All the varied “sights” open to my senses happen to crowd all of my other senses. I use all my senses, the usual plus more when, for instance, as I view a scene, a landscape. Soon, I have a lot of inputs and, frankly, it’s kind of cool. Then it isn’t. I am ‘not paying attention”.
I am not “distracted”, or “un-focused”. I am not giving my attention the voltage needed for me to relate to the landscape-as-visual input. In front of me.
Taking photos is fine but for me it’s a distraction, a bit lazy of me, and I miss so much fiddling with the mechanisms. Interaction I don’t need. I may take one photo reference of the whole landscape or something interesting. At most two.
The rest goes into my memory. The scene. So when I’m on a photography or sketching mission those actions are what I do. If I want to scout a location employ every tool at my disposal to “capture” selections of the site(s), where I am involved, the “space” if you will.
Otherwise I simply “am”. On a chair. Seeing. No action. Aware.
I hope your work and joy makes you free,