Photo Fakeout: In which Mr. Model Man goes surfing in a hot tub

Last week, we showed you how hotels stage and Photoshop photos. This week, we show you what a little clever cropping can do.

South Beach’s Aqua Hotel isn’t a horrible place to stay, but it’s definitely not all its website makes it out to be. Even granting that the hotel can’t be expected to have the hotty model around all the time, the “pool” – which in fact is no bigger than a hot tub – is laughably less impressive than the carefully cropped images on the hotel’s home page might suggest.

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Cropped pool photo from Aqua Hotel's website

Cropped pool photo from Aqua Hotel’s website

Oyster's undoctored photo of Aqua Hotel's pool

Oyster’s undoctored photo of Aqua Hotel’s pool