A photography collab! || Aesthetic tips ft. Shivakshi from “Tales I tell”

Hey, it’s Shivakshi from the “tales I tell” blog, welcoming you here on Divi’s blog. This post is the only half fraction of our collab post. check Divi’s writing piece on my blog. 

Whenever we browse social media, we fall for the aesthetic feed. Vision can be completely different and odd, it differs from person to person, one person may find something amusing, while the others may not. There is no rocket science or any professional way of aesthetic photography, there are just some tips and tricks to keep in mind. 

Aesthetic pictures are sober yet unique on their own, right?! The main task in aesthetic photography is how you will make the pictures captivating! And that’s why we are here today to give you some tips on how to click aesthetic pics later Divi will tell you how to edit those pics to give the aesthetic touch! 

Aesthetic tips 

Rule of thirds- It suggests placing the main subject on one line of the grid leaving the other two open. 

Keep the lighting minimum- The more you keep the light minimum more your picture speaks for itself! Try to click pictures more in natural light. It will give your pictures a raw taste. 

Focus more on creativity, less on perfection– There ain’t any PERFECT kinda setup/moment to click pictures. Pictures aren’t about how perfectly the object/view is placed, it’s about how you see and capture it!

Give pictures a touch of your style- So it is a must! First, observe yourself and understand what you love to capture and how you will capture it. Take inspiration from other pictures but don’t copy their style. Find your style and make it work! 

Try to portray a story or message- This ain’t a rule or tip it is more like a suggestion from my side. If your picture depicts some kind of message or story it will have more impact on the viewer’s mind! It makes your picture memorable for some kind of cause.

That’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed our collab! Thanks Divi for inviting me to write on your blog!


Thank you Shivakshi for your lovely post! My post is published on her blog, which you may read here. Thanks guys, see you in the next post!!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Photo dump of pictures since february~ ||Photo post #7

Hey everyone! One day, I was scrolling through Pinterest and found this pin which was a video called “photo dump”. Strangely it was so cool. Like irrespective of the photo quality, it’s like those pictures are telling sort a story of, well, your life. So I thought I’d do it in a post!

Since February, I haven’t shared many pictures on the blog, heck I haven’t even written properly. There’s quite a few, so sit back and… enjoy, I guess?

Also, since I like Polaroids a lot and obviously cannot have them in real life, here is me putting pictures into digital Polaroids.

This was on my profile for a while and then I have this swiftie friend who texts and tells me that the road in the picture looks like the one from All too well! Just imagine sticking those letters here-

This was at school, and those blossoms were near school. That was the first time I saw blossoms in real life. So I got of my bicycle and took a picture. Later, I got to know, those weren’t blossoms. 🤧😭😭

I don’t know what flowers these are, but I found them in a lot of places across the city. They’re gorgeous, aren’t they?

This is a flower I’d like to call… our fruit of 5 years of hard work?

Journal pictures~ Bet you were waiting for them???

So I was influenced by paintings for a while so I scrapped few ideas off Pinterest. I tried my best 😭👐

This was the day ninth grade got over, me and my friends went out for lunch. Plans got delayed and we ended up eating pizza, at 4pm.

No, I did not buy Song of Achilles, but I would’ve if I had the chance. I just took a picture, well, because I like to show off. 🙃

I guess I was writing an essay for school? Looks pretty important though.

What’s a photo post without, sky pictures!

I posted this on my status and captioned it with “Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place”. It wasn’t autumn though, it was just a good old almond tree shedding leaves in February.

I really wish I had instagram, just to show off like ” #I’m on a vacation #an expensive holiday in the tropics that you can’t afford” 😂💪 Well it’s just trees near my aunt’s home.

Before you go like- “What the heck is a Kalanchoe?”- it’s a plant. It bloomed pretty well, but the plant recently died. It bloomed only once, and that too were the flowers it already had when we bought it from the nursery. #RIP. (it’s not only pet owners who do that, us plant lovers do such things too)

So, umm, that is all?

