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Forbearing with a Heart of a Rebel
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HighNooner


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Challenge: Free Study 2011-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-60D
Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
Date: Jul 27, 2011
Aperture: 5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/6400
Galleries: Portraiture, Animals
Date Uploaded: Jul 29, 2011

Thanks to you all for the very kind words and the votes, and I like to share with you the procedure while and after shooting.
First, being able to use ISO as high as 800 on my 60D really helped my 100-400 mm lens in performing much better not only in this photo, but in overall performance.
Second, I noticed that a shutter speeds even as fast as 1/640 or 1/800 were not enough to stop some local muscles’ movements on the horse so I decided to go as high as 1/6400
Third, I used “spot” light metering and introduced about half a stop more of light for the horse being white.
Fourth, Color temperature was set at 5200 Kelvin and I shot in RAW
In Light Room I zeroed out all values and curves and exported few times changing only the exposure value
I used 0, -3 and 3 for the exposures. You can use 0,-1,-2, 1, 2 as many as you want, Then
moved the exported files to Photomatix and did an HDR exercise; but one of the default program’s values worked well with no tweaking.
Took the photo to Photoshop and blurred the already blurred background just a little bit more.
Oh, in Light Room all values were zeroed out except for a value of about 75 on the noise reduction, and I do the cropping in Light Room
Thanks again

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 343
Avg (all users): 7.3987
Avg (commenters): 8.6333
Avg (participants): 7.4400
Avg (non-participants): 7.2424
Views since voting: 6305
Views during voting: 357
Votes: 158
Comments: 99
Favorites: 48 (view)


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08/14/2011 06:04:33 AM
Well, I am back again too. Nobody mentioned the pose that you have decided to go with - it is if the horse was very shy, a great choice. It emphasizes the innocence and strength at the same time. I am also back to say that I am very pleased you posted the "how to" notes. I am a big fan of photomatix, it brings out the color and the detail so well! You reminded me that for the single image toning creating virtual copies at +-x works very well (I also use Lightroom). Thanks! Good luck with the competition!
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08/13/2011 02:40:43 PM
fantastic !!!!!!
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08/13/2011 01:10:28 PM
Sheesh, I'm back again to look at this...it's just so amazing, and I definitely feel some kind of emotional connection to it...maybe because I have always loved horses so much. I LOVE this, one of the finest photographs I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. Ordering a print is definitely on my list at this point, I don't think I will be satisfied unless I can look at this all the time.
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08/10/2011 08:08:42 PM
I just adore this photo, a job so well done!!
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08/10/2011 07:18:15 PM
well done. amazing capture
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08/10/2011 03:20:23 PM
Absolutely something out of a fairy tale or a fantasy - amazing! Many congrats on such a worthy win.
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08/10/2011 01:25:49 PM
so very fairytale. the peach tones are perfect. congratulations!
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08/10/2011 09:43:23 AM
This is so good it looks fake. Really amazing work.
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08/09/2011 10:37:18 PM
My mouth hit the floor the first time I saw this, and now I can't stop coming back to it. It's just that good. Congrats on winning, I knew it would. Very well done. And it makes me smile too. (-:
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08/09/2011 01:55:08 PM
congratulation my pro ...what could I say to a great teacher ..!!!
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08/09/2011 01:25:48 PM
Originally posted by sherpet:

I struggle every single day but saw this photo a few days ago and was drawn to it immediately...TODAY I HAD TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK and so glad I did I LOVE IT It is my favorite ANIMAL photo here at DPC for this year by far, Actually my Favorite ANIMAL PHOTO EVER.... THANK YOU for bringing some joy to my life. From shez


That's what all this should be about. Making a positive difference in somebody's life and you did it, Tareq! Congratulations!
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08/09/2011 11:54:25 AM
Originally posted by sherpet:

I struggle every single day but saw this photo a few days ago and was drawn to it immediately...TODAY I HAD TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK and so glad I did I LOVE IT It is my favorite ANIMAL photo here at DPC for this year by far, Actually my Favorite ANIMAL PHOTO EVER.... THANK YOU for bringing some joy to my life. From shez

Originally posted by HighNooner:

Originally posted by sherpet:

Like everyone has said this is a STUNNING PHOTO of a HORSE.and I lould love to see this in canvas in a BIG format LOVE the detail and textures...STUNNING as I said thank you so much for sharing this and it so deserved the BLUE from shez


I am so honored and glad you liked it. And was just wondering how you been?

