but i would say that not all the best photography is.
there are plenty of photographers who don't think
or don't have to think because it is second nature.
it IS possible to make photographs without thinking about it.
just as it is possible not to take 1/2 hour or an hour to compose and meter &c
a "view" with a large format camera
... i don't think i have ever spent that long ... ( 24 years with LF )
i have plenty of better things to do with my time than pointless meter readings
and waiting a hour to depress the shutter. if it took me that long to expose a frame
( i can't see why 35mm would be any different ) i'd have studied dentistry.
I think of second nature work as "applying decisions already made". This comes with experience and is independent of format or hardware constraint.
Like, right now I'm in the process of preparing to do this awesome family portrait project to ready myself for a larger one. It'll be done completely using the Speed Graphic, and the images will be taken mostly outside, though *some* inside, in landscape format. I'm playing around with a weird lens, so I'm wanting to put it through its paces to see what it can do. I have to do these quickly, so I'm going to set everything up in my backyard and go from there. Will I get weird glances from the neighbors? Yes. I'm hoping they'll be curious enough to come out and let me take their picture, too! Heh.
I haven't got LF...yet!
BUT...I have 30-odd 35mm cameras and one MF...I rarely use 35mm nowadays unless I'm shooting fast action stuff where autofocus and fast shutter are handy, or when I need something compact because I'm not on a photo trip but don't want to be without a camera.
Also occaisionally just because a Contflex or a Bessamatic can be fun to shoot with...
So...motorsports and action, 35mm. Everything else MF.
LF when I get my hands on one!!!
I think the thing is that, depending on what type of photography you want to do, there's a camera for you. There's no reason to feel tied in to any one format. Explore them all and settle on the one that gets you the results you desire. You can take good photographs with *any* of this equipment; what matters more than the camera itself is that you're there to do it.