I don’t know what happened, I just became a very boring writer? I hate those captions I wrote for the photos. It feels like I ran out of things to say. *sobs in writers block*

But I’ll work and think harder for new content! Till then,

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Some things, you need to do with yourself- a small little life update+chit-chat

I was really tired that day Like I am everyday. I was exhausted, after solving math (how typical) and studying for the exams coming up next month. Pressure was building up on me, especially since I performed real bad in the previous exam.

I got so frustrated after a while, I just banged my books. I didn’t understand what was troubling me. My head felt so heavy. That’s when I realized, I was just being too hard on myself. I was overstretched.

There’s very simple things that bring joy to us. For me, things that bring joy are some little things like baking, photography, painting or writing something, or watching a bts video (the crackhead stuff) and listening to a sad taylor swift song but that makes me sad again . At that point of time, my mind feels at peace. I feel so pleasant while cycling during evenings with soft sunlight and gentle wind.

Just when things seem purposeless, or you feel aimless, you need to do a few things by yourself. Spending time with yourself. For me, I know the time for leisure has come when I am sick of everything I do. When my head, body and mind feels heavy.

A new hobby I found was- painting. A budding Pablo Picasso coming straight up. I never thought I was any good at painting, but once I got the hang of it, it felt doable. Painting is kinda abstract so you can have like a predefined picture of what you want but it goes in a COMPLETELY different way.

Then I began writing a story. I don’t know if I can call it a novel yet, but it’s as of now just a plot that is loosely held by some words, lol. It’s a mixture of so many genres and tropes, for now, I’m thinking of calling it “my mess”.

I’ve been deep in my own heap of study these days. My mom says I’m being too much of a nerd. I hate the word nerd. What do you say?

I’ve also been reading this book “One of us is lying” by Karen McManus. It’s interesting till the point I’ve read, thank you so much Book bloggers for that book rec!

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Our school began online once again though :( Just when I thought school would be normal, wham! Online school. Truth be spoken, I HATE online school. My eyes hurt, and it’s too boring without any interaction. Like mischief with friends.

But! Since I was part of the Republic day event at school (ahem- I was the emcee-), I did find my cue to go to school. I found such beautiful bougainvillea blossoms, in white! They looked so prettyyyy~

I wonder if I’ll have the chance again to go to school.

There we go with the sadness again.

This post was supposed to be happy.

Anyways, I hope y’all are doing well. Keep being weird, spend some time with yourself, stay hydrated and this is where I end today. Sayonara.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Happy new year +My fave pictures of 2021!|| Photo post #6

Hello everyone! Happy new year! There’s clearly a reason why I posted this late, because I suppose it’s finally new year in every part of the world. Meh, that’s not right, it’s because time didn’t cooperate.

I’m never going to write 2021 as a date ever again. I’m never going to live moments in 2021 too. But I’ve captured a few things that rightfully capture the essence of 2021, at least for me. So here are my faves of 2021!

Before you go further, I’d like to subtly apologize for the cheesy introduction to the pictures.

We’d start with flowers. For some reason, I grew to love flowers more than ever, this year. Not any flowers. Fresh, lively and glamorous ones.

These flowers have a really strong fragrance that just…take over your mind. And the scent can be sensed from really far. Ah!

These are some wild flowers that I spotted during a hiking trip in Andhra Pradesh.

And a very blurry picture. Sorry for this one, though. But this captured what photography was for me, in 2021. Experimenting, learning where some turned out to be successful, but others so glamorously failed.

A few sky pictures~

I don’t know how far a good study atmosphere helps me (because, odds are that, I would be studying in a pile of my own clothes), but it definitely sets the mood for photography.

And here’s a picture of me while reading. Reading was so scarce this year, but I guess I’m in motion now, finally.

