Quote Originally Posted by David Allen View Post
If the viewer of a photograph notices the type of lens used or that a strong filter has been used or that an image has been significantly manipulated (analogue or digital) then the image is ultimately a failure because the viewer's awareness of these factors detracts from the image and what you want to convey.
some very narrow criteria for failure there, I'd say.

the photographer's intent may be that they should be noticed in order to form part of what she or he wishes to convey .

or she or he may not give a flying doughnut whether the viewer notices any of these things