I have always subscribed to the notion that “Life is a Journey, not a Destination” (or pretty much any other bastardization of Emerson’s quote). Although the place one is going at any given time, for any given reason, may be important, life is a whole lot more interesting if one pays attention to – and seeks to enjoy – what one experiences along the way.
Back in 2006, I started a blog called “Dobovedo’s Journal of Journeys”*, which was primarily focused on my adventures in a local cycling club, as well as my Journey toward better health and fitness after going through a triple angioplasty a couple years earlier, at the very young age of 34. Though it was publicly available, it was viewed regularly by only a handful of friends and family, and I wrote the blog entries mostly for myself.
The entries were about each day’s Journey, or as I described it at the time, “a place to document in mind-numbingly boring and excruciatingly painful detail something as basic as riding a bike (or running… or swimming)”. There is rarely a Destination to a bike ride that starts and ends at the same place. Or a run. Or a triathlon. Or hike. Or any other endeavor. There are only “stops along the way”.
(If – or rather… when – one reaches their final Destination in life, well… the Journey is pretty much over, no?)
Over the next decade, I would chronicle nearly every bike ride, no matter how short or long, no matter how mundane or “epic”. This eventually expanded to running, swimming and general life events as I progressed to longer and more challenging endeavors, including over 100 century rides, all day mountain bike adventures, an Ironman triathlon in 2009, and more.
In the summer of 2009, I moved from Ohio to western North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains, and that fall I began carrying a small Panasonic point and shoot camera (the terrific Lumix DMC-ZS1, if you’re curious), tucked in my bike jersey. I wanted to capture all the fall colors in the Blue Ridge! I began adding photos to illustrate my blog posts, and shortly after that I began uploading and organizing my images in Flickr albums as well.
Sometime around 2013, the blog posts became fewer and fewer and I eventually stopped writing altogether, though the rides and runs – and photography – continued. The old Lumix, though I still have it and it kinda sorta still works, gave way to full size DSLRs and more “serious” photography. I attempted to revive the blog a couple times between 2014 and 2017, I never got more than two or three posts completed before losing interest again.
Which brings us to today, the fall of 2020. This is the first post in a new direction for Dobo’s Journal of Journeys. The “focus” of this revived Journal, though very much still about Journeys, will be primarily about the Photography.
The old blog posts have been archived to a subdomain an removed from public view, though I still value them as a private journal. A new photography-specific theme is gradually taking shape, and will feature individual images and tell the stories – the Journey – behind them. I will include links to related galleries on Smug Mug, if’n you wish to purchase images.
I also plan to write about:
- the cameras, lenses and photography gear I use in the field
- the editing applications and techniques I use to produce final images (the camera is only half of the equation)
- the vehicles and equipment I use to travel to (or along, since this is about Journeys) shooting locations,. These range in complexity from a worn out pair of hiking boots to gravel and mountain bikes, to a 4×4 Summit Adventure Van complete with solar power and tons of amenities for getting to remote locations.
- “At the Cellular Level” – featuring creative photos taken with a cell phone and how to overcome the limitations of small sensors and “auto” settings.
Welcome to the new Dobo’s Journal of Journeys!
*Incidentally, “Dobovedo” was a nickname given to me by fellow cyclists around the time the Journal was first started. A very outdated story from 2006 that explains the origin of the nickname is available here. Maybe someday I’ll update that page to make it more current.