Disneyland on Film

Hello it’s Patrick here to do another post with some new 120 photographs from our last trip to Disneyland. Unlike last time, where Janey was just too depressed to write about it, I’m here to explain some of the more technical side to shooting 120 film.

When I first met Janey she was astounded that I didn’t collect anything and promptly started up a camera collection for me. Fast forward a few years to this last visit, where it was the fourth time taking our Kodak Dualflex II to Disneyland.

Shooting with this camera has quickly become one of my favorite things to do, even though the process of preparing and shooting the film is rather tricky. We buy the film (Kodak Portra 400) at Pro Photo Supply in NW Portland. The film comes on spools sized for 620 film, but it still works. In a pitch black room I have to unroll the film from the spool and roll it back onto a 120 film spool (I’ve amassed quiet a stock pile of the spools from the various camera’s in my collection). Two spools are needed to use the film, one to wind the film around and the other which the film will be wound onto while being shot.

When done shooting, we return to Pro Photo Supply because they have an in house lab we we drop our film for development, and we can get our pictures back in a few days.

Here are the best out of the four rolls of film we shot at the park!

Down Main Street

In Front of Castle

Castle Offset

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land

Tiki Dress in Adventure Land 2

In Front of Tiki Room

Jungle Cruise Sign

Natives

Train Station

Columbia

Mark Twain

Golden Horseshoe Sign

In Frontier Land

In Frontier Land 2 copy

In Front of Log Cabin copy

Small World

Materhorn

It’s a ton of fun to shoot with this camera, but you do need some experience shooting film for at least calculating proper exposures. I used 400 speed film which seems to match up pretty well with the aperture settings on the front of the camera for “Hazy Sun”, “Bright Sun” and “Brilliant Sun/Snow”. The shutter speed on the camera is also very slow, which means capturing fast action, like on the Jungle Cruise, is difficult but can be done.

Hopefully this post clears up some of the mystery surrounding shooting film on old cameras!

One-Twenty at Disneyland

During our visit to Disneyland, we didn’t just take pictures with our phones and digital cameras, but with our vintage Kodak DualFlex II, which dates to 1950-1954, using 120 film.  The camera attracted much attention, people said they loved it, asked if it worked, and said it was cooler than the Holgas so many hipsters carry with them these days.  We took both black and white and color film with us and here are the results!

Please note that I have made no color alterations, etc. to these photos – they are exactly how they came out of the camera.  I was really surprised with the wonderful tones of the color film and I love the almost dream-like imagery this camera produces due to the quality of the lens.

Well, that’s it for the Disneyland entries for now! I hope you enjoyed!

Disney Dreams

On our second day we decided to venture over to California Adventure purely to ride Tower of Terror.  I’ll come right out and say it – I am NOT a fan of California Adventure.  I believe it lacks the charm and history of Disneyland.  However, this may change when the new refurbishments are complete, but more to come on that later. To make sure we didn’t waste time in line, we walked over when California Adventure a little before ten to be there when they allowed everyone in.  We were stopped near the center of the park and waited for ten o’clock to roll around, chit-chatting with a mother and her son who arrived before us.  Eventually one of the security guards approached us, asked the mother and son if they would like to be the first ones on Tower of Terror, and then told Patrick and myself that we could go along too since we were so nice and patient.  Near ten, a group of cast members dressed in the Tower of Terror bellhop uniforms along with Chip and Dale in bellhop caps arrive, and escorted us to the Tower of Terror.

We got to sign the guestbook, and were given our own elevator to ride in before anyone else arrived! It was utterly fantastic!  And get this – the mother and son were from Seaside, Oregon! Talk about a small world!

As for the changes being made to California Adventure, they are certainly for the better.  The new entrance looks exactly like the old Pan Pacific Auditorium, and is simply stunning, especially when lit up at night…

The ideas behind the changes are to make California Adventure feel more like Disneyland and a true theme park, as opposed to an amusement park.  The park is getting an idealized pre-war Los Angeles facelift complete with red car trollies and the Carthy Circle Theater where Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered.  If you plan on attending the park anytime soon and have the time, I highly recommend visiting the Blue Sky Cellar, which is currently full of all of the concept work regards the changes.

We returned to Disneyland for lunch at the French Market which was serving up their typical New Orleans dishes along with special Mardi Gras items, including tasty desserts!  Also, since it was the Mardi Gras season, Princess Tiana was performing along the Rivers of America, followed by a meet & greet in the Court of Angels.

Tiana’s hoop skirt was so large, getting your picture taken with her if you were taller than the skirt made for difficult and awkward times! That’s why I look so goofy! The desserts were fabulous, and my cupcake had gold leaf on it! Crazy, huh?

I really enjoyed this trip because I did a lot of things I hadn’t done before, including riding the Omnibus, the Horse-Drawn Trolly and the Fire Truck!  These rides along Main Street provide a good rest for your feet, and were among some of the original attractions when the park opened in 1955.

Our vintage Kodak DualFlex camera got a lot of attention too, especially because each time we finished a roll, we had to go up to a shop and ask for a piece of tape to keep the film rolled up!  The film is due to be done on Monday! Cross your fingers they come out okay!  And of course I will be sharing them!

When in Frontierland Patrick was taking my picture (with the dual lens) in front of a cactus when Billy Hill & the Hillbillies were walking by and they came over to me saying “You look like you could use a couple of hillbillies in your picture!” and posed with me! They also told me I looked like Jessie from Toy Story!

Also in Frontierland is the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante, which has some imagery that looks suspiciously like Zorro

However the only true place you can see Zorro in Disneyland is in the lobby of the Opera House, where they are still showing the Disneyland 50th anniversary special hosted by Steve Martin.  The special makes reference that in Frontierland kids could meet their western heroes, such as Davy Crockett and Zorro, and shows a very short clip of Guy Williams dressed as Zorro parading through Frontierland when he made his own personal appearances!

Another little tip, ladies…keep your hair simple, because this is going to happen to you…

Once again, stay tuned for more pictures!