So I haven't built a big following on DeviantArt, not that I'm giving up, and I can't get a Daily Deviation, not that I'm giving up, so I decided to join 500px. After being there 3 days, I already had 100 times the recognition for my art than I have being on DeviantArt for 4 months. My Spirit Mountain image reached a 99.3% popularity after about 2 hours, and had almost 5000 views. Here is has about 50. It's also apparent that the people who give out DDs have a certain style they are looking for, not that they aren't picking out beautiful work, but if you don't try to pander to their likes, the chances of getting that DD are pretty slim.
So, I'm not out to make waves, although probably I am. I'm probably double the age of the average artist on DeviantArt, and I've been at my craft for 20 years, so I think I know what I'm talking about. I'm self taught on Photoshop and use CS6, and nothing else, plus I take almost all of my own images. I've noticed most photo manipulators here don't do anything but use other peoples work. Try taking your own damn images and see how easy it is. I'm not saying the artists here aren't talented, for there is tons of exceptional work, but give those who do their own photography some credit.
Since I have a small following I expect little response, but if you do happen to read this, please pass it along. This is a topic worth some debate.