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I was on a ferry, travelling from Cheung Chau island back to Hong Kong mainland.
Feeling bored, I decided to take a window seat. I then noticed the sky was growing dark, with gathering clouds.
In the distance is a multitude of industrial chimneys, rising high, like matchsticks on the far horizon.
As I recalled Jude and Craig having phenomenal picture of smoke stacks, I was hoping to see volumes of smoke from those chimneys.
Perhaps also a sweep of wind, leaving smoky trail and in turn creating a photographic emulsion.
Putting my "sinful" thought away, I took what I called a smoke-free shot.
Soon I was glad to see a clearer sky ahead and the disappearing dark clouds.
I knew at that moment it would be a better day tomorrow :-)

(Treatment inspired by DJ Wixx. Please click here for the entire gallery ~ the traveller.)

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Guest 25-Jan-2008 04:50
Maybe these smoke stacks are the ones making the clouds, and some higher power controls the level, and turn them on when the sky becomes too blue! ;-)
Guest 03-Nov-2007 01:34
Incredible composition!!
Guest 29-Oct-2006 02:25
Wow this is good
Guest 28-Oct-2006 08:30
This is a beautiful shot
Guest 25-Jul-2006 22:09
The "natural" smoke fits so well Al...
Guest 10-Jul-2006 13:59
Guest 27-Jun-2006 07:18
Nice and moody abstraction. Like it a lot.
Guest 26-Jun-2006 11:39
The photo is a good classic - but my favorite part was your charming description of the moment... :)
Guest 25-Jun-2006 17:35
V great shot
Guest 24-Jun-2006 18:52
what mood it makes... lovely!
Guest 24-Jun-2006 15:54
I like the mood here ...and the caption.
Rob Rosetti24-Jun-2006 14:25
Marvelous atmosphere! Love the grain that adds an analog feeling. A big vote Ai Li. Bravo! Roberto
Stu24-Jun-2006 12:31
Beautiful. Really enjoying this gallery's development
type24-Jun-2006 11:27
Incredibly dramatic, Al. The b & w, high contrast and grain are so perfect for the starkness of the subject. Your photography is coming on so much, it's great to watch. V.
Guest 24-Jun-2006 07:56
This is great just as it is - voted
ltolksdorf24-Jun-2006 05:50
Beautiful b&w and atmosphere, very interesting to look at. V
david procter24-Jun-2006 02:30
Its amazing how clouds can take on the form of grimy black smoke when all they hold is rain. The treatment really drives this industrial scene. The black stacks stand so strong against all that movement. well done al li
Guest 24-Jun-2006 01:55
This is an awesome shot. Love the composition of keeping the towers low and right and letting the sky do the rest. I remeber the same images of smoke stacks from Jude and Craig. This is worthy of comparison. The low key treatment fills in for the lack of smoke. Great work. V
Craig Persel23-Jun-2006 23:07
An amazing apocalyptic image. Perfectly composed and treated. Vote.
fred_il23-Jun-2006 21:42
Great picture!
Kathy Pedersen23-Jun-2006 21:04
Such a pleasure to read your thoughts on this amazing image. The smoke would have made a nice shot, however, smoke free is the best and this image is proof! voted
Guest 23-Jun-2006 20:49
this would take pride of place in my bw gallery.what a moving commentary that goes so well with the pimage. Love it. Vote
Guest 23-Jun-2006 20:15
Nice image -
Antonis Sarantos23-Jun-2006 18:56
Excellent industrial landscaoe, great treatment as well!
b-w studio23-Jun-2006 18:02
Very nice atmosphere.
Guenter Eh23-Jun-2006 17:51
Your description to your pictures are as worth as your works itself! This is an impressiv industrial scape and as well an expressiv perfectly done b*w work.
Again - it`s a joy day by day to see your works! Thanks for sharing and inspiring Ai Li!
Guest 23-Jun-2006 17:11
Beautiful shot!
Graham Tomlin23-Jun-2006 16:19
very good regards Helen
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