Tuesday, March 6, 2007

About me and this blog

Hi. I'm Harley and I'm a photographer. I'm also a lot of other things, but the focus of this site is about images and this aspect of who I am. I grew up in the graphics arts industry. My paternal Grandfather owned a print shop. My Dad worked in the printing industry until after I moved out on my own. Some of my earliest memories are in print shops. My first three jobs were in pre-press production.

In this context I've been around and involved with images, photography and communicating through written media my whole life. For both good and bad, I'm sure this impacts the way I see the world around me and how I take pictures.

I got my first camera in grammar school: a 35mm point and shoot. In high school I got a Minolta SLR with a 45mm fixed focal length lens and a 75-300mm zoom. I enjoyed taking pictures, but with the cost of film and processing and the lack of immediate feedback, it wasn't something I pursued aggressively. I picked up an inexpensive digital point and shoot in the late 90s and loved the immediate feedback and zero cost of taking pictures. I didn't like the fixed length lens and low resolution. It did let me see the potential of digital over film; peaking an interest.

Then several years ago a friend of mine, Rich Legg, got back into photography in a big way. As we talked about what he was doing, the latent interest in me was reignited. I picked up a Canon XTi kit in December of 2006 and haven't really put it down since.

The goal of this blog is to provide an place for my thoughts on the what's happening in the photographic scene, recaps of places I've gone for images, announcements of photography related events in the greater Salt Lake City, Utah area, various how-to items and tutorials.

In general it is not a gallery or portfolio of my work although I am likely to post pictures I've taken to illustrate points. The bulk of my online photos are on my Flickr stream. I do have some images for sale on iStockphoto.

Comments are welcome but I do moderate them. This is simply to keep things wholesome for general family viewing. By default, comments will be accepted. The few things that will cause a comment to be rejected are:

1. It is too long even though it may be well-written and make interesting points. It's supposed to be a comment, not an essay. If you have that much to say, write a blog article and backlink to me.

2. It is nasty, impolite or uses language that is unacceptable.

3. It includes a a link that has a typo or is broken in some other way.

4. It should have been sent as an e-mail since it is clearly addressed to me and does not appear to have been intended for other readers.

5. It is blatantly self-promotional. This does not mean it can't be self-promotional at all, but it should add some value over an above the marketing.

My e-mail is harley3 at pebley.org. I also twitter. And finally, I have a page that contains a list of my other blogs and some more general information about me.

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