I'm a proponent of C&C or Comment and Critique here at the Cafe. But what do I want with C&C ? I want constructive assessment of composition that addresses basic principles such as the rule of thirds, leading lines, texture that draws the viewer, and the dynamic of the shot. I want straight talk about exposure that looks for overall exposure, but also assesses if the subject works, even if other elements are blown or dark. I want to know if specular highlights are OK in the context of the shot, and if it's worthwhile blowing a white blouse to capture the texture of a beautiful brunette's hair in the wind. I want to know if the colours work with one another, clash in an exciting manner, show off the subject in a manner that sets it apart from the background, or that it melds in a trompe l'oel of subtle merit. I want to know that technical aspects of the shot like white balance match the moment. But, sometimes... I want to know that my shot is awful. I want to know that I've failed in any or all of the above, and where I've failed in ways I haven't anticipated. I want to have direct feedback that a shot confuses, confounds, or just drops dead like week old mackerel tossed on the doorstep. I want to know that I'm almost there, but not quite. That my reach has exceeded my grasp, but I might lengthen my arms if I only exercise them in a way that the writer explains concisely and clearly. That what I've missed is large, small, subtle, or obvious. I want to hear from people who discern more, see further, shoot faster and aim better, track with a clean line of ethereal motion or a blurred swoosh of explosive motion, pick the exact right lens for the moment, plan the photo completely and elegantly or just grab and shoot with a sure certain hand. I want to get posts and example photographs from people who entice me and embrace me with their vision, slap me in the head with a stark moment, bring me to tears, and then restore my smile. I want to learn, I want to grow, I want to be able to share my sense of the world as expressed in my photography. I want comment and critique. What do you want ? John P.