Look, The USS Torsk!

Happy Monday, everyone! What a whirlwind week and weekend it has been. Several business opportunities and an Eastern Shore travel trip have kept me away from the online life for a few days. I have some catching up to do in terms of site visits and other online activities but I first want to thank everyone for coming by and supporting this site while I was away.

In terms of new business, I hope to break some news here in the not-so-distant future. For now however, let's move on to today's image.

We often hear of the many do's and don'ts of photography and why it is important to follow these tips and general rules. But there are times when we may be tempted to break the rules and go more radically in a creative direction. Take today's image of the USS Torsk for instance. I have chosen to completely ignore the "rule of thirds" here in order to include some other elements into the frame that I thought were important to my goal of showing this historic submarine in a manner not seen before. Yes, rules are created to guide and assist us and with great result more times than not. Then there are those times of exception.

Look, The USS Torsk
Look, The USS Torsk

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Docked outside the Baltimore Maritime Museum, this "Galloping ghost of the Japanese coast" (nickname) saw service in 1944 and 1945. It resides in this harbor among other historic ships like the Taney and Constellation. You can read more about it's history here, but back to that "rule of thirds". Do you strictly follow this rule or sometimes create compositions that ignore it completely?

USS Torks - Rule of Thirds Grid
USS Torks - Rule of Thirds Grid

As you can see, the target of this image is located in the top 1/3rd of the frame but I've used the pier posts to lead the way.

My vantage point was from the base of the World Trade Center, as seen on the shot position map below.

USS Torsk shot position
USS Torsk shot position

Thank you for visiting and I look forward to some of your comments below.

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