Anyone who has explored my gallery may feel a bit of a sense of deja vu with some of my work. There are two reasons why this may be. The first is because I enjoy going back and re-working old photos, based on new techniques I've learned. This is hopefully to improve the final result (the poorer versions will eventually go to scraps). The second reason is because I enjoy returning to outdoor scenes I've previously photographed.
I'm sure there are people who make a rule not to photograph the same scene twice, but I think there is a lot to be gained by capturing the same view, or a different view of a familiar subject, time and time again. This capture could also be using a different depth of field, orientation or exposure time.
Obviously I'm not promoting the idea of taking an exactly identical shot with exactly identical light, but that's the thing... when you return to a scene, it will always have changed in some way, even if only a subtle change in light. Nature scenes, of course, change with the seasons, not only in terms of light, but foliage colour and weather conditions.
The other great thing about revisiting scenes is that it forces you to look harder each time for a new angle, or for a change in the subject matter that enables you to re-use a previous angle which you know works. For example, recently I have found some new close-up angles on "that tree in Belvoir" which I intend to re-visit when this autumn arrives.
Some people may find it boring, but I think there is a lot to be learned by shooting at the same location and challenging yourself to find the differences in what seems familar.