I do very little photo editing. Occasionally I need to crop or adjust levels. I know that most of my photos could be improved in various ways. I appreciate other people's insistence on an aesthetic purity as a distinguishing mark of professionalism. I don't necessarily aspire to be a professional even as I'd like to find a way to get paid taking photographs so I can buy better equipment (telescopes, microscopes etc).
I also get more joy from being out in wilderness taking photographs than I do editing them after the fact. In my first four months here I've taken about 20,000 by hand and about 200,000 with an intervalometer. I spend more time in a video editor than photo editor as a result.
My cameras are equally tools to explore the world (especially in extreme ways--macros, long exposures, UV/IR, time lapse, high speed) as they are ways to create art. I draw inspiration from the movie Proteus, about the life of Ernst Haeckel, though I lack his scientific training and drawing skills.
My shortcomings aren't a deterrent. I read and experiment and observe and learn and try to see the world as it really is, and not as I want it to be.
I believe we are all called to be artists and philosophers. Art, like philosophy, requires attendance to reality as it really is and burning desire to learn more of the truth in whatever limited fashion we can in a lifetime.
Most of these photos are also available on Flickr and I generally use Creative Commons licenses because I want to provide material other people can use freely in their creative projects (including commercial projects). I care much more about contributing to community than I do about making money. I see our culture balanced between paradigms of commodifying the world or being in community with it. I choose the latter. I believe that ecocide is a crime against peace and will be recognized as such in time. See http://eradicatingecocide.com for more on this campaign.