Ok, so jnanian's thread http://www.apug.org/forums/forum50/131388-when-you-rut-what-do-you-do.html got me thinking. Good thoughts over there so didn't want to side track that. But: It occurred to me that many of the photographers we (as a population) revere or admire, did their level best to find, make, and follow a rut; their "groove". Ansel Adams and f64 are almost quintessential in this, actually codifying their groove. http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Group_f/64 It is a groove that many endeavor to follow. In certain cases a rut or groove can get so deep that a photographer's name can become a verb; think about being "Karshed". That's quite a "rut" to be in. When I say Henri Cartier-Bresson, or Hurrel, what styles do you think of? It seems to me that most commercially successful photographers have done their level best to find a groove or rut to follow. So, How do we find our own grooves? And how do we keep those grooves fun and productive?