There are so many wonderful places to photograph during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorites is Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, which is commonly photographed from the front. In some of my past Disney Parks Blog posts, I have talked about walking around a subject, looking at all the sides to see whether there may be angles that are more interesting. The photo below is one example; I took it from the left side of the castle, next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
I think what makes this photo unique is the composition you can capture from a different perspective. The settings were ISO 1600, aperture 4.0 and shutter 100, so I was able to hold the camera by hand.
A few months ago, I had a special opportunity to photograph Walt Disney’s apartment located above the Main Street Fire Station for the Disneyland archive. I know many guests have stood on Main Street, U.S.A., and looked up at the apartment window to see that the lamp has been left on in Walt’s memory. Today, in honor of Walt’s birthday, I’d like to share one of my favorite photos taken that day – showing the view as he would have seen it, looking out that very window.
Even when you aren’t trying to find a hidden Mickey, he seems to appear when least expected. I’ve always liked Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park for its unique entrance, with mermaids, dolphins and King Triton greeting you as you enter. After taking this first photo and looking at the display on the back of my camera, I noticed that Mickey Mouse was looking back at me.
That prompted me to take this second, not-so-hidden Mickey photo.
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like taking photos that make you smile – and this one does it for me.
Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”
I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.
After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”
I’ve always been a fan of hand-colored, hand-tinted postcards, and I have collected a few in the past. So I was surprised when I first saw this photo of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park because it looked a lot to me like an old hand-colored postcard. The only thing I did differently in my normal editing process was to over-saturate the image to make it look a bit more like a hand-colored postcard. What do you think?
Ever since I started working here at the Disneyland Resort, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has always been special for me. After all, it was the very first attraction that I photographed through construction to opening day. Oh yeah – it’s really fun to ride, too.
I took these photos of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror one moonlit night last month, and I hope you enjoy them.
Check back soon to see daytime photos of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park in my next “Through A Photographer’s Lens” post.
One of the two Dumbo topiaries in front of Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland at Disneyland park is in a unique location to photograph during our fireworks spectaculars. From this point of view, you can get part of the show with the attraction in the background. For guests who have seen the fireworks many times from Main Street, U.S.A., Fantasyland provides a different perspective – with fireworks bursting in the sky both in front and behind you, which brings me to the next photo …
Even though I used a flash to light the Dumbo topiary, I was hoping I would get colored lights from the fireworks to light it as well. I guess I lucked out, because two fireworks of similar colors filled the sky at the same time.
I have to admit I was looking forward to photographing the hand-carved marine creatures on King Triton’s Carousel with a 15mm fisheye lens. It just seemed like it would be great fun! I had photographed this colorful and beautiful carousel before with different lenses so I knew finding a subject was not going to be difficult. There are more than 50 whimsical depictions of marine life on the carousel that can be found along the California coastline. By using the fisheye lens and focusing up close, I was able to fill the photo with the subject and still see a lot of the carousel in the background. This made them appear even more playful than they normally look.
Here’s a fun bit of trivia : The term fisheye was coined in 1906 by American physicist and inventor Robert W. Woods. He based the term on how a fish would see an ultra-wide hemispherical view from beneath the water.
One of the ways I decide what to photograph here at the Disneyland Resort is to look through our photo archive. Rather than look for photos we have, I look for ways to add to our library. In our Sailing Ship Columbia folder, there are a lot of the Columbia sailing on the Rivers of America but only a few docked in Fowler’s Harbor. Also, there are even fewer taken at night and most are from the stern of the ship. With these new shots, I wanted to capture the decoratively carved figurehead on the bow of the Sailing Ship Columbia in the photos along with the great décor of Fowler’s Harbor. Here are four such views for your enjoyment.
FYI: Fowler’s Harbor was named after retired Navy Admiral, Joe Fowler, who enjoyed a 25 year career with The Walt Disney Company. Fowler not only oversaw Disneyland park’s construction but went on to manage its operations after it opened.
This photo is in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney’s The Enchanted Tiki Room, which opened at Disneyland on June 23, 1963. Since the magic starts in the Enchanted Tiki Garden where the eight Tiki gods come to life one at a time to introduce themselves, I decided to focus on Maui, my favorite. He is a decorative fountain with water that shoots out of his mouth into a bamboo tube that, when full, empties into a pool of water. I did not have a tripod with me when I took this photo, so I held the camera with a wide angle lens attached in one hand (as close to the water as possible without getting it wet) and a small LED light in the other for a little fill. Here are the settings for this photo: shutter 1/20; 4.5 F-stop; and an 800 ISO.