I really wanted to kill that guard... just kidding. I had to shoot from this angle because he doesn't want me loitering in front of the shrine. I though at first tripods were not allowed because he made a triangular gesture and then crossed his arms to form an X which means "ダメ” or "Not good". So I retracted my tripod and try to shoot hand held. Then he approached me again and told me to get out of the way.
So, I moved to side, bumped up the ISO to 400, held my breath and prayed that Photomatix can handle the alignment issue.
I really hate it when you have a beautiful scene and you can't use your tripod.