We have all read much about the so called "creative process". How does one person see and then photograph a masterpiece while the other person drives right past the same thing because they didn't see anything there. How does one person see a good photograph in a bunch of trees while the other person just sees a bunch of trees and passes on by. Or vice versa. How do some people make and show lots of photographs that just don't seem to cause any reactions in people. Duds would be a good word for it.
Lately I find myself going out and, as they say, "cruising fer snaps", meaning looking for meaningful photographs in the natural scene (as Ansel used to say). And I get so damn frustrated becasue I will waste a half tank of gas (not so cheap anymore) and not see a damn thing. But when I sit down in the evening and look at this site, or photo books, or the internet, or videos of so called great photographers, and I will notice photographs of things that I saw while I was on that ride. And they are beautiful photographs. Photographs I would have liked to have made. But I didn't see it when I was there.
Well, enough of my troubles. How about you? When you go out looking for photographs what is your mindset. Do you say to yourself I will make a lot of exposures of everything that looks good in the hopes I will get a good one or two, or do you pass on by a lot of things that you later think might have been good.
Do you listen to music while you are driving around. What do you think about, or maybe not think about. Are you looking for certain types of things or just taking what is given to you. Do you like to go by yourself or with someone. If you go with someone do you look at their groundglass and they look at yours.
I would like to hear what your mindset is when you are trying to be (or are being) creative while you are out there driving around cruising fer snaps.