I suspect this is the case with many of the spectacular photos you see online — or even in print — except the photographer/artist chooses not to reveal that truth. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On one hand it seems dishonest, but on the other hand the photographer/artist typically does not make a claim to the authenticity of the photo. It is simply inferred by the viewer.
With the host of tools available for editing digital photos today, I'm not sure where to draw the line anymore. Filters and presets can dramatically alter the appearance of a photo. Adding a radiant glow, softening the lines on the face in portrait photography or removing haze and other distractions in photos is widely accepted, as is using specialized lenses that create special effects.
Why then does it feel deceitful to create a beautiful image from multiple photos without disclosing it?
What do you think?