Tower of Terror 10 Miler at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I attended the inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Disney Villains Hollywood Bash last weekend. The weather was not the best for running with temperatures in the mid-70’s F and very high humidity even though the race was run from 10pm to past midnight. The runners checked in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios parking lot. There were a few large displays runners were posing for photos with.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Inaugural 10 Miler sign in the Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Inaugural 10 Miler Sign.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 2800, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

While the runners were out on the course being cheered on by runDisney people, cast members, volunteers and even Disney Villains, us party goers took advantage of short lines at Star Tours, MuppetVision 3-D, Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Using my smartphone, I followed a lot of the runners and getting updates on one special runner, my daughter.

A runner in the cool down lane after finishing the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.

A runner in the cool down lane after finishing the Tower of Terror 10 Miler.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 0.4s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, tripod, slow sync flash.

There she is. Standing proudly with her medal as other runners walk past. After she drank the water and snacks supplied, we all went for a ride on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

The technique I used was setting my flash to rear sync. This means the flash goes off just before the shutter closes. I had my daughter stand very still as other runners walked past. They show movement over the exposure while my daughter did not.

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3 Replies to “Tower of Terror 10 Miler at Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. Congrats to your daughter on completing the TOT 10-miler!! I ran in it too- man that humidity was BRUTAL!! I love that pic- very cool! They need you to teach the Brightroom people how to take good shots LOL 🙂

    Scott replies: It was brutal for us spectators so I can imagine how it was for the runners. I heard about the photos from my daughter, she was not too happy with her choices either.

  2. Scott:
    When I saw the picture of your daughter with the “moving” people in the background, I knew right away you used the rear sync flash. I’ve used it while standing outside when there have been snow flurries and gotten some neat results. It allows the background to be illuminated as well as the moving snowflakes in the foreground.

    Scott replies: Never thought to use it for snow, Steve. Will have to try that this winter.