Slow down. You move to fast. You've got to make the moment last... Simon and Garfunkle did that one a while back, and it's good advice. When the light is soft, dial back the camera (metaphor) to a low ISO, find a steady rest (metaphor), contemplate the composition (metaphor blatantly obvious). Let the light slowly paint the image while you are cherishing the moment you are creating (still a metaphor). Repeat as often as needed. Relax into good art.
I have made it! Vacation (really) starts tomorrow and is a near certainty well into August. Breathe. Smile. Stare at the sky. Enjoy loved ones. Dialing back to ISO 100, composing well, and slowing it all down.
To make these images at Amnicon Falls, I used a very small aperture (very large number) and a steady camera. Because I didn't have a tripod with me, I found a small white cedar tree, looped the neck-strap of the camera around the tree and put the lens into it like a sling (hard to describe effectively). My tripod for these shots was an organic one, and a sacred tree in these parts. Miigwetch!