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That's what larger format photography is all about... planning. Since I was raised shooting film both small and medium format, I find myself shooting entirely different than younger people who have always known digital. My camera is in the bag most of the time while I size up the composition in my head. Once I've decided what I'm going to do, then I grab the camera and focus on the technical issues of achieving what I want. I shoot, then the camera goes back into the bag. I don't get a lot of shots, but they're almost all "keepers". When I'm shooting, you rarely see me looking through my camera, but even when the camera is tucked away, I'm still actively shooting. This technique is ingrained in me. I could never walk around with the camera on my face snapping hundreds of shots like an event photographer. But there are definite advantages for planning out the shot in the street photography I enjoy doing. My subjects don't realize there is a camera, so they don't perform for it. Better spontaneity.
Now shooting with the Mamiya is different. It's usually on sticks, so there is no hiding it. When I shoot with it, I try to stand between the camera and the subject blocking their view of it as much as possible. More of a challenge with spontaneity there.
Nice breakdown. As someone who regularly shoots 4x5 film (and grew up shooting medium format), this all sounds very familiar. :)