Thanks

Tareq


I can do better! I will send you a print of it. Email me your address and I will order a print through DPC prints as soon as I order mine.
08/09/2011 11:48:51 AM
I struggle every single day but saw this photo a few days ago and was drawn to it immediately...TODAY I HAD TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK and so glad I did I LOVE IT It is my favorite ANIMAL photo here at DPC for this year by far, Actually my Favorite ANIMAL PHOTO EVER.... THANK YOU for bringing some joy to my life. From shez

Originally posted by HighNooner:

Originally posted by sherpet:

Like everyone has said this is a STUNNING PHOTO of a HORSE.and I lould love to see this in canvas in a BIG format LOVE the detail and textures...STUNNING as I said thank you so much for sharing this and it so deserved the BLUE from shez


I am so honored and glad you liked it. And was just wondering how you been?

Thanks

Tareq
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08/09/2011 11:43:21 AM
Originally posted by sherpet:

Like everyone has said this is a STUNNING PHOTO of a HORSE.and I lould love to see this in canvas in a BIG format LOVE the detail and textures...STUNNING as I said thank you so much for sharing this and it so deserved the BLUE from shez


I am so honored and glad you liked it. And was just wondering how you been?

Thanks

Tareq
08/09/2011 11:33:13 AM
Like everyone has said this is a STUNNING PHOTO of a HORSE.and I lould love to see this in canvas in a BIG format LOVE the detail and textures...STUNNING as I said thank you so much for sharing this and it so deserved the BLUE from shez
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08/09/2011 11:31:19 AM
Beautiful!
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08/09/2011 07:00:38 AM
Originally posted by Bear_Music:

Hah! Told ya this'd be a winner :-) Congrats on a Free Study blue, the hardest ribbon to win.


Yes you did!!
08/09/2011 06:54:43 AM
Absolutely stunning. And thank you so much for posting your shooting and post-processing info, I always find it so interesting to see how others work. An amazing piece of work, congratulations.
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08/09/2011 01:19:49 AM
This was my favorite shot in the challenge and now everytime I log into dpc I get to see it and it keeps getting more and more beautiful to me. It is such a lovely shot and it stands out even in a thumbnail.
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08/08/2011 11:20:06 PM
Gorgeous , well done !
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08/08/2011 08:53:11 PM
My choice for blue! Congrats!!!
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08/08/2011 06:52:37 PM
Wow! Exceptional. Great shot and processing.
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08/08/2011 06:48:47 PM
Congratulations on the Blue! Absolutely GORGEOUS Tareq - so well done. If you don't win the "Best Arabian Photo" contest, I will be very surprised. Keep us informed of the results.
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08/08/2011 12:24:53 PM
Congratulations! One of the finest entries on DPC ever!
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08/08/2011 11:37:17 AM
This is one of the best horse portraits I've ever seen. I'm stunned at the beauty of this image.
Huge congrats on your win and new PG, Tareq.
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08/08/2011 10:16:10 AM
Well controlled exposure. The detail is incredible.
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08/08/2011 09:20:29 AM
Pure beauty!!! Congrats on the Blue!!!
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08/08/2011 08:52:15 AM
Powerful yet soft and beautiful. Congratulations on a stunning blue!
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08/08/2011 07:57:10 AM
congrats, this is gorgeous
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08/08/2011 07:46:20 AM
So glad to see this here,it was a ten from me,Congratulations.
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08/08/2011 07:44:38 AM
Stunning! Beautiful light and tones. Congratulations on the blue ribbon.
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08/08/2011 06:34:49 AM
Congratulations on the deserved recognition for this stunner. And thanks for the processing information. Just beautiful.
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08/08/2011 06:31:47 AM
I would have sworn that a girl took and edited this shot :)

