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Nuns on Ice
Nuns on Ice
Coley


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Location: Bradford Ontario
Date: Mar 10, 2009
Aperture: f 5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/500
Galleries: Humorous, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 10, 2009

At the time of the shoot for the "Bad" challenge(since they were already in costume) I decided I wanted to get a kind of "American Gothic" like shot. I carried this very heavy bench and placed it in an open snowy field. I asked my nuns to just sit up on the bench and try and look as stoic(sp) as possible. It was -30 freakin degrees wind chill. They lasted about 14 seconds on the bench and the cryin started. I was yelling "Stay with it! and "Sit up straight!" , "One more shot" they were yelling "Our faces are freezing " and "Dad nooooooooo!" Too funny!

At any rate this is what I managed to get. I think it is a classic :D

Thanks for looking

Coley

Above is what I wrote when I originally took this photo. I have since had huge success with this image. It placed as an honourable mention in last years Spider Awards for People in the amateur category. I have sold prints of it countless times as well. It is my hidden gem it is one of if not my Favorite shot.

I smile every time I look at. These are my peeps I love them dearly

Thanks again for looking

Cole



Statistics
Place: 89 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.4357
Avg (commenters): 7.5300
Avg (participants): 6.4612
Avg (non-participants): 6.2877
Views since voting: 1378
Views during voting: 778
Votes: 498
Comments: 108
Favorites: 10 (view)


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03/20/2009 01:59:13 AM
Great shot! Probably one of the most memorable shots of the challenge.
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03/18/2009 05:04:52 AM
I just love the expressions on their faces!!!
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03/18/2009 04:40:13 AM
OMG!!! You are such a mean daddy...I hope you paid them well....awesome shot.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 10:57:21 PM
...and nun too happy about it!
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03/17/2009 10:04:23 PM
They don't look too happy about this shot! Of course, that is what makes the shot work so well. Nice exposure management, here.
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03/17/2009 08:34:17 PM
This made me giggle. Nice title. They look quite cold, especially the poor woman on the right!
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03/17/2009 07:11:32 PM
They look happy lol
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03/17/2009 04:42:54 PM
They don't look very comfortable. Interesting commentary piece and very well captured! 8
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03/17/2009 03:55:05 PM
This is strange but interesting, I really like it in the b&w.
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03/17/2009 02:05:34 PM
Always a fun one.
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03/17/2009 02:04:35 PM
it will take me a bit to figure out who's this is...but what an excellent group on nuns...I remember they were quite "cold" on this day...love the rich tones and how they stand out against the snow..hope you brought them a boat load of tea/hot chocolate
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03/17/2009 11:55:32 AM
Superb b/w, such a different expressions on their face!!
03/17/2009 09:20:05 AM
I think I remember this outtake from a ribbon winner. Great shot :)
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03/16/2009 09:20:21 PM
Great shot.
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03/16/2009 08:59:16 PM
What an odd moment. I love it! 9
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03/16/2009 07:22:33 PM
How cool cold is that?? And you can just tell they are loving every minute of this!
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03/16/2009 07:20:00 PM
Wow, I can read the mind of the center nun: "Let's get this show on the road!" Funny image, I like the way B&W along with the snow seems to simplify it. Very nice.
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03/16/2009 06:58:09 PM
Enchanting, wondrously humorous. +1
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03/16/2009 05:49:45 PM
Oh yes! I remember seeing this, and I loved it then, and hope it is a contender for one of the awards now :)
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03/16/2009 04:13:50 PM
Hahah... really cool shot. I especially like the expression on the one on the right.
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03/16/2009 03:03:21 PM
Gotta bump this one up again... Incredible tonal range - your b/w conversion is exceptional. 8
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03/16/2009 02:40:12 PM
lol lol LOL .. BRILLIANT .. !!
this is so excellent .. it looks so cold .. with the added windchill i've started shaking in sympany .. great shot .. :)
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03/16/2009 02:31:52 PM
Magic number of three, beautiful black and white AND the model on the right with that perfect expression all make for a magical submission. Well done! 9
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03/16/2009 01:39:39 PM
I'm not sure I like the centered crop, but nevertheless you've created a lovely portrait here!
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03/16/2009 01:23:46 PM
Back to bump as my home monitor revealed what I thought was a distraction is in fact not, my bad bumping this to a 10.
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03/16/2009 12:32:56 PM
Looks great against the white background
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03/16/2009 10:45:39 AM
This one really has a lot going for it. The moment, the expressions, the contrast. bravo!
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03/16/2009 10:30:08 AM
Delightful shot. Nice exposure with good contrast. 7
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03/16/2009 10:28:47 AM
Hiya Coley! Sorry, nothing constructive to say :)
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03/16/2009 07:57:18 AM
I've seen this in your portfolio before, but it remains extraordinary.
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03/16/2009 04:10:08 AM
Well captured and presented. But quirky. I like quirky. Bumping.
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03/15/2009 10:59:49 PM
Great shot! Beautiful emotions, excellent presentation in B&W! 10
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03/15/2009 10:58:27 PM
i want an autographed copy of your first run book. of course i'll pay for it, i just want to go on and put my order in.
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03/15/2009 10:24:41 PM
This is one of the best photos with human subjects I've seen so far. A photo with a story to it. :)
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03/15/2009 10:22:23 PM
LOL! I like this. It makes me smile.

