the best way to answer questions - especially hard questions - is to ask more questions, even harder questions ... and these questions are:
1. what is "it" you are going for when you frame and compose your pic, and fiddle around with the dials - aperture, shutter, zoom? Surely it was something you saw to make you want make a picture of it? So what is this thing?
2. What is "it" that makes you delete or keep a picture after you taken it and seen it on your preview screen? Why do you delete? and why do you keep? What is this thing?
3. What is in the picture that you see when you decide to process one way or another, or to reverse a step or to discard them altogether, or not to do anything - out of cam, blah, blah, blah - or go to radioactive extremes? Do you have something in mind that you are aiming for? If so what is this thing that you see - or dont - in your mind?
Now is this thing, the measure by which you know/think/judge whatever you do to be "perfect"?
Perhaps you do, but then you are not sure if your perfect is what others consider perfect too.
But why bother about what others think at all? Others' opinions - especially Clubsnappers' - are entirely irrelevant, if not harmful in the first place. For isn't perfect what you alone thinks/feels/knows to be perfection? And no one ought imposed his values/principles/standards on others, isn't it?
Or is it?
Perhaps there is some external objective measure by which "perfection" itself can be measured as perfect or not.
But even if so why should I accept any external, even if objective, standards?
And everything is my choice, including beauty and perfection and even truth.
And so I rather make my own standards.
For if you are happy, that is all that matters, isnt it?
Why meet some standards and be unhappy?
If I want to call something ugly, beauty, then it is so, and if you don't see what I see, its not my problem and perhaps even your loss.
Or maybe, its the contrary: I am not seeing what others are seeing; maybe I am missing out something? Am I losing something? Is there something that I don't get?