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For The Dude!

For The Dude!
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Copyright: Horia Bogdan (horia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-04
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Hoya Close-Up 52mm +1, +2, +4
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): AnimalExplorer Favorites 2nd folder, Your favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 2:22
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday i went all day on a lovely trip to a place called the Black Forest - a splendid location not very far from my home town.

I was luck enough to find this little fellow, because i really wanted to find something suitable for this special dedication.

This one is for The Dude - Paul Bratescu - one of the best photographers on this site in my opinion! Itried to learn from him as his photographing technique, so this might look a bit similar...hope that's ok :) It's just an experiment anyway.
(Thanks again, Paul, for posting that terrific tailed frog!)

It was actually a superb day yesterday, and i had the opportunity to find all sorts of things to shoot.
I said i was lucky to find this little fellow - and i really do mean little: about 13-15 cm - in a very small and cold stream from inside the forest. I was actually looking for some salamanders when i saw him there, so i took him out, warmed him in my hands, put him down and took some photos and then released him at the edge of the forest...a place that should feel more like home for him :)

Unfortunately, i lent my tripod to a friend a few days ago, so i had to make use of the scenery in order to sustain my camera in a fixed position. I took advantage of some big roots there while still holding it with my hands and took some shots hoping that at least one or two of them are sharp. I also tried to use the flash on some occasions, but due to the very small light in the forest (compared to what the camera needs and considering that it was actually raining a bit) the flash-effect was a very unnatural one.

Anyway, i hope you'll like it :)
By the way, this species is a Common grass Snake - Natrix natrix and you can read about it if you want in some of my previous posts about it.

EXIF data :
Camera: Canon S2 IS
Filter: Hoya Close-up +2
Focal Length: 150mm (35mm equiv.)
Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec.
Metering Mode: Centered Weighted Average
Exposure Bias: 0
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO: 100
Flash: No
Support: handheld and between some old roots
TOD: about 5 PM
Weather conditions: cloudy

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To AnimalExplorer: replyhoria 3 06-06 03:42
To JPlumb: no tilting :)horia 1 06-06 02:32
To Alex99: no turning :)horia 1 06-05 10:24
To Argus: no rotation :)horia 1 06-05 06:37
To Jamesp: thanks, James!horia 1 06-05 04:44
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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-05 2:27]
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Hi Horia,
just to use your words.....ofcoarse we like it!
The completely natural location where you took this picture is very good. There's also something like a diagonal in the image, from which the experts say it's good. Besides that you've taken a shrp and well composed image of this grass snake (is it the N.n.n.?). It's a subadult if you ask me.
I'd say go out more, Horia...:-)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-05 2:40]

Hello Horia,
Color, composition and selective focus with good use of depth of field make this one stand out. I like the diagonal position of the snake and the green that surrounds it. The bright leaf(?) below the snake is a bit distracting though. Well done. Regards,

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-06-05 3:17]

Hi Horia,

A nice capture that you composed carefully and I think it is good to train/try photographic skills with techniques of others
I think this is part of TN that I like,you can learn everyday,I posted a grass snake yesterday as well and I must say I was glad that I could make a few shot,I am not so fond of them and although I know they are harmless I think I would never take him out like you did,anyway I like your capture a lot,It shows all the snake in a natural ambiance,well done and tfs


Hi Horia,
Superb shot! very well focused, great sharpness. Nice DoF, creating a nice blurry FG and BG. I like diagonal position of the snake. Nice dark frame.


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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-06-05 3:41]

Hello Horia
Amazing shot in vivd colours.
YOu mentioned the problem of lighting, but i think it's a perfect shot.Those eyes are superb and the greens around along with PoV shows a great DoF.
Super shot, it goes right into my favourites.
TFS & Cheers

Hi Horia,

A very good image. Good focus and DOF and a lovely subject, really beautiful. Well done.


Interesting picture, very good POV and very good quality, I liked the way you choose to present this picture, it adds a lot to my opinion.

