Early morning is my favorite time to explore the Parks, especially when it’s foggy. As a photographer, I appreciate the element of mystery that fog can add to a shot. This photo of the Sailing Ship Columbia was taken around 6 a.m., and the light coming in on the right side is from a video shoot near the Mark Twain. Without this lighting, the right side of the photo would normally be darker and not as interesting.
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What an amazing shot! Makes me want to go there right now!
You, my friend, have the best job in the world.
Beautiful photo. What a treat to be in the park before all the guests arrive. To have that magical place all to yourself (well, mostly to yourself) must be amazing.
This is so gorgeous! I can’t wait to be there 2 weeks from today!
Very nice…. another great place for foggy early mornings is World Showcase lagoon…
Wonderful and spooky photo! Really makes me look forward to our Food and Wine Disneyland trip.
Gorgeous picture. Thanks for sharing. I love it. 🙂
Do you have a downloadable, large file of this photo? Id love it as my desktop background.
wow.. how your imagination can take you to places in just a photograph. So many stories in just this one little photo.
I get very excited every time you post a new picture. Each one shows a different side to Disney that always keeps me intrigued and waiting for the next post. Keep posting, please!!!
Another great photo!
You have presented some amazing pictures and this ranks right up there at the top. Thank you so much for sharing these rare perspectives with us.
Absolutely LOVE IT!! I sooo can’t wait to go back! Disneyland is my home 🙂
I want to go to Disney!!
Beautiful shot…wish I was there!!
What a great time to be in the park, quiet and somewhat mysterious. I’d love to be there to experience that! Thanks for posting the photo!
Thanks we are coming 2011 can’t wait to see it in real life!!
Fantastic shot! Looks like a scene from a movie. What an opportunity that was. Would you share your exposure setting with us?
What a beautiful photo! I love seeing Disneyland through all the photos you’ve taken; I can’t wait to go back!
I love the picture Disney can you make it so people in wheel chair could ride I would love to be able to ride the Columbia. Thank you.
i love this shot. the fog does give it an eerie feeling. this is amazing.
that is beautiful!
I would love to wander around the park before other guests were there – just to see the sights and attractions in a different “context”. Beautiful picture!
DisneyLand before the guests or After all of them have left – is my Favorite time – Awesome shot, I miss the park already!
Amazing picture!!! I want your job!!
Fantastic shot-Love it.
Another fantastic shot.
D23 idea – workshop and walk through the park with Paul!
I miss those times when I worked in the park, walking through, before it opened and all was quiet. Everyone getting ready for the day. The photo is a beautiful, rare moment!
How can i get your job? =P Great shot!
I like Christopher’s idea! I second that!
Great shot! But how did you get in the park at 6am?
When I worked at Disneyland a few years ago, whenever I worked in the stroller department I would always volunteer to gather the rented stollers from throughout the park that people left all over the place. All the guests were gone and there were just a few other employees you might pass. I loved walking through the empty parks, it was just such an incredible feeling.
Pretty as-is, but you might try reducing the yellow/orange saturation to eliminate some of the fall-off from the lamp-posts; they distract from the boat a bit.
I have been in the park on foggy mornings and have to agree they are something special. This is a truly amazing photo with the fog, the park lights and the “Columbia”. I love how you captured the photo when the lights on the “Columbia” were illuminated, like a beacon in the mist. Every time I see that ship I am humbled that Walt Disney mortgaged his own home to buy it! Dreams do come true!
This is an awesome shot. I have a great shot that I took of California Screaming. I caught the coaster right in mid loop. Is there somewhere I could email it to share it? Thanks.