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Journey to Norway – No Passport Needed

Gene Duncan

by , Walt Disney World Resort

Journey to Norway Without a Passport in the Norway Pavilion at Epcot
Depending on where you live in Norway, you can go for months with the sun never setting, or rising. Hence, “The Land of the Midnight Sun” loosely defines much of this ancient country. As I recently visited the Norway Pavilion in Epcot, the weather happened to be dark and blustery-something Norwegians, no doubt, see a lot more than we do in Florida. I decided to exploit the weather a little, reaching into a little photographer’s bag of “tricks” to help heighten a sense of drama that faced Vikings as well as gnomes.

HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is a photographic process by which one can alter the appearance of reality-in small and large ways. Today, I thought it provided a different look to a pavilion that has been seen by countless guests over its 25-year existence. It is my hope to travel somewhere between history and mythology.


  • Gene, your work is always fantastic. Any chance the posts can include bigger versions of the photos? I like to use Disney photos as desktop backgrounds, but these are not large enough :)

  • The photo’s look really good …… ummmb but Being married to a Norwegian there TROLLS not gnomes 😉

    • Thank you Crystal- Obviously, I was confused! :-)

  • Kalya, thank you so much for your kind words. The “fairy” shadow shot is one of my favorites, too. I am happy that these posts give you inspiration in some way. Good luck in your photo pursuits!

  • I love the look of these HDR photos and wish I knew how to do it myself.

    • Thanks Tim- There is a great deal of info on HDR on the internet, with very nice tutorials. Plus, the process is getting easier all the time, with new and improved user-friendly software.

  • I love your photography so much! It is always exciting when you have a new post. I’m an amateur photographer myself and very much love taking pictures in Disney World. I still talk about your door knob pictures from forever ago and the little girl’s shadow with the wings. Your pictures inspire me to look for new little details every time I go to Disney and in my day to day picture taking.

  • I LOVE the Norway Pavilion. Whether it’s riding the Maelstrom or having an Aquavit Glacial shot, I always make sure to stop by when I’m traveling through the World Showcase.

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