Love this photo. For me manip is combining multiple images. Adjusting saturation, contrast, etc., and even adding effects, is something i approve. Camera has no power of the human eye and the human emotions, and too often I have witnessed how the camera destroying a magical view. My compliments for this beautiful scene.
I do like this picture, however with the amount of editing done on it (high contrast, saturation, etc.) it starts to not look so much like a photo and more like a manip. However I still favorited it, I mean I still really like it and would love to see it in real life, I just am not convinced it should be considered a photo. I don't mean any offense to that and when I say that I don't mean it's any less great of a piece of art, it's just that I feel like if a picture becomes something that you didn't see with your own two eyes it's not really a photo anymore, but it's definitely still art.
I'm just having difficulty letting go of wanting photos to be "raw" and with little editing for more popular photos like these that use HDR and have a lot of editing, which it seems the majority of people would rather see.
Please let me repeat again that I mean no insult to you, this piece, or your work, I just am commenting on what the definition of a photo is these days.
I didn't use that much photoshop on it, actually I just used the Raw Converter Don't worry I don't get offended that easy, I you're well in your rights to criticize. BTW it's not an HDR You see, I don't really try to show u what I've seen with my eyes, I don't want to document, I'd rather try to show what I've felt in this moment. I don't share your definition of a photo. I can take pictures for many reasons, realistic documentation is not one of them. I try to capture my minds eyes, I want the viewer to see through my eyes, I want him to feel the magic I've felt... David Lachapelle once said: If you want reality take the bus