"You Unlock this Door with the Key of Imagination"

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - HDR

October 2009


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Something tells me you're not unlocking this door with the key of imagination. After the recent success of other Flickr contacts at posting their shots from the Studios, I decided to try my hand at a Tower of Terror shot for today.


I spent a lot of time back in this area on our recent trip. Part of it may have been me scraping off the rust, but I wasn't pleased with most of these shots. I don't think I made the most of the UWA, and I wish I had done some things differently. I like this shot alright, but I feel it doesn't bring anything new to the table (plus there's all sorts of odd unintentional distortion in it).


This shot is a two exposure HDR merged in Photoshop CS3 with the layers masked back on top of the HDR, and some more stuff done to it. No tone mapping was performed. Much time was spent making the saturation correct in the Tower.


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  • Tom Bricker 6y

    ~Life by the Drop~ You're not the only one who it gave ideas. Unfortunately, all of my ideas came after reviewing the shot about a month after the fact. Always next time; hopefully yours are different than mine...
  • Scott Barlow 6y

    Beautiful night work Tom. The colors are awesome!
  • DigitalSLG 6y

    Awesome color - great shot!

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  • JD's Photography 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Travelling: Through the lens, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    It's the light of course.
  • Eugene1959 6y

    Great shot.
  • Scott Smith 6y

    Amazing job with this!!!! And I like that 3rd exposure shot. Gives the subject an ultimately spooky feel. And the greens swirls in the bottom right kinda look like the ghostly family you see on the ride..... if i remember correctly.

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  • Matt Pasant 6y

    Yeah, that 3rd exposure would not have mapped in well. I have looked this over and can not see any improvements to make. Well done.
  • Scott Pairman 6y

    Fantastic shot! Love the color and use of wide angle!

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  • Kiki FL 6y

    Your HDR works is really impressive.
  • CodyWDWfan 6y

    Very nice!
  • Photogineer (Doug) 6y

    I know what you mean. I have done the same thing on a Bracketed exposure set. I forgot the camera was set and started taking pictures. Could not figure out why only every third shot had correct exposure. Doh. I think this turn out great considering. Maybe you could say the last shot caught all the ghosts coming from the Tower. Yea that's the ticket.
  • rabidash* 6y

    On XplOr ...#...
  • Tom Bricker 6y

    PhotographyDR (Doug) I have done this several times as well. Cameras need some sort of reminders. I wish it would speak to me: "Tom, you just left Haunted Mansion; you don't want to use ISO 6400 outdoors during the day!"
  • joelle merinsky 6y

    This is gorgeous. So well done. Wonderful shot
  • Craig 6y

    Wow, that's impressive!
  • {kidnurse} 6y

    ohmigosh.....this is great with the closed gate and the TOT in the background!!!!!!!!
  • Lou Mongello 6y

    That may be... OK, it IS the most impressive shot of the Tower of Terror - ever!!! Great job, Tom!!! Very impressive!
  • Joe Penniston 5y

    Like it!
  • Jeff Bergman 5y

    Awesome! Its a fantastic shot but with the gate closed it is that much better! Fantastic work.
  • Noodlesfur 5y

    Amazing composition! And still looks great despite the screw-up ^^
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