Meet Chad Sobotka – and his Pandemic Project

Chad Sobotka

Chad Sobotka is a brilliant Network Engineer. He manages the Ashland Fiber Network and works 7 days a week at times, making sure the network is up and running smoothly, especially during the pandemic, when the internet is as essential a service as water and electricity. 

The COVID-19 stress as well as the stress of managing a critical infrastructure can be overwhelming at times, so he and his wife came up with a way to relieve the stress. Photographs.

He has been taking photos for years and enjoys the technical aspect of it. He has spent months planning for a particular shot. He uses science and apps to know exactly when and where he needs to be to get the shot he wants. 

He laughs as he shares stories of waking up at 4am, to hike to his “secret spot” while ringing a bear bell for 2.5 hours to get the shot.

The following pages include a couple of his stunning and breathtaking shots.  You can see more at

Pandemic Projects : Stories about people learning new skills during the pandemic. 


  1. Mark DiRienzo on September 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    Great project! Chad is one of my most favorite people in Ashland. Best computer guy I’ve ever met, super hard worker, nicest person ever, and now we all know he’s a wonderful photographer too! Thanks for highlighting him!!

    • James S Hutchinson on September 2, 2020 at 10:27 am

      Here, here!!! Chad is a truly all around great guy, with brilliance, talent, and a big heart. Carry on!

  2. Cynthia Scherr on September 1, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Wow. So beautiful. I’m always amazed at the breadth of some people–from highly technical engineering to aesthetic and carefully timed photography. Congrats Chad on all of your stunning images. Thanks for sharing them.

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