Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Guarding the Tower

For years, I've struggled to take a really striking photo of the Tower of Terror at night. But as it turns out, I merely need to wait until after the park closes, set my camera on a tripod, and take a long exposure photo on narrow aperture.  Although there isn't much movement to hint that this is a long exposure, the photo below had the shutter open for 30 seconds.  With that in mind, it's actually pretty impressive how still the security guard remained for most of that shot!  For the rest of the final product, I turned to editing in Adobe Camera Raw to edit the RAW format in which I shot the photo. Cooling the color temperature and amping up the cool blues and violets helped chill the ambiance, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result.  And now that you know my workflow for this photograph, you can go and give your shot at it!

A lone watchman stands guard by the Tower of Terror.

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