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Parting is such sweet sorrow

Well… our last day in Scotland as a group was met with the worst of the worst weather.  The forecast was for wind and rain but the mention of “gale” in regard to the wind put us off a bit for any mountainside adventures.  It would of course be heartbreaking to see a camera take a tumble off a tripod in Gale Force winds, but even more so we had to think of everyone’s safety.  So, it was decided by our enlightened leaders that we would indeed spend the day buried in our laptops and sip hot coffee from the comfort of our meeting room.

The morning began early enough with the wind howling outside the window.  Joe Cornish started us off with an incredibly enthralling presentation of his work and attitude towards approaching photography.  It was just the inspiration everyone needed before burying their heads in their computers to start editing their photos from the week.  With a little help from Steve Gosling and Kevin, the photo’s steadily emerged and the results were quite impressive.

When everyones attention span began to wain and our stomachs started to grumble we sat down for slow and steady lunch at the Hotel.  A welcome change from our standard pack lunches on the road.  A hot bowl of soup and warm sandwich were just what everyone needed.

Well fed and well rested, Steve Gosling took the helm of our classroom and walked us through his visions for photography.  Focusing heavily on emotion and reflection, Steve’s images and summations from various artists quotes really lit the fire once more for our guests and after wrapping up a few hours later we were all back to image editing with new perspectives and editing approaches in our toolbox.  Once again, Joe, Steve and Kevin lent a hand to help focus everyone’s vision… and that’s when the tables were turned.

Since we had the time and still had the enthusiasm, we ended the evening before our last dinner with a bit of a Critique.  Each participant provided two of their best files, in their RAW state, to the instructors.  The panel of Joe, Steve and Kevin set to work in front of the class sharing their approach to editing and drawing out the heart behind each image.  It was quite the eye opening experience for everyone as each of our instructors offered their own unique perspective.  Whether the files were “Raberized” by Kevin, “Gossled” by Steve, or coaxed under the discerning method of Mr. Cornish (Cornished?), the results were absolutely stunning.

With the group satisfied with all they’d learned and their artistic education quota filled, we thought it best to open a few bottles of wine and sit down for an eventful dinner.  And boy was it eventful!

Our fearless leaders, in the true nature of PODAS, decided to have a bit of fun and don some rather unique head gear for dinner.  Perhaps they had a few too many drams but regardless of the impulses source, we all had a good laugh and filled our phones with what will likely be some entertaining contact profile pictures down the road.  But the night didn’t end there, as Kevin has gone on and on this trip about his search for a Scottish fairy in the Isle of Skye, Steve took it upon himself to ensure he didn’t leave disappointed.  With a little sweet talking from the staff, Steve was able to convince our server to give Kevin his meal dressed as what else but a fairy!  She certainly was a good sport!

With the antics out of the way, the Camera equipment hesitantly returned, and the bar bill growing we all decided to say farewell.  A healthy nights sleep was what everyone needed after such an eventful trip before we all hit the road in the morning to catch our flights in Inverness.

Below are a few more highlights from the fun-filled trip and until next time, thanks for following along.

We hope you can join our next PODAS event!


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Day Four – Be Careful what you wish for….

Well, after three days of slogging it through the rain and wind, wishing all the while we had bright, warm, sunny skies, we finally got one.  And as a result, all we wanted was to have a cloud or two in the sky.  Oh well.

We headed out early today after breakfast (Pancakes again!) and just took a quick trip down the road to check for some Panorama’s of the Cuilin mountains at Silgachan.  Since it was the first time that we could actually see the mountains in their entirety it seemed important to spend some time trying to get them properly photographed.  The light, while beautiful, was quite intense so we fought through it with as many ND filters as we could find.  With the sky showing no signs of a passing cloud, we decided to hit the road west.

We headed to the furthest western point on Skye and settled, appropriately, in Neist for a few hours of Cliffside photography and lunch.  Typically this point has a mean reputation of harsh weather and vicious winds, but today it was as calm and sunny as any oceanside getaway.  We took our time and made sure the Lighthouse was captured from every conceivable angle.

