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Best of 2005

(January 1st - December 31st, 2005)

Edward S. Fink

Biloxi's Tivoli Hotel after Hurricane Katrina

Mark Fink

Gaylord Opryland Hotel

Nashville, Tennessee, USA

September 12th, 2005 7:15 AM

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The Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville, TN is an enormous complex with three large glass enclosed areas. Each of these is the size of a couple football fields, if not larger. The landscaping is simply stunning with meandering walkways that lead you through small private gardens and then suddenly out into a forty foot tall waterfall.

This particular waterfall is much smaller, but allows you to walk underneath it. It is one of the cozier areas, just right for relaxing and having a gelato (sold just around the corner).
I shoot with a Canon 10D and Sigma 14mm lens using a Pinnacle VR tripod head, (available at http://pinnacle-vr.com ) This allows me to shoot the necessary 24 images (three rows of eight shots) and keep everything pin registered. For this image, I took three sets of exposures: one at 8 seconds at f22 for the shadows, another at 1 second at f22 for the mid tones, and a third at 1/8 of a second at f22 for the highlights. I blended these in PhotoShop.

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