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


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 – me, 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


Posted by savaconta on October 31, 2010
  1. 10/31/2010

    That is awesome! No small feat, and I also have you to thank for being the inspiration to start my own Shuttercal… Congratulations again!!!!

  2. 10/31/2010

    Congratulations! I do know how hard that is, I’ve tried and failed more than once 🙂 If nothing else, you will probably be way more motivated to take photos more often, even if not daily! Proud of you, girl! And in some weird, freaky way, I’ve become rather enamored of the bicycle photos. Go figure.

  3. 11/1/2010

    Huge congrats, Cassie! I finished mine up this past Thursday and looking to keep going until….it’s no longer fun. Fat chance of that happening 🙂

  4. 11/1/2010

    Congrats on reaching 365 days with ShutterCal! I don’t know much about the site, but it seems very interesting. I’ve definitely enjoyed following your 330daysofbiking through your blog (although reached it late).

    I love that photo of the pumpkin with the Xtracycle!!! And I agree – the carved pumpkin is rather creepy 🙂

  5. 11/1/2010

    Great project! I feel tempted to try doing this myself — not sure yet, but I’ll mull it over. Great job!

  6. 11/1/2010

    congrats on your 365! im a definite advocate in continuing for a 365 pt2, but i am also a bit biased i guess. if its any source of inspiration, im on day 1371… =P

    regardless, i wish you the best no matter what you decide!


  7. 11/1/2010

    Congratulations. With a talent like you have, I’d say we are all very lucky with any day that you post your pictures. Whether it’s 330 days in a row or just whenever you have the time…..keep them coming.


  8. 11/2/2010

    A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
    Albert Einstein

    You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
    Jimi Hendrix

    No doubt exists that all women are crazy; it’s only a question of degree.
    W. C. Fields

    If you’re going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you’re going to be locked up.
    Hunter S. Thompson

    No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.
    Douglas Horton

    If I couldn’t laugh I just would go insane, If we couldn’t laugh we just would go insane, If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane.
    Jimmy Buffett

    Some people hear their own inner voices with great clearness. And they live by what they hear. Such people become crazy… or they become legend.
    Jim Harrison

    It helps if the hitter thinks you’re a little crazy.
    Nolan Ryan

    What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
    Ursula K. Le Guin

  9. 11/2/2010

    I really like the day 1 photo. Very cool. I’m impressed you stuck with this for a whole year. I might be asking Santa for a new camera (and an xtracycle).

  10. 11/3/2010

    Beautiful work, Cassi. You’ve definitely inspired me to take up the challenge and could use a little more crazy in my life like Tim points out above. 😀

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