Okay nobody seems to give any honest critiques in the critique section. It's partly because nobody wants to be offensive, and partly because the forum rules bar us from making generalized statements about photographs. I'm sorry but sometimes photos just suck and that's the end of the story. I'm sick and tired of all of this phoney [expletive hehe]-kissing, "work on this, work on that," "you're making good progress" crap. Way too often there's some photo in the critique section that's totally blown out and mildly out of focus, or some grainy, poorly composed shot that looks like it was taken with a $75 digital point-and-shoot. And what's the question asked? "Does this need more contrast." And the answer is, NO, it doesn't need more contrast. It needs to go in the trash can. There's no amount of photoshopping or chemical tricks that would make the shot look all that great. Go take another one and hope that it's better. And nobody ever says anything. I know I can't be the only one looking at a photograph and thinking that it sucks. It's a critique section, not an encouragement section. If I posted a photo that just sucked, I would want someone to tell me. Instead, i'd probably get a bunch of "constructive" bull. We need the old motto back. Don't post it in the critique section if you don't want a real critique. I'm not arguing that I should be able to say, "your photo sucks." But i should be able to say "I think the photo completely sucks, and here are 20 different reasons why it sucks," so long as they're real reasons. I also think that people are posting sensitive subject matter in there that they aren't really prepared to be critiqued. If you take a photo of your significant other, or your puppy, or your child, and the photo is bad, then you should be prepared to hear that. I'm not saying that your child or puppy or significant other is ugly, I just think the photo is. I would welcome anyone else on the board to post about how much they love it, but I shouldn't have to feel like an arse for giving a real critique of a photo.