As I expected you ere very much right here. Even though my train of thought is similar to Adams my work is very different because if continued exposure to several differenct photographs. A little over a month ago we had a photographer visit our department, Stan Strembicki. He said that you can try a technique and get the photograph you want, but then you need to ask yourself, what now, what can I do know that I have been able to do with this. So, I do see my work going in a direction I like and it is truly my own.
I did ignore my proffesor on my last project. He is mainly a 35mm photographer. He said that it is difficult to compose in a square and he advised against it. But I went ahead and shot with my Rolleicord. I didn't get the best grade but in critique the other students really liked the square and the different point of view because of the waist level viewer. So, I am happy with the project which is actually part of a personal project I am working on.