The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Sat, Jul. 2, 2005 - Hell Has Frozen Over
I usually describe my photography services as everything except weddings. I've tried to structure my life so I don't have to deal with stress and photographing weddings definitely falls in the stressfull category. But I got talked into photographing James and Maggie's wedding. Well I made it through the day intact, the pictures came out, and I even heard that family members were crying over them (in a good way), but it's still going to be a long time before someone else can talk me into photographing their wedding. Between the rehearsal, the wedding, the wedding family portraits, and the reception, I shot over 600 images which got sorted down to just under 300 for the bride and groom. This was the start of a very busy month.
Sun, Jul. 3, 2005 - Good Mouser
Trevor has consistently been one of the better mousers that we've had. Now if only he could catch the gopher that has been making a mess out of the area next to our driveway. The area that we just covered in bark (and following Melody's suggestion, newspaper) now has about 20 piles of dirt interupting the nice clean look that the bark provided.
Mon, Jul. 4, 2005 - Rose Ave Show
I don't want to name names, because the show doesn't fall into the safe and sane category, but we spent our now traditional 4th watching the spectacular show that happens just down the street. As usual, the day started with providing kids with rides on the fire trucks, then the parade down Main St., followed by a BBQ with the fire department. Beautiful weather made it an even better day.
Tue, Jul. 5, 2005 - 1923 American LaFrance
After the parade, and since it was out and all spiffy, I took some pictures of Ferndale's antique fire engine. More pictures of it can be found on the Ferndale Volunteer Fire Department web site.
Mon, Jul. 18, 2005 - Steeple Chase
The Catholic church has had a crane in town all month, fixing the leaks in the steeple, as well as replacing the cross on the top that had rusted out. Bill Snow is the guy bravely doing the work. I talked to him about getting some pictures from up there. The top of the steeple is 140 feet high and the crane can go 10 feet higher than that. They replaced the old cross with a new one that they estimated was the same size, but on getting up there with the crane, they found the old one was only 4 feet high. They built the new one 8 feet tall, so they ended up having to rebuild the supports to hold it.
Tue, Jul. 19, 2005 - Castleware
What was keeping me very busy all this month was two e-commerce web sites that both wanted to be up by July 15th. The first one, for Celtic Furnishings, had to be finished before the owner left for a trip to Ireland. I tried to talk him into sending me over there to photograph the furniture there, but he didn't go for it. When he gets back the site will go live. The other site is Castleware and it's up and running, so go check it out, and maybe buy a pillow or two.
Fri, Jul. 22, 2005 - Too Windy
After working hard in the studio all month, I was looking forward to a shoot on the Lost Coast with Haley. Originally planned for Tuesday, we postponed it to Friday because fog, which had been a problem all week. While the rest of California is sweltering, we've had our usual summertime weather, meaning its been very foggy. So Friday afternoon I was excited to see that the fog burned off. On the drive over to the coast, our luck continued, and it was still sunny when we pulled up to the parking area. When I opened the car door though, I got a nasty surprise, it was super windy. We tried shooting anyways, but I didn't get anything really good. I should have learned by now that when it's that windy, it's better to just turn around and go home.
Sat, Jul. 23, 2005 - Get there fast in style
Fortuna's Autorama is going on this weekend so I wandered over there to take a look. This car was one of my favorites. It is a 1932 Stearns Knight limousine that is pretty much stock until you look under the hood. They weren't making motors like that in 1932. Their sign claimed this 3 ton car can do the quarter mile in 13 seconds at 105 mph. Home James, and make it quick.
Sun, Jul. 24, 2005 - Getting Caught Up
My first post in about a month. There's been a lot going on and several times this month I swore I was going to leave time at the end of the day to post something. It's just been an incredibly busy month both web wise and photography wise. I do plan to go back and update this page with some of the earlier events, so be sure to check back. Today's picture relates to an earlier picture that I haven't posted yet. The Catholic Chuch has been renovating their steeple with the help of a 140ft tall crane, and so I thought I should get a picture of the steeple with its new cross in place. This scene was taken from Rose Ave. I saw this earlier this month but there haven't been many days this month where I was home before 8:30 (when the sun sets), with my camera, on a night where it wasn't fogged in.
Mon, Jul. 25, 2005 - A View from the Heavens
Here's the view of our house from the top of the steeple. I got to ride up to top today to take pictures. 140 feet is a long way up there. I could brave it long enough to take pictures, but I don't think I'd want to spend my whole day working up there. Especially since the way my repair jobs go I spend half the time retrieving tools. It's bad enough having to walk out to the garage to grab yet another tool. But when it takes you several minutes to raise and lower the crane, you better bring everything you need the first trip up.
Tue, Jul. 26, 2005 - From One Cross to Another
This is what I'd call an artsy fartsy photograph, and one I should save for the fair next year, because sometimes this is what really turns the judges on. If you're looking at it and thinking, "Gee Matt, I can take better photos than that", well I'd probably agree. So why did I take this picture, what is it, and why am I bothering showing it to the world? Well it's a photo of the new stainless steel cross on top of the Catholic Church, and in the reflection you can see the Community Church on Main Street. I thought that was pretty cool.
Wed, Jul. 27, 2005 - Dangerous Curves
The traditional Chinese dress, called a cheongsam, has always been a favorite of mine. I found this one at a Goodwill store several years ago, but since they are so fitted, it was hard finding just the right model. Fortunately, Mabel provided me with the opportunity to finally shoot it. We originally took it to the beach a couple of months ago, but it's so shiny I felt that to really do it justice, I wanted to shoot it again in the controlled lighting of my studio.
Thu, Jul. 28, 2005 - Rhinestones
Another item that's been sitting around waiting for the right opportunity is this rhinestone bra that I saw a couple of years ago. I just thought it was so outrageous that I bought it on impulse, not really knowing what I'd ever use it for. And since it's rigid, I needed a model who was just the right size. Sort of like Prince Charming and the glass slipper, I've been looking for the princess who provided the perfect fit. Once again, Mabel came to the rescue. Only instead of coming dressed up a princess (I'll leave that to Lauren) she came as a sexy magician.
Fri, Jul. 29, 2005 - Uplifting Experience
I got a second ride in the crane, this time we went up about half way, to take a 360 degree panorama. I still have to put the panorama together, but here's shy Bill, the crane operator.
Sat, Jul. 30, 2005 - Horse Mountain
Took the Sprint out for a ride to Horse Mountain. I was up there for two hours and had the road totally to myself. Try to find a road like that in the Bay Area! From where the bike is sitting you might think the KLR would have been more appropriate, but I wasn't really that far from the road.
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