Oh I know there are folks who are very proud of shots SOC or Straight Out of Camera--I am proud of those folks too... I am actually in awe of them. Me--I am just thrilled if I got something good to work with.
I take shots for home and work a lot. And, on occasion--often times when I least expect it, I am struck.
I am struck at the amazing, absolute beauty of people. Not any one person for any particular reason. Sure there are some folks who are uber-photogenic, but that is not what I am talking about.
I am talking about being taken aback by their people-ness (yes I like to make up words-- I am in communications, it is ok.) and appreciating the sheer beauty of their image.
I once heard photographer Rick Sammon speak (he is a Cannon guy, but I'll forgive him;) and I didn't "get" it yet. I didn't get how you could get so wrapped up in your images.