I haven’t posted for Weekly Photo Challenge for a while and it’s really great to be back. This week’s challenge is “One Shot, Two Ways” and the idea is to shoot the same location in both landscape and portrait orientations. It actually reminds me one of the recent shooting experience in Hokkaido and so I did not need to spend too much time to think which one to post.
Lake Akan is an hot spring area in central Hokkaido. Maybe because it is summer and so not a lot of people do bathing in hot spring, the place was extremely quiet. We stayed there for one night only and as we stepped into the hotel room, we were stunned by the nice view of the lake. We had a similar experience when we were in Dubrovnik (See this post) but there was a little difference: In Dubrovnik we were treated by the grandness of the Adriatic Sea but here in Lake Akan since it is just a lake, we could see the “boundaries” (mainly mountains) as well which makes the scenery a bit more “complete”.
The most obvious orientation for this scene is landscape (and that’s why it’s called landscape!). However when I saw the small pier at the right, I thought a portrait would work as well. While the landscape picture gives better a reflection of what I was seeing at that moment, the portrait one gives me the feeling that I was at the pier and ready to sail into the lake.