On my last couple trips, I’ve been thinking about the compromises that are made when the primary purpose of a trip (whether a day trip or extended travel) is not photography. In most cases, I have travel and activities planned with family or friends and I take the best pictures I can to document them. I don’t normally go on outings or trips planned around a primary objective of taking pictures. I see some amazing photos on this forum, and I’m wondering whether most of you have photography as your primary or secondary activity. I just returned from a trip to Arizona and the Grand Canyon with my son. I was generally satisfied with the results of my photography given the circumstances, but I’m also aware of how much better my photos could be if my trip was planned around photography rather than fitting in my picture taking around the trip. Just as an example...The most beautiful area of the Grand Canyon was around the Colorado River. We passed over at mid-day when the sun was high overhead, the lighting was brutal and we had miles of climbing yet to go. I took some quick shots and I did what I could in post processing to salvage things. I came away with some photos that preserve the memories and better than snapshots, but they aren’t great photos. Alternatively, while we were in Sedona for a few days mountain biking, I managed to sneak away for an evening when I had time to think and get absorbed in trying to take a good picture. I wouldn’t change anything if I could. I love traveling with family and friends--riding, hiking, exploring--and they think my photos are great even when they aren’t! I’m just curious whether my experience is typical or whether most of you have photography as your primary focus. Do you have any tips or suggestions about how to better merge photography with other activities?