Marcin 3M: For about 170 years photography was proud to reflect reality. Not any more.
> Mirek, maybe photography is more realistic, but image on the output of the processing is not realistic anymore.
Some is, some isn't. Some does not want to be. Adobe is just giving another creative tool to the hands of the photographer. Some people will abuse it, like they abused color toning, high contrast, grain, decorated picture borders, solarization, cross processing, extreme saturation, polarizers, effect filters, split ND filters, Dragan effect, HDR, sharpening etc.
By the way I just tested it on a picture that was shot against the sun and has a veiling lens flare. The lens flare wasn't part of the original scene, so I am actually using it to make the image more realistic...
Photography is now more realistic than ever. B&W photography does not reflect (our perception of) reality well, because it lacks color. Color film photography had its limitations in color accuracy. Modern lenses have more neutral rendering than old ones. I think lack of realism compared to last 170 years is not a concern.
Besides, art photographers try to convey emotions, not necessarily the most accurate rendering of reality.