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Things That Spin in the Night at Disneyland Park

posted on February 4th, 2011 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

This first photo in my series of motion blur photography was taken in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. I picked the Astro Orbitor, because of the headlight on the vehicles and the rock work that would inevitably frame the photo. The exposure was long – 30 seconds. I wanted to get that “almost day time look” with the blue-colored sky and a lot of light streaks.

The Astro Orbitor in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

Check back for new photos in the coming weeks. I’m not sure how many photos will be in this “night spinning” series, so if you like them, let me know.

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Doug on February 4th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Very cool. Is that the “Wish Upon A Star” I see?


Brooke on February 4th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Am I able to buy a print of this image? My son would LOVE this.


Cait from IN on February 4th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I love it! Night photography is a challenge and passion of mine. I love how colored lights brightly contrast the darkness and enjoy making painted images with the light. Long exposures are key to mesmerizing images in the evening!


chris from CA on February 4th, 2011 at 2:04 pm

that star is walt i’m sure!


Kevin on February 4th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Paul, you sure are lovin’ that fisheye. This is very inspiring, and such a great use of that lens! Is that the moon in the upper right hand corner?! Beautiful picture!


Andrea on February 4th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I love all the pictures you post of the park!! Is there anyway you guys can make them into wallpaper??


David from TX on February 4th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Awesome pic!! Please do lots more in this series. My favorite episode of The Wonderful World of Disney was “Disneyland After Dark”. It is a very magical time of day.


David from TX on February 4th, 2011 at 2:16 pm

By the way, that “star” is in the South/Southeast sky isn’t it? So it’s not the North Star. What exactly is it?


Sandy on February 4th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I like it!! It’s very cool, more please!!


Pamela on February 4th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Ok, now for sure I have to purchase a fish eye lens. :o) Very beautiful shot. Looking forward to more.


Kevin on February 4th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I’m pretty sure that’s the moon and not a star. Or Disney has really got some “bling” going on in the night sky. :)


Crystal on February 4th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Such a beautiful picture. I love how the star shone so brightly. You can almost make out Jiminy. Keep them coming please!


Fred from CA on February 4th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Very cool, I would love to see more.


Penny on February 4th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Wonderful! Plese make it a long series of photos. My son is autistic, and loves things that spin. The Astro Orbiter is one of his favorites to watch when we are at Disneyland!


Paul Hiffmeyer on February 4th, 2011 at 5:46 pm

And the correct answer is the moon. The best way to get that star effect is to stop down as much as possible, F22 always works for me. Look for the my next post in a couple of weeks, in this series, yet another fish eye photo. That 15 mm lens is fast becoming my favorite


Mike from CA on February 5th, 2011 at 6:01 am

Picked up my Star Wars Vinylmation #1. Also picked up the AP Mr. Toad while we were there.


Peter from GA on February 5th, 2011 at 8:22 am

That is such a great picture!


Dinah on February 8th, 2011 at 2:24 am

love it!!! disneyland at night is truly magical.


Nicole on February 9th, 2011 at 8:41 pm

This picture is so awesome! You have the best ideas and pictures! :)


elora on February 14th, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Hey Paul! I love all your pictures. They are so amazing!

When I was at the park recently we decided to go through Tarzan’s Tree House late at night. Almost to the top, right before the jaguar I believe, I turned around to say something to my friend and I saw the most beautiful view!

I could see the top of the Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, the Sailing Ship Columbia, and all the lights of N.O. square through the tops of the trees.

You should check it out! It was really breathtaking.