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Cirque du Soleil
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Silhouettes III (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: pmb
Date: Aug 29, 2006
Date Uploaded: Aug 29, 2006

I am fortunate to live in this beautiful country
with so many opportunities.
These are retired circus elephants let loose on
about 1000 acres.
The herders have a special bond with them.
The elephants are certainly not tame and I was
a fair distance away from them to take the shot.
The interaction between the two was spontaneous
and unexpected.


Thank you for the comments and votes!
(I should have called it "circus of the sun")

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 352
Avg (all users): 7.3737
Avg (commenters): 8.5185
Avg (participants): 6.8545
Avg (non-participants): 7.7076
Views since voting: 16487
Views during voting: 565
Votes: 281
Comments: 110
Favorites: 63 (view)


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07/18/2012 11:29:06 PM
awesome find, I can see why you won. Will you be back there?
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08/08/2008 10:28:43 AM
I love this picture! I just finished a book called "Modoc" by Ralph Helfer.... The true story of the greatest elephant that ever lived. It is such a good read. Maybe you would be interested in it? I cried twice while reading this book. I have never cried with any other book. Boy, my first message to you about the forum was prior to actually viewing your portfolio. You are very talented!! I am envious of your gift and place of home. Bravo!! Allana :o)
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06/04/2008 07:08:07 PM
How cool is that?! Excellent on every level.
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02/04/2008 09:33:36 PM
wow! amazing shot AND beauty!!!
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07/26/2007 04:36:19 AM
exceptional.
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07/19/2007 06:56:40 AM
When I look at this image it reminds me of the movie " The power of one". I'm very jealous, such a beautiful image.
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03/19/2007 11:07:39 AM
Wow, my first time seeing this!! Very original and beautiful!
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10/19/2006 11:24:28 AM
You're on a helluva run lately.
Great job!
I have a soft spot for elephants, nice fun shot.
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09/12/2006 08:52:08 AM
Wow this is absolutely gorgous! Congrats on the ribbon it is well deserved!
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09/12/2006 05:43:28 AM
My comment during the challenge:

"This has to be the winner!!! Fantastic and I can't wait to hear the story behind this one. Great, funny picture....."

Congratulations!!! Really lovely shot and deserving of the blue medal!!! [ribbon i mean :-)]

Message edited by author 2006-09-12 05:43:59.
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09/12/2006 12:41:59 AM
Lovely sunset captured . figure and pose is excellent . thanks
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09/08/2006 11:08:18 AM
Awesome shot Lesley. Congrats on a well deserved blue ribbon!
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09/08/2006 02:54:40 AM
Beautiful. You are very inspiring. Thanks,

Tibi

Message edited by author 2006-09-08 02:55:31.
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09/07/2006 10:20:37 PM
Lesley, Totally AWESOME!!You inspire me to get out and try to capture something as great as this. Congratulations!!!
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09/07/2006 05:32:45 PM
Congrats on your ribbon, excellent shot!
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09/07/2006 04:52:09 PM
lesley, you never cease to amaze. awesome shot.
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09/07/2006 12:35:37 PM
Love this picture, great silhouette. Congrats on your ribbon :o)
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09/06/2006 10:06:24 PM
truly amazing. the calibre of national geographic.

why arent you working for them?
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09/06/2006 10:01:28 PM
Wonderful Lesley, simply wonderful! A well deserved ribbon, imo :)
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09/06/2006 09:23:39 PM
This is turly amazing Lesley, Congratulation!on the Blue.
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09/06/2006 09:11:26 PM
Way to go, what a great shot. Love it!
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09/06/2006 04:35:36 PM
Congratulation! I knew this had to be a Blue! Awesome capture!!
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09/06/2006 04:29:14 PM
Fantastic shot, Lesley. It was obvious you would ribbon. Congrats!
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09/06/2006 04:19:26 PM
Beautiful. Congrats.
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09/06/2006 04:12:26 PM
You are at one with the wild things. Congrats on the great shot and ribbon.
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09/06/2006 01:43:49 PM
wow, very close! This was one of my first 10's, it sparks the imagination
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09/06/2006 01:41:32 PM
Awesome capture and well deserved blue! :)
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09/06/2006 01:24:15 PM
Awesome, what a great find. Well done!
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09/06/2006 01:21:26 PM
There was never any doubt in my mind, when first coming upon this image in the challenge, that it was superb and the best of all..congratulations.
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09/06/2006 10:58:07 AM
this is awesome stuff! I love everything about this picture!
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09/06/2006 10:44:23 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. Cool shot! I wonder what the elephant's response was after this?
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09/06/2006 10:25:16 AM
great shot! congratulations, Leslie, for a well deserved ribbon.
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09/06/2006 10:21:07 AM
Congratulations... Voted but did not comment earlier.
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09/06/2006 09:33:09 AM
WTG Lesley!!! Congrats on your blue with this fantastic shot! :-)
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09/06/2006 09:03:49 AM
Well deserved Blue! Such an incredible scene that I first thought it was a cut-out! Congrats!
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09/06/2006 08:31:53 AM
Beautiful. Congrats.
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09/06/2006 08:09:22 AM
Congratulations Leslie. This image was a 10 from the moment I saw it. Funny and interesting I would love to have it hanging on my wall.
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09/06/2006 07:00:41 AM
Congratulations Leslie! Nice to see a second highest score on your profile, way to go!
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09/06/2006 06:57:31 AM
beautiful moment...congrats!
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09/06/2006 04:27:45 AM
Weeeeeee! Congrats.
Yeah, we do live in a cool place and you
show it off so dang masterfully. :}
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09/06/2006 04:22:43 AM
Fantastic work! You do us proud. Congratulations. ~jnconradie
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09/06/2006 03:54:30 AM
Whooooot!!!! Congrats Lesley, this is such a delightful image!!
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09/06/2006 03:50:01 AM
Way to go Les!
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09/06/2006 03:49:59 AM
You NEVER cease to amaze me!
I was considering launching an RSA "inland vs coastal" DPC league.
Now I guess it will have to wait until I move to CT or Durbs, or you move to JHB!
;-)
Well done on this very deserved blue!
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09/06/2006 02:48:27 AM
YAY Les!!!! Another Blue to add to your collection ;) .. and well deserved.. its a gorgeous shot and magical moment.

