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365 days of ShutterCal ... it (nearly) killed me, lol ūüėČ

 

Today marks a bit milestone for me – I have just completed Day 365 of my 365-photo project on ShutterCal. ¬†For anyone not familiar, it basically involves shooting and uploading one photo a day for an entire year … much more challenging than you could ever imagine, trust me. ¬†(OK, well, for me anyway …).

Long before I started #30daysofbiking and #330daysofbiking, I started this little goal-setting photo project. ¬†And while I really don’t understand what compells me to do this kind of stuff (???!), because it often drives me (and my family) crazy, I have to admit that I ultimately manage to take away so much more than I contribute. ¬†I guess that is the answer to the previous question?

Contemplating this 365-day photo odyssey, I can say that ShutterCal …

  • taught me what all of the buttons on my DSLR do, and how to use them (somewhat competently, anyway)
  • introduced me to some incredibly talented, kind and amazing photographers – who did everything to keep me motivated, especially on the lame days
  • considerably shortened the lifespan of my camera (a good thing?)
  • made me covet “good glass” like a cyclist covets carbon fiber (or an Xtracycle ;))
  • made me crazy
  • made me look at everyday things in new ways
  • made me consider how many ways there are to shoot a bicycle (and frustrated me while trying to come up with new ways)
  • through the act of “doing”, taught me more about photography than any book, class, or workshop ever could
  • made me crazy
  • likely instilled a love-hate relationship with bicycles and old barns among most of my ShutterCal friends
  • made me use a camera even when I didn’t want to
  • introduced me to many Holsteins
  • made me crazy(er)

I am now contemplating where to go from here.  Stop or continue?  Since this has become almost habit-bordering-on-addiction, I will probably continue on for a while.  I wonder which will give out first Рme, or my camera?  Lol.

Meanwhile, wishing everyone a happy and spooky Halloween … and leaving you with a few Halloween-y shots. ¬†Boo.

 

 

the very first day of my ShutterCal adventure - Day 1: Xtracycle pumpkin (2009)

 

 

in town; some people are very talented (at creeping me out) - #330daysofbiking, Day 187

 

 

#330daysofbiking Day 192 - riding past old cemeteries; Martha Smith (1833-1907)

 

 

Xtracycle, headstones, Lensbaby ... sometime over the summer, #330daysofbiking

 

 

ShutterCal Day 341 ... the colors of the day