The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Fri, Aug. 3, 2007 - Morning Walk
One of the things I'm going to miss working at home is the morning walk to work. I never get tired of seeing Ferndale in the morning. Nothing like having happy cows come to greet you to make your morning seem just a bit brighter, even when it's foggy.
Sun, Aug. 5, 2007 - Bud and Harry
It's been awhile since we've checked in with the goings on at the Del Biagio's yard, but since I needed to do some research for my decorated potato contest, I had to see what Bud and Harry were up to. Ok, so you're asking, what is a decorated potato contest? Well it's one of the lesser known competitions at the fair, but Lori and I have gotten a kick out of seeing the entries the last few years so this year we each decided to create our own entry.
Tue, Aug. 7, 2007 - Last Look
We're getting ready for the fair, and then after that the office and studio are going to move, so here's the last look of the office before starting to remove stuff. It's going to be a bit emotional leaving this space after all the hard work we put into fixing it up. But we're on to bigger (and hopefully better) things.
Thu, Aug. 9, 2007 - Spud and Harry go to the fair
So here is my entry, and it now may be obvious why I was doing the earlier research. I can't believe I spent three days working on this little project.
Fri, Aug. 10, 2007 - The Six Eyes of Henry VIII
Lori's entry was originally going to be the Six Wives, but you're limited to a square foot display, and that wasn't enough room for 7 potatos, especially when one of them has to be sized for Henry VIII. So instead she ended up with the Six Eyes. I thought it was pretty funny but it must have confused the judges. I really thought she was going to win the competition with her entry. She also got slighted on her Edwardian dress that she entered, as it didn't get a ribbon at all. She did get second place for a petticoat though.
In other ribbon news, my Moon to Sun Fernbridge photo received a special award in the Juried Show, and my South Fork Sunset received a second place for professional color photo.
Sat, Aug. 11, 2007 - The Booth
Here's our home for the week and a half we spend at the fair. We moved up to a double-wide this year so that we could display more photos. It gave us more room to move around but we weren't next to the candy booth like we normally were. Still next to the ice cream booth though, so not all was lost. And the candy folks still came by and gave us goodies from time to time.
Mon, Aug. 13, 2007 - Asleep at the Deal
The days at the fair get pretty long and tiring, I was very glad I had Lori there most of the time. The people who didn't have anyone to talk to in there booth found it harder. This guy found the booth across from his the perfect place for a quick nap. I don't know how he managed, even when it wasn't busy, the room was pretty noisy. It is always such a relief to get back the the peace and quiet of our home each night.
Thu, Aug. 16, 2007 - Ventilation
I got a few hours away from the fair so I wouldn't miss our monthly fire drill. Tonight we went out to this house that we're going to be using for a practice burn later. We spent the evening practicing cutting ventilation holes in the roof. It was a very warm evening for Ferndale, and way to hot to be up on ladders in full turnouts doing very physical work.
Sat, Aug. 18, 2007 - Fletcher
About the only thing that really entertained us this year at the fair was Fletcher, the CEO of the doggy bakery across from us. He was a very well behaved and friendly bundle of energy who almost always was playing with one of his toys.
Thu, Aug. 23, 2007 - Mouse Soccer
This morning while pouring my cereal, I noticed Artie and Ricky having fun playing with a mouse out by the driveway. They took turns batting it around, flipping it, and then ignoring it until it tried to run away from them. As usual, Ricky was a bit clueless about the whole hunting thing. At one point while the mouse was right along side him, he pounced on a horsetail instead. The game when on for quite awhile until finally one them broke their toy. Then it just wasn't any fun anymore. Artie went out to the field in search of more toys, and Ricky curled up for a nap.
Fri, Aug. 24, 2007 - Back at home
The fair is over and I've spent most of the week moving stuff from the Main St. location back home or to the new studio. The cats are going to enjoy having me work from home again, because now they don't get kicked outside when I leave for work, and they can spend pretty much the entire day on the futon.
Sun, Aug. 26, 2007 - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's my new landlord
I got a call from Rick Philis, my new landlord this morning saying he found this great photo opportunity for me. So I headed down the Avenue of the Giants to this secret location. I was just about ready to take the picture when this guy just fell out of the sky from who knows where. Boy, talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Tue, Aug. 28, 2007 - Good Save
Last night the FVFD recieved a call about 7:45pm for a structure fire. When I got to the scene there was heavy smoke billowing out of the attic, and shortly thereafter it self ventilated. A second alarm was immediately called and teams from Fortuna and Loleta were requested. We fought the fire for over 4 hours before we called it contained. About that time I went home to change into dry clothes, grabbed my camera and then went back to help with the mop up. Since the lunar eclipse was due to start shortly I volunteered to stay there while CDF did the overhaul. I finally got home at 4:00am and was in my driveway taking one last shot of the eclipse when we got a call for a heart attack victim. When I finally returned from that call it was almost 5:00am so I decided to just wait up since Lori's alarm clock was going to go off in a few minutes. After saying good morning to her, I crawled into bed and immediately fell to sleep.
Just before we left the scene the chief and I walked through the house and it was pretty amazing how much was saved. It looks really good from the front but the entire roof and the attic rooms are pretty much gone. What made it hard to fight was that the attic had been carved up into several rooms and there were dead spaces that we couldn't get water into. All in all though it was a successful battle, the owners got out, nobody got hurt fighting it, and even a bowl of goldfish were rescued, along with important family heirlooms.
It's really hard for me to witness anyone's home going up in flames as the loss of personal items that all have memories is gut wrenching. But watching a Victorian filled with antiques was especially hard to watch.
Wed, Aug. 29, 2007 - Lunar Eclipse
This is four shots of the lunar eclipse that I put together with Photoshop. This was the first time I've tried to photograph a lunar eclipse and I found that it is a very dim object to photograph. It would have been nice to have a faster lens and more magnification. As it was I was taking two second exposures and the movement of the moon resulted in visual blur. I was shooting it around 400ISO and f5.6.
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