Something that I'm trying to change in my way of seeing, is the awfully long winded thought process that I tend to ( mostly) apply to the stuff I shoot. Especially landscapes. Seldomly will I capture something on first visit, as I need to "think" about it, then with all the checkboxes ticked, I feel comfortable to return and set up tripod etc. For a while now, I've been hijacking the sidekick's Superzoom Sony, when she is not looking of course. I have no idea how to set it and leaave it on P or whatever it happens to be set on at the time. In a sense there is a feeling of "liberation" for me to not think about anything while using it, apart from composition, almost like a holiday away from photography, or at least my take on it.
Anyway, doubt I'm making sense. Your thoughts on the photo please?
I think it's a mistake to do what you did. You don't find liberation, I think you find frustration. Frustration born out of wishing you had
taken more time and used equipment you were comfortable using. In this case, I think you blew exposure and lost important highlights; it would have been nicer if the water effect had been more visible, too.
In short, a nice idea spoiled by the wrong choice of tool. That's just my take - you may indeed find other priorities at different times. I find myself drifting dangerously into 'comfort before quality' mindsets too, at times, but probably because I'm not shooting anything professionally now, so imagine it doesn't matter, That's a mistake: I think it really always matters, and thinking otherwise can be bad for one's health!