Whenever I play a game with a really good story (which I felt this had) I always rush through it because I'm so desperate to see how it all plays out. On this play through I'm doing exactly what your talking about just enjoying the beaut,y getting lost in the world ,and side tracked from random stuff I find a long the way. Still blows me away how good this game looks.
Fighting against stormbirds is also very enjoyable and challenging. It's also a very impressive machine to look at (in photo mode), since it will crush you if you stand still too long. Anyway if you want too take some good shots in photo mode, you can't do much wrong when fighting the majestic storm bird.
Please excuse my (probally) poor grammar