Congrats on the ribbon and the new PB.
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08/08/2011 05:19:51 AM
This is absolutely beautiful. One of the most stunning horse portraits i have seen. From a distance it looks like a finely drawn and subtly colored in pencil sketch.
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08/08/2011 03:38:03 AM
SO glad this ribboned, Tariq!!! Such an extraordinary image. Congrats!!!
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08/08/2011 03:19:04 AM
congrats on a FS Blue, Tariq! Beautiful horse, gorgeous photo.
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08/08/2011 02:40:58 AM
Fantastic image, congrats on the Blue!
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08/08/2011 02:28:55 AM
Congratulations on the blue Tariq, outstanding photograph.

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08/08/2011 01:46:18 AM
Outstanding! Such a regal image. Congrats on teh well deserved blue!
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08/08/2011 01:27:44 AM
Simply magnificent!! Congratulations!
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08/08/2011 01:25:38 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous and well deserved blue!! Congratulations to you and much thanks for your comments on my image during voting. Best ~ Erin
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08/08/2011 12:55:46 AM
Congrats. Stunning image.
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08/08/2011 12:38:42 AM
Congratulations! This just might be my all time favourite. It is magnificent.
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08/08/2011 12:37:20 AM
Hah! Told ya this'd be a winner :-) Congrats on a Free Study blue, the hardest ribbon to win.
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08/08/2011 12:32:50 AM
Absolutely spectacular photo!!! Blue well earned here!
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08/08/2011 12:20:44 AM
Congrats on the blue, Tareq! very nice image!
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08/08/2011 12:20:06 AM
Great shot, this is just absolutely wonderful!
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08/08/2011 12:10:41 AM
Gorgeous! Congrats on the blue ribbon. Well deserved.
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08/08/2011 12:10:37 AM
I had this pegged for the Blue from the first second I saw it! STUNNING SIMPLY STUNNING!
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08/08/2011 12:08:28 AM
Wow! I'm not much into horse pictures but this one blows me away. congrats on the blue!
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08/08/2011 12:06:50 AM
love it when ponies get blue ribbons! congrats!!!
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08/08/2011 12:05:35 AM
Congrats, they don't get much better than this.
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08/08/2011 12:04:01 AM
Congrats on your blue...hope you win the Arabian contest too! Lovely image...;-)
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08/08/2011 12:03:13 AM
Congrats on the blue, this is beautiful.
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08/08/2011 12:03:00 AM
Congratulations - my favorite horse photo ever!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/07/2011 10:31:53 PM
The clarity, DOF, and colors are stunning. One of my top votes so far.
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08/07/2011 08:34:30 PM
Gorgeous horse. Well done.
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08/07/2011 06:03:11 PM
Absolutely stunning image of a regal animal. I can most definitely see this on the front page of the challenge and perhaps even a ribbon winner. The very best of luck to you in the challenge.
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08/07/2011 04:30:44 PM
Love the strength and power in the curve of that neck and the muscles and veins ... just a magnificent animal, beautifully captured.
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08/07/2011 03:26:02 PM
This image is defined in such a way to make it look like a painting. This would have faired beautifully in the pastel challenge. The shades in the hair make me stare long and I love the way you captured the veins.
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08/07/2011 12:26:13 PM
Wonderful closeup.. great details really captures the mood.
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08/06/2011 06:24:47 PM
Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful equine portrait - captures nuances obvious and subtle to show the grace & power in this magnificent animal.
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08/06/2011 06:01:11 PM
My absolute favorite shot in this challenge!! Just Beautiful. This is the only shot I favorited and the first one in a long time.
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08/06/2011 11:26:34 AM
Wonderful portrait
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08/06/2011 11:12:09 AM
Missing a horn?
Seriously, a wonderful portrait of a horse that's almost magical, suggesting a unicorn. Love the sheen on the mane, and the pastel smooth background. Wonderful!!
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08/06/2011 07:44:52 AM
I love this. It is beautiful.
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08/06/2011 03:55:34 AM
The detail in this photo is excellent as is the lighting, should be up there in the shake up. Good luck.
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08/06/2011 12:46:44 AM
Brilliant portrait, one of the best I've seen for a while. Well done.
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08/05/2011 07:44:53 PM
Lovely shot Tareq, it turned out really well, the shadows of the forelock really interact well with the vascularity of the head. I know I'm in the minority, but I still think a touch more room on the right is warranted to balance out the length of shoulder. Great job, ought to ribbon.
PS comment only since I know the shot.
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08/05/2011 06:41:45 PM
mesmerising, i hope this one is on the front page.
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08/05/2011 06:26:43 PM
Really really pretty
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08/05/2011 05:17:37 PM
What a beauty and so nicely captured.
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08/05/2011 03:38:03 PM
What a wonderful portrait of an amazing horse. I have the feeling that this is not the first time I see this beauty.
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08/05/2011 04:04:24 AM
Stunning!
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08/04/2011 04:39:16 PM
Magnificent portrait
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08/04/2011 12:17:46 PM
I'm thinking it's a majestic rocker horse. It is elegant with the silky grays and dappling, yet the frayed hair makes the horse more real.
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08/04/2011 04:26:21 AM
Amazing portrait
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08/04/2011 02:07:47 AM
OMG. Stunning. Hoping this fabulous photo is from a fellow equine photog...

