Kirk Tuck of the Visual Science Lab wrote a nice essay on getting out there by yourself and just doing it.
Here’s what I learned: If you want to do photography at a level that really satisfies your soul and your ego you’ll need to do it alone. Forget having the spouse or girlfriend or best friend or camera buddy tagging along. Forget the whole sorry concept of the “photo walk” which does nothing but engender homogenization and “group think.” Leave all electronics in your hotel room. Cut off all communications, during the day, from or to the “real world” and immerse yourself in the hunt for images. Learn what makes your brain salivate and why. Learn to operate that camera by braille. And make your decisions based on what your inner curator wants you to say.
Photo was taken at Chapman University in Orange. CA. I have a computer club meeting there once a month. It’s usually the first Sunday but because of Easter it was the following Sunday this April. Between club meetings I usually spend at least an hour walking the campus or the surrounding neighborhood taking pictures. Yes I go out alone. Wouldn’t have it any other way.