Hi Horia

This is one of your best postings. The angle is really unusual and dramatic. The focus on the head and eye is brilliant and leads the eye to the coils of the snake. The BG of blurred spaghnum moss is lovely and creates a lovely frame. Finally, the lighting is very well done - especially under the conitions you describe.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-05 5:17]

Hi Horia,
an excellant shot of this Grass Snake.
Vivid colours, great DOF, detailed and sharp, a brilliant composition.
Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-05 5:43]

Hello Horia,
Snake pictures have something fascinating. For this one you have chosen an excellent point of view and presenting the snake diagonally improves
the visual impact of the picture. Well done
Best regards

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-06-05 5:45]

salut Horia,
avec mon nouveau pc je profite pleinement de tes images, c'est vraiment d'une extraordinaire qualité. Diagonale bien trouvée, couleurs denses, lumière indirecte. Exceptionnel travail.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-05 6:17]
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Hello Horia,
Very fine shot of a Grass Snake with excellent sharpness, lighting, colour and taken from a fine POV. The blurred BG emphasises the snake and the rotation is very effective on this occasion.
Your use of the S2 IS is masterly and PP work very skillful.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

hi horia,
so nice to see you after a long break,
this is a nice shot, the focus is very good, crystal clear shot with very good details, liked the pov too, nice colours, simple yet effective framing,
tfs & regards

Hi Horia, Its a very nice capture this with snake caught between focus. Composition is excellent and I appreciate the clarity and sharpness of the image. Really good work.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-06-05 6:45]

Hi Hora,
I liked the composition and POV a lot. The colors, contrast, focus and sharpness is very nice. TFS

Good shot Horia, I like the angled POV.
Great sharpness from your S2.
Well composed and good DOF

Excellent composition on the diagonal Horia.
It's the selective focus, pin sharp, lighting and colour that has made this a stunning image to fit the composition. The light leaf litter in the front does grab your eye though, a bit distracting.
Wonderful image.

New Zealand

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  • oanna Silver Star Critiquer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 7] (29)
  • [2007-06-05 8:36]

salut,horia,o compozitie excelenta si culori pe masura.buna ipostaza a sarpelui si un POV care ofera detalii foarte bune.

felicitari si o zi frumoasa,oana

Magnifique réussite, j'aurais aimé avoir fait ce cliché.
Bonne journée.

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  • partha (54)
  • [2007-06-05 9:44]

Hi Horia ,
really one of the bests.Great composition and the pose f the snake is so strong and dynamic. I appreciate you for to maintain such a good focus.
Great shot.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-05 10:16]
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Hi Horia.
It is very interesting work. Impressive and unusual, low POV, turning (if I am not mistaken) of the image, terrific colour palette and great sharpness of this small beauty. You are luckier. Odessa lizards are so quick that I only have time to lead their by my sight in a dense grass. Exposure parameters are unique too. You control your camera extremely perfect (as well as the subject). Bravo. Once more superb work. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-06-05 11:33]

Bonjour Horia,
Wow ! Impressive snake and great close-up ! Good use of DOF. Yes I like and surely the Dude also ;-)
The "+++" : Composition, subject, shape, POV, colors, sharpness, DOF, exposure, interesting note...
The "-" : I am afraid by snakes ;-)
Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2007-06-05 12:16]

Hi Horia,
Boy, am I looking forward to seeing what you produce once you have your dSLR :-) This is superb and honestly hard to believe that it was taken with a compact. Almost perfect DOF, really great POV (maybe you should try without a tripod some more :-)) and wonderful colours. No noise either, just a superb image. Nice dedication too.

Hi Horia,
Outstanding image!
I agree this is one of your best shots, or at least, one of the most I like it :-)
Very impressive the sharpness and the focus got on the insect, while the DOF works absolutly great for the grasses at the surroundings.
You did it pretty well with the inclination to get this terrific composition.
My compliments and thanks for share it.
Best regards,

Wow...wow...wwoooooow...he're we gooo!
Oh yes...hi Horia!(almost forgotten)
This happened to be a superb shot...
Wonderful POV and DOF...
Composed very well...leaving enough space suggesting this is still a little one and -in combination with the diagional line- suggesting the 'movement'.
Of course there are the colours, the light, etc... all are well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-05 14:00]

Hello Horia,
The colours and diagonal composition are amazing. Superb DOF, POV and sharpness. I can look for a long time at this photo and read the note again and again. So learn from you.

