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Knowlesville      

The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles

March 2007

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Thu, Mar. 1, 2007 - Kinman Pond 2007

Kinman Pond 2007

When it snows in the local hills, this is one of my favorite places to go take pictures, Kinman Pond. Named for Seth Kinman, who was famous for making chairs out of antlers, the pond is located up in the hills above Ferndale. Lori and I got up early and drove up there Wednesday morning and were rewarded with a fresh new layer of undisturbed snow. The sun managed to sneak out between the fog and clouds for a few minutes at a time and when it did I worked furiously to get some good images. This was one of my favorites, and I'll be featuring a few more the rest of the week.

Fri, Mar. 2, 2007 - Icing

Icing

In the area where water drains into Kinman Pond there are tufts of grass growing that collected the snow and made very interesting patterns. Right when I was photographing this shot the sun came out full burst and provided the wonderful side light I needed. I particularly liked the long squiggle I featured on the left.

Sat, Mar. 3, 2007 - Whatcheer

Whatcheer

Another photo from Thursday, this is part of the Whatcheer Ranch. If you know the area, you know they were being sarcastic when they named it that. Did look pretty cheerful this morning though. I saw this on the way up to Kinman Pond and wanted to photograph it, but Kinman Pond was my main quest and I wanted to get there by first light. I figured I could photograph this on the way back down.

As we were leaving due to the snow starting to fall again, I decided to stop and just get a quick grab shot of this barn. By the time I stopped and got the camera out, it stopped snowing, and the sun even came out so I got lucky a second time that morning.

I put a couple of the photos that I took Thursday in the window today and sold one of them (see the photo for the 1st) 5 minutes after putting it out. I was hoping the trend would continue, but it didn't. Lots of nice comments though. Also I confirmed that it was Seth Kinman, not Kinsman as I had earlier written. Google Earth has it labeled wrong.

Sun, Mar. 4, 2007 - Ready to Slide

Ready to Slide

Just as I was getting ready to take this photo the snow started sliding off of the roof of the little barn. I would have liked to caught that, but I was still setting up the camera.

Mon, Mar. 5, 2007 - One in Color

One in Color

Most of the snow photos were almost monochromatic so I liked how they looked in black and white better. Funny, I never cared much for black and white photography until I started shooting digital. Now I find I tend to think in black and white more often. This shot of the loading ramp had enough blue sky to make it worthwhile keeping it in color.

Thu, Mar. 8, 2007 - Prostituting Myself

Prostituting Myself

With Lori being temporarily out of work I've been accepting jobs I wouldn't normally relish. Such as photographing manholes. For lawyers. I was referred by a friend for this job, which was to document this manhole for an upcoming personal injury trial. Seems that while some worker was working in this manhole, he realized he left a tool back at his truck that he needed. So he covered the manhole with a piece of cardboard and went back to his truck. You can probably guess the rest.

Sun, Mar. 11, 2007 - Highway 36

Highway 36

Today was gorgeous so I figured it was time to really get the Sprint ST out on the open road and test the new tires and seat out. Rode out Highway 36 all the way to Red Bluff and back. It was a bit chilly in the upper elevations just from the amount of snow still on the hillsides. You notice quick temperature changes when riding motorcycles, and it was amazing how much the snow influenced the temperature. Out in Red Bluff it was serious t-shirt weather which really felt good while I was soaking it up at the gas station. The ride back was just as nice as the ride out, so little traffic on this road it's really amazing. 280 miles of seriously twisty riding only interupted about 6 or 7 times by slower vehicles.

Mon, Mar. 12, 2007 - Roadside Cascade

Roadside Cascade

With the snowpack quickly melting in the heat, there were lots of cascades along the route during my ride yesterday. This one was very pretty. I only had my little Pentax with me and no tripod so I couldn't do the typical blurry water shot, but it was still nice.

Wed, Mar. 21, 2007 - Valley Lumber Kitties

Valley Lumber Kitties

This pair of kitties was recently adopted by Valley Lumber as shop cats. I guess they're taking their work seriously and now perform full safety inspections of the work vehicles each morning. Checking the tread depth is dangerous work, but fortunately the supervisor remained alert, ready to bite the ankles of any drivers who might try to drive off before the inspection was complete.