*a little bird told me this would blue ribbon before I had even had the chance to see it.. the little bird was right ;)*
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09/06/2006 02:26:46 AM
A Masterpiece, cuz! Congrats on the ribbon.
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09/06/2006 02:16:00 AM
I didn't vote in this challenge (I seem to say that often), but I saw this in the thumbnails and knew it was a winner. Wonderful, and henceforth added to Favourites...
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09/06/2006 01:33:58 AM
Congrats, such a beautiful image.
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09/06/2006 01:19:08 AM
Your country may offer you opportunities, but it is your talented eye that captures them...Congratulations
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09/06/2006 01:14:39 AM
Awesome and mind boggling. Leslie: you have the most interesting images.
Congratulations on your BLUE!
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09/06/2006 12:54:41 AM
Wonderful shot Lesley! Congratulations!

Message edited by author 2006-09-06 00:55:16.
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09/06/2006 12:52:22 AM
I knew who's photo this was from the beginning!

Who else shoots square crops in Africa?

Clearly the best photo this week. Lucky you to have seen this and captured it so well!
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09/06/2006 12:45:15 AM
She's baaack! Nice to see you ribbon again! Perfect moment captured. congrats!
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09/06/2006 12:43:35 AM
wow!!
I cannot believe how great this shot is!! Then again it is expected from you, you do such great work!
I did not vote on this challenge, or have chance to look thru but this is sooo wonderful!
Congrats!
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09/06/2006 12:43:20 AM
Congrats on getting the BLUE. Fun shot.
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09/06/2006 12:42:53 AM
WOW. Straight into my favorites. And, again, WOW.
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09/06/2006 12:36:35 AM
Amazing!
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09/06/2006 12:30:38 AM
My Comment during the challenge:
Your Vote: 10
Your Comment: has to be in ribbon catergory...there is no fault with this image...10 all the way


I have to say I am so proud of you getting this ribbon Lesley! WOW, what a specatcular image from an amazing photographer. Going in my favourite images right now!
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09/06/2006 12:23:28 AM
I'm a big fan of yours Lesley with your ability to capture great scenes like this. I knew this had to be yours! Congratulations!!
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09/06/2006 12:23:11 AM
Lesley, the minute I saw this photo, I knew it was going to win blue. As you know, I'm a huge fan of your work, but I really think this is my favorite of all my favorites of yours! Elephants are my favorite animal in the whole world, and to be able to capture a moment like this would be the highlight of my photographic life!!!!!

Congratulations! Not just on winning blue, but on being able to get a photo like this! WOW!

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09/06/2006 12:22:40 AM
Congrats on another ribbon!
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09/06/2006 12:19:16 AM
Big huge congrats, Leslie! Wonderful silhouette and love the title!
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09/06/2006 12:18:33 AM
WOOOOO HOOOO!! Blue ribbon!!! Congrats, darling girl!!
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09/06/2006 12:18:12 AM
congrats on the blue!
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09/06/2006 12:17:35 AM
amazing shot, les...congrats on the blue! *hugs*
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09/06/2006 12:17:04 AM
Wow! It must have taken you forever to build that elephant prop! Great shot... what's with the 2 votes?!?!
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09/06/2006 12:16:50 AM
Congrats on the BLUE !!!!! Well deserved - excellent shot
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09/06/2006 12:13:03 AM
Wow! How 'bout that? You won the red ribbon in Silhouettes II. You are good! Congratulations!
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09/06/2006 12:12:36 AM
Doesn't get any better than this. What a splendid entry!! Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/06/2006 12:12:09 AM
definetly deserves the blue! great job!
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09/06/2006 12:11:19 AM
Oh Yeah!!! Way to go, Lesley! You didn't give a hint! Team 20D to the lead. :)

