Beer distorts more than your thoughts

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 05 2010

Category: china

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Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80

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How interesting an object can become if placed in the right spot.  We see the uniformity of windows and structure that comes with high rises that dominate certain parts of the Shanghai skyline.  Then we see that uniformity compressed into a bottle of beer, distorted by its contours and transparency.

This was shot on my deck in my dorm in Shanghai.  In an effort to shoot at least something every day, I often found myself out here, shooting rooftops, the skyline, my bike, whatever I could find really. Shooting beer is all fun and games until you aren’t careful about it and something bad happens. If you don’t plan out your beer shooting carefully, you may wind up in a big mess… In this case, the bottle was baaaarely steady there, and a slight breeze rolled it inward (thankfully), where it fell ever so gracefully onto a tile floor, breaking and … well, making my deck a big mess. Yes, there are parallels between shooting beer, and … doing other stuff with it.

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