As the Sun began to show signs of its decent we packed up the vans and headed towards Glen Brittle for some evening light on the Fairy Pools.  It was a long hike late in the day and sadly, not everyone decided to make the full trek into the ravine.  There were plenty of smaller waterfalls and mountain vistas along the way so everyone came away happy, but those of us that hiked all the way in were treated with some beautiful shots of the falls and small gorges.  Quite remarkable.

As you can see from the pictures, Steve and Joe were on hand to help make sure we all got the most of the locations.  And clearly some of us (Bill mostly) were quite dedicated and went to any length to get the shot!

We’ve got plenty of Class Time tomorrow to finally edit all of these masterpieces, as well as get an in-depth review from Steve Gosling and Joe Cornish about how our work measures up.  A well needed day to sip coffee and sit behind our computers is entirely welcome.


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Day Three – OMG, we got some sunshine!!!

Well… the day started with the rain pelting the hotel windows so we were less then enthusiastic about putting on the barely dried rain gear and heading out.  We took a rather lengthy breakfast (the hotel has Pancakes!!!) and then Mr. Cornish entertained us with the start of an inspiring presentation.  Just as we were enthralled with his images, the weather broke and we could see the sun so we headed out for the day to make the most of it.

Our first location had us head southeast through the weather we were hoping to avoid, but just as we had given up on our enthusiastic retreat from the comfort of the hotel the rain let up and the sun shined through.

We had nearly two hours of sun and clouds at Cill Chriosd where there are some rather impressive ruins of an old church yard.  Not to mention the shallow Loch just down the road.  After a quick lunch in our impromptu parking lot, we headed further down the road to Elgol where we braved a rather persistent light rain and held out until sunset.  Hiking the slippery and rocky shore was well worth the effort as the rain subsided and provided quite an impressive rainbow. The sunset certainly didn’t disappoint and we even made some friends with the local fisherman and our resident Russian, Anton, treated us to a dozen rock crabs for tomorrows dinner… quite a full day and as always, a great photographic adventure.


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Day Two… Better weather and plenty of driving

Today took us from the scenic backdrop of the Cuillins a Sligachan Bridge to the picturesque Castle at Eilean Donan.  As one would suspect we had plenty of mixed weather, from heavy rain to the bright and blue skies (but only for just a bit).   The bulk of the day was spent in the rather dreary drizzle of constant sprinkles but we made due and found plenty of opportunities for beautiful images that really  took our mind off of the weather. A brief stopover at a roadside waterfall for a lunch break gave us (or more accurately Anton) time to relax and be a bit silly while we watched the weather and planned our next location. But it wasn’t all rain and tomfoolery, we found some beautiful light in Isle Ornsay that broke just in time to give us some fantastic displays of the Lighthouse and local boat wrecks… just fantastic. We we’re shooting at Eilean Donan at Lock Duich well after dark, which wasn’t that bad because it was only 6 o’clock.  Then it was back to the Hotel for dinner and a few well deserved beer while we all crowd around the Capture One all-stars to learn a few tricks. With luck we’ll be back tomorrow with another update. 


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PODAS Scotland… weathering the storm!

We’re off and running!

PODAS is happy to be back in the swing of things with some of the regular crew as well as the new addition, Joe Cornish.  Joe is proving to be an excellent addition to our typical team of misfits.

We’ve started off with great images.  Despite the constant barrage of wind and rain we managed to put in a 3 hour hike in the Isle of Skye today (though some opted to stay close to the Vans).  The Sun managed to show up for a brief appearance and we certainly took advantage, the Phase One systems held up great against the conditions and the images are great proof of their versatility.

Tomorrow we’re off to the mountains in the south-west, and we’ll be making the most of it in our limited daylight hours here in the frigid northern light of Autumn.

Check in with us tomorrow… if time allows we’ll be sure to fill you in with some more details!


