This was taken near Nhon My, Cho Moi on the Bassac River which is part of the Mekong Delta in An Giang Province.
The Mekong Delta (approx. 39,000 sq. km)is in Southwestern Vietnam where a network of distributaries carry the water to the open sea. It is an important biosphere but also an essential part of life in this area being both transport arteries and a source of fish. This brickworks was a bit of a blot on the landscape and the black smoke choking the air was not the most idyllic part of the all day speedboat trip we took from Vietnam to Cambodia. There were brickworks all along this river bank and an important source of building material.
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serp2000 (43818) 2012-11-26 3:07
Very interesting report. It reminds me a scene from some movie about England of XIX century. Attractive composition. TFS!
tyro (24408) 2012-11-26 3:07
Perhaps not the most beautiful sight which you beheld on your Vietnam/Cambodia trip, but nonetheless a very fine photograph of this rather ramshackle heavy industrial centre.
I suppose we have forgotten quite what it was like in Britain when there was heavy pollution from coal-fired heavy industry with thick smog through which you could barely find your way along a street. I can just remember it from my early schooldays near Liverpool.
The plumes of thick black smoke dominate the skyline here and everything has a somewhat grimy appearance to it, lifted just a little by the piles of red bricks and the clear blue sky right at the top of the picture.
Lovely colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness.
P.S. Did you get my email about Photoshop Elements 11?
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-11-26 3:49
Hello Ann - How refreshing it is to see an 'untypical' photograph of Vietnam. The shot confirms the importance of river transport in the country but rather than the romantic look of fishing boats or floating markets we see the nitty-gritty of manufacturing (where health and safety are not high on the agenda!) I like the composition where the splashes of orange bring relief to the overall industrial greyness and the smoke wafts on the breeze. Top marks for originality! Warm regards Rosemary
Nard (6972) 2012-11-26 4:04
Very nice report picture. A place as we don't really like to see but it is necessary to show. Concerning the composition I like how that increases the dramatical atmosphere with the grey colors, the misty sky and the dark smoke.
Nicou (140154) 2012-11-26 4:53
quelle scène et compo sueprbe avec le bâteau qui navigue et passe devant ces grosse cheminées qui fume et crache une sueprbe iamge industrielle mangigique.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2012-11-26 4:57
a glimpse of another world and one I suppose we had here in the UK many years ago. It is evocative, compelling and strangely fascinating. Captured superbly and a thought provoking presentation.
Have a great week - regards Brian.
dta (77165) 2012-11-26 5:03
Hello Ann ,
This is an excellent composition , but more than that , a very interesting picture . The industrial development in some countries today is as it was , many decades ago , in our western Europe . With all the dark smokes and pollutions ...
Sergiom (77485) 2012-11-26 5:36
J'aime beaucoup la construction de cette image. Le point de vue est excellent et on voit qu'il y a beaucoup de travail à faire pour enrayer la pollution dans ce pays.
holmertz (51264) 2012-11-26 7:13
This is a very beautiful view... No, I was just joking, it looks horrible but it's a good photo and very interesting. Unfortunately there are lots of terrible and ugly factories of all kinds in Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh and a lot of other countries where people work for almost nothing while at the same time destroying the environment. Some of it benefits customers in our part of the world.
Thanks for sharing this dark side of the beautiful tourist destination.
saxo042 (37794) 2012-11-26 8:14
There are some very good colours here, especially the bright line of orange bricks along the river. There are also interesting angles of the roofs that contribute to the pleasant composition. But the otherwise, this is quite an ugly scene. Still a good picture!
TopGeo (38216) 2012-11-26 9:05
Hello An... Nhon My, Cho Moi on the Bassac Riveris a wonderful place! Stunning idea and characteristic architecture and so much to see and learn. I enjoy reading your notes on the shots, they are always so informative. I like this high POV to capture the daily scene with so much strong contrast
yquem46 (38750) 2012-11-26 13:34
Not quite the most touristic spot but an excellent realistic daily life shot
Have a nice evening
mesutilgim (94610) 2012-11-27 0:15
Very nice capture of this traditional brick manufactures in Vietnam.
Good pov and good layout. The black smokes adds a very special accent to this capture. Nice framing, good notes.
