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.
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!
|The Tower of Terror at dusk, as seen from the Mezzanine entrance into the Hyperion Theater.|