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Another shot from the Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. This is the main hotel or Royal Towers. The "Bridge Suite" (the room with all the sky below it in the photo) being one of the most expensive rooms in the world (actually considered third most expensive at $25,000 USD per night). Sadly, I could not even afford an hour, but I got over it. There were two other full hotels attached when I was there and I believe there is another now for a total of four hotels in the complex.

Some of the technicals:
Step 1) Take a Canon G2, tripod and a 3 stop ND filter if I remember correctly.
Step 2) Find a good place on a perfectly still day and take 10 or 15 photos of varying exposures to get it just right (free of charge - you gotta love digital).
Step 2 1/4) Remember to time the lighting of the day with the tides if you use a pool attached to the ocean and keep the shutter speed as fast as possible.
Step 2 1/2) Have incoming hurricane to get grey clouds, just make sure it's far enough out to sea as not to bring the wind with it...yet.
Step 3) Spend about 5 minutes cropping and 15 minutes with some touchups in Photoshop. Including contrast, sharpness, etc, etc.
Step 4) Spend about an hour and a half trying to frame it correctly.
Step 5) Go back and cut the photo in half and reposition because it really didn't look right.
Step 5 1/4) Clone out some of the ripples in the reflection of the sky to make it look smooth.
Step 5 1/2) Figure - what the hell - Spend 10 more minutes cloning some of the area under the bridge suite to really make the reflection look unreal.
Step 6) Just say screw it and post the one with the white frame.
Step 7) Notice you really don't like it as much as you thought after posting. Probably because of the framing.
Step 8) Complete note and hope someone else does.

As I said, gotta love digital.

Hope you like,
John

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