Canon 5D MII EF70-200 f4L@185 | 1/20s | f/4 | ISO5000 | Handheld (both photos)

Two versions of the same photo of “water waves”. Which photo do you prefer? Which one is more “realistic”?

The first photo has “realistic” colors but “unrealistic” angle of view. The second one is reverse: “unreal” colors with “real” angle of view.

Depending on “observer’s” vision, both of these photos can be arbitrarily realistic or unrealistic. Unless we are in a courtroom and the jury wants to use these photo for proving something, it simply does not matter how far a photo is from “reality” and which “reality” it is narrating.