* I’M READING HUNGER GAMES AND I CANNOT KEEP THE BOOKS DOWN!?*

Now we’re headed onto the cakes category. I’ve baked far more cakes this year than I ever have in my life. I did take pictures of each and every cake this year, but I couldn’t put them here because I’d like some privacy for the cakes. Okay, okay, the pictures are not pretty. That’s the truth.

Here goes some journaling pages. There are more pictures in the journaling post, here’s just a few recent ones.

And that is all. It’s a wrap for 2021. It’s a wrap for all the moments in 2021.

Here are a few of my favorite posts of the year, on the blog!

May- Story of procrastination

June- Notions I trashed that helped me boost positivity!

July- Writing inspo for everyone: tips, ideas and suggested reading!

August- Why I hate books (for positive reasons)

September- Everything you need to know about journaling: My perspective, how I’m doing it and tips!

October- A journey through words: Reading, writing and blogging.

November- A musical interview with Lili @lili’s-not-so-secret-diary! (A collab)

December- spending a rainy, winter day || ~rainy day log~

Give these posts a read if you haven’t!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S. What are your ny resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

spending a rainy, winter day || ~rainy day log~

– written on December 1st


The morning of December the first. What a beautiful day to begin the last month that I have left of 2021. It’s probably the coldest it has ever been in our city. It’s been raining since the past… 12 and something hours. What’s even worse is that I had to be at school, giving an examination.

The worst weather is when it rains on a cold winter day. My friends and I shivered at school and by the time I got home, my limbs were frozen.

I took a warm bath and got dressed. Our house was even worse than the outside, the floors were freezing cold. I tiptoed and jumped on my way to the couch. I curled up into a ball, but nothing could save me.

But my rug would.

I got cozy in my rug and binge watched some television lazily, with nothing to do. Except I had to study for an examination that’s on the day after tomorrow. I had no practical energy to study chemistry or biology or physics on such a day, the body really doesn’t favor you, especially if it’s about studying.

Like a lazy cat that I am, I slept. I slept and enjoyed every moment of it.

I made hot chocolate for my “home-mates” a.k.a my mother, my sister and me. It didn’t matter how it tasted, the sole reason I wanted hot choc was because it contrasted the weather and comforted me.

I realized this was the perfect weather to read crime, I picked up a book to read~

I decided to study a bit, because I was supposed to be a *model* student, and wowza, I did make progress. That leaves me enough time to enjoy myself during tomorrow’s study leave, haha.

I made a few positive affirmations for myself. I feel I was a little low on self-esteem lately.

The only thing I want to do on such days is to curl up into a ball, get a book, some milk(not coffee, hehe) and head to my temporary utopia. I mean, isn’t that what anybody else would do?

glow in dark books lol.

What would you do on such a day? Let me know in our gala place, the comments.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

P.S.- The blog’s been a lil low on stats lately, can I get some love on some recent posts pwease? Thank you!

Highlighting a beautiful travel experience in Andhra Pradesh, India: Photo post#5

Hello there, blog readers!

I know, I’ve been gone for long. But just so you know and if you feel concerned, I’m still alive. I’ve just been pushing the drafting of this post to another day, because my thoughts didn’t feel collected. Now that I found time (finally), here I am.

Just so you know the context of this post, I’d gone for my Diwali vacations, as I mentioned in the earlier post, to my grandparents’ place, in Andhra Pradesh. Though I live in Pune, Maharashtra (which is, if you don’t know, FAR), I’m native to Andhra Pradesh. I don’t go there quite regularly, and it is more of an annual or occasional affair. That sadly also means I’m not that attached to the rest of the family that lives there.

Get ready for some pictures of landscapes and a complimentary animal misadventure🙂

Also, make sure you see this post on the original site because the blog graphics look best on the original blog! (if you’re using wordpress reader)

This was a b&w shot I took while our train was on a halt. It felt like one of those pictures you see in a history textbook.

As we crossed states, the millet crops and black soils vanished. While we neared, we saw vast fields of paddy fields and red soils. Not to be that geography teacher, but I’m awed by the beautiful transitions of the soil diversity even as I revisit the pictures again.

