It\u2019s easily my most controversial photo ever. It gets posted over and over again. My haters and doubters come up with all kinds of conspiracy theories based on this one photo. So I\u2019m writing this post to clear it up. What\u2019s the deal with the missing shadow? For that matter, why do I take photos from all these places? Why am I almost always holding my laptop? It\u2019s not to brag. I do it to inspire and educate people. I work with several different photographers who come with me on trips. Most of them are very talented \u2014 so I\u2019m not trying to rip on any photographer. In the case of my most controversial photo, the photographer wanted the photo to look good. So he edited it. If you look at it, he edited the color of the water \u2014 it\u2019s not usually that blue. But also, there should be a shadow where I\u2019m standing. I guess he didn\u2019t like it, so he took it out. Check it out\u2026 My Most Controversial Photo Ever I\u2019ve posted thousands of photos. But this ONE photo gets people saying I\u2019m a fake and a liar. I\u2019m sick of it. I don\u2019t care if he took out a shadow. But because of that, it\u2019s become my most controversial picture. Ever. My photographers take photos and videos and give them to me. I posted this without even thinking about it. I had no idea it would become my most controversial photo. \u201cGotcha, Sykes!\u201d Here\u2019s the photo someone made to point out the supposed fake\/photoshopped picture. The conspiracy theorists say, \u201cThey don\u2019t match up.\u201d They point out the missing shadow, the fact that I\u2019m holding a laptop, and that I\u2019m not on the same level as the chairs behind me. This photo has been posted SO many times as a \u2018gotcha.\u2019 And it gets comments like, \u201cSykes doesn\u2019t actually travel. He just photoshops himself in places.\u201d But it\u2019s laughable\u2026 The crazy thing about being real in an industry full of scams is that I\u2019m not looking for more students. I\u2019m not desperate, hanging out on the street saying, \u201cHey, who wants to be my student?\u201d\u00a0 Every time this gets reposted, my haters help me weed out bad students. And THAT lets me focus on dedicated students. The cool thing is, I\u2019m not a fake. Crushing Conspiracy Theories I posted a video of me standing on that very rooftop. This IS real. You can see me standing on the rooftop. I actually did hold up the laptop. And you can see there\u2019s a little ledge if you watch the video a few times. That\u2019s why I\u2019m a little higher up. Check it out\u2026 https:\/\/twitter.com\/timothysykes\/status\/1312890405919379467 As you can see in the video, the water is still beautiful. But it\u2019s not as blue as the photo would suggest. So I guarantee you the photographer boosted the water\u2019s vibrancy. I\u2019m not trying to throw any photographers under the bus. I like the photographers who travel with me. They just don\u2019t realize how stupid and insane the financial Twitter community is. But that doesn\u2019t mean I wasn\u2019t there. It doesn\u2019t mean that I\u2019m a fake. It just means I have an overaggressive photographer. Again, I have a bunch of photographers. They give me photos and videos \u2026 and I post them. How Demented Are My Haters? Of course, my haters weren\u2019t happy with pointing out the bad photoshop job removing my shadow. They went further and questioned what happened there on the rooftop. Check it out\u2026 Notice how they boxed out the section at the bottom? There actually were other hotel guests lounging around the pool. And they actually were very confused. They actually did ask why I was standing there in my robe holding out my laptop like a crazy person. And \u2026 surprise \u2026 I did make a joke about it being just another day in the life of the world\u2019s preeminent laptop model.\u00a0 People spreading this around think I\u2019m faking these photos. They even think I\u2019m faking the videos. This is how truly demented my haters and doubters are... \u201cYou somehow edited yourself into this video.\u201d Are you insane? I\u2019ve been to Positano six years in a row. This my first year not going \u2014 and that\u2019s only because of the pandemic. My Travel Photos and Videos Are Real It blows my mind that people don\u2019t realize it. I don\u2019t even look at these stupid little things when these photographers give me their photos and videos. I\u2019m sorry one of my photographers edited the photo thinking I would like it better. He thought it would look better for me. But I assure you, I was\u2026 Standing Poolside at Villa Franca Villa Franca, in Positano Italy, is one of my favorite hotels. The funny thing is that I was holding up the laptop to show that you can work from anywhere. And Villa Franca has the fastest Wi-Fi I\u2019ve found anywhere in Europe. Several times when I\u2019ve stayed at villas nearby instead of the hotel, I\u2019ve gone there to upload videos. My trip last summer is an example. I had a lot of video lessons to upload before