I enjoy seeing and being in beautiful places. I use photos to remind me of the majesty and grandeur of the places I've been. I strive to make those photos spectacular. It is worth asking, then, "What is "in" a spectacular landscape photo"?
The photo below is from the first day on my 4-day Routeburn Great Walk in New Zealand in 2011. It's a nice photo. Pretty mountains. Interesting lines. Not "spectacular", however, at my first glance.
Glances can be deceiving. If you look closely, in the edited photo below, you can see the Routeburn Trail, and 3 separate hiking parties, each outlined in red ovals.
A close up of the lower-left hiker reveals a lot of detail. This was shot with on a 40 megapixel Pentax 645D with a 45-85mm zoon lens at 85mm. That camera system could produce wickedly sharp photos.
Blue backpack, tan trousers, purple socks. Purple socks?? Yikes.
Sometimes, people are "in" a spectacular landscape photo. The people, who are just small specks upon the landscape, serve to demonstrate just how immense and majestic the landscape is. Have you seen the hikers in any of my other photos?