I don't need a camera to see the world as it is. For that I only need a window.
A camera gives me the starting blocks to seeing the world as I would like to see it.
I don't think Ansel Adams made his shots exactly realistic. I know he worked on his photographs significantly in the darkroom. Many photographers do. If you are doing PJ work, then I understand that you want to replicate reality, but for landscapes I feel it is ok to "improve" upon it.