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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Triangle (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Location: Jedforest Deer and Farm Park, Scotland
Date: May 9, 2005
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Nature, Animals
Date Uploaded: May 10, 2005

Crop, slight increase in intensity. Shot at a falconry with my new shiny 100-400L IS :)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 413
Avg (all users): 7.6138
Avg (commenters): 8.8958
Avg (participants): 7.1938
Avg (non-participants): 8.1308
Views since voting: 15902
Views during voting: 506
Votes: 290
Comments: 106
Favorites: 88 (view)


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11/02/2005 06:01:46 PM
Wow! That's a great shot.
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07/20/2005 07:23:32 PM
u r luck that he didnt eat u.. :P
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07/20/2005 07:23:16 PM
wow... lookz great.... really nice...nice focuz.. perfect job..congratz
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05/24/2005 10:33:03 AM
Powerful! Congratulations.
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05/24/2005 04:48:55 AM
Nice close up!
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05/23/2005 02:58:17 PM
Critique Club Comments:

First of all, the goal of photography is to "inspire", and this shot certainly does fulfill that goal.

Creativity: This is a very creative shot of a subject that has been photographed literally millions of times. The cropping and zoom are excellent.

Aesthetics: For a photograph to be compelling, it has to be something you want to look at, and keep looking at. Again, this image succeeds. I can easily see this hanging in the lobby or waiting room of a corporate office building.

Furthermore, there are no items in photograph that "don't belong" It is very common for a great shot to be reduced to an average shot, because there is something in the shot that is "distracting". The viewer can't enjoy the image, because there are one or more things in the image that are distracting. Again, no problems here. The subject is simple and clean and there are no "hot spots", dust spots, etc.

Technical Details:
Finally, you can have a great subject, perfect conditions and timing, and still end up with an average shot if you don't understand the science of photography (lighting, depth of field, etc.)

I don't see any technical issues with this shot. It is well lit and sharply focused.

Possible improvements:
If I were to play with image at all, I would try two things. First I would burn the eyes a little to see if I couldn't get some the details of the iris' to come out. Second, I would dodge the top of the beak a little to bring out the richness and contrast. I will send you a PM of these two edits as an example.

Conclusion:
Great shot. Congratulations on your first first blue ribbon.
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05/23/2005 02:59:43 AM
who the hell gave this a 1?!?
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05/22/2005 08:07:15 PM
Great impact. Love it
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05/22/2005 05:54:31 PM
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Message edited by author 2005-11-08 21:09:50.
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05/21/2005 05:38:37 PM
Originally posted by Flash:

A black and white double mat with a black metal frame would be outstanding for a wall mount. 18x18 for the frame size. Extremely nice capture. Fine detail. Well framed crop.

I wish the DOF was a bit deeper to catch the eyes, but still a new favorite.


Thanks for the tip :)
05/21/2005 05:07:55 PM
A black and white double mat with a black metal frame would be outstanding for a wall mount. 18x18 for the frame size. Extremely nice capture. Fine detail. Well framed crop.

I wish the DOF was a bit deeper to catch the eyes, but still a new favorite.
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05/21/2005 10:23:41 AM
I agree with riot. I think the compostion is perfect and adds to the overall photographic striking quality of this picture. To me, it's the perfect shot, and couldn't be improved on in any way!!! I'm still amazed by it every time I see it!!! I want to try to get a capture like this. It blows me away.

SandyP
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05/20/2005 01:13:57 PM
Originally posted by nfessel:

The squareness of the frame detracts from the nature (the type) of the subject.

Really? Because that was intentional, and supposed to enhance the drama of the triangle... hmm
05/20/2005 12:53:30 PM
The squareness of the frame detracts from the nature (the type) of the subject. With this type of subject, I'd like to see a more rounded composition with depth.

My comment is made not in terms of the challenge goals, but in terms of the general photographic quality of the subject and the manner in which it was presented (composed).

Message edited by author 2005-05-20 13:23:01.
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05/19/2005 10:56:20 AM
Awesome detail! Congrats.
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05/19/2005 09:04:56 AM
congratulations on a well deserved first ribbon and first place with this wonderful shot! Beautifully done!!
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05/19/2005 09:02:38 AM
Really super photo! Cngratulations on the ribbon!
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05/19/2005 02:47:02 AM
I like the perfect symmetry.
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05/18/2005 08:07:53 PM
a well deserved first. a real eye catcher
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05/18/2005 02:09:11 PM
I knew the instant I saw this shot that it was a winner... Incredible detail, color, composition. Stellar job! Congratulations!
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05/18/2005 12:47:59 PM
I just knew this one was going to ribbon! I am so glad it did. It is an AWESOME shot! You have some awesome work in your profile!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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05/18/2005 12:18:11 PM
Wow congrats man very very awesome!!!
:)
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05/18/2005 11:07:04 AM
Congradulations.
grate picture
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05/18/2005 09:48:38 AM
Congradulations on your blue ribbon on a great subject and shot. Van
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05/18/2005 09:29:59 AM
Big congrats on this one. The 100-400 is one of the lenses I am currently drooling over :)
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05/18/2005 08:54:58 AM
Thanks very much for the brilliant score, all of you :) I really didn't expect it to ribbon! Very pleased, and the 100-400 has paid off :)
05/18/2005 06:40:55 AM
I thought I had seen all there was to see with the "Bird head shots" but this breaks new ground...unbelievably detailed.
Great work and a worthy blue.
Congratulations.
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05/18/2005 05:24:16 AM
Great shot ...congrats on your ribbon!!!
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05/18/2005 03:00:14 AM
Talk about an advert for the 100-400L IS :) (Yeah, I love mine too ;)
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05/18/2005 02:46:47 AM
Marvelous picture!! My absolute choice for this challenge!! Congratulations!!