An amazing image and I'm so impressed with your vision.
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09/06/2006 12:11:14 AM
I KNEW the elephant had to be a 'goodman' shot...congrats!!!!
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09/06/2006 12:11:13 AM
Doris, I knew it would happen ;-)
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/05/2006 11:08:53 PM
Bumping up This is a great shot. Where do you to live to have an elephant available as a model ... nice work
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09/05/2006 07:26:24 PM
HAR HAR....Wild!
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09/05/2006 05:22:53 PM
Makes me smile. Nice clean shot. Very well done.
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09/05/2006 12:01:50 PM
This has to be the winner!!! Fantastic and I can't wait to hear the story behind this one. Great, funny picture.....
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09/05/2006 11:14:43 AM
my choice for the blue ribbon ...
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09/05/2006 06:02:12 AM
Unusual, but captivating! I like it!
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09/04/2006 04:21:12 PM
Great work! Though the title is a bit off, Cirque du Soleil doesn't have animals in it! :)
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09/02/2006 04:22:00 PM
Cirque du Excellent...10 plus
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09/02/2006 03:10:42 PM
Great photo. Perfect for this challenge!
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09/02/2006 11:21:58 AM
Ohmygosh, is that a real elephant??? Even if it isn't, what an incredible photo!!!! I love the detail in the grass. This is AWESOME. 10
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09/02/2006 09:37:04 AM
Great title!
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09/02/2006 09:30:38 AM
Funny idea, great shot.
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09/02/2006 08:41:55 AM
wow, I hope that elephant didn't mind...or was this a very carefully timed leap?
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09/02/2006 01:49:57 AM
i'm not totally feeling the background color but it does fit the safari theme. this photo is so much fun. most impressive composition. was it hard to do? this one was in the top of the challenge. excellent.
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09/01/2006 08:09:23 PM
just toooo amazing!!
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09/01/2006 08:05:48 PM
Great capture. Nice colors. This would be awesome if you didn't have the guy hanging off of the tusks.
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09/01/2006 01:02:17 PM
Awsome moment
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09/01/2006 12:16:19 AM
haha! 10 for this composition. :)
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08/31/2006 05:39:22 PM
That's not something you see everyday. Wonderful shot.
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08/31/2006 04:49:12 PM
Wow! This is amazing! The lack of clutter in the background, the wonderful detail of that flimsy grass and the even mass of background orange all serve so well to emphasise the solidity of the elephant and focus the attention on the man hanging off the tusk! Fantastic!
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08/31/2006 02:16:00 PM
Very cool shot! Love it!
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08/31/2006 01:57:05 PM
That's a pretty cool photo.
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08/31/2006 09:24:05 AM
9
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08/30/2006 11:34:08 PM
one of, if not THE best in challenge ..gl 10+
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08/30/2006 09:13:48 PM
AMAZING!!! What an incredible shot! Not something I see everyday! Beautiful light and crisp silhouettes. Lovely job. Bumping to 9.
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08/30/2006 08:31:21 PM
AWESOME shot!!
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08/30/2006 07:09:16 PM
Wow, what a shot!
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08/30/2006 07:05:46 PM
What you have a friend with an elephant. How can the rest of us compete. :) 10 of course
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08/30/2006 07:02:17 PM
How did you get this???????????????? 9
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08/30/2006 11:55:24 AM
SWEET SHOT!!! LOVE THIS!!
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08/30/2006 11:52:21 AM
Nice stop action. Unexpected too. WOW - nobody does that around here. LOL
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08/30/2006 10:10:45 AM
Great capture. A very fun and interesting image. bumping up.
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08/30/2006 08:53:53 AM
has to be in ribbon catergory...there is no fault with this image...10 all the way
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08/30/2006 04:35:58 AM
Amazing moment!!!
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08/30/2006 02:35:26 AM
The title is a bit off, considering that the Cirque du Soleil is one of the few "strictly human" circuses in the world, but it's a nice image. the blades of grass provide a nice anchor to the motion. the trunk's reverse ? is a nice balancing point as well to the guy hanging off the tusk. works well for me.
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08/30/2006 01:30:43 AM
Hehe, I like! Good placement, good colors.
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08/30/2006 12:21:36 AM
awesome...but to be cirque it needs to be a little more abstract...like with his leg behind his head or something...hahahahah

great picture love the comp!!! 10
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