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Asahi Beer Building [A.K.A. Unci Biru]; Asakusa, Tokyo

My wife and I passed this place on our walk yesterday and I couldn't help myself..... just had to get the wide angle out and take a few shots. It's been ages since I shot pics of this building with any seriousness. Last time was in 2002 with a 6x9cm Fuji rangefinder camera.

The Tokina 11-16mm worked really well here I think. The DR-6 right-angle viewfinder is great for this kind of 'looking straight up' sort of work. Much easier on the neck and I find that I often see new angles on things by using it on vertical subjects.

For those of you who dont know the building with the large golden thing on the top, it's the headquarters of the Asahi Beer company and was designed by product designer, Philippe Starck. The place has become colloquially known as 'Unci Biru' or Pooh Beer, for the large golden turd on the roof.

It was meant to be the froth of the beer coming out the top of the glass. Well, nice try Philippe..... it certainly is one of the most striking buildings in town.

This is an HDR image, made from one RAW file which was split into five separate images, spaced 2stops apart. Blended in Photomatix 2.5.4.

Nikon D300

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8

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