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Scotland – Isle Of Skye Photography Workshop

Luminous-Landscape and Phase One are proud to announce an amazing Isle Of Skye Photography Workshop this November 1st to November 7th.  This will be a LuLa – PODAS workshop, where every attendee is provided a Phase One camera system with the latest Phase One digital back to use for the duration of the workshop.  As with all LuLa and PODAS workshops everything is covered in the workshop fee except transportation to the Inverness Airport.  Our pick up time will be 12 noon to 1PM on the 1st

You’ll have your own room, all meals, and ground transportation plus the three great instructors and the Phase One team to help you make the most of your experience.  The only thing you need to bring to the workshop is a tripod, CF cards, Laptop and backup storage, plus a willingness to have a lot of fun taking great photos.  Steve Gosling, Joe Cornish and Kevin Raber will guide you through this amazing region.

Skye is a wonderfully dramatic and picturesque island off the west coast of Scotland and has been voted ‘the 4th best island in the world’ by National Geographic magazine. It’s a place of extremes – from the craggy outline of the Cuillin that dominate the landscape to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend down to peaceful bays & beaches. It’s changing weather patterns can create wonderfully atmospheric lighting conditions for photography and given the right weather conditions Skye can be an ideal location for glorious sunrises and sunsets.

The workshop will start on Saturday 1st November when we will pick everyone up from Inverness Airport. A drive west will take us across the bridge to Skye and on to the small town of Portree, the location of our base for the workshop, the luxury four star Cuillin Hills Hotel. The hotel is set in private grounds overlooking Portree Bay with magnificent views to the Cuillin Hill mountain range.

The workshop will start with introductions to the instructors, the workshop program, fellow attendees and some of the locations we will visit whilst on this wonderful island. You’ll also be given the Phase One camera system for this workshop. The next five days will be spent visiting and photographing some of the iconic and well known locations as well as some lesser known but equally photogenic spots that Skye has to offer.

The programme will be flexible to make the best use of the locations, the light and the prevailing weather conditions (Scotland is known for its changeable weather at any time of the year and this can make for dramatic landscape photographs).

In our time on Skye our itinerary will cover: -

• The village of Elgol, on the shores of Loch Scavaig, which has a wonderful rocky coastline with magnificent views across to the Cuillin Hills

• The Quirang, a fascinating rugged landscape on the Trotternish Peninsula with views east across to the mainland

• The iconic Old Man of Storr (a rocky outcrop with interesting pinnacles that are the remnants of ancient landslips). It’s eastern face looks across the Sound of Rassay

• The remote lighthouse at Neist Point (the most westerly point on the Duirinish Peninsula). The lighthouse and cliffs are photogenic subjects in their own right but the location also offers the opportunity to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark

• The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle. A location dominated by the Cuillin Hills. The water running off the hills flows down into the glen via a series of picturesque rocky waterfalls

• The Fairy Glen – a little know, bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of cone shaped hills (local myth says these are the underground homes of fairies so beware where you tread!)

• Sligachan Bridge is an old (early 19th century) picturesque stone bridge crossing the river that carries the water down from the Cuillin. Its location offers photographic potential in the water as it cascades over the rocky river bed as well as views of the bridge in its magnificent setting, overlooked by the surrounding hills. Situated across the road is the Sligachan Hotel with its bar that boasts a selection of over 200 malt whiskies (so still something to do even if the weather is bad!)

Skye is a wonderful and magical part of Scotland and a landscape photographers dream. Come and join two photographers who know the location well and can share with you some of its photographic secrets.

Your Instructors:

Joe Cornish

Joe Cornish

Although he has his own gallery and has been exhibited widely, books are the heart of Joe Cornish’s photographic output. First Light, a Landscape Photographers Art, is one of the best-loved landscape photography books of the modern era. He wrote and photographed Scotland’s Coast, and the critically acclaimed Scotland’s Mountains. He has had a DVD (With Landscape in Mind) and a book (Joe Cornish, a Photographer at Work) made about him.

A reluctant convert to digital imaging, Joe bought his first Phase One back (a P45+) in 2008. He has since evolved his working method to mirror that of large format film, so shoots on a Linhof Techno, and since 2011 a Phase One IQ180. The Phase One files complement the printing workflow needed for his North Yorkshire gallery,

Joe is part of the elite group, The world’s 40 most influential Nature Photographers, listed by Outdoor Photography magazine in 2010, and he has appeared on television as a presenter and photographic expert. He has been a judge on Wildlife Photographer of the Year and is an honorary Fellow of the RPS.