Thu, Mar. 22, 2007 - Evolution is Good

Evolution is Good

Finally fell of the fence in deciding what to replace my dead Fuji S1 with. Ordered a Nikon D80 last week and it arrived yesterday. I got a chance to play with it today and the most noticeable thing about it is the size. On the left is my Nikon FM2 which is my 35mm film camera. In the middle is the Kodak 14 megapixel camera, which is my main camera these days. What a porker! On the right is the new Nikon D80, and you can see that it's about the same size as the FM2. Really to do a fair comparison I should put the motor drive on the FM2, in which case the D80 definitely wins the battle. The D80 will definitely be the camera of choice for my motorcycling and hiking. The expensive and fragile Kodak will now stay in the studio except for portrait sessions or for those landscape shots that I really need extreme wide angle shots.

Fri, Mar. 23, 2007 - Rocky Horror

Rocky Horror

The next show the Ferndale Rep is doing is Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a natural, because what few people realize, is that most of the dairy farmers are into cross-dressing. Yeah, right. I'm taking the lobby shots for the production and as usual doing something a bit different with them. I had everyone use different props that are generally used in the interactive portion of this show. For example toast. It has been way too long since I had seen the movie, so I had to go to the official Rocky Horror Picture Show web site to get the full list.

Sun, Mar. 25, 2007 - Kerria japonica

Kerria japonica

A couple of years ago while the family was at Mom's (I think it was when Grandma moved to San Jose), Melody and I were weeding out in the back yard, and I mentioned that I always liked the Kerria japonica that grew back there. So I asked Mom if I could have a cutting, and she refused, saying that it wasn't doing to well lately. So I thought in that case I would take it upon myself to take a cutting and propagate it, so that if her shrub did die, at least there would be a backup. Totally selfless gesture on my part. Well after surviving several floods, and being nibbled on by any number of pests, it finally bloomed this week. So even if Mom decides to sell the homestead, I'll have a little bit of home here in Ferndale.

In other family horticulture news, I was also excited to see that at least two of the three Golden Chain twigs I got from Melody at Thanksgiving are leafing out. Thank's Melody, its nice that some people like sharing their plants.

Mon, Mar. 26, 2007 - Down and Out

Down and Out

Last week I had what seemed to be a cold, and just as it seemed like I was getting over that I came down with the flu that's also been making its way around the county. Spent a couple days in bed and the rest of the week working at home. Artie enjoyed having someone to curl up and take a nap with. I was expecting him to do the same the second day but after seeing him in the morning at breakfast time he disappeared. Then as soon as Lori got home he showed up. At first I was upset that he ignored me, but it turns out he spent the day locked up in the garage. He loves sneaking in there and is quite adept at it too.

Thu, Mar. 29, 2007 - Munch, Munch

Munch, Munch

Greg Rumney had a macro lens he wasn't using, and I had two hard drives I wasn't using. He needed something to back up his computer, so it seemed like a good trade. Today while I was at home still recovering from the flu, I wandered around the yard looking for good macro subjects. At first I thought this was a pussy willow bud, but on closer inspection I found that wasn't the case. The new Nikon D80 and this lens make a good pair for macro photography.

Fri, Mar. 30, 2007 - Fly on the Wall

Fly on the Wall

Well as bad as I was feeling this week, at least I wasn't eaten.

Sat, Mar. 31, 2007 - The Rep's 35th Reunion

The Rep's 35th Reunion

Today the Rep had a big 35th Anniversary festival, and one part of that was assembling alumni in the theatre for a group shot. Lighting this had me a bit puzzled as the theatres walls and especially the ceiling aren't very reflective. So since most of the light was then going to have to be direct, the problem was going to be lighting the crowd evenly. Since if you double the distance from a light source, you get half the light, the backrows were going to be several stops darker than the front row. Ended up borrowing a technique from landscape photography and used a graduated neutral density filter and it worked out perfectly. I'll have to remember that one.