On our last trip to New York City I managed to snap this shot on the way to a Led Zeppelin tribute concert. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have unadulterated time to shoot the city. Because our visits are so short we usually do our best to stay busy, which means picture taking is always a bit rushed expect for late evenings or early mornings when I am willing to forgo sleep.
One advantage of shooting on the go is that I am learning to be more fluid in my moment to moment picture taking. In times past I would often contemplate shots that would be gone by the time I actually decided it would make for a nice image. For example, one time a biker was zipping through traffic with hair wildly blowing in the wind and my subconscious said shoot now! Instead, I played around with my camera settings and focus and missed the shot altogether. Now I just grab and shoot and assess later whether my settings were correct. It is a mindfulness practice being ready to respond immediately to a moment in time.
I also believe the same principles hold true about life. We need to be fluid, flexible and open to the moments in our lives. These days we become so habituated to our daily routines we live much of life on autopilot. Practicing being in the moment is the antidote.