[quote name='button' date='Jun 27 2009, 12:24 PM' post='294117
My point is that if you like an imperfect photo and know you can't go back for a redo, then I say do what you can to make it look as good as you can. I'm just suggesting how you might make it better, and if you don't agree, that's OK. Your opinion is the only one that matters in the end. Call that graphic art, photography, or whatever you want. If the result makes you happy, then isn't that OK?
I agree here with you to a point. The truth of the matter is that it matters to us what others think. Unless you are a sociopath, you care about what others think of something that you hold dear. Why else do we attempt to communicate with each other and seek out others' experience? Some of us put more stock in what others' opinions are of our creative attempts than others, but IMHO, in the end, it's fair to say that we want to find those people who share our vision of the world.
I may not be perfectly happy with my images, but you're right; where I choose to leave them when it comes to processing is totally my choice.
Thanks for the suggestions. If I ever get some form of PP beyond the Aperture that I work with, I'll probably go back and take a second look, not just at this image, but at several others as well.