Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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Silhouette and Framed {#OurProject52}

I’m behind two weeks, so I’m having to double up on the pictures and raid the vault. Between emptying the old house, living in a hotel, and then moving to Georgia, I haven’t had my camera out in an incredibly long time. I miss it.

This week’s prompt:

Silhouette

Silhouette {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

This was taken in my living room at the house in Missouri. I love the way this one turned out. It looks kind of exotic. And, yep, that’s me. I’m wearing this lovely caftan. You can see other pictures in this series by clicking here and here.

And last week’s prompt:

Framed

Framed in the Museum {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

This was my first attempt at street photography. I remember being so nervous that I would disturb the gentleman while he was sleeping or get asked to leave for violating the man’s privacy. Still, I couldn’t help myself. He made such a contrasting image to all that was going on around us. So, I quickly knelt down, aimed, and shot. I’m very pleased with the image. And, I pray, wherever this man is that he is happy, healthy, and safe.

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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5 Types of Photos All Bloggers Should Stockpile

Five Types of Photos All Bloggers Should StockpileHave you ever written a fabulous post and then realized that you don’t have a photo to go along with it? Yes? Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. This has happened to me so much that I decided to make sure that it never rarely happens again. For me, this means having a stockpile of photos that sit on my computer just waiting for the right post to come along. Yes, you could use a stock image from a website but then you run the risk of the photo looking too generic and not fitting with the brand that you’ve spent so much time and effort creating.

I like making my own stock photographs because it gives me a chance to:

  • flex my creative muscles
  • practice my photography skills
  • explore my environment

Here are a few of the categories of stock photos that I’m creating:

  1. Animals – dogs, horses, cows, they’re always fun for random posts
  2. Food – especially coffee and pastry pictures, they make great photos for reflective posts
  3. Landscape – thinking about going on a trip or writing about a memory, these make great images
  4. People – this is a great opportunity to practice shooting out of focus, unless you’ve gotten a model release
  5. Technology – I love these types of photos for blogging or photography related posts

Whenever I take my camera out, I try to shoot a couple of things in one or two of the above categories, then I save them {unedited} on my computer. You don’t want to edit them because you want to be able to manipulate the image to fit your post when it’s needed.

Create Your Own Stock Photography {Living Outside the Stacks}

And don’t think you can only create your stock photography if you have a DSLR, you absolutely positively can take great photos with a point and shoot or your cell phone. And thanks to the abundance of apps, you can edit to your heart’s desire.

What would you add to the list?

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Motherhood {#OurProject52}

Motherhood. I never knew that I could be so very brave and so very afraid all at the same time. Raising children is not for the weak, man. For nine months, you’re walking around with this person inside of you, feeling everything you feel (and causing you to feel some of those feels) and then one day they decide they’re ready and (you’re not) out they come, ready to control your life (and how much sleep you get, how often you bathe, when you eat). And you forget what privacy is because all of a sudden there’s this little person who thinks nothing of busting through the door when you’re at your most vulnerable.

Vulnerable. Every day, for the last eighteen years (and three before that), my heart has been exposed to everything under the sun: teething pains, first birthdays, skinned knees, kindergarten registrations, mean classmates, butterfly chases soccer games, broken hearts, Prom, high school graduation…

Miss 18 Graduates {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52 - Copy

Graduation. Our baby is about to graduate from high school. I’m not ready for this. It feels like I was just in the doctor’s office laughing hysterically as he told me that he couldn’t perform my tubal ligation because I was pregnant. Surprise!

Motherhood {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

Surprise. I love that I’m still able to capture that look of surprise on my daughter’s face when I see her looking for me in the crowd and she spots my camera aimed at her and she starts to wave and smile like the superstar that she is.

Motherhood has been the greatest joy in my life and I’m thankful for each and every day that I’ve spent living with, learning from, and loving on all five of my kids.

Congratulations, MB. It has been a pleasure being your mother!

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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