This past January I launched yet another 365 Day project for 2016. I had the Olympus Air camera and decided doing such a project with the Air would ensure that I used the Air as much as possible. All was going well until I began having functionality issues with my six-month old Air. I began having seemingly unresolveable connection issues so I couldn't really use it to make images. Having tried all imaginable troubleshooting, I finally gave up on it in early February and sold it. Camera worked. It just wasn't working for me! New owner has had no complaints.
Wanting to continue a daily image project, I decided to switch it to shooting the images with my Olympus 25mm, f/1.8 lens, a 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm. Collected lots of images and was able to use this micro4/3 lens with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Olympus PEN E-PL6 cameras. When I sold the E-PL6 and bought a Panasonic GM-5 camera, I could use it with that. Then, a week ago I bought a used Panasonic 25mm, f/1.4 and a used Olympus 45mm, f/1.8 lens. I am selling my Olympus 25mm, f/1.8. Though I could, of course, continue with my focus on shooting at 25mm for my year-long project, I decided to change my project limits once again.
Now my shooting isn't limited to just one lens, one focal length, or style of image (B&W, HDR, etc.). I hope to use both the new 25mm and 45mm a lot, but I am also shooting frequently with the Panasonic GM-5's native lens, the 12-32mm, as well. And the smallness of the GM-5 with the Panasonic 35-100mm, f/4-5.6 lens attached is also quite appealing.
I use these year-long projects to motivate me to shoot as much as possible. Sometimes they also serve the purpose of forcing me to practice with a particular style (e.g., only B&W) or type of shooting (e.g., street photography, flowers, etc.), but for the most part I do them to just make images. So, I have learned since starting such annual projects over nine years ago not to be afraid to change the project parameters I set for myself. I can't recommend doing such projects enough! Give it a go and, remember, you're the boss. You make your own rules. No matter what parameters you set for yourself, you will be the winner because, no matter what, you WILL take more images than if you didn't start a project!
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