Not voting yet.
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03/15/2009 10:20:11 PM
lol
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03/15/2009 08:46:55 PM
I like the different expessions -- slightly aggravated, skeptical and cold. Also, very good bw -- good details visible throughout.
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03/15/2009 08:35:53 PM
like the image, but a dark edge burn would make it so much more
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03/15/2009 06:39:25 PM
Holy Penguins Batman!
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03/15/2009 06:37:15 PM
Truth be told, I have seen this image before. I, on the other hand do not remember who it's by, so I can rate without Prejudice.I love it, Faved..
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03/15/2009 03:24:18 PM
Nice capture, their expression talks a million.
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03/15/2009 02:57:31 PM
Especially the right one seems to really enjoy the shooting ;-)
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03/15/2009 01:50:28 PM
Daring models. I like the contrast and concept
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03/15/2009 10:39:17 AM
This on is in my 'Favorites' from 2007. A 'Coley' Classic 10!
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03/15/2009 10:31:16 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:21:43 AM
Coley! I always liked this session you did, your family are saints for putting up with your photo shoots! LOL
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03/15/2009 10:19:47 AM
These gals are hysterical. Reminds me of 2 summers ago when I fed home-made pizza to 6 nuns on a "field trip" to the Cape from Western Massachusetts. Was the first time 5 of them had seen an ocean.

Of course, this is winter and this ain't an ocean, but memory lane and a kick in the humor bone makes this an 8 in my book :-)

I just realized this is definitely Coley at work :-)
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03/15/2009 09:43:13 AM
This is an awesome photograph that captures a great scene. I love their very indivdual expressions. Technically very good too although there are a few dark smudges (clouds?) above them on my monitor at least which stop it being a 10. Still a 9 and I'd love to see this on a poster. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge.
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03/15/2009 08:56:10 AM
I like the contrast, good details, excellent exposure and post processing, 7
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03/15/2009 06:56:17 AM
Hope they didn't had to pose too long. They look as having it very, very cold. Beautiful B&W with the black clothes on the white snow.
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03/15/2009 06:19:26 AM
Penguins. This image is so cool as it makes you stop and wonder what they are doing there. I think I remember the original.
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03/15/2009 05:22:04 AM
very nice and the one in the middle :D
lol

brano
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03/15/2009 02:14:04 AM
Perfect B&W conversion along with lighting. The contrast is great imo and the different facial expressions add to the shot. Very little in the picture to distract from the subject(s). Well Captured and deserves a bump-up. Congrats on a nice photograph.
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03/15/2009 12:32:04 AM
So Cole, is this the same bench you got you lovely wife to help you lug all the way out to your tree in your Grief shot? If so, don't you think it's time to get one that's a little lighter?

I always thought this was a fantastic image and it's nice to see that you entered it into this challenge, I'm sure it will do well.

You must have a popular guy that day, it looks mighty cold on that bench.

All the best to you and yours.

