A hazy view at Kuala Lumpur while the API (Air Pollutant Index) reading is under unheathy level and nearly very unheathy level. The open air burning of crop remnants at Sumantera Indonesia is the source of haze. Haze always lead to cough, sore throat, sniveling and even Asthma outburst and death. In above photo we can see some poeple are wearing mask to against the haze. Thousand of schools are shut down and some of the districts are declared under emergency while the situation is worst.
Recently the API reading at my homecity is among moderate to unhealthy level. Since two days ago the haze seem coming back and we are worry.
* Link to : Air Pollutant Index Malaysia- up to date
Related news : Malaysia smog level hits 16-year high 24/06/2013
Haze is traditionally an atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and other dry particles obscure the clarity of the sky. The World Meteorological Organization manual of codes includes a classification of horizontal obscuration into categories of fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, haze, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand and snow. Sources for haze particles include farming (ploughing in dry weather), traffic, industry, and wildfires.
Seen from afar (e.g. approaching airplane) and depending upon the direction of view with respect to the sun, haze may appear brownish or bluish, while mist tends to be bluish-grey. Whereas haze often is thought of as a phenomenon of dry air, mist formation is a phenomenon of humid air. However, haze particles may act as condensation nuclei for the subsequent formation of mist droplets; such forms of haze are known as "wet haze."
Haze often occurs when dust and smoke particles accumulate in relatively dry air. When weather conditions block the dispersal of smoke and other pollutants they concentrate and form a usually low-hanging shroud that impairs visibility and may become a respiratory health threat. Industrial pollution can result in dense haze, which is known as smog.
Since 1991, haze has been a particularly acute problem in Southeast Asia, Indonesian forest fires burnt to clear land being the reason. In response to the 1997 Southeast Asian haze, the ASEAN countries agreed on a Regional Haze Action Plan (1997). In 2002, all ASEAN countries except Indonesia signed the Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution, but the pollution is still a problem today. Under the agreement the ASEAN secretariat hosts a co-ordination and support unit.
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psamaddar (1089) 2013-07-21 21:24
Nice capture. Good clarity and presentation of the subject. Nicely framed.Liked the POV
drt100 (2095) 2013-07-21 21:25
Very good scene of daily life in Malaysia. Good timing to catch the train coming. Your vantage point is great!
williewhistler (16372) 2013-07-21 23:09
With the people wearing masks and the incoming train shrouded in fog this appears almost as a scene from a horror movie.
The bright red lights and hoardings provide a perfect contrast to the rest of the scene.
Very well composed and framed it`s a fine piece of photography that carries a powerful message.
Best wishes Les.
papagolf21 (99586) 2013-07-21 23:44
Bonjour, chère Ally,
La photo (très réussie) parle d'elle-même, la note très intéressante permet de mieux comprendre le pourquoi du comment.
La réussite photographique est excellente.
Très bonne journée.
danos (96688) 2013-07-22 0:25
Welcome to the site after your long absence with this documentary shot from the capital,with the air pollution to be so high and to creates problems with the health of the citizens.Informative your note as well.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-22 4:45
a nice and timely presentation Ally. It is a very common problem in many towns of India too. Your composed your shot nicely. Like the lines at middle. The lady with musk is positioned nicely. Excellent light and depth. Like the background haze (may be due to AP). Overall a very good one. Tfs.
pierrefonds (65244) 2013-07-22 5:03
THe curve of the rail tracks is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the train arriving at the station, The haze has a special effect on the colours. Have a nice day.
serp2000 (43792) 2013-07-22 6:11
Good journalist work! Yes, this is the Global problem today. Excellent composition, good perspective (if I can say it here ;) ) Very informative note! TFS!
bayno (18344) 2013-07-22 8:06
yes this is a very very big global problem...tha man is crazy, they don't understand that the air, the water, is the most important think for the life,
nice reportage, i like the compo...just the lag in the woman in FG, nice tones, nice dinamysm, good dept and details,
adramad (44798) 2013-07-22 9:27
Magnificent perspective these curves that disappear into the great fog, high pollution certainly, as I see through the masks people wear. The rails also give a sensational graphics.
Very good also the brightness and the sharpness of the composition.
Have a good day.
abmdsudi (52963) 2013-07-22 9:42
Welcome back after three months, Apa kahbar!
