The gold fall colors and a calm morning, no wind, can make for some nice photographs. To me it means I can pull back on my lens and get a little more of the surrounding area in the shot.
At some point I think this became part of my ‘mental check list’ as I setup a shot.
The ‘mental check list’ thing comes into play when everything is tranquil.
The rule compose your shot in the viewfinder can go right out the window when it’s chaos… an eagle drops in, Heron flies in your face, etc.
Here I had plenty of time. The Heron wasn’t spooked and after this amount of time I can make myself go slow.
At some point all of us out there would get a nice opportunity like this and rush/fumble the whole thing. After you ruin something a few times, realize the animal is still standing there (probably laughing), you go with whatever happens.