Yesterday I decided there is no fighting the 55-200mm lens. If I must zoom, then let me zoom in on something with lots of detail.
Here is one thing I really love about taking pictures: it forces you to keep an open mind. I often go into a location with a specific idea of the image I'd like to capture. Yesterday, when I stopped at this creek I had ideas of overexposed morning sun reflected off a meandering stream of ice. And I sort of made that picture.
But then, as I looked a little more closely I noticed this gorgeous rime on the grass on the creekbanks. Oooh, yeah. So I slowed down and framed that up. And as I combed the bank looking for a patch of rime lit the way I would have liked it, I started to notice the little islands of frosted leaf debris. Click, click click.
So I love that this practice forces me to be flexible and to slow down enough to notice the details. I may shoot out my car window sometimes and I almost never have more than five or ten minutes to give to a photo op. But in that five minutes I have to slow down and keep my eyes (and mind) open if I want to have any hope of noticing something worth capturing.
I would have easily taken another half-hour in this park yesterday morning to work the area if I had the time. But even if the slow, open moments only come in increments of five, I'll take them.