TFS and best regards
Glint (6171) 2012-11-27 8:11
this is like looking at a scene set in Victorian times:the dirt, the dust and no doubt the dangerous working conditions. Interesting though and it makes me glad that we are post industrial. Well composed with the chimney on the thirds line and a good exposure.
jacquest (18927) 2012-11-27 8:41
This is a good documentary image with a well chosen POV. The thick black smoke is a reminder of a past era in our countries. I have seen brick factories here many times when I was young, which is long time ago, and they just looked like this. Thank you for sharing.
bukitgolfb301 (41084) 2012-11-27 13:41
Hi dear Ann
Another great and impressive shot with wonderful normal focus appraoch! Perfcet composition via well consideration by using smoke flow effectively.
Marvelous tasteful color coordination of each component.
Thanks a lot for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from cold and windy Tokyo
kasianowak (8743) 2012-11-28 7:10
Very interesting photo showing the less beautiful side of travel but nonetheless important, I like the way you used the rule of thirds here with the sky and the smoke dominating the upper two thirds, a bit like landscape photographers include a bit of land and a lot of clouds. Powerful shot.
ktanska (27338) 2012-11-28 10:44
Nice to see less touristy view of local industry. That smoke looks heavy! Somehow the lack of organisation makes this look charming in my eyes. I wish that boat was less connected to the background though.
siolaw (38292) 2012-11-28 22:39
Good to show not only the beauty of some places, as there is often a darker side... Here the area seems to be very polluted! Interesting view of the factory!
wolf38 (31296) 2012-11-29 23:37
Hi Ann. A photo from the world of work. Everything looks realistic and authentic. The smoke from the chimneys gives the photo dynamics. The theme of bricks is very interesting. You could turn this into a series. Rgds, Wolfgang.
risblis (331) 2012-11-30 1:29
Hi Ann, great photo of everyday life in delta. Nicely caught atmosphere. Congrats! Boris
gildasjan (43442) 2012-12-01 2:00
Une image très bien réalisée.Il est impressionnant de voir toutes ces fumées noires très polluantes.
adores (45029) 2012-12-01 15:50
Necessary for them to live, but what a terrible view in such a beautiful river! I like the photo! - the composition is really good, with the boats and the factory, with the dark smoke coming from the chimneys - many people earn a living thanks to the Mekong! A really different photo of Vietnam, for sure, and a good one!
Angshu (56750) 2012-12-03 21:05
Not the prettiest pictures to see, but brick kilns are there a pleanty in our country as well...lining up the rivers. This is a scene where you show the tin makeshift buildings, wooden tug boats & the spewing smoke...surely not one of the best places to stay in. You have depicted the reality well in this documentary shot
kato (11630) 2012-12-06 6:16
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the river which became muddy in Mekong Delta and the huge brick factory to which black smoke has come out from the chimney. From this photograph, the characteristic spectacle of the country in the process into which economy is developed can be found out. The photograph with strong impact!
macjake (67126) 2012-12-08 14:34
a very interesting side of the city.
I'm sure you will never see this in a postcard in the toursity areas! haha
but I love it!
love the industrial sides of cities (i'm crazy i know)
For example...just coming back from Hawaii, i wanted to see the industrial areas of the island which are on the West - but they are almost impossible to access because the government doesn't allow tourist roads leading there! I could only see it from the airplane.
I can't help but wonder about the quality of the fish in this river...do you know?
looks pretty brown to me.
but i love the shot for its rustic nature and true cultural feel.
excellent scene you captured.
mkamionka (35936) 2012-12-17 2:40
amazing capture. It reminds me a bit Middlesbrough :)
I have a similar view through the window at work: view of some chemical installations sending tons of something into the air. But I am not allowed to photograph it.
As sad as it is you have presented it very well with an amazing atmosphere.
Very well done,
unclehotshot (3999) 2015-05-04 6:08
That's a great shot. The smoke and the industrial site is interesting and aestetic in that ugly-fascinating-nice way.
You seem to have a keen eye for that kind of "different" way of beautiful. Grand compo and colors
- Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) (21813)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-31
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation
- Exposure: f/9.5, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bricks [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-26 1:50
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