SOS, photo junkies! (+ weekend reads)

by Kim on March 16, 2013

Blogging on a Saturday! This is weird.

Usually I’m all (snobby voice) “I unplug on the weekends,” but I don’t feel like being productive yet, there’s nothing good on TV, and I can only entertain myself with the camera for so long…

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I’m trying REALLY hard to figure out how to take selfies with my DSLR. Photography junkies, any tips? How do you focus AND adjust the lighting AND use the self-timer?? (AND position yourself in the middle of the shot?? Ha.) It’s all way over my head.

Maybe I should stick to what I know: baby close-ups.

IMG_3011 For Mason, morning hair is like morning sickness: the name doesn’t reflect the reality that it actually lasts all day.

This kid’s starting to look and act more like a little man every day. Yesterday, Brent and I were joking about how he was awfully demanding for someone who lives here rent-free, and he actually CRIED. He was sitting there happily playing one minute, and when we laughed, he suddenly screwed up his face and started bawling. We just stared at each other in total shock—did we hurt his feelings?

I guess he’s sensitive about his financial contributions to the household.

Speaking of crying, have you seen Life of Pi?? (I didn’t technically cry, but there were definitely some very sad moments in the beginning.) We rented it last night, and—WOW. I don’t know much about cinematography, but I feel like it definitely deserved that Oscar. It was like watching a painting.

A painting that glowed in the dark.

It was also a fantastic movie—I highly recommend it! The ending was kind of Inception-like (no clean resolution), but it was nothing a little post-movie Googling couldn’t satisfy. I liked the theological undertones—you could really take your interpretation pretty deep if you wanted to.

Anyway, it’s been a pretty slow day over here. Brent’s gone and I can’t think of anything to do (or more accurately: anything I want to do) with Mason outside of the house (he didn’t seem very interested in going to a bar to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with me), and so, here we sit.

At least there’s never a shortage of good things to read on the interwebs.

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There are a bazillion different books out there about running, race training, marathoning, whatevering, but now there’s one coming out that’s specifically about breathing while running. Hmm, is anyone else noticing a running + yoga merging trend happening?

Instead of What I Ate Wednesday, Lindsay did What I Would Eat Wednesday. Bravo, #1, #7, and #8.

Why do we all keep getting so depressed because other people seem so happy on Facebook? (Especially since it’s never how it looks.)

Presley wrote some get-your-butt-in-the-gym tips (and even made them wedding-themed—girl is good).

Finally, a perfect explanation of why yoga is so awesome.

I was floored by these photos of children from around the world with their most prized possessions. (Ukraine…woah!)

I’m failing #4 of the rules of conquering the gym—there’s a liquor store right next to my gym. (AND a Buffalo Wild Wings—that can’t be good.)

I bow to Madeline for taking her daughter to Mommy & Me yoga classes. The concept is cool, but when I picture myself trying to keep an eye on Mason AND remember what a warrior 2 is, it doesn’t look very relaxing (or, frankly, possible).

Now that it’s (almost) spring, this is what I want my house to look like.

Happy weekend!

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Kyla Wood March 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Hey lady! Your blog is fantastic. You are incredibly talented :) I do know a certain someone who can show you a thing or two about taking photos. Let’s set a date soon and we’ll go for a little photo walk or if it’s anything like how cold it was today we can do it inside. Anyway, I don’t think you need much help…your blog photos look great! Hope to talk to you soon.
Ky

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Presley @ Run Pretty March 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for sharing! Once again, I’m glad you thought my random, in no way related theme worked. haha We are probably best friends now.
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Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome March 17, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I haven’t even attempted the self-timer on my DSLR. I stick with my iphone which takes horrible pictures. Maybe I should figure it out.
I love your weekend reads! The photos of children around the world was definitely shocking. Um yeah, I can’t believe the Ukraine pic! Crazy!
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kim@hungryhealthygirl March 17, 2013 at 10:08 am

Adorable photos! Loved Life of Pi! Going to check out some of these links.

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Kim March 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

Thanks, Kim!

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sarah @ sarah learns March 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

re: taking self portraits with the dslr -have you looked into getting a remote? i don’t think they’re too expensive ($20?) and that way you push a button when you’re ready & it’s like pushing the shutter right then, so it does the autofocus, etc. when you’re already ready…
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Kim March 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hey Sarah! Yeah, I was looking at those on Amazon…do you use one? I’d like to get a cheap tripod too. Man, these accessories add up. :)

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Lisa @ RunWiki March 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I need to see the life of Pi, it sounds so good, I know I’ve heard of so many rave about the book. Thank you so much for the shout out! My facebook envy post is completely gross, but it’s the truth about my life, honestly, who wants to see cat barf? Apparently many people, as it was one of my most popular posts! haha! Happy Saturday!
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Kim March 16, 2013 at 2:57 pm

I completely agree with your take on this–what are people SUPPOSED to be posting?? :) We just all have to remember that we’re only seeing people’s highlight reels, and half the time, those photos don’t even accurately reflect the mood of the moment (like the second article I linked pointed out).

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