I believe your self diagnosis is probably spot on.
Originally Posted by benjiboy
You likely belong to that sad little minority who master their equipment, and can get the results they want out of it.
For others like me, we start out with much more enthusiasm than ability. Wishing to run before we can walk, we take close note of the equipment used to produce images we admire. So that we may produce "images like that".
Then, if you are like some of us, you get to the point that you forget which equipment you bought to get a certain "look", long before you attempt that image.
Which is not really a problem, because by now you have seen another image and are off pursuing the gear listed for that image.
And that, my friends, is how I got GAS.