Although I sometimes set out for the sole purpose of taking pictures, often I am taking pictures because I am doing something/going somewhere interesting. So it's about documenting the experience and having something to show others about it - although I try to find interesting, original shots of things like famous landmarks, etc. Sometimes, though, I realize that I get so obsessed with trying to get a great photo, that I don't really experience the place or event. One good example was a whale watching trip. For a while I was just pointing the camera at the water, hoping to catch a perfect shot of an emerging whale. After about the 3rd time I failed to SEE a perfect view of an emerging whale b/c I had the camera pointed elsewhere, I decided I was primarily there to see whales, not take pictures of whales. A few minutes later a mama and baby whale came up right next to the boat. Didn't get a picture of it, but got to see the amazing sight for myself... I know there are lots of more serious photogs than me on this site and I'm wondering where different people draw that line between capturing great photos and experiencing the event or place you're photographing?