10++ love it. think i know it. love love love...
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08/03/2011 08:20:50 PM
The portrait lighting makes this a jawdropper.
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08/03/2011 01:49:42 PM
Wow! Beautiful photo..... I bet this winds up printed and on you wall....
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08/03/2011 01:23:44 PM
I like the soft coloring of the background with this white horse. That make the entire composition come together nicely.
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08/03/2011 10:25:35 AM
saw the thumbnail and this just jumped out at me, really like this image, great details with a painting like quality, amazing light.
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08/03/2011 09:09:13 AM
only one word to describe this image, beautiful
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08/02/2011 11:13:37 PM
This is one of the most beautiful shots I have ever seen. The pose is just fantastic. Light and compo couldn't be better. I wouldn't be surprised to see this win or very close. Congrats on outstanding work. Thanks.
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08/02/2011 10:52:05 PM
Nice work on the whites.
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08/02/2011 05:33:47 PM
That's awesome, the silvering of the horses coat is amazing but it looks so very sad.
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08/02/2011 05:31:38 PM
very effective treatment - like it a lot
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08/02/2011 05:13:28 PM
WOW I can see every vein. This is a magical horse!!!!
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08/02/2011 01:40:24 PM
I half expect to look back at her forehead and see a golden horn coming out of it. What a pose!
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08/02/2011 10:38:39 AM
So beautiful
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08/02/2011 07:06:10 AM
beautiful, soft, flowing, detailed horse portrait (not voting)
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08/02/2011 04:41:25 AM
is it a tear in the corner of her (or his) eye? wonderfully executed.
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08/02/2011 02:02:10 AM
Not particularly a fan of horse shots but you have everything sooooooo right here.
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08/01/2011 10:00:22 PM
Oh wow, oh wow, what a beauty, front page for me.
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08/01/2011 08:34:16 PM
Wonderful! 10
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08/01/2011 03:02:13 PM
Wow - such beauty. The colors and the light... magnificent.
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08/01/2011 02:19:37 PM
Terrific clarification of the horse against the peach background. great color.
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08/01/2011 11:50:12 AM
I want to see this very near if not at the top.10.
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08/01/2011 12:59:41 AM
Scarey Awesome!!! IMHO perfection
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