Hey, thanks everyone for taking time to answer - appreciate it.
Seems the average time is fifteen minutes MOL depending on what is involved.
NoW there is Gord's thought provoking answer - if I paraphrase, "It's done when it's done". Unfortunately, his answer numerically was one of the biggest ones I was after. Guess I wanted to know if he spent a lot of time creating an image so I would have a "compared to what". "Geez, I must be rushing, Gord takes an average of two and half hours!"
Like Patrish said, "If I am done in five minutes, what am I missing?" Same goes if I have spent 30 minutes - "Am I there yet?"
Guess part of what prompted me to post the question is that I don't post anything that I don't think I am done with. Even if I rush through it, when I click on "Post" I think I am done.
And then, thanks to all you folks, the things I have overlooked are brought to my attention. And then I slap my forehead and think "gosh durn it, I should have seen that."
It has been a great month for me on the forum. I have garnered "excellence", "terrific" and my first nomination for POTM. BUT none of those on the first attempt when I really thought I was done
So now, how do I learn what to look for. If I don't know and I spend twice as long on an image, I don't think I am going to see it.
When I posed the question about what goes through your mind when you look through the viewfinder, Gord gave us three items but alluded to ten. Is it the same in the digital darkroom - is there some sort of checklist so you know when you are "done"?
Michelangelo said his sculptures were already in the block of marble, all he had to do was remove the excess. How did he know when David had fully emerged?
For me, it is a real conundrum that you must view subjective material objectively to be sure you are "done".
Guess that conundrum adds a couple more rungs to Tom's ladder.
And speaking of Tom, thanks for lending me your soapbox.
I'm DONE (or at least I think I am)