MAX!
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03/14/2009 11:59:50 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. The B&W treatment is absolutely wonderful! The thing that stands out most to me is their expressions and how they are all bundled up. They are absolutely freezing in that cold chilly wintery wind! I can feel the cold just by looking at these three. The 'nun' on the far right is none too happy and actually looks as if her teeth are going to chatter in the next second. I can't decide between two different interpretations of what her expression says. The first impression is that she is freezing and her teeth ARE chattering. The other expression is of impatience...'hurry up and take the bleeding shot!' perhaps?:-) The possible story of why these three nuns are out in the cold has me wondering why ARE they there. Perhaps they are doing penance....Perhaps the cold is symbolic of the fact that they are doubting their religion and have been left 'cold' with no answers but only more questions...the story possibilities are endless.
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03/14/2009 10:47:50 PM
A classically good photograph. Or maybe I mean a good classical photograph. It's damn good (oops .. sorry, Sisters) either way. 8.
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03/14/2009 10:20:14 PM
intriguing shot. nicely done.
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03/14/2009 10:16:47 PM
They look cold.
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03/14/2009 05:50:30 PM
This is just great, especially the expression on the face of the sister on the right, the poor girl is frozen.
B&W works perfectly here.
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03/14/2009 05:43:30 PM
funny.
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03/14/2009 01:22:09 PM
Great fun shot ... the expression on the nun far right is terrific!
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03/14/2009 12:32:10 PM
Hmmmm, is this ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Coley ;). I've always liked this one and your wife and girls are so awesome to brave the cold for you!
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03/14/2009 10:37:56 AM
I'm speechless. Wow. Looks totally posed but I think that's what makes it work. Fun and funny stuff!
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03/14/2009 10:15:55 AM
Nuns. Snow. Bench. The combo (at least for me) that lends to a good photo. Nicely executed. Tres bien.
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03/14/2009 05:34:10 AM
Icey Nun's
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03/14/2009 04:31:37 AM
nice setup, very interesting
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03/14/2009 04:28:14 AM
very nice shot, excellent exposure/bw-conversion (i think i have seen that before here). in my top10.
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03/14/2009 12:01:48 AM
Love the variation of the three expressions.
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03/13/2009 08:38:39 PM
Ahh, I know this one. :) (sorry, I can't vote on it)
I already voted on one that I thought was yours... I guess they'll be flattered at being compared to you now!
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03/13/2009 08:34:03 PM
Look like my elementary school teachers. Minus the rulers though. Great idea and execution.
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03/13/2009 08:03:38 PM
Great picture!!! You did a really good job here. Love it!
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03/13/2009 07:51:30 PM
I like it!
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03/13/2009 06:27:17 PM
Haha, wow they look cold! The B&W works very well with this.
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03/13/2009 03:33:55 PM
Let me guess Coley ?
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03/13/2009 10:39:04 AM
Nice capture, but they look s-o-o-o cold
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03/13/2009 09:58:35 AM
This makes me smile - I've always liked this one. :-)
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03/13/2009 09:12:17 AM
Love those expressions - they look just a bit cold!
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03/13/2009 07:33:39 AM
Where is Monty Python or Mel Brooks when you need them?
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03/12/2009 10:34:48 PM
I love this one. They all have interesting expressions on their faces. They're probably just thinking, "It's really cold out here!", but there is a nice emotional depth to this :) I will give you a 9!
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03/12/2009 08:43:25 PM
Very cool story. hahah. Love it in black and white. Good detail and tones. 8
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03/12/2009 07:29:38 PM
Captured it well. They all look really happy to be there.
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03/12/2009 05:32:27 PM
Excellent !
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03/12/2009 05:04:34 PM
Nice pic adn it looks cold!
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03/12/2009 04:22:56 PM
Ha, what a lovely picture. I like your title very much!
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03/12/2009 03:38:26 PM
What an awesome shot! Great use of black and white to focus on the expressions of the subjects.
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03/12/2009 02:37:00 PM
great portrait, it out of the box - love it
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03/12/2009 02:30:35 PM
I LOVE this. Is this Coley? 10
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03/12/2009 02:17:16 PM
The title cracked me up. Excellent shot!
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03/12/2009 02:07:20 PM
your subjects don't look to happy to be there
Nice pic!
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03/12/2009 08:15:32 AM
I really like the striking contrast in this
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03/12/2009 08:03:06 AM
i really like it, i like the three completly different expression of the nuns, it shows a sotry, who like the ice to be more sharp, the high exposure lost the detail 7
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03/12/2009 07:44:12 AM
I remember seeing these three somewhere before, the poor things must be freezing, but makes for a great image, funny.
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03/12/2009 05:58:51 AM
What's black and white and blue all over? Three nuns on a bench in an icy wind!

Nice capture I feel for your subjects though!
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03/12/2009 05:09:27 AM
Funny - makes me think there should be a joke here - Three nuns were sitting on a bench and...
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03/12/2009 05:08:20 AM
They do not look happy to be there. makes for an interesting shot.
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03/12/2009 04:13:39 AM
nicely done
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03/12/2009 12:04:40 AM
burrrrrrrrr - i like the subtle horizon... great sharp image!
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03/11/2009 11:01:45 PM
They don't look happy... I hope you didn't drag them out just to take their picture ;)
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03/11/2009 10:51:05 PM
They look like their freezing. Really like this one.
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03/11/2009 05:16:58 PM
They do NOT look happy about this shoot. But the result is terrific. VERY bold contrast, love the detail on the snow shoes and benchy.
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03/11/2009 02:25:36 PM
HA - you just have to laugh. Love the title. 7
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03/11/2009 11:42:30 AM
what an interesting composition it makes me wonder if it was real
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03/11/2009 10:39:54 AM
Ohhh-kaaay. That's different!
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03/11/2009 10:30:33 AM
Really like the humor here.
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03/11/2009 10:09:53 AM
one of my favorites. great, just great!
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03/11/2009 08:15:31 AM
Wow, they look cold. Nice contrast overall.
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03/11/2009 02:01:44 AM
them sister be cold!
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03/11/2009 01:14:45 AM
It makes me smile.
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