Message edited by author 2005-05-18 02:47:57.
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05/18/2005 02:39:44 AM
Wow! Great subject. Congrats on winning the Blue Ribbon
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05/18/2005 02:26:07 AM
Sweet shot. Sure seems to be birds-of-prey month at DPC, LOL. Congrats on the blue.
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05/18/2005 01:36:15 AM
Congrats on the blue! Great detail.
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05/18/2005 01:35:12 AM
Congratulations ! Great shot !
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05/18/2005 01:34:45 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Excellent shot. :)
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05/18/2005 01:13:23 AM
Fantastic shot! Congratulations on your first ribbon.
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05/18/2005 12:57:14 AM
My top pick all the way, congrats.
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05/18/2005 12:44:32 AM
1st time I have ever picked top place!
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05/18/2005 12:24:45 AM
Good job...great shot....congrats on the blue..
AG
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05/18/2005 12:18:05 AM
This shot blew me away when I saw it! Fantastic! Congratulations Eugene!
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05/18/2005 12:15:41 AM
Congrat's on your first ribbon! When you posted your score, I knew I was whipped. There will be no mice creeping by our monitors this week. Very nice :)
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05/18/2005 12:14:05 AM
Congrats. This to Cool!!!!......Awesome work.
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05/18/2005 12:11:59 AM
Congrats !!! Glad to see this one at the top, I really liked it. Awesome shot :-)
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05/18/2005 12:07:08 AM
Just a gorgeous shot and well deserved!!!! 10 from me too!
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05/18/2005 12:07:07 AM
10 from me, Eugene! Great detail! Many congrats on your first ribbon and the blue!
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05/18/2005 12:04:11 AM
Congratulations on your Blue!
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05/18/2005 12:01:25 AM
Fantastic image and congrats on your first ribbon...Well deserved.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/17/2005 11:42:05 PM
I think we have a winner here! very nice!!!! I recognize this from a portfolio, I think. This could make two in a row if I'm right on both accounts.
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05/17/2005 11:21:24 PM
Great shot... I would mention the light, focus, incredible sharpness, composition, etc. etc. But we both know it's all good. Good luck ! You probably don't need luck, but just in case, it would be a shame not to see this get a ribbon.
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05/17/2005 09:44:03 PM
wonderful! 10.
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05/17/2005 09:12:41 PM
Wow. To be picky, I'd like the eyes to be sharper, but... wow.
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05/17/2005 06:23:22 PM
It might be just a touch oversharpened, but this is an excellent, high quality image. I hope the triangle in this image is apparent enough to voters to give it the high score it deserves.
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05/17/2005 04:39:24 PM
Very beautiful macro, sharp with great color.
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05/17/2005 03:46:02 PM
INCREDIBLE DETAIL!! Excellent. A joy to look at. Nicely cropped.
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05/17/2005 02:09:30 PM
How the heck did you get so close to this mean bird???
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05/17/2005 01:27:11 PM
After voting on about a third of these already, this shot is by far the front runner. Excellent photo. If I had something to complain about it would be lack of a catchlight in the eyes. However, given the closeness to the bird (telephoto or not) he probably would have been pissed by a flash and bit your nose off.
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05/17/2005 09:41:23 AM
aha good.
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05/16/2005 11:36:48 PM
i dont even want to know
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05/16/2005 06:46:33 PM
Total amazment. Technically job well done. What a beautiful capture. You should win a ribbon with this one. One of my top 3. 10 from me and a new favorite.
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05/16/2005 04:04:48 PM
The detail is incredible... my pic for the blue ribbon.
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05/16/2005 01:20:34 PM
Love the crisp focus on this shot. The falcon is staring at you as if you had it's dinner perched on your lens. Colors are wonderful. One of my top 5!
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05/16/2005 11:40:25 AM
WOW - this is stunning.
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05/15/2005 10:20:17 PM
This picture is breathtaking ... the details, the triangular form made by the beak and eyes, plus the strong yellow color and fierce look of the hawk. Wow!
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05/15/2005 06:13:56 PM
Great photo. Beautiful capture of feather detail. Perfect DOF. I looks like there are some sharpening artifacts on the beak. Too bad you couldn't use advanced editing to remove them. Among my tip picks and a likely ribbon winner.
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05/15/2005 05:40:05 PM
Wow, that is just amazing. Incredible detail and color. What an awesome bird and photograph.
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05/15/2005 12:50:59 PM
Beautiful image. The symmetry is perfect, which is hard to pull off in a shot like this. Very original triangle in this one also, but I was so busy admiring the image, I forgot all about the challenge topic, for once. :)
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05/15/2005 05:38:14 AM
Awsome
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05/14/2005 07:52:45 AM
