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The Power of Life
2nd PlaceThe Power of Life
roadrunner


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Challenge: Celebration (Advanced Editing IV)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Austraila
Date: Oct 5, 2005
Aperture: f 6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/2000
Galleries: Emotive, Action
Date Uploaded: Oct 5, 2005

Thanks so much everyone...
im afraid this looks awefully dangerous, but in fact it's not, he is standing on the edge of a rock pool, and there is no 'cliff' or 'drop off', it just looks like there is....
should see the after photo, where he is being pushed back in to the pool....
** NOW for validation, lets hope nothing was lost when i revcovered these photos after deleting them.....**

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 137
Avg (all users): 6.8683
Avg (commenters): 7.6563
Avg (participants): 6.3889
Avg (non-participants): 7.1278
Views since voting: 9548
Views during voting: 362
Votes: 205
Comments: 88
Favorites: 51 (view)


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09/29/2007 07:23:48 AM
this is amazing!
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03/10/2007 07:16:57 PM
Fascinating deployment of tones and light to tell us about this moment. This kind of definition devoutly to be wished.
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11/14/2006 06:04:49 PM
Can't believe I missed this one. Killer shot! Straight to faves!
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03/16/2006 07:01:03 AM
Very powerful photo. I really like it.
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03/16/2006 06:34:55 AM
Truly exceptional. TIming, color, composition and simply being there. Your work shows a sophistication and depth that stands out. Congratulations. You may want to consider simplifying your website to put your images at the forefront (right now it looks like to many amateur sites, your work is anything but amatuer). You should be making big bucks with your work.

I have just added you to my favorite list.
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01/03/2006 09:26:27 PM
I luv this powerful image, and now in my favorites.....
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10/30/2005 11:39:37 AM
Absolutely a stunning capture!
And another well deserved ribbon! :)
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10/23/2005 06:09:44 PM
Originally posted by roadrunner:

Originally posted by Cutter:

i am going to re-comment....How can anyone not think this is borderline flawless? does anyone have any ideas as to this??? the tonality, emotion, relevance and power. I still have a long way to go...


thanks so much cutter, it's comments like that that keep me going....you've made me day....


p.s your work is so amazing.... i think your there, and don't have a l ong way to go.....
10/23/2005 06:07:06 PM
Originally posted by Cutter:

i am going to re-comment....How can anyone not think this is borderline flawless? does anyone have any ideas as to this??? the tonality, emotion, relevance and power. I still have a long way to go...


thanks so much cutter, it's comments like that that keep me going....you've made me day....
10/23/2005 05:42:23 PM

thats a pure fine image Kelly..Great job!!
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10/23/2005 12:19:40 PM
i am going to re-comment....How can anyone not think this is borderline flawless? does anyone have any ideas as to this??? the tonality, emotion, relevance and power. I still have a long way to go...
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10/21/2005 08:28:30 PM
Originally posted by senoj:

Why oh why oh why... why why why is he standing there?


LOL.. he was swimming in the rock pool....
10/21/2005 04:33:02 PM
Why oh why oh why... why why why is he standing there?
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10/21/2005 05:36:15 AM
What a great example of the power of nature. Perfectly exposed! Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2005-10-21 05:36:31.
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10/20/2005 04:45:59 PM
Kel: this is simply awesome and jaw dropping. Congratulations on your RED!
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10/18/2005 06:01:47 PM
Originally posted by KiwiPix:

Originally posted by roadrunner:

This is the trouble we have with only being able to submit small photo sizes, so we need to realise this on other photos as well, i have some great photos in print size, but reduce them to 640 and you would'nt look twice at them..... something we should keep in mind anyway...

The 640 res is something that I like because it protects our work from being stolen and printed. At least we all have to labour under the same restricton so it all becomes relative.

Brett

yes i totally agree..
sorry i wasn't complaining about the size, just trying to explain that this particular photo doesn't look it's best at 640...
cheers
10/18/2005 01:40:17 PM
Originally posted by roadrunner:

This is the trouble we have with only being able to submit small photo sizes, so we need to realise this on other photos as well, i have some great photos in print size, but reduce them to 640 and you would'nt look twice at them..... something we should keep in mind anyway...

The 640 res is something that I like because it protects our work from being stolen and printed. At least we all have to labour under the same restricton so it all becomes relative.

