For those of you who have attended a special event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios like Star Wars Weekend or maybe an ESPN Weekend, you know about the area past Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and to the side of the Tower of Terror. I had only been back there during the day previously.
Three weekends ago, I attended the Villain’s Bash Party in conjunction with the inaugural running of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler by runDisney. This gave me an opportunity to bring in my tripod and do some shooting for a couple of hours before my daughter, who ran in the race, crossed the finish line.
First, I want to show you what I considered the best one shot exposure. As always, the Exif data is below the photo.
TIP: The lens I was using, the Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR Zoom, is a great travel lens but, when placed on a tripod, the Vibration Reduction or VR must be turned off. The VR technology will actually cause vibrations when locked down this way. If you use a VR lens (That’s IS for you Canon people) on a tripod, read the lens’ specs to see how to properly use it.
From the setting above, I bracketed around it with eight more exposures in one stop intervals (1/2s, 1s, 2s, 4s, 8s, 25s, 60s, 120s). The last two exposures are approximate as I was using my Apple iPhone’s Stop Watch App to know when to close the shutter as my camera does not go past 30 seconds. I used Bulb mode and manually opened and closed the shutter with a remote release.
I processed the nine photos in Photomatix Pro 4 Plugin for Aperture. Applied a favorite preset, adjusted to my liking and finished processing in Aperture 3.x photo management and editing software.
The final image looks is a bit more HDR-ish than I was looking for.
You can see how the shadowed areas were opened up and the combined exposures caught light changing over the time it took to take the photos which was done manually. I have been struggling with night time HDR images for awhile now. Still a work in progress. 🙂 Any suggestions or comments are appreciated.