Flash forward to a few days later, I found myself at my aunt’s house, paying a visit. There’s a beautiful green farm, with cattle and chickens! I only managed to take pictures of a small cute calf because others were a bit…rude. And the chickens just ran away.

The calf’s name is moony, and he’s quite the opposite of the moon. Well, he’s black. On the roof, I could manage to catch a glimpse of him, somewhere. All alone.

“Wait- this human was on the roof, now she’s coming at me?”

“No, no, you’re not coming closer-“

“You’re a funny human you know, and is that my food you’re holding? can I eat it?”

*hides the phone and runs*

Thankfully, his unnamed sister is pretty calm. She’s pretty gentle.

The most exciting part was our trip to Rampachodavaram. That is a huge name, I agree. Break the word and read it again. Much of the photo post is about that place.

This place is a beautiful forest with cool waterfalls. This is one of the best memories I take back from here, apart from my jovial and fun cousins’ playtime, eating loads of sweets and spending time with family.

This place is kind of a very lesser known area, it’s not that popular, at least as of now. Who knows, this post might attract someone. (and there goes my feeble attempt to contribute towards Indian tourism)

Trees were coming closer to form a canopy like thing (sorry that I cannot put it to nicer words apart from “like thing”), and I understand that I dramatize things a LOT, but as and when you go deeper, the forest gets denser and dangerous.

On the way, we grabbed lunch. Not to mention the fact that there was no seating anywhere apart from a ginormous stone besides the waterfall (which was fine with me), there are a good amount of food stalls that give you bamboo chicken.

I don’t know if they do vegetarian, but I only know about chicken. The street vendors have huge grills with blazing flames where they put the bamboo on, that’s filled with chicken. It’s kind of the speciality in this region. And it did taste nice, apart from the fact that it was very spicy. Which is, again, fine with me.

We set off to go higher to find a better view of the waterfall, where there are less people. The path is rocky. Maybe that is why the picture above is blurry.

A few more wild shrubs and boring rocks-

That is how dense it gets as you climb uphill. But the denser it gets, the quieter it all seems. Just crickets in the background, and sticky skins. This place seems like somewhere Bear Grylls would go and build a house out of trees.

“Mr. Bear Grylls, you’re welcome to come here and build your new home…”

Wild mushrooms!

My dream house would be built somewhere near a waterfall like this. Waking up everyday to this, pleasant!

*also the fact that this forest hides potential wild life behind*

See that? Pretty, right?

Leaving all the beautiful things I’d seen there and coming back to live amongst buildings surely is angst mixed with nostalgia. It’s frustrating that I don’t get to live my native culture, while the rest of my family does. In Pune, everyone either speaks Marathi or Hindi (which I’ve gotten used to). Very occasionally do I find someone who speaks in Telugu (my mother tongue). Living in Pune doesn’t give me that familiarity of my native language.

I miss delicacies that are unfortunately found only in Andhra Pradesh. My parents tell me stories about their childhood that they experienced in their own state, such fun stories, of them sleeping under mango trees or nearly encountering a ghost or those little mischievous things they did with their friends. A huge part of their heart is still attached to that place, my parents’ don’t show it, but staying away from where they were brought up does shatter them and makes them sad.

I’d miss all those green fields, long coconut and palmyra trees, clean air of my native village and all the memories I made there. But I’m sure, I’d go back there, and I cannot wait until that happens.


No, I’m not interested in explaining where I was all these days and you’re probably even tired of waiting for me. I just held back this post, and making this post was so tiring, especially the editing! Anyways, I hope you all are alright.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

Change of seasons: Photo Post #3

Hello!

Monsoons are finally seeming to come to an end. It’s September, the crisp sun rays shine again. I’ve been so sick of the dull weather and grey clouds. After weeks, the sun rays seeped through again. Especially since the last few days I’d been left with not much to do (my exams got over and then occurred an astoundingly rare long weekend), I did some photography, and it was the perfect time since it was the transitioning from monsoon to autumn.

