Crumbs, a variety of observations - thank you for them all.
However! I feel a number of comments have veered off course. I didn't dispute the requirement and value of having assistants in photography as a whole. My point was specifically aimed at landscape photography by a respected professional. There is a clear destinction.
Every single one of us on this site will know of some corner of the globe that they would love to photograph. They can imagine the image they want in their head, they know what time of year to visit to ensure the type of light required (in the film, Watson visited Skye in October to ensure "heavy" skies and dramatic light). You may need a local guide to lead you to the ideal spot (i.e. assistance) but you would't let them set your gear up - perhaps some of you might!
I still stand by my original observation - landscape photography requires you to pick a spot, wait for the light, press the button. Did you apply the "rule of thirds" or do you subscribe to the "rules are there to be broken" school of thought? Finally, a medium format Phase One might give better results than your cameraphone.
It would seem a number of you wish to overcomplicate matters.
The replies you have received so far, from many CR members, do not "wish to overcomplicate matters", unfortunately it your complete ignorance of what it takes to be a professional artist/photographer, that is complicating things in your mind. First you say "anyone could get excellent shots there - especially a Phase One
" , than you say "a medium format Phase One might give better results than your cameraphone
... you are either really that thick to understand what the other members are saying or you are deliberately trying to belittle a 72 year old senior professional photographer for not carrying/setting his big tripods, cameras, umbrella, laptops and what not
... if you really think that anyone can get excellent shots there, why don't you show your images of Skye, next to the images made by Albert Watson ... so you can justify your claim of "anyone can get excellent shots there".
FYI, one does not become a famous photographer for cribbing on online forums about other famous & successful photographers ... to be a famous and successful artist it takes passion for your art, even when you are 72 years old, to go out there and make awesome images and than have the business acumen to market those images to your client.