There are probably more photographs taken today than at any other time in history. The vast majority of them are for personal mementoes of a time, a place, an event, or a 'selfie', and are destined for social media or simply the storage facility of the mobile phones that most of them have been taken on. However the traditional photographer, be they a wedding photographer, an industrial photographer, or one of any number of specialists using photography as a tool, still needs to manipulate the raw image occasionally in order to present the best picture for publication or public consumption, or simply to overcome any limitations present at the shoot itself. Even the great American landscape photographer Ansel Adams would exhort readers not to just 'take' the picture but to 'make' it. This doesn't render them fakes, any more than a Tribsa motorbike is a fake (it may have a BSA engine in a Triumph frame, or the other way round, but it's still a motorbike).
Many pictures on this site have been tweaked one way or another - a change of brightness here, a crop there, a bit of sharpening, local tone control, etc. mostly in order to eliminate unwanted background detail. But in the interests of full disclosure here are links to those images of mine that have been tweaked more heavily than usual, along with an explanation of why and how. Each has improved the picture, in my view, and has allowed me to pretend I'm a better photographer than I am!
'Before and afters'
Here are links to those images which I have chosen to tweak, for one reason or another, for display on this site.
A Purton hulk