Sometimes even your favorite subjects just don’t grab your attention. Whether it be bad weather, terrible lighting, whatever. Learn to turn your attention to some of the smaller, detailed features around the scene.
On this particular morning there was nothing to make the 59th Street pier an outstanding subject, so instead of just getting into my car and going home I turned my attention to these shore birds and bam I had a new subject.
So go ahead and give it a try. You never know!