Who am I kidding? There is no autumn in India. It’s the second summer, in my opinion. The concept of Autumn never existed in India, but some borrow these fancy words from the west and mess it up. It might not seem like it, but I promote Indian-ness in the most Indian ways.

(Quick edit: I just learnt there’s an autumn in north India 😂)

It’s raining lesser and getting more humid now. Let’s begin!



It had just rained in the evening and the aftermath..

…was the droplets of water deposited on some of the most beautiful flowers!

This is an acupressure path, not that special, but somehow it seemed oh so pretty.

And here, the skies are getting clearer. That day, me and my sister were having a playdate. Not sure if siblings can have that, but she planned the entire day with all the things we loved and sure enough, photography was one.

More post-rain souvenirs- Droplets on these flowers! These flowers…ah.

And here begins the next day. It was bright, sunny and warm. (Do you like the imagery yet?) Sun rays slowly creeped through the sleek leaves of the trees, awaiting my arrival to photograph them. 😛

It was very sunny. But in the above picture, the sky’s a bit edited to look rosy pink. I’m a huge fan of editing. Everyone says natural is beautiful, but for photography, editing is key. While picturing something, many things are missing, and editing helps to set the brightness, tint, saturation and exposure just right to make the perfect picture. Enough of technical stuff, onto the next one!

This is one of my favorites. I love all those shades of green and hey, I haven’t edited this one.

Ah, how tropical! I feel I exaggerate my simple surroundings to look very vacation-ey. But what a feeling, to stand beneath the sun. I know I’m saying this for the hundredth time, but I’m a very summery person! At that time, I was playing with my sister and a little friend of hers.

Introducing my Sister, Meg (not her full name)! At least her head. So, she was just standing there staring that path and it struck to me that it would make a very…thoughtful picture. To me, it seems like a picture depicting a person’s hesitation to move forward in life. What do you think?

I do realise B&W isn’t working out here, but let’s go with it anyway.

I was adjusting some things in the camera and all of a sudden it went all blurry. But it looked kind of cool too.


Before I end today, I hope everyone’s doing great. We’re in difficult times not that you need me to tell you that, we need some hope *J-hope flashbacks* . Just know, no matter what, life must go on.

how’s ‘life goes on’ related to the collage, I have no idea.

Like an echo in the forest

one day will come

as if nothing happened

Yeah, life goes on

Life Goes on, BTS, english translations

I felt that was necessary. Not only is it a nice song to hum to (Yes, I’m looking at you, mom), but it means something. One day will surely come when everything’s normal.


I hope you enjoyed this post, leave your thoughts in the comments, I always respond! No question for this one though! Before you leave, I thought I’d share this with you.

Here is a beautiful poem that a lovely book blogger Sep who writes more poems than book reviews has written about letting people go. It’s deep and very insightful. I relate to it a lot, having to let go of many people many times.

Anyways, Until the next time.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

p.s. my swifties did you just hear the wildest dreams Taylor’s version yet???

How my previous week went, Why leaving school might be more of a dilemma than nostalgia and some pictures.

Heya everyone!

I’m finally feeling the pressure of a high schooler. This was the busiest week I’ve had yet! Honestly, that’s the most subtle way I can possibly put it into.

My assignments have bombarded my entire to do list.

I’m physically strained due to dance practises back at school.

I haven’t had a peaceful moment.

I’m horribly exhausted.

I haven’t been able to read any book(!!!).

And for the first time in my life, I’m not exaggerating.

I don’t know how I even managed everything.

I’ve begun journaling though. It’s nice to reflect upon a day that went by.

It all went by so quickly. Also considering the fact that I was ACTUALLY at school for 4 days(for a program we’re having for the 15th of August). It’s been a really long time since I stepped onto the school ground and see some ACTUAL people who weren’t my family. It’s all so surreal, makes it difficult to digest the fact that I’d be at this wonderful place for only another 1 year (maybe more, if I chose to do my grade 11 and 12 there).

