Hi! I don’t think you “over manipulated” your photos. Personally I think that when editing pictures it should always be in a way that enhances (contrast,sharpening,cropping) because sometimes the camera just can’t get the beauty of let’s say flowers. I totally get that manipulating is very fun but I try to stick to how GOD made it. Hope this is helpful.
Good point, @elianafranzenburg! When something looks “off” or disproportionate or just “not right”, then it’s a telltale sign that the manipulation wasn’t done in such a way that was consistent with how God made the world. The finches, for example, that @bensharpeningcharacter noted screamed to him CGI. 🙂