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?
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
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I chose the two photos below because I love abstract photography, and I feel they fit into the category pretty well.
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.