Brett
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10/17/2005 10:56:15 PM
Congrats! Yipee!!
Glad you found your files..awesome work.
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10/17/2005 08:10:52 PM
Congratulations on your ribbon with this powerful image so well presented
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10/17/2005 05:37:43 PM
Hooray! Fabulous shot. Lots of power and the relationship between nature and man is awesome.
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10/17/2005 04:46:18 PM
Beautiful lines... just breathtaking! Congrats!! :-)
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10/17/2005 03:22:52 PM
Congrats! Awesome photo!
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10/17/2005 10:35:36 AM
THIS is the photo in question. Wonderfully executed!! Congrats on the 2nd placer.
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10/17/2005 10:26:06 AM
Wow very cool shot! It does look dangerous. Hey I just recovered my dad's entire HD last night after he had to reformat it and reinstall windows and EVERTHING came back perfect. He reformatted it two months ago. He was extrememly impressed and shocked. You should get everything back. I used "Recover My Files"

Congrats on your win!!
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10/17/2005 10:12:27 AM
Originally posted by roadrunner:

Originally posted by C Novack:

This certainly captures the majestic beauty and power of the sea. I like how this capture shows the man standing there braving what nature will throw at him. He seems to be welcoming it because we see his arms thrown open wide - like he is ready to recieve this gift; this revelation. The only thing that weakens the strenth of this image is that the man is so small in the frame that he is almost lost. I realize that this could be a visual statement that when compared to nature man is small. But the thing is you do not want him to get totally lost in showing the powerful beauty of the crashing waves. If you zoomed in a little more the viewer would more readily be able to see the man standing there than having to search for him.


thanks christine, i agree with you , but luckily it's only on a small 640 res that shows this, the actually photo in print size 24X16 is just totally mind blowing, you can see evrything...and it's just a tad lighter than here too....
this is the trouble we have with only being able to submit small photo sizes, so we need to realise this on other photos as well, i have some great photos in print size, but reduce them to 640 and you would'nt look twice at them..... something we should keep in mind anyway...
cheers


Congradulations on your ribbon!! :-) I fully agree with you on the point that dimension size can make or break an image. In smaller images we don't always get the details or the majesty to a image at full view. As you said that you have this as a 24x16 and it is absoluting stunning. I am very sure that it looks absolutely wonderful on the wall:-)
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10/17/2005 09:52:06 AM
Congrats on the ribbon! One of my few 9's. Way to go. WOO HOO
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10/17/2005 09:48:20 AM
w00h00!!! Fingers crossed all your info is still in the exif! I read the forum the other nite and said a quick prayer for you!

Message edited by author 2005-10-17 09:49:13.
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10/17/2005 09:07:22 AM
Congratulations on second place. This was my top pick in the challenge..it is powerful and moving with a lot of tension and mood. Love it!
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10/17/2005 08:58:04 AM
congratulations on your win - this is a stunning shot!!
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10/17/2005 08:52:57 AM
One of my favorites! Congrats on your ribbon. I'm so glad you found your original! :)
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10/17/2005 07:39:17 AM
Oh Kelly. . .congratulations on another well deserved running for an amazing shot! This is stunning!!!!
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10/17/2005 07:05:46 AM
Congratulations on 2nd place. Amazing shot.
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10/17/2005 04:19:24 AM
Originally posted by Sinky:

Thats incredible. Such drama and mood. I'm sure that's Merewether tidal pool. I often tried to photograph it, when I lived there, - but never ever captured it like you have.


hey thanks.. your very close... it's Bogey Hole, just north of merewether baths.. when did you live there.??
and thanks so much for the encouraging words.. i was very lucky this day, i was suppose to be there at sunup, but we slept in, and didn't end up getting there til midday, i was bummed as it was a really hot glary day, then these guy's showed up , and gave me some fun to photograph... i have some really good ones of him getting washed back in the pool.....
10/17/2005 03:25:22 AM
Thats incredible. Such drama and mood. I'm sure that's Merewether tidal pool. I often tried to photograph it, when I lived there, - but never ever captured it like you have.
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10/17/2005 02:12:03 AM
top shot Kelly well done
are you glad you stayed around... your style dose have a place at DPC just not in every challenge :)
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10/17/2005 01:01:29 AM
Fantastic Kel, congratulatons.
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10/17/2005 12:57:46 AM
Originally posted by C Novack:

