If a photon bounces off of a tree in the wilderness and no one has their shutter open so it can be converted to 1's and 0's by a cmos sensor, was there light?
photons are real in the sense that they occur in nature, the tree is real in the sense that it occurred in nature, the reflection of the photon by the tree is real because it also occurred without any help from any unnatural forces. After that, all bets are off.
You can set your camera for "faithful" color representation, shoot at f32 for infinite depth of feild with no blurring of anything, and go straight from the card to the printer with all image enhancement and correction software turned off. It doesn't matter if you were using the "purest" form of recording and storing and printing the image you can dream up, truth got left behind when the sensor turned the photon into a digital representation.
Intent is another thing, and if thats what we are going to spend our time debating, we will need to send someone out for pizza.