I hike up this mountain time and time again, and almost always it’s a great hike but I never setup my tripod. I ask myself if I should go somewhere else, seek out new landscapes, find new subjects. I have a growing family, professional commitments I can barely handle , and less time to shoot than ever before. And I choose to prioritize those commitments in a way that is meaningful for me. That usually means I spend more time with family, and specifically my young son and daughter, which is infinitely more important to me than money or fame. We make our choices then deal with the consequences…I have mine to deal with for sure, not all good.
So I hike up the same mountains close to home, familiar with every foot of the trail, every turn, bend, rock, tree, and view. Then I get “lucky”, and it all pays off.
Photography is what you make of it. The time and commitment you invest is reciprocated with results that you decide are important to you. Or should be if you want to make it a long term endeavor.