Visit Joe Cornish’s Website HERE

Steve Gosling

Steve Gosling

I am a professional photographer who specializes in producing creative & contemporary landscape images (my ‘signature’ style is moody, atmospheric and minimalist black & white photographs). 

My images have been published internationally as posters & greetings cards and have appeared in advertisements, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars across the world. Prints of my work have been exhibited in venues throughout the UK and have appeared on sets for both theatre and film productions. My work has also won awards in both national and international competitions.

I particularly enjoy writing & teaching about photography. As well as being a contributor to many of the major photography magazines in the UK and abroad I regularly give talks to photographic societies and other groups. I have run a successful workshop program  for several years encouraging and inspiring photographers of all levels from across the world. 

You can find out more about Steve Gosling HERE

Kevin Raber

Kevin Raber is a digital pioneer.  Embracing digital in 1996 Kevin hasn’t looked back.  In the seventies and eighties Kevin ran a very successful commercial studio in the Philadelphia area.  In the mid eighties he bought one of the first Macintosh computers and started a software company writing software for photographers.  He sold both the studio and software company in 1990 and worked with Burrell Professional Labs as Sales and Business Development Manager.  In the mid 90’s he was part of the team that developed initially a hybrid digital workflow for color labs and eventually a fully digital workflow.  In 1999 he joined Phase One as a Vice President and worked on numerous projects with Phase One until 2013 when he joined Luminous-Landscape as CEO and Publisher. 

Kevin’s passion for photography can only be experienced by photographing with him.  His collection of images from all corners of the globe is extensive.  He was the originator of the well known PODAS workshops and now brings this experience to Luminous-Landscape.  You can see more of Kevin’s work at kevinraber.com

How To Register

The price for this amazing workshop is $6500.00 USD. It includes . . .

• Expert instruction by Steve, Joe and Kevin

• Airport pick up and return.  (pick up will be 1:00 PM on November 1st at Inverness Airport and you’ll be returned to the airport by noon time on the 7th.)

• Single occupancy room at the The Cullin Hills Hotel (it’s a very nice hotel)

• All your meals.  Breakfast will be at the hotel.  Lunches will either be in the hotel of box lunches in the field.  Dinners will be at the hotel or various local restaurants.  Dinners include a glass of wine.

• All transportation during the workshop will be provided

• You’ll receive a loaner Phase One camera system of one of the new IQ 2X0 series backs. 

• Each van will also have a full compliment of all the Phase One lenses for you to use also

• Classroom instruction on Lightroom and Capture One as well as post processing techniques.

• All you bring is a laptop (PC or MAC), CF cards, and a willingness to have a lot of fun taking pictures in a most amazing landscape.

• Incidental charges such as internet, bar, laundry and other such services will be at your expense. 

Sign up today by downloading the Registration Form and returning it by email.  A $2500.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the beginning of September 2014.  If you need to cancel your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.

DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

Any questions contact Kevin Raber by phone at 317-379-7482 or email at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com

This workshop will be administered by Rockhopper Workshops LLC. Rockhopper Workshops is the sole US Based provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.


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Palouse – A LuLa PODAS Workshop

Palouse Landscape at sunrise

Sunrise In The Palouse Can Be Dramatic

The Palouse Harvest

Please join us on what promises to be a most remarkable Landscape Photography workshop in the Palouse.  Luminous-Landscape and Phase One join up to offer a one of a kind PODAS workshop. Kevin Raber, publisher and CEO of Luminous-Landscape with Jeff Schewe, LuLa video tutorial instructor as well as world renown photographer, Lightroom and Photoshop expert will lead you to some amazing spots in one of their favorite places to photograph landscapes.  And, to enhance this workshop further you will be provided the state of the art Phase One DF camera system, access to a complete set of Phase One lenses and an IQ2 series digital back to shoot with during the workshop.  

