Oh yes, the danger of the herd:) I looked through Bare Witness, a retrospective of the work of Gordon Park today. Nothing is sharp and there is little 'detail' but the photos are powerful, telling their own stories. The received wisdom will make everything the same if we can't hold on to our own vision of what we love.
Actually, another thought springs to mind that whilst there is an argument that if you capture everything you have the choice to lose the detail and let the shadows sink into blackness, for example, I wonder if it's so much harder to do when the information is there?
I don´t think that it is hard to lose detail in shadow if you want to - digitally printing, of course - because there is so much control, so many steps available... I think the problems are more in the mind and the uncertainly felt about capturing digitally with the intention of losing shadow detail.
Partly, I supose, it´s the thought that a viewer might feel you´d made an error somewhere along the line if you have strong shadows. But then, as I mentioned before, perhaps that idea, if you share it, might come from too many forums laying down too many rules! For my part, I´ve given up on most of the others - can´t think of a single open, alternative photographic (or other) chat place to which I turn - my inspiration now comes from professional photographers´ agents sites, where they show the best of their best, and some is pretty good too!
Keep on clickin´- Rob C