Well I can ramble as good as anybody, so let me just say that no landscape photographer is a complete person until she or he has taken a look at some paintings done by the Hudson River School of painters. Those are the guys who first paired up "Luminous" with "Landscape."
Gorgeous stuff! Light, color, and tonality in beautiful, glowing assemblage. And a curiously different take on how one perceives a landscape compared to what we have today, definitely food for contemplation. You have to see the very large scale originals, googling just returns way-too-contrasty, prissy little .jpgs
. There are a fair number of such paintings in museums around the US, and quite a few in Washington, DC galleries.
There's a book on the shelves of Barnes & Noble called "The Hudson River School, Nature and the American Vision" by Ferber which has some reasonably decent reproductions. I was so taken with it I actually bought one. Tell you what, those guys had naturalistic HDR down pat in the mid nineteenth century!
Those painters didn't necessarily stay in the Hudson Valley, there's a lot of western paintings including some Yosemite pieces that defined the perceptions and aspirations of many people of that time. These days that's the job of television, sigh.
So anyway, an aspiring landscape photographer must not neglect the long line of artistic ancestors that formerly stood where he now aspires to stand. Or something. Know what went before, but don't get hung up on it, and go easy on the Antelope Canyon stuff, OK?