For a few days, Singapore too nearly came to almost stand still due do thick smoke pollution coming from burning oil palm plantation from our neighbouring country across the straits. The level of psi in your shot could easily reads 70-100, it made me stop and think about what they are doing to the environment and it has become a source of concern for the whole of SEA.
However the story seems the same every year and Profit rules whatever the cost, a picture as a reminder of how they are allowing our world to be destroyed but people will always pay for their greed in the end. As a combined story & photo it makes a good piece of photo journalism. You shot says a lot. Very well done.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-07-23 2:51
This is a wonderful shot Ally. The composition with the snaking railway line and hazy distant details is excellent. The FG detail and figures wearing masks illustrates the problems encountered by the smog very well. Warm regards Rosemary
mirosu (16041) 2013-07-24 21:22
Nice to see your new photo, after long silent time. You have touched very actual subject. Everybody must be very worrier about this serious issue. How to survive without clean air. You have captured it very well. Hope that the situation will improve. Wish you a very nice day. Greetings Miro
kordinator (20511) 2013-07-26 0:18
Nice captured scene.
Good clarity and presentation of the subject.
Interesting text you written.
tomi1 (2218) 2013-07-26 7:13
I may imagine how afflitive must be living with the pollution. I think the authorities must acted over it. Another radical measure simply to leave the place. But to the ones who have their jobs is impossible. I hate such air pollution and remember an industrial city called Barreiro near Lisbon. I never go there. Meanwhile to reach there I have to cross the river Tejo. The railways remember me the accident in Spain. I was to Santiago de Compustela by car. Once in a tour by bus visted for some hours La Corunha. But the city they also talk as destination of the train is Ferrol. I still had in aim to go there because It is a seaside city. I already could see images of it. In thruth in my opinion I do not agree with the transport over rails. I think the suspended magnetic trains are much safer. When I worked in Germany they were in preparations to build a line between Berlin and Hamburg. I hope the humanity take better conclusions aiming future. But was stupid in this accident was the speed in excess, not allowed! The same happens in the roads with cars no respecting. I think it was better to an island with donkeys. So ofthen I think what men will do as transports in Mars. One thing I am aware speed should be decreased in every transports. But if you go slowly at the road and car cannot overcome you the driver begans to rise arms calling names etc... A strict police and cameras should be everywhere. When I drive my car 80 or 90 Km is quite a nice speed and why other pass at 180 km or more. In the highroads it is allowed to speed at 120 Km. But if you go at 130 Km police may ignore the fact. They worry with anormal speeds. This a reason I keep so long without go anywhere prefering the travels by plane. Warm regards. Tomi
Kielia (24077) 2013-07-26 9:18
this is a very well composed impression of daily life and living conditions! You have captured this awful scenery excellently and the accompanying note is also very informative. This is a contribution in the best spirit of learning about the world!
jmdias (63350) 2013-07-29 17:45
very nice image. I liked the precious framing catching the waves of the rails, the personages and the details around. nice view, full of meaning and life.
macjake (66972) 2013-08-01 3:31
its so nice to see you back posting new photos :)
I know that the haze is bad, but for this photo it turned out pretty good.
the haze can be clearly seen, and it adds to the interest of the scene.
Love the long winding S curve, the red hand bag on the left, the lady on the right, and the architecture.
lots of interesting elements here.
gervaso (12957) 2013-08-30 5:23
It's a problem of each big city in the world, but in spite of that, this unhealthy air gave an interesting atmosphere to the picture with this fog. Very good picture and denunciation! Excellent job!
ikeharel (69765) 2013-10-07 2:24
Good evening Ally,
I was drawn to look at this because of the title, an intriguing one.
Time on the clock show evening, and assuming after a full day's work on factories and no air movement - the town had been "lucked" under the grey haze "blanket".
Pitty, but a good view of the subject of this photo. The WS as well shown. RR station by itself an interesting object for photography.
PaulVDV (28215) 2013-11-10 10:43
Good documentary photograph. Hopefully the problem no longer repeats itself.
You've composed and framed this picture in an wonderful way. If the situation had not been so dramatic, this image would be an excellent representation of urban life in KL.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Ally Theanlyn (shevchenko) (20390)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Event
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-21 20:00