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Thu, Oct. 6, 2005 - Sarah's Self Portrait
I've been having fun coming up with picture in picture concepts lately, and today we took Sarah to the Lost Coast to work on this one. The concept is more apparent in a full size print where the painting looks more like a painting, by adding some brush effects in Photoshop. In addition to the planning it took to align the painting picture with the location where she's doing the painting, we had to contend with the fact that the wind was blowing about 30-40 mph at times. What you don't see in the photo because I cleverly photoshopped her out, was that Lori was squatting behind the easel, holding on to it so that it wouldn't blow away.
Fri, Oct. 7, 2005 - Later that same day
I tried shooting a bit more at the beach yesterday after we captured the series of shots needed for the composite photo, but the wind just kept blowing even harder. So Sarah stopped by the studio after work and we took a few more pictures of her and her long hair.
Sat, Oct. 8, 2005 - Back to the VPA
We drove back down to San Jose so Lori could give a presentation to the VPA on her vintage clothing collection. Miranda & Diane were the hosts of the meeting and their Victorian home is a near twin to the Steinbeck House in Salinas.
Mon, Oct. 10, 2005 - Woodgraining
While we were in San Jose, Larry Martin finished the woodgraining in our parlour. If you've seen our photography studio you've seen Larry's excellent work, even though you might not have realized it. He's pretty good at making paint look like real fancy wood. Our parlour is one step closer to becoming our dream Victorian room.
Sat, Oct. 15, 2005 - Goldie
There's a new horse and carriage in town, taking up the job of transporting people in style after the retirement of George and Barnaby. Fawn, in addition to running a laundromat and the local gym, is now in charge of driving Goldie and her carriage around the streets of Ferndale. I went down to the Collingwood Inn to photograph a newlywed couple in the carriage, and before they hopped in I took this one.
Mon, Oct. 17, 2005 - Heaven
I've been trying to get a picture of the Ferndale skyline from Rose Ave with a really cool sunset and tonight seemed like a potential winner. While I was waiting for the sun to set I took this picture of the sky looking in the other direction. I really liked the cloud formation. It ended up being the best shot of the night because as it often does in Ferndale, the fog rolled in and cancelled tonight's sunset. Later tonight we received the phone call we had been expecting, that Lori's dad had passed away. We had a chance to visit with him near Sonora two weeks ago and we were lucky to find him having one of his good days. It was a bit too much deja vu though. Our two beloved fathers, Dan and Robert, who together sang the Lord's Prayer at our wedding almost 25 years ago, are now singing together in heaven.
Sat, Oct. 22, 2005 - Coming up short
When we bought our house 5 years ago, there wasn't a door for the parlor, but we did find a door in the garage that appeared to be the missing door. It looked like it had been used for paintball practice and had suffered from other painting abuses, so we left it where it was. Instead, to protect the parlour from the cats we put up a piece of plywood that served as an impromtu pocket door of sorts. For five years. Well the good news is that the "pocket door" is finally gone and the missing door has been re-installed. The bad news, which I didn't discover until after rehanging the door, is that at some point the previous owners cut about two inches off of the bottom. Unfortunately, I didn't discover this sad fact until after the door had already been woodgrained by Larry. I went around the house thinking maybe we could swap it with a closet door where it wouldn't be so noticeable, but the only doors that are the same size all open to the hallway. So I'll probably just add a strip to the bottom and hope that Larry can hide it with a clever bit of woodgraining.
