Upload & Sell: On
Applied is where the "rubber meets the road" ... the whole point of theory is to achieve applied.
In that regard, I think you are vastly selling yourself short ... either in search of a "holy grail" or in the shadow of a "myth".
A little something worth reading, noting the conclusion:
Ansel Adams has shown us imagery that makes us want to come to where he's been ... message sent, message received.
Galen Rowell has shown us imagery that makes us want to come to where he's been ... message sent, message received.
& Ben Egbert has shown us imagery that makes us want to come to where he's been ... message sent, message received.
"What's the point?" "What's the message that you want to convey to your viewer?"
If it is "come see what I saw" ... and if you can't, here's the closest I can show you for now. I don't see the need to be bridled to live in the shadow of the myth ... yet, I do understand the desire to continuously refine, even if it is in homage to the fore-running legend as motivation to do so. But just because we never achieve perfection, and always have room to improve ... it does not denigrate that which we have attained.
We may marvel @ how he did what he did to capture the hearts of so many ... but he captured their heart because he sent the message in a way that they were so clearly able to receive it ... not because of how he created it, but because he created it as intentionally as he did to ensure that the message translated as well as it did.
I totally dig theory (ultra-geek patrol)... but largely to the point that it can translate (sooner or later) into applied. In fact, my love of theory is probably my greatest weakness (there, I said it ). But ... I also can say "Ah, screw it." and just go out button pushin' & spaghetti slingin' just to "see what sticks". Which one brings me more joy & satisfaction ... just depends.