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Through a Photographer’s Fisheye Lens: Eye-to-Eye with King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea at Disney California Adventure park

posted on July 26th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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.

King Triton's Carousel of the Sea at Disney California Adventure park

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.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler’s Harbor at Disneyland Park

posted on July 18th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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.

Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler's Harbor After Dark at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler's Harbor After Dark at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort
Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler's Harbor After Dark at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort Sailing Ship Columbia at Fowler's Harbor After Dark at Disneyland Park at the Disneyland Resort

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.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

posted on June 20th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Disney Parks After Dark: Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland Park

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.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Windy Night at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 16th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


What do these three photos have in common, besides being taken at Disney California Adventure park? To me, they all show how wind can affect a photo. The wind was blowing really hard when I set out to take photos for this “Disney Parks After Dark” post. This changed what I had hoped to capture – I think for the better.
The Windmill at Fillmore's Taste-In at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

The spinning windmill at Fillmore’s Taste-In at Cars Land immediately caught my attention. I don’t remember ever seeing it spin that fast before!
Sarge's Surplus Hut in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

For the next photo, of Sarge’s Surplus Hut, I used a flash at full power to stop the motion of the flag.
Paradise Bay and Mickey's Fun Wheel at Disney California Adventure Park

My favorite of the three is the view of Paradise Bay with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background. With a 13-second exposure, the water should be fairly smooth – but if you look closely, you can see what appears to be small waves being pushed by the wind.

 
See the posts below for more from the “Disney Parks After Dark” series:

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: Waterfalls of the Disneyland Resort

posted on May 8th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Picture this: You’re winding through Ornament Valley riding in a shiny, convertible race car. While taking in the desert scenery and after traveling through an archway, there it is – just to the right – Firewall Falls, the most beautiful waterfall in these here parts.

Well, at least that’s how I felt the first time I rode Radiator Springs Racers at night. It only seems fitting that Firewall Falls is the second waterfall featured in my series, “Waterfalls of the Disneyland Resort.”

Firewall Falls in Ornament Valley at Disney California Adventure Park

Here are a few more photos I captured that morning before sunrise at Radiator Springs Racers. Check back for the next post in my waterfalls series.

Firewall Falls in Ornament Valley at Disney California Adventure Park Firewall Falls in Ornament Valley at Disney California Adventure Park

Firewall Falls in Ornament Valley at Disney California Adventure Park

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: Waterfalls of Disneyland Resort

posted on April 16th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


H2O, agua, eau – no matter how you say it, water plays a big role here at Disneyland Resort – and so do the many waterfalls.
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park
I took these first two photos of Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run in Disney California Adventure park from the bridge on the Grizzly Trail.
Grizzly River Run Attraction and Waterfall at Disney California Adventure Park
I took this photo at about 500 feet above Grizzly River Run, from a helicopter.

Do you have a favorite waterfall at the Disneyland Resort? Let me know which is your favorite in the comments, and it may show up in the next post in this series.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 28th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


After the sun sets at Disney California Adventure park, the night is filled with “World of Color” – the spectacular show of light, fire, color and water … lots of water. I have photographed “World of Color” numerous times and always enjoy it as much as the first time. I selected this first photo because of the reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel; I thought it was a little different than most of the other photos I’ve taken of the show.
Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park
I chose the two photos below because I love abstract photography, and I feel they fit into the category pretty well.

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

If you have not seen “World of Color,” you really should. If you haven’t photographed it, do so and let your imagination run wild. You may be surprised at the results.

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: A Case of the Mondays at Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Through a Photographer's Lens: Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park

Who hasn’t felt like this on a Monday morning? Raise your hand. I really like to look for the humor in photos I take, and this shot of a grotesque outside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park just made me laugh.

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A Photo From Behind the Wall of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

posted on February 27th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Just the other day, I had a great opportunity to go behind the walls and take a few photos of the new Fantasy Faire, opening March 12 at Disneyland park. Below is a little peek of what I saw, from the inside looking out.
Tangled Tower from Inside the New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

And by the way, while I was at Fantasy Faire, I met up with a few friends, Cinderella and Rapunzel, and had the chance to take a few photos of them as well. Erin will be sharing those here on the Disney Parks Blog, so be sure to check back tomorrow.


Read on for more updates about Fantasy Faire at Disneyland park:

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Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

posted on February 21st, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I remember visiting Disneyland park a few days after Mickey’s Toontown opened back in January 1993. Walking through the gates for the first time and seeing all the bright colors, wonderful shapes and never-ending subject matter, I thought to myself, “What a photographer’s paradise.” I never imagined that one day I would be a Disneyland Resort cast member, let alone a staff photographer. Twenty years later, Mickey’s Toontown still holds that magic for me. Here are a few photos that I hope capture the magic of Mickey’s Toontown after dark for you as they do for me.

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

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