PhotosGuy wrote in post #17722934
No, it doesn't mean that. On your Focaccia shot, you got a "Looks good!"
& a "Outstanding!"
, so it seems to me that you're making more out of this than it deserves.
Here's the deal, though. I liked Dave's lunch shot. Admittedly, it could be improved; a heap of plain tuna is boring, and the dark border on the plate is a distraction--I agree with all that. But I seldom get a food image as good as that one. When I do, I'd feel that posting it here was appropriate until the discussion that has followed Dave's. His photo was critiqued as if it had been intended to represent his best work even though the way he introduced it made clear that it was a casual shot.
Then a few of the more-advanced photographers started talking about snapshots suitable only for Instagram, and you, a mod, took their side generally. If their opinion of "Quick Lunch" is that low, the bar is set too high for people at my stage of learning and with my equipment. Yes, the focaccia got compliments, but even so, I see flaws in it that are at least as serious as the shortcomings that drew attention in "Quick Lunch." Besides, getting praise from some members doesn't mean that other members don't think the image is unworthy of a better venue than Instagram. You saw Mr. Spellman's comment referring to useless likes.
To sum up: Most people don't take food pictures as good as the best food photographers here do. The best food photographers dislike combing through the everyday shots to get to the good stuff. I think a category is needed between "professional, beautiful" and "Instagram, ugh."