leaving Positano. I was going somewhere in Africa where good Wi-Fi wasn\u2019t guaranteed. So I wanted to upload all my long videos. Where did I go? Villa Franca. I didn\u2019t go to the pool that time. I was there uploading five-, seven-, and 10-minute videos at midnight. So in a way, it\u2019s fitting that this is my most controversial photo. Villa Franca Gets My Highest Recommendation When this pandemic is over you can go to Villa Franca in Positano and experience its fast Wi-Fi. I highly recommend a stay there. Also, they have this linguini with clams which is AMAZING. Their cappuccinos are excellent. And their breakfast bar is incredible, too. So I\u2019m proud to give a huge shout out to Villa Franca! I look forward to visiting again. Hopefully soon. Need a little inspiration to study harder? Check out the Villa Franca website. Positano isn\u2019t the only place I love to visit in that part of Italy. Check out my villa on the island of Capri\u2026 https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/p\/BpxX8Qbh7D3\/ We did a drone shot very similar to the shot we did in Positano so you can see I\u2019m on the edge of a cliff. Again, I was holding a laptop and a smartphone to show you the laptop lifestyle. Or the keyboard warrior lifestyle. Whatever you want to call it, it\u2019s a pretty cool shot. Get Inspired to Study I post these photos and videos to inspire you to study. The most beautiful, amazing world is out there just waiting for you to explore. (If you\u2019re brand new to penny stocks, start with this free penny stock guide.) Sadly, doubters and haters find a single missing shadow and say\u2026 \u201cGotcha. If you lie about being in Italy, you probably lie about your success in the stock market, too. You probably lie about your charity. You\u2019re probably lying about\u2026\u201d It\u2019s tragic that some negative people will use this to prevent people from learning. It\u2019s sickening to me that this stuff prevents people from expanding their lives.\u00a0 But, in the end, I\u2019m\u2026 Grateful for My Haters My haters think they\u2019re hurting me with their cries of \u201cGotcha! Faker!\u201d What they\u2019re really doing is weeding out crappy students. Why? If someone says \u201cI\u2019m not gonna invest in my financial education because I don\u2019t like this photo,\u201d they aren\u2019t a good fit. They\u2019d probably be a pretty crappy student. So, contrary to what my haters think, I\u2019m grateful for them. And this whole fake news BS where these idiots try to get the \u2018gotcha\u2019 is funny. Let\u2019s not forget that I\u2019m the one person in this niche who tries to expose scams... Real in an Industry Full of Scams Over the years I\u2019ve run across hundreds of penny stock scams. I\u2019ve exposed dozens. Like these three I exposed five years before the SEC. And this blatant penny stock promoter who got newbies to believe in a sketchy company. Then there\u2019s the fun Justin Bieber had falling prey to a blatant paid promotion scheme. Or the Spongetech scam from 2011. Not to mention my legal wrangles with NBA great Shaquille O'Neal. He actually sent me a cease-and-desist letter when I exposed the NXT pump. It was one of the most interesting penny stock scams I\u2019ve ever seen. Beware Penny Stock Scams! (Don't Fall for the Pump) https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vxra4LtgdVVQ Rumor has it that Shaq is still into penny stocks so he can put on his suit and feel smart. Maybe he should get a penny stock education? I mean, I\u2019m not that smart and I win roughly 75% of the time. Trading Challenge If you\u2019re ready for a penny stock education, the Trading Challenge is my most comprehensive program. You\u2019ll learn to recognize the scams and pumps. (And how self-sufficient traders take advantage of them.) But if you\u2019re lazy or freaked out by a missing shadow \u2026 don\u2019t waste my time. If you\u2019re dedicated and committed to your education you might be a good fit. It\u2019s not for everyone. And not everyone who applies gets accepted. If you\u2019re ready to focus, apply today. Back to\u2026 My Most Controversial Photo Ever: The Bottom Line To all my haters who try to rip on my photos and videos\u2026 You do me a favor by weeding out bad students who would waste my time. Your conspiracy theories are laughable to me. When I get these photographs and videos from photographers I don\u2019t even look for missing shadows. It\u2019s more like... \u201cThat Was a Cool View, I\u2019ll Post It\u201d I probably should\u2019ve looked closer. But my thought was, \u201cCool. I remember that so I\u2019ll post it.\u201d\u00a0 That\u2019s what it comes down to. Not that I\u2019m a fake. And not some kind of \u2018gotcha\u2019 moment. There\u2019s no green screening or conspiracy behind the missing shadow. I actually do travel. Surprise \u2026 it\u2019s all real. That\u2019s the story behind my most controversial photo ever. What do you think of my most controversial photo ever? Comment below, I\u2019d love to get your thoughts!