Photography: Tour de Vanoise- One shot, Two ways

Exactly a year ago today I was on a seven-day hiking trip through Vanoise National Park in the French Alps. It was a fabulous trip through gorgeous terrain with postcard perfect views every step along the way. The trek was not overly difficult as we averaged around 6-8 hours of moderate hiking each day. Yet the scenery of Vanoise National Park was utterly stunning, and the meals at the end of the day along with the delightful Vin de Savoie and rich French cheese were equally wonderful.

During my seven-day hike, I took over a thousand photos mostly of the magnificent landscape surrounding me. I have documented each step of the way in my blog series here. However, I was inspired to take a look at the photos today once more in honor of the Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, Two ways. The objective of the photo challenge is to explore the same shot in two different ways, one horizontal and the other vertical. Piece of cake, right? Well, actually I realized that out of all one thousand pictures I only had seven shot vertically. I couldn’t believe I’d ignored simply twisting my camera and exploring vertical shots. It has opened my eyes that I have much to learn about photography.

For this photo challenge, I took the seven identical shots I have in my collection and reworked them a bit using Snapseed’s dramatic filter to change the feel to the photo. I’d be curious to know which photos you prefer. It has been fun to relive this wonderful trip! It also gives me that well-known itch to wander and put on my hiking boots which thankfully I will be doing in less than three months as I head to Bolivia this October to give the Andes a whirl.

Tour de Vanoise: One Shot, Two Ways

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

“Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better” – Albert Camus

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

“The real happiness of life is to enjoy the present, without any anxious dependence upon the future.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun”. – Katherine Hepburn 

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

Vanoise National Park

Vanoise National Park

“I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind”. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Vanoise National Park
Vanoise National Park

“Life without liberty is like the body without spirit”.  – Kahlil Gibran

Tour de Vanoise

Vanoise National Park

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways.  To view more entries, click here


  1. Ben

    I very rarely take portrait photos either, so many missed opportunities! I think in most of your shots I prefer the vertical orientation, especially the one with the rags hanging up. Great shots!

  2. Astonishing photos as usual Nicole, and perfect selection of the format for each one Especially, the prayers blowing against the blue sky and the mountains in the background (my favourites); they tell a whole story.

  3. What an amazing project. Those photos capture the essence of the land. Great work in honouring the beauty of the landscape, something so difficult to do. I had mixed ideas on which versions were the best for each.
    The 1st Photo: i loved the the first version.
    2nd Photo: The 2nd version with all its drama. Just breathtaking,
    3rd Photo: Just something about the 2nd version that grabs my eye. The dramatic detail, or the interest in a photo of a landscape taken in Portrait?
    4th Photo: The vibrant colours of the 1st image are amazing,
    5th Photo: I love the 2nd image, the detail is amazing,
    6th Photo: The 2nd one, the composition is intriguing and speaks volumes of the area,
    7th Photo: The 2nd one, The detail on that roof is impressive.
    Great images well done. What an interesting project. I will have to get involved in these photo challenges. Thank you for sharing your photography, i really enjoyed looking through them.

    • Wow, thank you so much for the comment and all your thoughts on my photos! I really appreciate it! So nice of you to take the time and give me such great feedback! 🙂

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  9. Great photos, and awesome editing! My favorites were the 4th, 5th and 12th.It was unexpected to see the prayer flags in the Alps. I thought they were Buddhist prayer flags and have seen them in the Himalayas. Also, did you notice the dark spot on the mountains in the bottom left corner of the 4th photo… looks like a shadow of a warrior!

    • Thanks so much! Never thought about the shadow of a warrior but yes it does look like one! Love how other people point new things out of a photo I’ve taken, especially when it is something I’ve never noticed! 🙂

  10. Nicole, some work better in portrait format and others landscape. It depends on the composition. I always try and take a variety of shots and choose the best. I think here your portrait shot of the prayer flags works really well and has more impact as does the following image of the stone houses. Some gorgeous shots! It’s definitely worth experimenting!

    • Thanks Lucy! I think I am always in a hurry while traveling and tend to do what is easiest and natural, meaning not turning the camera to shoot vertically. I do agree that these two photos look best this way. I hope to someday pay more attention while snapping!!! Lots to learn! 🙂

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