Truth in photoediting

When I do post-production on photos, I almost never alter the content; only lighting, colour and cropping. Sometimes, though, I wonder if even that is too much for some photos.

These are three photos I took last year while on scuba along the Tasmania coast after basic post-production.

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And here we have the ‘before’ photos, with the intensely green light created by the turbid water still visible. This is what it actually looked like at the time, but the editing allowed more of the ‘true’ colours of the sponges and seastars to come through.

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So, which is the ‘truer’ picture: one where the focus is on the ‘true’ colours of the subject, or on the true ‘feel’ of the original scene?

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