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.
posted on December 5th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
posted on November 21st, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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.
posted on October 24th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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!”
Through a Photographer’s Lens: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park
posted on September 27th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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?
posted on September 19th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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.
posted on August 22nd, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
posted on June 20th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort
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.
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 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!
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: