Yep – it’s compromise. Why? If photography/art wasn’t about compromise it would be precise – like science. And while there is certainly a scientific component to photography, it’s the compromise that makes it art.
Art is about tradeoffs. What did you decide to include in the picture and as a result, what did you exclude? Did you decide to hold detail in the highlights or the shadows? Did you use a shallow depth-of-field to bring the viewer’s eye deeper into the shot and if so, what part of the original scene didn’t they get to see?
What makes art special is it’s a celebration of these compromises and trade-offs. We revel in the thing that the picture reveals without thinking about what it does not.
There is no art without compromise. Then you have only science. Then anybody could do it…