This certainly captures the majestic beauty and power of the sea. I like how this capture shows the man standing there braving what nature will throw at him. He seems to be welcoming it because we see his arms thrown open wide - like he is ready to recieve this gift; this revelation. The only thing that weakens the strenth of this image is that the man is so small in the frame that he is almost lost. I realize that this could be a visual statement that when compared to nature man is small. But the thing is you do not want him to get totally lost in showing the powerful beauty of the crashing waves. If you zoomed in a little more the viewer would more readily be able to see the man standing there than having to search for him.


thanks christine, i agree with you , but luckily it's only on a small 640 res that shows this, the actually photo in print size 24X16 is just totally mind blowing, you can see evrything...and it's just a tad lighter than here too....
this is the trouble we have with only being able to submit small photo sizes, so we need to realise this on other photos as well, i have some great photos in print size, but reduce them to 640 and you would'nt look twice at them..... something we should keep in mind anyway...
cheers
10/17/2005 12:56:01 AM
congrats on the ribbon! powerful image...
jeannel
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10/17/2005 12:26:13 AM
Wooooooooooooooooooohoooooooooooooooooo! Well done Kelly - this is awesome especially after all that hard work!
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10/17/2005 12:23:06 AM
Many congratulations on your ribbon with this excellent picture. I'm so glad you found the original too.
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10/17/2005 12:15:44 AM
Well done Kelly.

Great shot. Love your work.
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10/17/2005 12:15:29 AM
You little hum dinger! Well done Kel, well worth it :)
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10/17/2005 12:13:40 AM
Big congratulations on a job well done. Pleased to see you didn't drop too much as you stated in the threads. Well done.

Judi
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10/17/2005 12:13:20 AM
superduper!!! this is soooo sweet! i had this same idea but mine definitely did not come out a millionth as cool! awesome!
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10/17/2005 12:12:50 AM
Originally posted by saloonstudios:

i love this photo and i gave it a 9, but i can't understand how this is more of a celebration than some of the other photos receiving much lower votes


well to be honest, i think everyday is a celebration, especially if your alive and well, so for me this image represents the power of life, the force of how it makes us feel, what a big rush standing here in front of mother nature making you feel a part of her....
i spose i may be a tad weirder than others, but i find pleasure out of little things/feelings , and how they make me feel..i love getting a rush..espeically with something you had no control over...
am i making myself sound even weirder??..
10/17/2005 12:08:00 AM
WOW!! congrats on 2nd ;)
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10/17/2005 12:07:45 AM
i love this photo and i gave it a 9, but i can't understand how this is more of a celebration than some of the other photos receiving much lower votes
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10/17/2005 12:07:44 AM
congratulations kelly! you put everyone on the edge of your seat when you accidentally deleted your files :)
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10/17/2005 12:06:29 AM
okay here is an amazing photo. very deserved. VERY.
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10/17/2005 12:06:13 AM
ALRIGHT, Kelly! Great job and well deserved ribbon! Congrats!
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10/17/2005 12:06:13 AM
(see above)

Message edited by author 2005-10-17 00:07:00.
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10/17/2005 12:05:58 AM
Great shot Kelly! I hope you found your original, because this is a well-deserved win!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/16/2005 11:34:49 PM
OK, I happen to know who took this, and so I was intending to abstain from voting on it. However, because it is the most interesting and allegorically ambitious image in this challenge, I've decided that abstinence would be churlish. It's a brilliant photograph, even among the best on DPC. The figure seems to me to be jubilantly conducting a titanic natural orchestra (Neptune's Philharmonic plays Wagner?) ... a fabulous celebratory concept! The composition and the deliberately Stygian processing are just right for this subject and theme, although some sad souls will inevitably say it's 'too centred' and 'too dark'. Anyone with sub-standard greyscale monitor calibration may also call it 'too dark'.
And so, because I'd certainly give it a 10 if I didn't know who took it, I'm giving it one now.
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10/16/2005 09:43:49 PM
Wow! This is quite amazing. I'm wondering if this guy got pulled out to sea after this photo was shot?
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10/16/2005 07:15:01 PM
This is my kind of celebration for sure.

This photo though, in my view, has been severely undermined by some gimmicky editing which it really does not need. The soft uber-burning has degraded the natural detail that gives it its power in the first place. I find myself wanting to strip all that eye candy away and see what was there in all its gritty glory, so stop tinkering just to win votes from DPCers who can't see past it!

