Photographers are said to see the world differently. From concepts to framing and composition, photographers have the ability to transcend their immediate environments.
I came up with the quote in the above graphic to clarify the distinction between taking and making photos per the famous Ansel Adams phrase. I used a long exposure traffic photo taken on an LA freeway from a moving car to illustrate the point. In that setting, I presume most people would take a driving selfie or perhaps a picture of the cars not moving due to congestion on the highway. Either option may convey an immediate personal feeling, yet fail to focus on the entire scene. I think the light trails in my long exposure give a sense of actually being in the car and the speed of travel. In other words, the slow shutter speed demonstrates an act or emits an almost universal emotion, which takes more skill than a simple point and shoot picture. Hence, photographers are able to make a feeling come to life in a visual sense.