would’ve been happy and stylish.

80. My favorite teacher was Cathy Devine. She was my elementary school teacher… I can’t remember what she looked like, but I remember that she made me feel special.

81. I’m a creature of habit and I enjoy routine.

82. The hubs says I should be a game show contestant. I can remember random facts but can’t remember why I walked from one room to the next.

83. My best features are my eyes. They’re also my worst. I’m blind as a bat in a tornado during a hail storm.

84. I used to collect Barbie dolls; I still have quite a few of them in storage.

85. Watching dramas with my kids is probably one of my greatest joys. They’re hilarious and can make anything funny.

86. When the kids were little I used to make brownies. One year, their teacher sent home a note saying the kids had been raving about my brownies and she wondered if I would send the recipe along with some brownies for the school Cookbook/Bake Sale. I sent in a Betty Crocker box.

87. I’m totally addicted to Pinterest.

88. I lied. I don’t have a 100 things…

89. I got my first speeding ticket the day after I got my license.

90. In 2014, I’m looking forward to bigger and better. Hopefully, there’ll be a few giveaways and plenty of laughs. Be blessed and enjoy 2014!

You can read other stuff about me by clicking here

This post is inspired by Katie at Creole Wisdom.

Daenel T

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