In response to stated wounded feelings by others, Shaun Johnson wrote:
I often think 'same shit different smell' ('scuse the language) when I see landscape photos, because you basically have a million people going to the same place to take the same scene and trying to outdo each other. I didn't really like that Peter Lik photo that much but you could plainly see he was doing something different with the scene (though it looked pretty clumsy) which at least warrants some merit.I agree with Ugo that there is a sameness about landscape and seascape photography with most people intent on emulating the style they believe will be an award winner, to the extent that we see the same locations and same POVs relentlessly reappearing in competition after competition. Take the Wanaka tree for example. Surely that is not the only tree worthy of digital capture !
It's pretty difficult to imbibe a landscape photo with 'soul', and 'soul' is always subjective anyway.
I get the odd person complaining about the lack of realism in the pictures I make, and I completely agree there is a lack of realism, but that's just what I do and I'm happy with that. I will explain to whomever is complaining that 'I never really intended to portray reality anyway' and that's normally satisfactory.
IMO there is no 'correct', there's just whatever you're satisfied with. I don't really care about pleasing others, but if I do then that's a bonus.
image by Johnny Spencer
See Johnny Spencer's hints for how he captured the subject.
Ultimately I believe true satisfaction comes from pursuing a path towards enlightenment and not feeling obligated to follow trends. Maturity comes when you can accept that people have different opinions on a subject and allowing them the freedom to express those opinions without crucifying them.