Originally Posted by sun of sand
I can see that you are very enthusiatic about your work and I was somewhat surprised that you used 3 contrast grades to make a 4 X 5 contact together with dodging and burning. I was surprised because contact prints of this size, in my experience, rarely need this degree of manipulation to produce a good print and it must have been quite difficult for you. There may be problems with the condition of the negative or your processing.
I do not consider the work you posted as crap. My response was an interest in your post with a view to offer any help I could.
I am a little confused by your reply - "Frankly, I don't need help from people after only my first go at it." and - "Why can't you try helping me, John?", seem contradictory.
I, and a large number of people here, will offer as much help as we can but usually all we ask is a little civility and patience.
BTW what is an OP?
Please keep printing and posting and I am sure you will get all the help you will need.