Harvest in palouse

The Harvest From The Air

LuLa – PODAS workshops are unique and you will have an experience like no other workshop.  If you have ever wanted to see for yourself the medium format difference and see what immersive image quality means then don’t hesitate – register today.  As a PODAS workshop attendee you will have a no-worries trip.  We pick you up at the airport, provide transportation during the event, a single-occupancy room, all your meals and beverages and a license for Capture One Pro. Now throw in a lot of fun and the chance to make some excellent new friends and you can see why LuLa – PODAS workshops are so popular.

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Whatever It Takes To Get The Shot

The Palouse is located in the southeastern corner of Washington State.  It’s not a National or State Park and it has no real borders.  It’s a region of rolling hills, big open skies and fields of wheat and other crops that stretch past the horizon.  It’s a place that once you visit it you’ll want to visit again at different seasons.  It’s full of surprises and you’ll stumble upon, beautiful farms, abandoned building and vehicles, quaint towns and big sky landscapes. We will be visiting the Palouse at harvest time where golden fields of wheat will contrast beautifully with big open skies and puffy clouds.  The harvest taking place will provide us wonderfully unique patterns of fields being harvested and a contrast of colors that the IQ2x0 back will capture in unbelievable detail.

There are no set places (except a few) for shooting in this region.  This is about exploration and opportunity, as a field on one day will be looking totally different the next day.  We will set out and explore this region for sunrise everyday and during the day explore further.  We will be traveling in two vans and we will split up and meet occasionally during the day.  There will be classroom time where Kevin and Jeff will share their imagery as well as their adventures around the world and their approach to seeing and capturing the images they are both famous for.  Both will share their processing and post-processing techniques. 

We will begin our adventure together on the 18th of August.  You’ll arrive at the Spokane airport and be transported to our base hotel in Pullman.  You will check in and around 3:30 we will kick off the event with introductions and an overview of our trip and our goals and what to expect.  You’ll receive the Phase One camera system and be given an overview of how to use it.  The beauty of the Phase One system is it is so easy to use.  The IQ back is so intuitive it doesn’t need much to be up and shooting.  And, shooting is what we hope to do.  Our goal is to shoot the sunset this evening and have you become familiar with the camera.  Phase One will have a team there to help and support you during the whole workshop.  After dinner we will show you how to import your images into Capture One.  You’ll be surprised at how easy all of this is and you will soon see what you have been missing in your images. 

In addition to the camera system Phase One will provide a set of lenses for each van so that you can try out numerous different lens combinations during the workshop.  Lens ranges from 28mm through 240mm will be available. In addition we will also have an ALPA technical camera with us with a bank of lenses.  We’ll help you understand how the ALPA technical cameras function as well as why and where you would want to use one.

 

Beginning the next morning and for the duration of the workshop we will be up before dawn and on our way to locations to catch the hills and fields during sunrise.   We will return for breakfast and much needed coffee.  Based on weather forecast and such we will then mix the daytime hours with either exploration into the field and classroom time covering Capture One and lectures by the instructors.  A uniqueness of LuLa – PODAS workshops is we stay together the whole time.  We eat, shoot, and socialize together.  Discussions on photography and technique will extend beyond the classroom. You’ll be amazed how much you will learn from the instructors, the Phase One team but also from your fellow attendees.  Travel time to locations are like mini-seminars in the vans. Prior to the workshop we will do our best to nail down times for everything but weather and light will be our guide in how we arrange the workshop.

We will also have an optional photograph the Palouse from the air option for those that are interested.  This is a great way to really capture the textures and dynamic patterns of the region. Information on this option will be presented after you register.  We normally will use 2-3 planes taking those that are interested for early morning or late day flights.  Seeing the Palouse from the air is quite amazing.

 

As we near the end of our workshop we will do image critiques as well as be available for one on one help with editing and image selection. You will be responsible for providing 6 images that you have shot during the workshop.  On closing night we show a multi-media show of everyone’s images as well as fun candid shots of our time together.  You’ll receive a certificate for attending.  The only things you need to bring to this workshop is a sturdy tripod, CF cards and your computer.  Everything else we take care of.  

