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Ok I used to live near this old junkyard and I always drove by it on my way home. Almost everyday I would say the same thing to myself.

bring your camera tomorrow and take a picture!

Well wouldn't you know, the city came by and cleaned up the yard and in doing so it lost all it's appeal. Since that day I swore that I would never procrastinate if I saw a location that needed shooting.

Until the other day when I drove by this tree during the Sunset, and I said to myself.

bring your camera tomorrow and take a picture!

Well I still haven't done that so I am wondering how many people actually stop, get out of their vehicles, and take a photograph spontaneously? How many do what I have done but actually return? Same day? Next Day?

I keep kicking myself over the Junkyard and I have only seen a similar sunset behind the tree twice now, so I might just have to keep my camera with me from now on.

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closed as not a real question by mattdm, Itai, ahockley, PearsonArtPhoto, Jay Lance Photography Jan 28 '11 at 23:19

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I walk to work for this reason... –  Rowland Shaw Jan 28 '11 at 20:39
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This could be interesting discussion, but I don't think there's really an answerable question here. (Other than "me too!") –  mattdm Jan 28 '11 at 20:39
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This isn't really an appropriate question as worded. There's not answer, its a survey. –  rfusca Jan 28 '11 at 20:55
    
Yeah, should probably be CW, or at least reworded to be "How do you overcome..." –  Craig Walker Jan 28 '11 at 22:34
    
It would be better posed as a discussion on the site's chat room –  Rowland Shaw Jan 29 '11 at 8:02

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I try to keep my camera in the car when I can (when temps inside a parked car allow), but I still find myself failing to stop because:

  • I don't want to cause a traffic hazard
  • There's no good place to park
  • I don't want someone getting upset that I'm taking a photo of their property
  • I'm late
  • It's too cold outside
  • It's too hot outside
  • It'll probably be there tomorrow (whatever it is)

Thanks for the reminder that the camera's not going to operate itself!

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I do this in "vacation mode" on road trips, but that's only because:

  • I already have my gear with me
  • It's a place that I'll "never go to again" (even if I know I will)
  • I'm already in "stop and smell the roses" mode instead of day-to-day life mode.

And this assumes I have time to do so / not on a tight schedule.

Beyond that though, I'm very guilty of this. Sometimes I consider picking up a point-and-shoot specifically for this purpose.

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