Proud Treasures: Photo Challenges

This week word press has asked us to show a treasure; something special and dear to our heart. Maybe it is a simple item and others would  think of it as meaningless, but to yourself it is priceless. Bastet has asked us to show photos we like and are especially proud of the way they turned out. To me my photos are treasures that showcase my world travels and bring back memories of places, people and events. Each is special and unique. To have had the opportunity to travel, especially so much in the last 4 years, that has been a wonderful gift. To be able to see places most  people have only heard about, seen in books, or on TV is amazing. I will treasure my photos long after we leave. These below are some I am most proud of and one day they may grace the walls of our home.

I have loved taking photos for a long time and I am trying hard to learn more. Someone once told me look for the shot no one else will have. Although I find a good photo sometimes is a lucky shot, a fleeting moment you happen to capture, a chance encounter that you might be in the right place at the right time, or when all elements just come together. Other times it takes  a careful eye and planning. The following are the shots I am most proud of. Enjoy my treasures….

Intricate carvings

Intricate carvings – Angkor Wat. The lighting was perfect for this capture of the bas reliefs along the temple walls.

I love this photo. It caught my breath and I almost couldn’t believe it was I who took it. Cambodia was an amazing place and this photo was my favourite from Angkor Wat. Everything came together perfectly.

Speaking of lighting be just right…..

Sun or Heavenly Rays in St. Peter's Basilica?

Rome, Italy – Sun or Heavenly Rays in St. Peter’s Basilica?

I saw the sun rays and hoped it turned out. It was much later I realised how this looked and I was really happy with the result.

This next one reminded me of an eerie old B&W film. The sepia tones in the hazy, humid sky after an earlier downpour played with the lights. Everyone takes the horizontal shot of the parliament buildings, so I looked for an alternate angle. I was happy how it was different and the atmosphere and feeling it has.

The Peace Tower at Night

The Peace Tower at Night

I liked the shadows of the palms to frame the view we had on the beach while we were in the Philippines. More than just another shot of the beautiful blue water.

What a view!

What a view!

I also took this shot in the Philippines. I kept moving around to get the right angle, light and detail I wanted. I am really happy with the result. I like how the palm is in the background to give it an extra dimension. It is my new favourite. What do you think?


What do you treasure? What photo are you most happy with? Check out the links above to see more posts, or find out how post your own.  No photos? Then tell us about it in the comment section below.

Like this blog? Want to help me move onto round two of the Canadian Blog Awards? Then please click on the Canadian Blog Awards 2013 picture/button on the right sidebar to take you to the webpage if you would like to vote. Round one closes Feb. 21. I am Canadian Travel Bugs in the Travel and Expat category. CAREFUL you only get 1 vote! Not sure what it is all about? Then read my post that explains in more detail here.

Thanks in advance. 🙂

Stay tuned…

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48 thoughts on “Proud Treasures: Photo Challenges

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  2. Heavenly rays is breathtaking! Wow!

  3. all these are amazing but yep…that shot with the beams is spectacular

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  5. Travel memories are wonderful treasures!

  6. Hi CTB – love the Peace Tower shot particularly!! Good luck with the Canadian blog awards!!

    • Thanks Tina. I like that one too…. well all of them there 😉 I dream of being a good photographer and getting that perfect shot. These are the ones I am most proud of. I think I am getting warmer 😉

  7. PS. you got my vote 🙂

  8. What lovely photos here…it’s be hard to choose which one I like best. The St. Peter’s Basilica is awesome, but the orchids under the palmtree is very suggestive! A great photo post and thanks for linking to Pixelventures! (I’m off to see the contest now…good luck!)

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    Hey folks..take a look at Canadian Travel Bugs post…and then follow the link to vote for her for the Canadian Blog Awards…Travel and Expat category. Voting closes on the 21st of February (Asia-Australia-New Zealand) or 22nd of February ( Europe-Canada-U.S.) So careful of your time zones!

  10. Awesome photo.

  11. Photos are real treasures for me too! I love your beach shot, great composition.

    • Thanks Gilly… it was a perfect view. When we were there before they had hammocks along that area. Needless to say I spent a lot of time there. Today it is cold and rainy here… I need to stare at this and dream I am still there 😉

  12. Thanks for the support and reblog 🙂

  13. Freda Goulet

    I love your photos…can’t choose a favorite. Maybe a calendar of your awesome photos some day? I’d like mine autographed, Dear Niece !

  14. These are the top choices! Is it the same competition you were on last year? I had an impression you get the award 🙂

    • HI Amy, Yes same thing. It is a yearly event. The vote is for top blogs for different categories. It is a way to share and showcase Canadian talent. Last year I was third out of 3 😦 BUT I made it to the final round so that was an accomplishment. This year I would hope to do better than third, but it looks like professional blogs for business is also in the category, so will be tougher. In the end the only reward is bragging rights and getting your blog more exposure. 😉

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  18. Treasures that takes our breathe away and bring happy times and memories closely. Love them all but beach scene from the Philippines reminds me of great times at home. Thanks.

  19. That Philippines beach shot is fantastic!

    • It is an amazing view… we stayed in little huts on a hillside. Our first trip there in Feb 2011 we had a better view. This last trip was more inland, but still nice to sleep and hear the rustle of the leaves and the ocean to lull you to sleep.

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