If we count our time at school as a kid, we’ve spent majority of our years there. And then growing up, we make it a part of our life journey. It’s funny how we don’t want to go to school as a little child, and when you’re a little older, you don’t want to leave it.

The reason why I think leaving school is a little more of a dilemma than nostalgia is because of the confusion you encounter. Confusion to move forward and leave a safe place. I mean safe place, because school kept us safe from the grief of growing up.

Growing up isn’t sad, but then not realizing where all that time went is. It’s all very confusing. I cannot even think about it.

But on the brighter side, there is some excitement about the future too. After all, the world is our playground! Thinking of playground, here’s our school playground. Our gorgeous playground.

…and this beautiful tree.

I also seem to have a thing for purple flowers. This little thing was creeping through the window grill.

And that’s a shoe, I guess?

And what’s even better is that I took these pictures during the golden hour. This little sapling is coming through the cracks of the bricks.

And this is my friend who is tired after a long day.

And this picture to end this post.

After that optimistic, philosophical chit-chat, I think I’d rather get back to my reality. There are still assignments that await me, ahem-

I know this post was short, but you at least got them pictures!

And, I almost forgot, the question-of-the-post:

How did your week go? Was it busy or were you at peace?

Type down your answers in the comments!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi <3

P.S. ‘Tis the 25th Post!

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Florals on a cloudy Sunday: Photo post #2

A walk in the park: A photo post#1

Florals on a cloudy Sunday: Photo post #2

Hey!

I’m going a bit off the schedule and sharing a non-Saturday post, I was so excited to show them to you! It kind of suddenly came to me that I should do a floral photoshoot. Or something like it. We (my sister and I) originally wanted to make a flower bouquet, but then we realised that we simply didn’t know how to do it. So we ended up clicking ton of pictures and then eventually, deleting many.

So we began with flower hunting. We didn’t find many because we went in the evening and the morning crowd looted everything. This is the best we found.

And then we tried a few floral arrangements. Not that pretty, of course.

Bougainvillea sure is beautiful all the time, ain’t it?

My favorite picture, this one right here.

I don’t know why this picture is here, but fine, let’s go with it!

Now, there, that’s a puzzling sight. Flowers into a badminton racket, Divya is out of her mind! Trust me, we couldn’t find anything better. Though I’m still sure people in the park were giving us weird looks.

How were the pictures? On second thoughts, I think they’re a bit cheesy, but that’s just me. I never like anything I do.

Do you second guess things you do, too?

Let’s see what answers you’ll give me!

On a positive note, I hope everyone is doing very well out there. May you stand strong in these difficult time.

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.

View the first photo post that appeared in June : A walk in the park: A photo post.

A walk in the park: A photo post.

Hello!

A few days back, my mother, sister and I went to a park after like, a really long time! We live in a housing society and it has this beautiful club house adjoined with a park. It’s this wonderful place that screams “Good vibes live here!”. The breeze, the grass and the trees make me want to live there forever.

The place is very photogenic, or can I say, instagrammable? (For the record, I don’t use instagram; I came across the word somewhere on the internet)

It has this unique aesthetic that couldn’t stop me from clicking a few pictures.

The grass was freshly watered, which made the perfect effect for this picture.

Hey look, there’s me, in a shadow.

This is my most favorite place to sit! The plants and the creepers cling to the slabs of concrete and creates this canopy over your head. Its so calm and serene.

Me and my worn out shoes!

Ah, when sunlight comes through, you can see the Tyndall effect show up so gorgeously.

These small little leaf-lings were so cute!

A clear sky (almost).

Wild berries?

I hope you liked reading seeing this post! And check out my recent posts!

If you really like what I write (or create), be sure to leave a comment and maybe follow, too? I’ll surely reply!

Not-so-daintily loving you,

Divi.