If you go and read my reply to stamper, I disagree I was combative I just didnt like his advice and wanted to give the OP a conflicting point of view.
Stamper got all pissy about it and well....that pissed me off. You then jumped to his defense, as I assume you know each other from previous threads. Your perrogative, but I am not the type to be pushed around because someone thinks I'm a newbie. And by insinuatng that I was unable to offer critique that you would take seriously without a portfolio link, that was you asking for a resume.
The wonderful thing about art is everyone is entitled to their opinion, you dont want his image to bring out the darks, and I do. Who is right? Well neither of us and both of us. If he were to submit it to a competition it would just depend on who the judge happened to be that particular day.
And I disagree about an image making it into shows, I believe it is important that it made it into shows because it shows that it is up to a certain level of quality. Even though its style may not be your cup of tea.
And I did take the time to look at your work, you are a very accomplished photographer. I dont always prefer the style of images you shoot, but it is all very skillfully done. Your chicago glow and bass harber lighthouse shots are wonderful.