If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been waiting for me to post more progress on my 365 project. Well, as I’m sure you remember, this summer was a hot one for the Mid-Atlantic region (and other areas as well). Unbearably hot. Combine unbearable heat and humidity with a torturous work schedule made up of late nights and early mornings, and I think you know where I’m heading: Disaster.

So, I regret to inform you that my 365 project officially flat lined on July 1st after 150 days of consecutive shooting. One hundred-fifty consecutive days of photographs. That’s five straight months of shooting every day. In that time, I managed to record more than 6000 shutter actuations, and I trucked right past the 10k mark on my 50D. By July 1st, I had simply grown weary of coming home late every night after spending a long day in the sun and humidity only to have to find something to photograph by midnight. It ended up being rather frustrating.

So, in the end, my 365 project ended up devolving into a 100 Photographs of 2010 project, which in itself, is no small feat, considering most people don’t make it past the first two weeks of shooting every day, let alone the first month. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering, why only 100 photos, if I have photographs from 150. I’ll be honest. I’m not totally thrilled with every single image from the last fifty days, thus I am choosing to be selective about what images I publish. Also, the process of editing the images from the 365 project has been very time consuming and it has been holding me back from starting any new projects or submitting any photos to contests or exhibits. It’s time to move on.

Perhaps I’ll have the time and energy to give it another shot in the future, but that’s neither here nor now. When I began the 365 project in February, I set out with the intent to make sure that each photograph ended up being more than a mere snapshot; I wanted to do more than fulfill the basic objective of simply taking one photo per day. Even though I was not able to reach my goal of 365 successful photographs, I have absolutely no regrets about ending the project early. This project pressured me to find new and creative ways to photograph and edit, and drove me to find new and creative subjects as well. I taught myself how to deal with creative frustration, and I also captured some great images that will help bolster my portfolio for many years to come.

Below, you will find a preview of my 100 day project. Click on the grid of images to visit the complete set on Flickr. If there are any images within the set that you would like to have a print of (8×10″ or 13×19″ are the standard sizes), please let me know in the comment area. I will be glad to fulfill any requests for prints.


100 Photographs of 2010

On a more positive and radically different note: Something else that kept me busy (and in shape) this summer and fall was the 2010 mountain bike race season. The new Niner I built up last fall served me well, allowing me to complete 13 races (XC and STXC) from April to October with no DNFs or DFLs, four podium finishes and my first win. I even managed to finish 5th in the points series in my age group (Senior I, 19-29) and category (Sport/Cat 2) in the Mid-Atlantic Super Series.


Photo Credit: Tori Sulewski

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  1. Grandpa Bill says:

    Great photos, Zack!

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