OhLook wrote in post #17074171
A marginally relevant confession: I'm realizing, shamefully late in life, that most people's main interest is people. That explains the popularity of small talk over the substantive conversations that would engage me more. It explains why the "How are you?" and "Happy birthday" rituals persist. Let me hear something original! Then we can really talk.
"Nice shot" has a purpose when it encourages a beginner, but once you're past the stage of doubting whether you can do anything
worthwhile with a camera, wouldn't you want to hear something more specific that addressed your strong and weak points?
Lucky for you that Erik violated the etiquette of the Photo Sharing section!
I'm not very good at small talk either, OhLook, but find forums such as these not really the place to be for a good, in depth conversation. Those I have with my friends when we're together. The interesting conversations I did have here at POTN over the years, most always ended up being a mess because with a serious subject matter comes serious and passionate opinions and to complicate matters, many see such a conversation as a pissing contest and they just want to win the argument. So I have learned to stay away from such conversations, unless something that I really care about catches my eye and I can not be silent on the subject.
To answer your question: I could be wrong but it seems to me that an advanced photographer should know her strong and weak points, methinks, or she is not advanced. With my bird photography I know my strong points and I know my weak points and I take them both as is and don't care much about what other people have to say about it because this is as good as I can be at it. Having my weak points in my bird shots explained to me is pointless to me because certain limitations, specifically those related to my health or lack thereof, make it impossible to improve on those weak points. I have accepted that. So no, I'm not looking for any criticism on my bird shots. If you like them: fine. If not: move on. Either way is fine with me. And should I want an opinion, I will ask for it.
Like I did here, with this light painting stuff. This and product photography are new types of photography for me and I know nothing of it yet and I most certainly don't know if I have strong points as all I see at the moment are weak points. So for this, yes, I do like some feedback. And if you go back to my OP, you can see that I asked for pointers and some help.
I don't know if you were being sarcastic there, OhLook, but the thing is that there is no etiquette. It's just that if you've been around these forums awhile you will learn that unsolicited criticism in the image sharing section is usually not appreciated and people will often be offended and angry. And so, Erik did not violate any "etiquette" but simply responded to my request for help, is all.