Awesome photo and capture of the triangle. Nice and clean, great color and light. 10
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05/14/2005 07:34:16 AM
Very similar to the winners of a recent challenge. Why change a winning formula? I like it.
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05/14/2005 12:19:06 AM
Wow, what a great close up! I can't wait to see the details of this shot.
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05/13/2005 06:28:59 PM
wow this one should do good. Flawless shot
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05/13/2005 01:06:49 AM
something about the beak just looks too touched up, but I love the shot.
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05/12/2005 11:53:59 PM
Just added this to my favourites, but don't know if you received my comments. Stunning. A sure winner.....
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05/12/2005 09:51:53 PM
This is so fabulous! macro made in heaven! 10
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05/12/2005 09:40:13 PM
Stunning detail..just slightly oversharpened for my taste, but I still give it a "10".
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05/12/2005 06:00:58 PM
Wow! Powerful shot. I nearly jumped out of the chair when your shot came up! Love it!
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05/12/2005 04:42:24 PM
This is maybe a crop from a bigger photo to this competion? The pic is skillfully made. The sharpness is not in eyes but it still works! My favourite to the 1st place of this competion.
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05/12/2005 02:17:47 PM
Very strong triangle fee without an actual triangle great job. I just love the richness of the colors and the increadable amount of betail you managed to capture. All around great image 8
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05/12/2005 10:38:52 AM
I LOVE this one! Great job!
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05/12/2005 09:04:19 AM
Really great shot. I love the details and the crispness of the shot.
I hope you didn't loose any feather being that up close and personal ;)
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05/12/2005 08:36:16 AM
Very nicely detailed image. I gave it a 9 and would have given it a 10 if not for some winners of free study.
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05/12/2005 07:48:38 AM
impressive!
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05/12/2005 05:23:05 AM
Wow! Incredible shot. What a cool perspective. The detail is amazing. I really like this.
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05/11/2005 09:53:01 PM
i like it!
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05/11/2005 05:56:34 PM
Wow! no words, just.. WOW
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05/11/2005 05:05:58 PM
Nice close-up!
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05/11/2005 01:53:52 PM
Absolutely awesome. Great lines, crisp details, beautiful colors. Wow.
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05/11/2005 01:24:33 PM
yep - ribbons gone -- to you. i am going to unsubmit and will check in the next challenge ;)
what camera/lens did you use for this one?
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05/11/2005 01:07:10 PM
Oh Wow!!! How awesome is THAT!!! The sharpness is nothing short of amazing! Since the dpChallenge voters seems to be having a thing about birds lately (including me :), I have a feeling you are going to be right in position for a ribbon with this shot. I absolutely love it! Here is probably one of many 10's :)
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05/11/2005 01:04:52 PM
Awesome! A lot of nice bird pictures lately.
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05/11/2005 12:58:13 PM
Beautifull.... love it
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05/11/2005 12:37:28 PM
VERY Nice! 10
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05/11/2005 11:44:30 AM
WOW! I feel like lunch. 10
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05/11/2005 11:42:54 AM
Absolutely gorgeous shot! I can't believe how close up & detailed this is! I've given out very few 10s, but this is certainly worthy! Outstanding job! (10)
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05/11/2005 11:15:30 AM
Oh pretty.
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05/11/2005 10:57:55 AM
i would have liked the eyes to be a little sharper more DOF great color nice pic
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05/11/2005 10:37:12 AM
great macro, however a bit over sharpened, and the eyes fade into the background thus. -5
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05/11/2005 10:19:01 AM
For an animal or bird-related challenge, I would have given this shot a 9 or 10, for the triangle challenge, it just doesn't really work for me. Great shot of the bird!
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05/11/2005 10:03:39 AM
This will do well, especially considering the nature of DPC. I like this a lot, congratulations on a top capture. This is an 8 for me, although I don't really like the subject I think this is a great shot nonetheless. Nice one.

Alex
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05/11/2005 09:53:23 AM
THis is a nice iamge. I really liek the detail and the line seen in this image. Nice work.
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05/11/2005 07:58:53 AM
Very nice! Love those eyes!
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05/11/2005 05:44:22 AM
great photo
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05/11/2005 04:59:51 AM
Impressive details on the plumage! Wonderful capture! :)
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05/11/2005 01:16:47 AM
a probablr winner. Good job
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05/11/2005 12:49:47 AM
Top 5, if not a ribbon
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05/11/2005 12:23:31 AM
Absolutely stunning! Almost too close for me...would like to see more above eyes. But that's trivial to this beautiful shot.
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