Everywhere I turn lately someone is throwing down the gauntlet for a 365 challenge. Doesn’t matter if it’s a challenge to upload an entry a day, a photo a day, a recipe a day…you just have to say I’m going to do such and such every day for 365 days and then plan on sharing it on a blog or something.

Doesn’t sound too bad in the excitement of the New Year and goal setting but having just completed a 365 project I can tell you it WILL GET OLD!( This is my link to  my 2011 project:  http://project365challenge2011.blogspot.com/)

Last year when I heard about a 365 photo challenge I enthusiastically embraced it. I was puzzled by the number of people who said they started it and only lasted a few weeks. My thought was  that it would be a piece of cake.

Well, I have just about finished the challenge. Today being December 28, I only have 3 more days to go. That’s not to say all of the shots have been uploaded. The last one I uploaded was Monday’s. I’ve taken one for yesterday and one for today but both are still in the camera.  I’ll probably wait and upload the last of them all at once on Jan 1, 2012.

I didn’t have a problem taking pictures. My camera travels with me all the time but lots of days I took many, many pictures. Sometimes over 100 so to sort through them and chose just one for my photo of the day, well sometimes it seemed overwhelming and I would procrastinate.

Right now I’m cleaning off my hard drive so I can start 2012 with a clean slate. I think I must have 5000+ images. Sort, delete , copy, label disc…I need a better system in place for next year or at least not wait til year-end!

But back to the 365 challenge. I enjoyed it but got frustrated at times. It definitely improved my camera skills. My photos are much , much better than back in January 2011 still I don’t want to commit to that again, at least not right now. I have too much going on in my life between my full-time job and an upcoming project launch. (More on that in a future post)

I am thinking a 52 week challenge. Instead of posting a picture a day …good, bad..or awesome…I think I’ll continue to take daily pictures but I’m going to push the envelope. Snap shots need not apply. I want really good quality shots suitable for gallery prints (those are big enlargements for the non photo bug). If I complete the challenge then I will end the year with 52 really nice photos. To reach that quality I will have to improve my skills even more and that’s really the reason to take on a challenge like that.

So what do you think? Anyone starting a 365 project for 2012? What kind are you going to do?  Love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

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0 Responses to 365?…not!

  1. Rachel T. says:

    Dusty: 365 sounds awfully ambitious to me for all the reasons you listed. Life just gets in the way! I’d go with the 52 week project. But I want to thank you for making my days a bit lighter when you did post. When the troubles of the world have gotten a bit too heavy, you’ve brought a smile to my face. I call your posts “my moment of Zen.” Don’t do much photography myself… except on a recent trip to Israel. But I might just try more around town this year and notice the beauty in the everyday stuff. Thanks again.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      That is such a nice compliment…your moment of Zen. I hope I can continue to provide many more. I am committed to aroundustyroads.com I just may not be able to offer as many posts as I did this year. I really was ambitious. I had no idea what I was starting :). Between this blog and the 365 day photo challenge I pretty much put myself out there. For 2012 I want to emphasize balance in my life. I don’t want to give anything up (I want it all) but I wdo need to apply a little moderation. I hope this will mean that the posts though fewer will be better , more thought out but no less enthusiastic! Here’s to an successful 2012!