Sun, Oct. 23, 2005 - Humidity
In an attempt to deal with our mold problem that keeps cropping up in the bedroom, I decided to purchase a de-humidifier. So I went over to the brand new hardware store in Fortuna, found the isle that was tagged de-humidifiers, and found several shelfs of humidifiers, but no de-humidifiers. Asking for help, the sales clerk was puzzled and went into the back room. Shortly he returned, embarrassed to admit that they didn't even have de-humidifiers listed in their computer. So I figured I would go up to Eureka to the big box store (Target) and found the same scenario. 20 varieties of humidifier products, no de-humidifiers. Next stop Piersons, the big hardware store in Eureka. Same story. At least there the clerk knew where to get them, Sears. So I drove over to the mall, went to Sears, found the de-humidifiers, which happened to be on sale, and while I was looking at the brochure that explained the differences between the three models they sold, another guy came up looking for the same item, and explained he had the same experience as me in trying to find one. We both wondered why, in a county that has natural built in humidity one would have the need to buy a humidifier, and de-humidifiers were so hard to find. It would be like trying to sell heaters in Phoenix, but not offering air conditioners. So after buying the de-humidifier, I also wanted to get a humidity gauge, only I didn't know what they were even called. Turns out to measure humidity you need a hygrometer. Found out our bedroom is naturally at around 65% relative humidity. Now with the de-humidifier running while we're at work, it drops it to about 40%. Pulls about little over a gallon of water out of the air from our bedroom every day.
Thu, Oct. 27, 2005 - Dumb Buck
Greg called to tell be about the latest excitement in his life. This guy has interesting things happen to him all the time, and if he had a video cam mounted on his head, it would make a great reality show. What he reported today was that just as he was coming out of the doctor's office in Ferndale, a dog started chasing a 4 point buck. Now why a buck was on Main Street at 10am I don't know. But apparently the dog was such a threat, that the buck decided his best course of action would be to jump into a vacant storefront. Right through the 1/4" plate glass window. Then startled even more he decided that was a mistake, and so exitted the building. Right through another plate glass window. The buck collapsed nearby and a Ferndale police officer was going to put the buck out of his misery. Right in front of a bunch of kids and their moms who even though the buck had shards of glass sticking out of his neck did not want to see the buck shot. The deer managed to run away with the police in tow, and was eventually put down. Who ended up having venison that night has not been reported.
Fri, Oct. 28, 2005 - Inside
Here's what the inside of the store looked like after the buck came and went.
Sun, Oct. 30, 2005 - Prize Winning
Every year at the fair we have a drawing for a free portrait session. Thursday we had scheduled a shoot for the winning entrant and had planned to photograph her and her fiance at the beach flying a kite. Thursday morning broke nice and clear, which was a relief after the previous stormy weather we had. Arriving at work I was excited to notice that there was just a light breeze, perfect for kite flying. Around 11, I went down to the post office and noticed a few clouds rolling in. By noon the sky had turned a solid gray, and by 2pm it was getting dark, and the wind had picked up past kite flying weather. At 2:30 I tried calling the couple to cancel but they must have already been on their way. They arrived a few minutes before 3, and just as I was telling them it would be best to cancel, the rain started coming down. That's Ferndale weather for you. So this morning, after doing some quick painting in the parlour, I decided to go for a motorcycle ride. Expecting brisk fall weather, I put on my insulated pants and heavy jacket. I rode out to Guthrie Creek and then hiked down to the beach. It was still early due to the time change but I was amazed at how pleasant it was. So after I got back I called our prize winning couple to see if they were available to shoot. They were so in the afternoon we went out to Centerville. Beautiful warm day, only problem, there wasn't even a hint of wind so kite flying was out. We decided instead to trek over to Loleta's beach and on the way over I mentioned that the only thing preventing it from being a perfect day was that the sky was totally cloudless. Well by the time we arrive in Loleta there were light clouds, but the fog was still non-existent. We shot for a couple of hours up to sunset and were rewarded with one of the nicest sunsets I've seen at the beach. Usually on the north coast beaches you can expect the fog to roll in right before sunset. This was the first time I remember photographing a sunset where there was absolutely no fog on the horizon. So even though they didn't get to fly their kite, we ended up with a beautiful set of pictures for them.
Mon, Oct. 31, 2005 - Trick or Treat
I shot this earlier this month but saved it for today. Kat and I had planned to work outdoors a couple of weekends ago, but due to the fickle nature of Humboldt County weather (see previous entry) we ended up working indoors. For Halloween I photographed her in a spider web t-shirt. We also shot some pictures with a July 4th theme, but you'll have to wait a few months to see those.
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