hi michael, nice thread --
i would rather not take any photographs at all to be honest ...
the other day i was parked and staked-out ... i looked out the window
and saw a fence, its poles, trees and perfect shadows and light .. people walked by
it was a nice scene .. and while i almost intervened and photographed it
i just watched and let my mind wander. i thought of the cold, and the wind
and the people and what i was watching. i almost stepped outside with my box but i didn't
i know if i had photographed what i saw ... i would have been all tied up thinking about "stuff"
i would have missed the movie and seen a different one ...
i think you are right, often times we are too busy directing and actively participating instead of living ...