I admit here that i don't know anything of the new-age processing of photos, the softwares used, the (super) kind of cameras available for this purpose.
I was seeing pictures on blogs, a few days ago. The photos had undergone some processing which made them appear like acrylic paintings that I've seen. The usage of bright colors, a surrealistic look and some detailing.
This is my opinion. Somehow i don't like photos treated the way they are. I don't know, but the 'effect' of a photo disappears once this occurs. The naturalistic feel. And it does not look like a photograph again.