Now that I've vented - I won't let it affect my score on this occasion, so have an 8 for a great photo in every other way.
; )
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10/16/2005 06:43:00 PM
This is a bit on the dark, grungy side for my personal tastes, but I have a feeling it will do well with other voters. Cool waves and I like how small the man is in comparison to them. 6
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10/16/2005 02:24:59 PM
I believe the image has to ave some element of "celebration" in it without the Title
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10/16/2005 11:18:17 AM
the "grungy" look in this photo (I don't know if you used the plugin, ofcourse) really suits well. too bad the person is positioned in the center and so small...
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10/15/2005 05:24:11 PM
Powerful image here.
First instinct says person is too centered, but after looking at it longer, actually works to show the power completely around him. Midnight sepia?
Nicely done (8)
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10/15/2005 10:55:26 AM
That great pic. To me its the meaning of human life he comes alone and goes alone, end of the day you are alone in front on nature.
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10/15/2005 06:51:25 AM
Yeah !
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10/14/2005 08:46:27 PM
freekin' awesome- 9
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10/14/2005 12:57:10 PM
Powerful indeed! A closer shot might have made the viewer feel the "power" more.
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10/14/2005 10:05:30 AM
Nice capture.
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10/14/2005 08:46:50 AM
i love the colour, the texture, the scale of this shot, how the man is dwarfed by the waves. absolutely stunning -- well done!
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10/14/2005 01:51:18 AM
This is so amazing! What a prefect shot!!
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10/14/2005 12:48:02 AM
wow....
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10/13/2005 11:24:51 PM
Pure enegy!
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10/13/2005 09:52:38 PM
This is very appealing to me..the power of the surf and the small human figure placed centrally in image are very effective.
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10/12/2005 05:06:59 PM
Awesome shot, only downside with it I want to comment on is that I don´t really care for the person being in the exact middle of the frame but everything else is top notch, love the exposure, the duotone, the texture and PP. Highest score so far from me in the challenge, this got a 9, great work.
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10/12/2005 04:50:41 PM
Awesome shot, stupid person.
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10/11/2005 08:49:37 PM
Intriguing (sp?) photo. What's that moron doing??? My curiousity makes me give you at least a 6.
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10/11/2005 08:36:35 PM
powerfull shot
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10/11/2005 05:39:00 PM
kick butt photo. love the scale of that person in the midst of all that ocean and spray. like the gray tone colors...feels like an oil painting when i look at it. really like this one. good luck!
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10/11/2005 05:37:33 PM
Stunning!
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10/11/2005 01:18:05 PM
wow, i really like this image...keep up the great work! My new Fave!
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10/11/2005 09:51:01 AM
to much burning overspray to me
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10/11/2005 09:14:10 AM
wow..this photo has some serious power! love the processing. i was thinking that the man was too centered but i thin if you had cropped this any other way we wouldnt have gotten the enormanty of those huge waves crashing. great photo and good luck 10! :o) ~~Cher~~
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10/10/2005 11:07:44 PM
too dark for me...
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10/10/2005 08:56:24 PM
This certainly captures the majestic beauty and power of the sea. I like how this capture shows the man standing there braving what nature will throw at him. He seems to be welcoming it because we see his arms thrown open wide - like he is ready to recieve this gift; this revelation. The only thing that weakens the strenth of this image is that the man is so small in the frame that he is almost lost. I realize that this could be a visual statement that when compared to nature man is small. But the thing is you do not want him to get totally lost in showing the powerful beauty of the crashing waves. If you zoomed in a little more the viewer would more readily be able to see the man standing there than having to search for him.
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10/10/2005 03:57:40 PM
Yikes! Did he survive?
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10/10/2005 11:00:48 AM
too dark
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10/10/2005 10:56:30 AM
WOW... Here's a shot where I think the centered subject works quite well because of the off-balanced weight of the waves crashing against the breakers. Beautiful tones and power. Terrific shot.
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10/10/2005 02:24:53 AM
Strong and powerful image.
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10/10/2005 01:57:20 AM
What an awesome way to celebrate life, with the power of the ocean. Gorgeous catch. (Mind you I wouldnt want to be him standing there) 10 from me :)
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10/10/2005 01:11:36 AM
Great image. Love the title too. The deep hue quality is beautiful here. WOW
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10/10/2005 12:41:51 AM
incredible! cool action.10
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10/10/2005 12:17:22 AM
Love this picture...stunning
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