This tree, from yesterday’s walk with students:
I made that by zooming my 16-35 lens while shooting at about 1/15 second. That gives you either something that is still recognizable as a tree, or something that is less so:
Which one is better? They are both good. The first one says something about the tree, I feel. The second one is more about the line, motion, shapness.
And the point? The point is that you can do with your photography what you want, from literalism t abstract art. And that there are many tricks. And that you should use those tricks!