Hi Horia, wonderful snake, splendid composition with great colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Sal Horia,
Superba captura,ce imi place in mod deosebit este focusul pe occhiul sarpelui si compozitia diagonala excelenta,la asta se adauga culorile foarte faine si contrastul.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-05 17:06]

Hola amigo,
bella captura,
excelente nitidez y sensacional pov,

Hi Horia, I'm not normally a fan of tilt or angled shots but it certainly works well here. Wow! Your depth of field is incredible. You have such amazing focus up front where it counts with excellent isolation of this snake from his background. His pose too was incredible. He actually bunched himself up for this shot for you. Your detail on the snake is bang on, with a very nice blend of colour into the foliage. Excellent!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-06-05 22:03]

Horia, this is really amazing.

Excellent sharpness, colors, pov, composition and dof.

I do enjoy lighting too.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-05 22:46]

Hello Horia

A well focused ,razor sharp image of this serpent.The eye detail is wonderful.Well composed with excellent colour saturation.TFS


Hello Horia,
Good point of view and excellent details!
Seems like the snake is prepared for whatever the photographer might do...
Good close-up with correct DOF to make the subject really stand out!
Pablo -

Hi Horia,
Well I'm flattered, but I would have to say there are other really great photographers on this website that deserve equal mention besides me that have the same passion for the craft and show remarkable skill, I would like to mention them but there are quite a few on treknature, I would be afraid that I would miss someone, and I wouldn't want to hurt anybodys feelings.

Yes, there is somewhat of a similiar style in this particular capture. There is nothing wrong with a tilted angled image, matter of opinion, sometimes it make an image even more exciting, as does yours. To some viewers the leaf in front may be of a bit distraction but your intentions of the narrow shallow DOF bring immediate focus to the snake and to me this is not an issue as I find this a superb capture.

Thank you for your kind dedication Horia, I really am humbled by it.

Paul :)

Hi Horia,
A very stricking image. The pose of the snake is awesome. Much respect for your extreem low POV. The light and clarity of this photo are of an extreem high quality. The shallow DOF gave the snake the full attention and makes the view very pleasant. Really stunning details.

P.S. I really like the angle of the photo. It gives the photo another dimension. So great work on positioning your camera!

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-06 5:55]

Hi Horia,

Superb capture of the Grass Snake, I really like the composition and its a fabulous pose with the Snake at a diagonal angle and wasn't it nice of the Snake to coil up nicely so you could get him all in the frame, nice sharp detail with great focus on the eye and head, beautiful fresh colours and the lighting is excellent. I'm sure the Dude is well impressed!

TFS Hilary :o)

Hola Horia,
Una gran imagen por su composición con la pose de alerta que parece adoptar, excelente definición, bonitos colores naturales. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-06 7:24]

Hi Horia.

Clearly everything is just about perfect with this shot, the interesting POV, details and pose of the snake - but it's the colours that make this even more special to me. i love that green!
Very well seen, thanks for hsraing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-06 8:35]

Hello Horia,
You've managed to capture this one in a very nice classic shape - He looks just ready to shoot forward! Very fine details and good colours in this brilliant composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-07 4:24]

Horia simply superb and I happen to read some remarks. I am of the opinion that TN really helps me in improving photographic skills. This shot puts you in the upcoming photographer list. Well done and keep it up. TFS Ganesh PT....TMRW

Hi Horia,
It's amazing, magic shot. Sharp, good DOF.
I like it. VG note too.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-07 8:08]

Hello Horia,
excellent shot, I like the POV and the angle you presenting this in; it adds nice dimension to this photo.
Wonderful play with the DOF also the snake looks great coming out of the OOF BG.
Colors, details and sharpness are great.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-06-07 8:31]

Hello Horia, this is very nice. I love th elow angle and the mossy green carpet. Well done.

bonjour horia
les reglages sont ideals pour bien mettre en valeur ce serpent,il est parfaitement net.de superbes couleurs naturelles.
bien realisé.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-06-07 16:49]

HI Horia!
I'm fascinated by colors , superb focus and the quality is just number one!

