my mum's favourite poem. Using the nifty fifty makes you look carefully at the shot; observe what's there and take a bit of time to compose the image. Remember that in my 505050 project I'm not allowing myself any image processing either in or out of camera. I suppose it's a bit of a trip back to the old Kodachrome days when you'd sit around the projector to watch Uncle Eric's recent holiday shots!
I find that I look for angles and shapes that I may not have looked for previously. Shapes, colours and textures are becoming as important as the view.
In no way am I claiming to be expert, nor am I suggesting that any of the images in these posts are anything more than snapshots by an amateur. What I am suggesting is that you can see a lot more if you take the time to just look; perhaps a better word would be, observe. There's so much of beauty and interest that we miss, which, I have to say, seems rather sad.
One other thing. Try to avoid using those post processing tools like Photoshop for a little while. I'm not against these tools (here's a few HDR shots you might like), but just put them to one side for a little while and see what you can create with just you and your camera.
That's what I'm trying just now. Are you going to have a go too?