Having all your senses open at once can be a daunting experience. It can leave you feeling overwhelmed, not knowing what to concentrate on.
During a workshop I recently ran, I extolled the virtues of how opening your senses contributes to creating better imagery. Being aware of what is around you at all times in my opinion is a useful skill to have as a photographer. It can equally be an overwhelming experience.
How can you minimise that overwhelm?
One trick I use when out on a photo shoot is to listen to music.
Pick your favourite track/artist/album and get out there and allow the music to lead you. It helps detach you from the any noise distraction around you and helps you focus on your sight, being able to spot any unusual movement in your peripheral vision, spot colours, and diminish one of your senses.
So why not give it a try for ten minutes, find your favourite track, out your headphones and and see where it takes you.
[warning! always, always be careful when you’re walking around with headphones on. Be aware of what is around you at all times, especially if you’re near a road, railway or any water!]