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Smoke Signals
Photograph by Bob Sacha

Toxic sulfur dioxide and other pollutants billow into China's atmosphere from plants such as this coal-powered ironworks in Pianguan. For the bulk of its energy China relies on coal, a leading source of acid rain and pollution. Indoor and outdoor air quality is so bad that the World Bank estimates that more than a quarter of a million deaths each year could be avoided if China succeeded in its pollution control efforts.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon A2
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 17-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/11
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: I used a split-field neutral density filter to make the sky record on film.


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