How do you take a picture like this one? First, get yourself in an airplane around the world to an exotic place; second, pay attention to your surroundings during the day and come back when the light is creating something magical; third, carry your tripod everywhere you take your camera to; fourth, be at the right time at the right place and that is just pure luck, but you still have to put yourself in the right place and you have to increase your chances by learning when the possibility of beauty can come across. I really love this image, but as I progress sharing my work I will come back to the same place, the same time, and you will see how one similar moment can create such a different mood and subject by small chances on the exposure, processing and composition.
I took this image in Belize in one the artificial islands they have created out of sand. I used my heavy tripod and made a 30 seconds exposure at f22 aperture, ISO 100, with a 17mm wide angle lenses. The effect on the clouds and the water is created by the very long exposure.