It's good to exercise the bit of your brain that makes picture-making decisions from time to time, even in situations that you wouldn't necessarily normally get the camera out (side note: have you ever stopped to think just how many decisions go into taking a picture? It's a lot).
I found myself parked up in an unexpectedly stunning spot on the Pembrokeshire coast last weekend on an unexpectedly stunning summer evening. I happened to have my D40X and a couple of lenses with me, and it seemed a waste not to take a few pics. But I quickly tired of the obvious scenic views and began casting around for something a bit different.
And then I remembered that I had a VR lens in the bag. So I stopped right down to slow the shutter to camera shake-inducing levels (1/4 to 1/15sec, or thereabouts), sat myself close to the water and experimented with the way the waves and tide were eddying around the rocks. None of the images are sharp, and it doesn't matter in the slightest. It's all about movement, colour and tone.
And then I couldn't resist recording the sunset. Well, it would've been rude not to...
No prizes for originality, but I managed to exercise my picture-taking bits of grey matter with something that's Not A Bike. And I've ended up with a slightly less 'obvious' record of what, for me, was a near perfect summer evening.