Mesa

My Other Side - Night Photography

Not many people know this about me, but I enjoy night photography in the city. Unfortunately, I don't do it often enough. However, the last two Saturdays my hubby (who is an amazing street photographer by the way- you can see his work on Flickr) and I went in to town after dark.

Our first outing was two weeks ago. The Mesas Arts Center hosted "Fantastic Planet" by the Australian artist Amanda Parer. Unfortunately I didn't have my tripod with me that night, so I handheld my camera to photograph. I was able to capture only one of her marvelous creations. Unfortunately all my images didn't turn out. The next two images are from the same night walking in downtown Mesa.

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/160 - f9.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/100 - f2.8 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Canon 28mm - SS 1/500 - f4.0 - ISO 1250

Last weekend, we went to Tempe Town Lake. What a bustling place on a Saturday night. We were surprised that so many people like to walk around after dark. After all, it was only 89 degrees, and a wonderful breeze coming up from the lake made the air feel cooler. Here are some of my favorites from that outing (this time I had my tripod with me).

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 4 sec - f7.1 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f16 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Canon 28mm - SS 1.6 sec - f10 - ISO 400

Now you have seen another side of my photography. I hope to do this more often this summer and hopefully my hubby will join me on the outings.

Thank you for stopping by today; until next time...try something new and exciting.

Iris (TGTG)

Green Corner Restaurant - Mesa

There are maybe a handful restaurants we enjoy going to. Over the last couple of months we have visited the Green Corner Restaurant, in Mesa. It only is a 15 minutes drive from our house. What we really like about this place is the freshness of their dishes. The flavor of the Mediterranean cuisine has always awakened my taste buds.

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Last weekend we tried a new dish, "Gyros - Chicago Style". "Chicago Style" means that you receive french fries with your meat. However, you can also order the Gyros with rice, or the low carb option, with a Greek salad.

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With every dish you receive fresh vegetables; in this case, cucumber, tomatoes, and red onions. The meat (beef and lamb) itself is perfectly cooked on a vertical rotisserie spicket, finished up on the hot griddle. The spices used for the meat are harmonious. The tzatziki sauce is savory and freshly made; wonderful to dip the pita bread in.

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My husband and I agree, that this has been the best Gyros we have had since living in Arizona. If you are looking for a restaurant that hits all your taste buds, why don't you give the "Green Corner Restaurant" a try.

Another incentive: the restaurant offers a 5% discount to all students on Friday and Saturday.

I like to hear from you and your opinion about this restaurant, or share one of you favorite restaurants in the comment section. I am always looking for good places to eat that offer healthy food.

Until next time...

Iris (TGTG)

Mother's Day Giveaway - Winner announced!

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I am hosting a Mother's Day Giveaway until next Wednesday, April 21st. Why would I give away a mini sessions? Because we, as mothers, are mostly missing from the photographs. I would like to change that. I am very fortunate that my husband always photographed me and our son. Yes, the photographs I have from my son and me are on film, but they are all precious to me.

My own mom has been very sick over the last three months, and I am fortunate that I have photographs with her as well. My dad used to photograph a lot. Yes, you might be photographing your children growing up, but please don't forget to be in the frame as well. When your children are adults, they will thank you for capturing them including you.

So, what do you have to do to enter this fabulous giveaway? Not much! Just leave a comment on this post and you will be automatically entered. For a second chance, you can go over to my FB Page and hit the 'Like Button'. That's it! Easy peasy :)

And here is a very old photograph of my mom and me. She visited Arizona some time back. I am hoping that I will see her again, but with her current health issues, I am not sure. I might just have to go home to Germany :)

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enter for a chance to win the mini session.

Until next time...keep smiling :) Iris TGTG

Congratulations Kim for winning the giveaway! You should have received an email from me this morning.