Below is a photograph of the snow-covered Princeton Battlefield at sunrise. It is exactly as I photographed it.
I never look directly at the sun, but I detected it out of the corner of my eye. I liked the way the light brightened the snow in a graduated way. The sky was interesting as the rays shot out. I focused the camera without looking at the sun, closed my eyes, moved the camera to the left, and pressed the shutter.
Now consider the next image.
In other words, manipulation may add legitimacy to the image when it comes to being able to present accurately what might sometimes be invisible to the naked eye.