When one observes a well taken photograph the reaction is something more like "wow, I'd like to see that myself!" because one naturally expects it to be real, which is why the vast majority of prize photography contests will not allow any manner of alteration on an entry unless it is in the "altered" category. "Altered" includes pretty much anything outside of standard post-processing except subtle HDR. Any good digital artist can make something intriguing out of almost any totally unskilled, useless photograph. But what they can create in photoshop says absolutely nothing about their skill and ability as a PHOTOGRAPHER!