Birthday Dinner At Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant

Yesterday, Kevin and I took Katelynn and Sara out for their birthday dinner. Since the girls are both born in October, we usually go to one restaurant, which is fun and has better quality food. The girls decided, they would like to go back to the “… Japanese place not far from Kaboom Town …”. So, to Kobe Steaks Japanese Restaurant we went:

The State Fair of Texas Begins Today

It’s State Fair time in Texas. Today, the fair will open its doors at 10:00 am and will be open until October 22, 2017. For this event, I pulled up some pictures from our last year’s visit:

I Love Dallas!

After the farewell party in Lower Greenville, several of us went over to a co-worker’s apartment in uptown Dallas, yesterday. Since there is so much construction and new buildings in Dallas, it can be a little bit overwhelming. But we figured it out, and made it to the right elevator in the right building. LOL

Being up on top of the roof of Dallas was nice. But being on a balcony on the 24th floor was no fun, when I struggled with fear-of-height problems. It took me a couple of minutes to actually look out in the distance and enjoy the view. But it was rewarding. And every time I look at the skyline of Dallas, it always reminds me, why I moved here over 13 years ago. I love the big city flair. But I also love the quieter suburb of the DFW-Metroplex.

Farewell Party At The Truck Yard In Dallas

This afternoon, we had a farewell party for Kevin’s co-worker. Him, his wife and son are moving back to the UK. We celebrated at the Truck Yard in Lower Greenville of Dallas.

Arriving at the Truck Yard, I liked it from the first minute. The Truck Yard is fairly new, it opened in 2013. It has the flair of a beer garden, “junk yard”, great food, live music, and it is dog friendly. They even encourage to bring your pooch with you. Every day, different food trucks park in the yard to sale their signature dishes. While waiting for the food to be done, we got one of these light-up pagers. Some guests go to the bar, get a drink and find a table under the shading umbrellas and trees in the meantime. The Truck Yard has a truck schedule on its website. If there is food from a particular truck, and the truck parks in the yard f.e. on Wednesday, that might be a good day to visit. I had the “Rice Bowl” from the Ssahm BBQ truck. I was wondering, why my taste buds recognized a hint of far eastern flavors. Later I found out, they serve Korean-Mexican foods. That’s awesome! And it tasted great. Why did I never get the idea of mixing these two flavors? 😉

John Tipton played some tunes with his band on the stage truck, today. It was a great day in a good place to say good bye to a wonderful co-worker.

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Goodbye, Fraser & Family! Have a safe trip home back to the UK!

NOTE: Since I didn’t capture the photo and it was done with Annette’s cell phone, I can’t take the credit for the last photo above.

Long Exposure Photography At High Five Interchange

A couple of weeks ago, I went with our local photography group to shoot long exposure photos at the High Five Interchange in Dallas (Interstate 635/US Highway 75). Opening the shutter for almost half-minute, it will leave a nice car light trail. Using the higher Aperture (ƒ-setting), the street light will show a starburst. And putting the ISO low, won’t over-expose the photo with too much light.

This is something I learned at a carnival over two years ago. I always shot photos in “automatic”. But one night, at the American Heroes Festival in The Colony, a fellow photographer from the group showed me, how to shoot my photos in “manual” with the right Shutter Speed/Aperture/ISO. What an amazing discovery it was for me. From that night forward, I never captured my photos in “automatic”. I always shoot in “manual”. And I love it! ❤

Here are some of the images, I’ve captured at the High Five Interchange in Dallas, Texas on February 7, while having fun photographing with the group further south of the Interchange.

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High Five Interchange, Dallas, Texas

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The view NW from the Churchill Way Bridge, south of the Interchange

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Car Traffic Bokeh

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Evening Rush Hour