Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library

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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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What I Wore: Transitioning from Summer to Fall

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hello, My Lovelies! Hope you’re having a good week so far. We’ve been having a crazy amount of rain and wind. In fact, we spent part of Monday hunkered down in the basement thanks to the tornado sirens. I know I said I wanted sweater weather but I don’t recall asking for storm shelter weather. It’s too soon for all of this…

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

Thankfully, I was able to stockpile a few pictures before the days started getting shorter {and windier and cooler}.

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’ve worn this dress several times before. You can see it here and here. One of my favorite ways is with the suede wine colored shooties, black tights, and black cardigan. I think the black tights and shooties keep the dress modest {it’s a little on the shorter side}, while the cardi wards off the chill.

Black Cardigan and Horse Print Dress {Living Outside the Stacks}

My pup, Squeekerz, joined me for a picture. Usually he runs when he sees the camera, but lately he’s been, ummmm, posing for me. Check out his best poses here and here.

How do you transition your clothes from Summer to Fall?

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Blogtober: My Favorite Perfume/Scent

I’m a librarian and work around people with varying degrees of scent sensitivities, so I don’t wear perfume on a daily basis. I also have sensitive skin, so I have to be careful what I use and how often I use it.

One of the few perfume lines that I can use without too much of an issue is Philosophy. I like the line but sometimes the scents can be a bit too, um, precious for me. I lean towards the darker more exotic smells like red plum, passion fruit, patchouli oil, blood orange, sandalwood, and black orchid. And leather. Don’t get me started on the smell of leather. I really should have been an interior car designer. Scents that aren’t very library friendly.

Coffee Beans from Dynamite Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}So I settle for office friendly scents like fresh roasted coffee beans. When they’re fresh, you can taste the coffee when you smell it. The beans above have a subtle hint of chocolate. They just smell like, um, life!

Lemons {Living Outside the Stacks}

I’m also partial to the smell of lemons. I’m not sure why but it makes me think of exotic places, peaceful sunsets, cool water lapping at my feet… Almost all of my cleaning products have a hint of lemon in them. So does my coffee, for that matter.

Blogtober 2014 {Natty Nikki}

Do you have a favorite fragrance? What scents appeal to you?

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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