Friday, October 25, 2019

Going to Guides: Daveland's Greatest Hits

If you’re a Disney Park fanatic, then the Going to Guides book series is a must have. Why, you ask? Because they are well designed, have loads of helpful information about the Parks, and most importantly: the are illustrated with my photography! Shannon Laskey, the author, is getting ready to update the Disneyland book and will be adding even more of my photos. Today’s post features a sampling of some of those images. It was fun to go through the archives and see some of these photos again, bringing up a lot of good memories. The first shot is of the Mr. Toad attraction exterior at night, followed by an interior view of it’s a small world (the holiday version).

I am an early riser, which sure helps in getting those crowd-free shots at the Park. Main Street, U.S.A. is the most difficult to get without a lot of guests stampeding to Fantasyland, but thanks to a quick pace upon opening, I was able to get this one of the Candy Palace:

…and the Jolly Holiday bakery:

How about this one of Toontown? Patience is a virtue, waiting for a shot to be guest-free.

Waterfalls can make for very interesting pictures, whether you use a fast shutter speed to make them razor sharp, or a super slow one to capture a milk-like effect. On this one from Toontown, I chose the latter.

If you go there right at opening, Frontierland is fairly easy to get a clear shot without any crowds.

I had forgotten about this Jungle Cruise dock panorama, but was sure pleased to be reminded about it!

Last one for today is the one I am probably most proud of: Sleeping Beauty Castle at night:

Thanks to Shannon for using my photos and causing this trip down Memory Lane for me!

See more Disneyland photos at my main website.


Fifthrider said...

You have this uncanny ability to get shots with no people or almost none. I used to swear you jumped the fence in the morning to get those. A picture is frozen in time and never represents the patience of the photographer to just wait for the right moment. I recently read in a Korkis book that those poles ( in your Frontierland shot ) were hand picked by Walt himself on a camping trip. He found about 60 some odd looking but very distinct downed trees and insisted they be brought back to the park and used in the construction of Frontierland.

Irene said...

All can say is WOW Dave. Amazing photos. You sure do have a gift!

Chuck said...

...aaaand now I need to start looking for some Going To Guides.

Great photos, as always, Dave. I love that highly-saturated look.

Daveland said...

Thanks all for the kudos, and Bryan - I never knew that about the poles in Frontierland!

Anonymous said...

This is the charm that is hard to find these days in the Park. It reminds me how lucky I was to experience it before and after closing times as a CM. KS

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Makes me want to book a trip tomorrow.