For about a year now, I've been part of a community of artistic-minded photographers who share a common desire of receiving honest feedback and critiques of our images. Recently, two images were posted that caused me to recognize something I've always known but never really put into words. Here are the two images:
Suddenly it struck me...when viewing a truly great photograph, common critiques about composition, lighting, processing and such are completely irrelevant. The lesson for me here is that the very best images transcend "technical flaws" in such a powerful way as to no longer be seen as something that needs improved or perfected.