This photo was taken a few months ago – in the middle of January – on a night with an almost full moon and one of the clearest night skies that I’ve seen in a long time here at Disneyland park. The moon was so bright that, instead of trying to get detail in the moon, I thought I would use a setting called the F-22 star. By setting the aperture somewhere between F-11 and F-22, any bright light source will result in a large “starburst.” I ended up using F-18 at 15 seconds with an ISO of 800. The camera was a Canon1DX with the 24-105mm lens set at 40mm and mounted on a tripod. While I was taking the photo along Big Thunder Trail, many guests stopped to comment to me about how beautiful the moon looked, take photos of the moon themselves and tell me how much they loved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Can you count the stars in this photo? I counted more than thirty, plus one light trail from an airplane in the top left corner.
When I say it’s really cool to see fireworks bursting above King Arthur Carrousel in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, I’m not horsing around. Photographing the show brings to mind a few historical facts about the carrousel and why it’s so special:
- King Arthur Carrousel was one of the original opening-day attractions at Disneyland Resort in 1955.
- At Walt Disney’s request, all of the horses are in a galloping pose and painted white.
- Each horse on the carrousel has a name, and Jingles is the lead horse. You may remember that Jingles was painted gold for a short time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005. It was later repainted white, except for its gold bells and trim, and dedicated to Disney Legend Julie Andrews in 2008.
Here are a few more of my favorite images from this explosive shoot.
Before the holiday season ended here at the Disneyland Resort earlier this month, I had the opportunity to photograph the Disneyland Railroad Engine No. 3 – the Fred G. Gurley – in Mickey’s Toontown Station, lit by the thousands of ‘it’s a small world” Holiday lights, all around the train. I thought the photos turned out so nice, I wanted to share them with you now. Until next season – Happy Holidays!
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.