Sometimes we hear people say "I have already been to location xyz"...
We often go back to a location more once.
Well, there are many reasons...
For one thing,that visual overload that can at times be overstimulating, is not affecting your decisions. You can slow down and capture some of the nuances about the place.
Another reason is that the lighting and time of year are different so you get different images. For example, going to a location when the trees are bare can yield very different results than going when the trees are green or the trees are colorful from fall foliage. This does not apply to just Nature and Landscapes, even Abandoned buildings and Urban locations are affected since often you are trying to capture windows and dramatic wide angle scenes at these locations.
Another reason is that YOU are different so you get different images, sometimes very different images as you grow and your photographic eye evolves.
Yet another reason is that the location may provide you access or cooperation that you did not have on the first visit. We are often more restricted on our first visit, and this feeling changes as we frequent a place and build trust and friendships. One location trustee recently said to us that our group was more like friends than a client because we have visited so many times.
Our relationship with this Blacksmith definitely grew over time. Our first interaction with Ben was pleasant but vanilla, we captured what he was doing. Now we know him well enough to call him a friend and we can create images because he works with us to set up the scene.