I feel even more like I don't fit in here. I am really turned off by a lot of photos that others gush over - to me they seem so artificial, contrived, postprocessed, and tweaked that they don't even look like photos anymore. Yes I know that photography has always had this aspect. I'm just saying that it's not my style and I don't like it when done for no reason other than you can, and it does not contribute to any inherent message or mood.
I deleted the photo of Routeburn Falls in Snow. I worked on it some more, improving the contrast, tweaking the sharpness and exposure, and so on, but the result after uploading was not readily discernible from the first one, so they're both gone.
Sigh. I feel like an old curmudgeon here. I don't like lens flare. I like the light that ringlights give but I hate the goofy-looking catchlight. I don't care for obviously-processed photos (but sometimes that is the point, yes, I get that). Given a studio, stylists, makeup, and another DDG woman, yes, you can make gorgeous photos. Are my views archaic?
There is such a wide range of photos being posted on FStoppers, covering so many genres, that rating the photos is difficult. Personal prejudices, such as hating composites, HDR, and so on, will get in the way of judging work that, in another context, may be quite nice. And boy is this a tough room.