To create outstanding photos, Thomas not only strives for the perfect composition, he also uses different sophisticated techniques. For example he lights the scene with mulitiple strobes and flash and combines it with hints of the ambient light by using mulitiple layers in Photoshop.
Compare these two compositions taken in the SAME room by simply moving the slider from left to right. Would you have thought there's a sea view?
Compare a conventional, single-exposure photo to fully lit and retouched one by simply moving the slider from left to right.