Close Up Treasures

I have to admit I got sick and tired of Photo 101 this weekend. I was behind on my assignments, I had a visiting friend from out of town and I have tons of laundry to do!

In short, life happened.

But like everything else in life, you get up and move on. You can either chose to do it or don’t. Be happy or depressed. Have a good attitude or not. Your choice.

So, I decided to do it. In my own sweet time, no pressure, no rush. Hey, there are no deadlines here!

Here are my treasures… My passions… Up close and personal.


My classmate, ex-boyfriend, nursing buddy, travel partner, co-conspirator. My hubby. He is my number one treasure. This is our wedding album and this represents all the happy memories in our ten years of marriage.


This is a close up of a globe. The geography represented here is random, it merely suggests our dreams of traveling the world. My hubby and I love to travel. Since we work full time, we cannot travel non-stop (as much as I secretly would want to) so we travel in bits and pieces wherever and whenever our paths may take us.


I love to read. I am passionate about books (the REAL ones). Barnes and Noble is my sanctuary and when we cannot travel, I do so through my books.


My art. Next to travel and books, I also dabble in painting. I love the colors that you can create by combining different hues. When I hold my brush, I get lost in time transported to a different world where beauty is everywhere. In the broad strokes. In the finest details.

What are YOUR passions?

19 thoughts on “Close Up Treasures

    1. Which books if you don’t mind my asking… some of the books here I haven’t read yet. I have a “bad habit” of going to the bookstore (Barnes) buying one or two books and not reading them right away! As for e-books, I have a nook which was a gift from my hubby but I have only used it for a year or so and then I simply just switched back to the real deal. I just love the smell and feel of books! 🙂


      1. Bill Bryson, 1000 places to see, Kite Runner… Most likely these are the books you get here in Germany as well. We travel a lot with our camper – one of reasons we switched to electronic books, just because of the weight. The second reason our house is not very big and it is FULL of books. We love to keep them but there is a limit…

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        1. Yes, an e-book comes in very handy in those situations. If only we can live in a library? hehe. And that Bill Bryson book, I have a confession to make… I still haven’t finished reading it. I think I started reading it over a year ago. I usually bring it whenever we travel so I can read while waiting in the airport or somewhere but because the “hiking in the Appalachian trail bit” takes too long hence, I am still hiking with him! For me, the story is just not exciting enough to finish reading overnight.

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  1. I was sick of it too and running behind. But I stuck with it.I have been determined to do so… as you said, life happens. I am very happy I pushed myself through. You look like you have happy life. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You’ve done pretty well so far keeping up with all the assignments, I’ve been stalking you :). I saw that last night’s post covered exactly what I’d be interested in exploring, and that is getting up close and focusing on a subject, yet I cannot get the background to blur even though I have it at the lowest f.stop setting which in my case is 3.5 on my camera. I always see pictures of food where the main dish is focused and it just looks fantastic, yet everything is a blur? Any suggestions?

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    1. That stalking you part made me laugh! 😛 For the album and paint tubes photo, my settings on manual mode are: ISO 1600, F 5.6, 1/15. Those were taken at night with artificial light so I had to tweak it here and there to get the exposure right. As for bokeh/blurring/out of focus backgrounds, I focus on the subject (you have to be really close), half press my shutter until the subject becomes clear and the background blurs then take the picture. I hope I made that easy enough for you as I am not an expert photographer/teacher. If any, I always resort to google to find answers. 🙂

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      1. I’m sorry, I forgot to respond to this. Still not very familiar with shutter speeds and where I could find it on my camera. I’ll need to play with the background blurring, perhaps I was not half pressing the shutter and I think the angle too makes a difference. I try to focus on a plate/bowl where I’ve prepared a dish, then have something in the background
        that is similar, but blurred, and it’s always failed. I do have some u-tube instructions. Thanks 🙂

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  3. Great post and photos, I love travel too, I do a little less now since having kids, but we still make sure we go abroad each year, as well as travelling around the UK too at weekends (work just gets in the way during the week!). Reading is another passion for me, I am a real bookwork. Painting is the only thing that I am not great at (my daughter makes up for that though as she has quite a talent).

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  4. It is awesome when you can share your passion with your loved ones. My husband and I travel like you two in bits and pieces, but I want (not so secretly anymore) to leave everything behind and just travel for a year.

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