That’s as far as I got. Two hundred and forty four photos. That’s as far as I’m going to get. I’ve had enough. Can’t go on. Don’t want to go on. Doing a 365, or a 366 as this year was supposed to be, is surprisingly tough. I found that out last time I did it, although I made it through to the bitter end that time. Which, frankly, makes it easier to quit this time. I already have one successful project behind me.
But I’m utterly bored of this one. I have been for weeks. Months. So I’m calling it a day. The last photo I took meant I finished eight months. I’ve had some fun doing it, and have a bunch of photos to show for it. I’ll enjoy looking back at them some day. But I have no urge to carry on.
I might do another 365 one day. When I’m back in Mexico. But one thing I will do then, will be to make it as simple as possible. It’s not the taking photos that’s a chore. It’s the uploading them to Flickr, getting them into the right set and then embedding them in a post in the 365 blog. It’s too time consuming and laborious.
Next time I’ll just do it all direct through the Instagram app and tag it ’365′. It’ll appear in my Instagary blog, and save me a huge amount of time and hassle. I will still be taking plenty of photos with my Samsung Galaxy S2, of course. You can see them all on the aforementioned Instagary blog. And you can see the best eight photos from the aborted project below.
I’ve reached the half way point. Six months worth of daily shooting. One hundred and eighty three snaps. This month I’ve thrown seven of my photos from the last month into the vote. Including four that I’ve taken with Instagram – which I’m loving. It’s great fun shooting these little square shots.
I’ve also updated the theme on my 365 blog, just in case you were interested. The theme I had been using for the last three and a half years kept breaking. A switch to a more standard Blogger theme was in order. I’m not sure I’m entirely taken with the result. I am sure that I’m happy my main blog (this blog) is on WordPress.
Anyway, the seven photos are below. Click on one of the images to see a slideshow and view them close up. You can choose two photos. So pick your favourite couple and press the buttons…
Another month is up. So it’s time for the vote. There were a few better snaps to choose from this month. Normal rules. Pick the two you like best/hate least. That’s all. I’ve embedded the photos in a WordPress Gallery this time. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before – it’s so much easier. Click on an image and you should get to see a slideshow type thing.
This month has been uninspiring, photographically speaking. But then, January and February are the bleakest, most miserable and uninspiring months in the British calendar. So I guess my collection of photos over the last 31 days serves its purpose – as a visual document of the month.
Still, I dredged up six of the better snaps for the monthly vote. You can see them bigger by clicking here. And then you can cast your vote below. You can cast two votes, for two photos. Whichever pair take your fancy. By the by, I am now a third of the way through the project.
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