We have visited the Palouse numerous times and each time is another adventure as we explore paved and unpaved roads and discover more treasures of this remarkable area.  The combined experience of the team and instructors will mean you get the shot and come home with some new portfolio prints.  This will be a fun and educational trip not to mention one full of great photography. Kevin and Jeff are looking forward this workshop as much as you are and we all hope you can make a point to join this adventure.

Spaces for this workshop will go quickly.  Class size is limited to 15 attendees so register today.  We will stay in touch with you after you register and provide help in preparing for this workshop.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com or 317-379-7482.  We are committed to making this the best workshop you have ever attended.

Your Instructors

Jeff Schewe

Jeff

Jeff Schewe is a digital pioneer. An award winning advertising photographer by trade, he has been a long-term alpha/beta tester for Photoshop, Camera Raw and Lightroom, and has been personally involved with their development. He is also a well-known fine art printing guru and is an Epson Stylus Pro member and leader of the Epson Print Academy. Jeff is the co-author of “Real World Camera Raw with Adobe Photoshop CS4″ as well as co-author, along with Martin Evening, of “Photoshop CS4 For Photographers: The Ultimate Workshop”.

He’s a member of the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame. Jeff is also a founding partner in PixelGenius, LLC makers of the PhotoKit™ line of plug-ins. Jeff has also been seen in a variety of Luminous Landscape video tutorials along with his on-screen partner, Michael Reichmann, including their Camera To Print and Lightroom tutorials.

Kevin Raber in antarctica

Kevin

Kevin Raber is a digital pioneer.  Embracing digital in 1996 Kevin hasn’t looked back.  In the seventies and eighties Kevin ran a very successful commercial studio in the Philadelphia area.  In the mid eighties he bought one of the first Macintosh computers and started a software company writing software for photographers.  He sold both the studio and software company in 1990 and worked with Burrell Professional Labs as Sales and Business Development Manager.  In the mid 90’s he was part of the team that developed initially a hybrid digital workflow for color labs and eventually a fully digital workflow.  In 1999 he joined Phase One as a Vice President and worked on numerous projects with Phase One until 2013 when he joined Luminous-Landscape as CEO and publisher.  

Kevin’s passion for photography can only be experienced by photographing with him.  His collection of images from all corners of the globe is extensive.  He was the originator of the well known PODAS workshops and now brings this experience to Luminous-Landscape.  You can see more of Kevin’s work at kevinraber.com.  

The price for this amazing workshop is $4500.00 It includes . . . 

Register Before April 10, 2014 and Receive A Complimentary Luminous Landscape Video Subscription ( Value $150.00 USD)

• Expert instruction by Kevin and Jeff• Airport pick up and return.  (pick up will be 1:30 PM on August 18 at Spokane Airport and you’ll be returned to the airport by noon time on the 23rd.)

• Single occupancy room at the Holiday Inn in Pullman (it’s a very nice hotel)• All your meals.  Breakfast will be at the hotel.  Lunches will either be catered in the hotel of box lunches in the field.  Dinners will be at various local restaurants.  Dinners include one glass of a nice wine.

• All transportation during the workshop will be provided• You’ll receive a loaner Phase One camera system of one of the new IQ 2X0 series backs.  

• Each van will also have a full compliment of all the Phase One lenses for you to use also• Classroom instruction on Lightroom and Capture One as well as post processing techniques• Airplane flights over the Palouse  are available at extra cost – Prices will be provided after registration as well as sign up forms for this option.

• All you bring is a laptop (PC or MAC), CF cards, and a willingness to have a lot of fun taking pictures in a most amazing landscape.

Sign up today by downloading the Registration Form and returning it by email.  A $2000.00 deposit is required to hold your spot.  Final payment will be due at the beginning of July.  If you need to cancel, your deposit will be returned if your position can be filled less $200 for transaction fees.

To Register Please Downlaod A Registration Form HERE

Any questions contact Kevin Raber at kwr@rockhopperworkshops.com.

Rockhopper Workshops is the sole US Based provider of workshops for Luminous-Landscape.

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