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From Green to Gold
Photograph by Bob Sacha

With geometric precision, workers spread leaves on the tile floor of the fermenting room at a tea factory in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. In the cool, humid room the leaves ferment, developing complex flavors and changing color—from bright green to deep amber and dark brown. A million people make their living in India's tea industry; exports alone are worth about a half-billion dollars annually.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon 10D
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 15mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/3 @ f/4.5
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Natural light


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