Photography, especially outdoor photography is unique in that the forms are already there for you. While painters, illustrators and printmakers may work from a model, it is up to them to create the scene. With photography, we typically have a "scene" in front of us. This is both a benefit and a curse.
As photographers, we sometimes have the urge to look at something, and try to replicate it as-is. Many a quality photograph has been thrown out because it did not provide an exact replica of a scene. In my opinion, this causes casual snapshooters and seasoned professionals alike to miss nuances which would make some of their favorite photos. A