I wasn't shy about getting right in there when I started out in 2011, but my technique was so awful. Here's my best example of how amazing RAW is, and how important heavy-handed editing was early on in getting people to notice and respond to my work.
On the right is the original RAW file, where at f11, I managed everything in focus - everything but the guy who was two feet in front of me! On the left is my 2011 edit - except I've cropped it in to lose the harsh vignette I'd added, since I was really really REALLY into vignettes back then.
Anyway, after discovering how bad the original file was this evening, I had to share. The point being that, straight out of the camera, some really great captures look like shit! It really is an art, guys.