End of a (Short) Era

The Daily Shoot ended last week. For those that don’t know, Daily Shoot was a photography club of sorts. They would post a daily challenge for photographers to attempt. We’d go out, find something that was related to the challenge, and take pictures.  I started it on January 1st, 2010 as a way to attempt to do a 365 project, whereby I’d do one particular thing every day for an entire year.  It was sometimes a hassle, and often the picture was a stretch of the assignment (to say the least), but I did it for the entire year.  It was so much fun that I continued on in 2011 and haven’t missed an assignment since I started. 

Here was my first shot from January 1, 2010.2010/365 Jan 1

After that, I went 649 days in a row taking a photograph and uploading it to the Dailyshoot site. Well, uploading it to Flickr, and then tweeting it to the Daily Shoot site.

Last week, the curators of the site announced that they could no longer manage to maintain the site, and were shutting it down. I was both a little sad, and happy.  Sad that I no longer had the daily kick in the pants to make a purposeful photograph, and happy that I was now free to take shots everyday that I wanted to take.  I will admit that in the course of the (almost) 2 years, I’ve learned a ton about taking pictures, connected with lots of great photographers (and people) via the Flickr community.  None of that would have happened unless I took the leap and started the 365 Daily Shoot project.

I’m now looking for other projects, and have already found several that I will join and continue to shot pictures each and every day.

Thanks Daily Shoot! We’ll miss you, but you did well.

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One comment

  1. dougpete · October 14, 2011

    That’s too bad that the site had to come down. I had participated until March or April. It gave me the inspiration to, at least, always have a camera with me. While I used Tumblr on this project, I’ve turned Facebook into my ongoing place to post photos. I can honestly say that I’m a better photographer now than when I started. That was my goal and I thank them for taking me this far.

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