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-08 13:39]

Hi Horia

This is just beautiful. The green colours are wonderfully vivid. Great POV putting us at snake eye level, nice DOF and a lovely composition. I love the textures on the snake as well



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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-08 14:58]

Hi Horia.
Superb clean and sharp shot.I like your framing,diagonalle composition and perfect low POV.Very good managed DOF with sharp details on head and pretty blurred BG.Very well saturated vivid colors.Superb done,my compliments and thanks for sharing.
Best greetings Milos.

Nice shot, seems to come right out of the photo!


Hello Horia,
This is just superb! Wow! What an amazing POV and composition. This DOF is beautiful and so are colors, details and this great natural environment. This is one of the best snake pictures that I have seen so far. Thanks,

Nice capture...Beautiful colors...Detail is amazing...Exposure and DOF are perfect...Well done...TFS

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-06-09 23:55]

Hi Horia, Very clear capture of this snake. Clarity and colours are superb. One of the best snake photos seen to date. TFS. Murray.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 10:36]

Hello Horia,

Great picture of this snake.
Great color, position & composition, DOF, sharpness and background.


Fabuloso enfoque que realza toda la fotografía. Bien el plano inclinado y el fondo. Magnífica !!

Hi Horia,
Wonderful photo, brilliant sharpness and clarity with wonderful colour. You always find and composes some of the more interesting photos on this site and this is another. I hope your enjoying your trip to the US and I hope to see more posts when you can.

Salut Horia,

Se pare ca deja te-ai acomodat destul de bine cu noua ta "casa" si ti-ai si reluat hobbyul. Sper sa reusesti sa-ti cumperi camera pe care ti-o doresti atat de mult.
In ceea ce priveste fotografia, sunt absoult speechless. Cred ca ceea ce face din aceasta fotografie excelenta una superba este faptul ca ai inclinat linia orizontului.


Nu pot sa spun decat ca compozitia este una excelenta. Linia inclinata a orizontului o face foarte dinamica. Imi place cum ai distribuit spatiul liber in jurul sarpelui iar adancimea campului vizual scoate subiectul in evidenta foarte bine.


Culorile calde si bine saturate contribuie mult la esteticul fotografiei tale.


Contrastul este bine reglat si scoate in evidenta detaliile superbe pe care le-ai surprins.


Aici cred ca lipsa soarelui puternic te-a ajutat foarte mult chiar daca a trebuit sa sprijini camera de ceva pt a putea face fotografia. Umbrele sunt moi si nu acopera detalii importante. Imi place lumina din fotografia ta. 1/4 sec. nu este un timp de expunere tocmai scurt dar avand in vedere subiectul semi-amortit, rezultatul este exceptional.


Focusul este realizat corect, pastrand subiectul clar in timp ce fundalul este complet neclar.

Pe scurt o fotografie superba si o dedicatie pe masura! Felicitari si multumesc! Iti doresc numai succese pe meleagurile straine.

Numai bine,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-08-19 13:17]

Hello Horia !
It's been a long time since I last visited your gallery, and I discovered many new pictures, wonderful pictures. This one isspecially beautiful. I love snakes, but I have never seen any in my region so I can only see them on pictures. Details, colors, composition, POV, pose and look of the snake are perfect. And dof course it is a wonderful snake, with those big eyes. Really a splendidpicture, it goes directly to my favourites.

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-05 18:20]

Hi Horia,
What a beautiful photo. Colors are so naturals, it seems we are in ths place when we look at your great shot.


Great shot
perfect sharpness and very well focused
good colours and nice moment

You have realy a wonderfull gallery,
excellent work,

GREETINGS TO ROMANIA!!! really very nice "piece of snake", i like naturaly surroundings, which is round the snake, sharpness, great colors and very interesting composition! WOW

Acum sa nu crezi ca o sa iti punctez toate fotografiile, doar pe cele care ma impresioneaza f f f fmult.Ai trisat putin luand acest animalut din locul lui(bine ca nu are alta specie, mai rea) dar ai reusit un macro excelent. Nu prea credeam ca e chiar atat de mic, uitandu-ma la fotografie.
Numai bine

Aw, so cute, great composition too. It shows up nicely against the bright green grass.
I just set 4 of these free locally today - I will tell the story on here soon with a couple of images.

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