Friday, March 27, 2015

The Twilight Zone at Twilight

For a long while now, I've been trying to get a shot of the Tower of Terror from the elevated vantagepoint below.  I was originally inspired by a Disney Parks Blog post from park photographer Paul Hiffmeyer showing the Tower of Terror from a similar angle.  It's not a picture I see often, but it provides a pretty interesting view and really communicates the stepped mass of the building. 

The Tower of Terror at dusk, as seen from the Mezzanine entrance into the Hyperion Theater.
A few weeks ago, I finally got the chance, and while I didn't quite get a golden hour afternoon photo, the blue hour timing might have provided an even more dramatic shot.  The challenging part of this photo was taking three long exposures free handed.  This picture is composed of a 1, 4, and 15 second exposure blended together, but when I was taking it, I was without a tripod.  To make do, I wedged my camera between two horizontal railings of the guardrail, then held my camera as tight as I could.  I'm very picky about how crisp my images are, so even small movement could result in some unsatisfactory blur.  I spent probably ten minutes trying to get the brackets just right, but in the end, I think the effort was worth it.  This is definitely one of my favorite shots I've taken of the Tower of Terror, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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