Taking Aim

I was going through my exhaustive photo catalog from Tokyo Disney Sea (even six years later, I still have photos to share from my back-to-back years' trips there in 2015 and 2016), and I found this composition that caught my eye.  When I was younger, I used to take a lot of photos with a tilt to change the perspective and sometimes fit more elements into the image.  I did it often enough that it half started to become a crutch... a way to make photos stand out when they might not otherwise by compositionally interesting.  So over time, I reined in my habits and tried to keep my frames level and still retain interest through leading lines or rule of thirds or foreground / middleground / background layering.  

But every once in a while, a diagonal shot does make since, like this leading line of the cannon launching into the coastline of Mediterranean Harbor in the background.  Given that this photo was taken from Fortress Explorations, which is on the coast of Mysterious Island but technically still a part of Mediterranean Harbor, this feels fitting.  It's two sides of the same land facing each other in a sort of standoff!  And it's amusing to imagine a potential battle across the waters.

A cannon at Fortress Explorations seems to take aim at the mainland of Mediterannean Harbor.


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