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So this is what happens to naughty elves! ūüėÄ

“Behind Bars” (Holiday Elves, Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, 4.7mm, F/2.8, 1/60’s, -2.0EV, ISO 1000

Well, when they’re made of flowers! (C’mon now..what’d you expect from a nature photographer? ūüėČ )

No one does topiaries better than Disney and it was a treat to see Lightning McQueen and Mater ‘large’ and ‘in charge’ at the entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can’t help but squeal¬†like a child upon spotting¬†their silly grins. Just too cute!

As a gardener, I can certainly appreciate the hard-work and countless hours that must have gone into these full-sized floral masterpieces. With such attention to detail, I almost¬†expected¬†at any given moment for these two to rev their engines and take off for a spin around the park, spouting any one of their memorable quotes. It was¬†very polite of them to oblige me and stay put while I snapped their photos. Oh, how they love the spot light!¬†Enjoy! ūüôā
 

“I’m Lightning McQueen” (Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Lightning McQueen Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance) Nikon D300, 26mm, F/8, 1/320s, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash, -0.7EV

 

“Number 95” (Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Lightning McQueen Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance) Nikon D300, 22mm, F/9, 1/320s, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash, -0.7EV

 

“Git-R-Done!” (Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Mater Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance) Nikon D300, 20mm, F/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash, +1.0EV

 

“Tow Mater” (Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Mater Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance) Nikon D300, 52mm, F/8, 1/250s, ISO 200

 

“Tow Tag” ((Pixar’s ‘Cars’ Mater Topiary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entrance) Nikon D300, 70mm, F/6.3, 1/320s, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash, -0.7EV

So, we’re back from one short trip to Disney World and¬†about to embark on another one! (Lucky us, no? ūüėČ )¬†Don’t get too jealous as this is our only real vacation each year and by the time it arrives, we soooooo need it!

“Animated Mickey” (Filmstrip Mickey Sculpture, Animation Courtyard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 40mm, F/14, 1/320s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, Built-in i-TTL Fill Flash w/Gary Fong ‘Puffer’ Diffuser, -0.7EV, ‘Old West’ Toning Action

I didn’t take¬†many photos this trip¬†as I was too busy eating and drinking at the EpCoT Food & Wine Festival. (Hey, it’s a tough job, folks but someone has to do it. ūüėČ ) And, until the camera manufacturers develop a ‘drunk photographer’mode, I thought it best not to¬†handle complicated equipment.¬†

After¬†returning home I realized¬†that the only time I carried my Nikon D300¬†was one morning’s outing to¬†Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

I really love the feeling at the studios, especially in Animation Courtyard where the focus is on what made Disney a household name in the first place – animation! Ever since the onset of computers, hand-drawn cels are becoming extremely rare but here at the studios, they keep the tradition alive.

“Celluloid Mickey” (Mickey Sculpture, Animation Courtyard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 90mm, F/11, 1/500s, +0.3EV, ISO 200, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

This is one of the few places where they are still¬†producing hand-painted cels and during the week, you can watch as actual Disney animators perform their craft right before your eyes. (Hmmm, I wonder how many of us would like to be ‘on display’ while we work?)

In the back right-hand corner¬†of the courtyard stands a sculpture I’ve photographed on several occasions with only so-so results. This time I shot from a low angle, using the sky as the background and therefore, was able to eliminate all the distracting elements that have ruined the image in the past.¬†

Still not quite sure I’ve achieved what I ultimately want but, these two images are the closest I’ve gotten. No worries. I’m willing to go back and¬†try as many times as it takes. ūüėČ

“Twilight Terror” (The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 28mm, F/22, 1/320s, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

Some very wet weather outside¬†has me digging through¬†the photo archives today. There are still so many photos I haven’t posted from our¬†last trip to Walt¬†Disney World!To match the doom and gloom raging outside my window,¬†it seems appropriate to take a tour of¬†‘The Twilight Zone¬†Tower of Terror’, an attraction¬†at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Although I’ve ridden the “ride”, turns out I’m not a fan of being dropped¬†down an elevator shaft. ūüėČ

So while guests rushed passed me to access the queue line, I strode leisurely along, soaking in all the extraordinary details of the run-down exterior, lobby and, yes, even the basement.

Our tour begins outside. This is one of the few images shot in color, where the sky was a brilliant blue and the gorgeous Florida sun shone beautifully,¬†lighting up all the architectural details.¬†Hmmm, doesn’t exactly conjure up a feeling of terror, now does it? No worries. A quick pass through Nik’s¬†Silver Efex Pro¬†was all I needed to pull forth the¬†uh, ‘terrifying’¬†mood.

“Concierge of Terror” (Concierge Desk, Lobby, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 56mm, F/5.6, 1/10s, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

Walking into the hotel lobby, we are first greeted by the concierge desk. I’m sure someone will be along shortly… ūüėČ

“Cuppa Terror” (Tea Cart, Lobby, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Nikon D300, 28mm, F/4.5, 1/10s, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

 
 
 
 
 
While we wait, lets take a look around. To our left, a spot of tea can be enjoyed while taking part in a game of Mahjong. Although I’m quite impressed with the lush furnishings and elegant finishes,¬†it appears housekeeping is¬†not a high priority here. I must speak to the hotel manager about this.

“Check-in to Terror” (Front Desk, Lobby, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, 45mm, F/4.5, 1/10s, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

 
 
 
 
 
 

Weary from my trip and tired of waiting for the concierge to return, I move towards the front desk.
 
Once again, the place seems deserted.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Perhaps the desk clerk is helping the gentleman who left his topcoat, hat and folded newspaper behind?

“Interrupted Terror” (Front Desk, Lobby, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios) Nikon D300, 28mm, F/4.5, 1/5s, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

“Super-intended Terror” (Basement Office, The Twilight Zone Tower of Tower, Disney’s Hollywoood Studios) Nikon D300, 35mm, F/2.8, 1/30s, -0.3EV, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter

 
 
 
 
 

After waiting impatiently for service, I begin searching the hotel for any signs of staff, eventually making my way into the basement level of the hotel.

Here, the Superintendent’s office and maintenance areas yield more of the same: neat, orderly, yet¬†completely covered in dust and cobwebs, as if quickly abandoned and frozen in time.

“Hidden Terror” (Maintenance Shop, Basement, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Nikon D300, 28mm, F/2.8, -1.0EV, ISO 640, Nik Silver Efex Pro ‘Solarized Border’ Filter


 
 
 

The hidden Mickey is a nice touch and instantly reminds me that indeed, I was never in any danger what-so-ever.

“We hope your stay at The Hollywood Tower Hotel has been a pleasant one. And please… do come back and see us again.”

Happily, I step back out into the bright sunshine, thankful I didn’t become¬†a permanent resident of “The Twilight Zone’. ūüôā

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