“There is a little bit of the dude in all of us,” says Jeff Bridges about the Big Lebowsky character, the Dude. Today, I, Patrick Dowd am the travelingDude.
I like to travel. I like photography, writing and technology. While I travel, I text updates and upload snapshots. Later I publish longer form narratives and my favorite photos. And, you will also see some fish photos because I like fly fishing.
Walk when you can.
Consider yourself a global citizen.
Learn a little bit of the language (Hello, thank you).
Buy locally–from farmers and craftsmen possible.
Eat packaged, peeled or piping hot food ( the 3P’s).
Travel light–no, even light of than that. Take more camera gear than clothing.
Use public, local transit systems first, but be quick to upgrade as necessary for reasons of safety, health, sense of direction, or simple frustration.
Put money, ID and credit cards in multiple places. Use ATMs as a primary source of cash. Carry a whistle.
Opt for a hotel room with a private bath when possible.
Contribute to local charities; don’t encourage begging.
Tip the maid.
To contact me, send an eMail addressed to patrick at the name of this site.
After many years in business, I see this project as a creative opportunity. Blogging is the nexus of writing, photography and web design. With the advent of digital photography, using a professional camera and achieving post-production results with sophisticated software is more technical than ever before. Blogging relies on dynamic, database-driven blog publishing software; it is wonderful until a single bit of code is incorrect. Standing waist deep in a glacier-fed stream and traveling to the opposite side of the world gets me excited. I start to see things differently; it changes my perspective. I am trying things I’ve never done before and going to new places.
My website has been up for over five years. Currently I use WordPress and bluehost for my web services. Software tools I use include: Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Power Director and Filezilla.
I use an iPhone 4 while traveling to quickly upload photos and brief posts. My photographic equipment is mostly Nikon. I use the D800, D7000 and many lenses. I also use the SB-800 flash, tripods, a remote control and other miscellaneous gadgets. With my Nikon, I shoot in the RAW format.
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