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Errick L. Cameron
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August Countdown Thread


August July Countdown Thread:
Welcome to the August Countdown Thread.
Hi all! Please join us and share one or two of your favorite photos from last month. There are so many fabulous photo posted on BP. So many very inspiring works of time and talent. I like this thread because its purpose is for each of us to show case your individual photo that you believe is your best or that you feel is most representative of your inner self. So... let's see your personal best!
*If you are a regular here you know what to do.
**If you are new to this thread, take some time to read our helpful hints below and join in the fun.
*** If you found yourself here because you are lost.... Hmmm.., Don't worry, this is not the Hotel California, you can escape!
Some helpful hints for attaching photos into a BP Forum Thread, if you're unfamiliar with the process:
1) Sign into BP. IF YOU HAVEN'T entered the Contest for today, you can use the "Photo ID" method to pull an existing image (from your Member Center) into your reply here.
a. Jot down the PhotoID # of the photo you wish to share. To determine your PhotoID, go to the little Pancakes icon, then click “My Photos”, then “Manage/Enter.” The PhotoID is right below the number.
b. Go to the Countdown Contest thread. Click “Respond” at the bottom of the page.
c. Type in whatever you wish; e.g., “Here’s my Fav image for the month.”
d. Click the “Select” button below the text input box, and select “1.” Toggle on “Notify” box if you wish to be notified. Click “Submit.”
e. The Image Uploader appears. On the right-hand side, you’ll see an input box for the PhotoID (from step 1a). Type it in then click “submit your photo.” Then, return to the forum thread and you’ll see your photo.
2) IF YOU HAVE ALREADY entered the Contest for today, you can't use the Photo ID method *today*. Either wait until tomorrow to reply here first, or upload a copy of the image (from your PC) and attach to this thread. This produces a duplicate image in your Member Center; however, you don't have to make that duplicate visible in your Gallery.
3) If you're uploading a duplicate, I suggest titling it "For Forum" so it stands out in your Member Center, for easier housecleaning later on. This can also help nudge BP viewers to go find the original image in your gallery, if they want to leave a comment. Likewise, if you want to add a comment to a photo seen here, first try to tell if it is a duplicate upload. As a courtesy, try to find the original image in the member's gallery and leave your comment there instead of on the duplicate... which may one day be deleted.
Errick


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9/19/2017 7:24:21 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
On the Wings of Heaven
On the Wings of Heaven
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Atlantic
Atlantic
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I will start us out.
Don't be alarmed! My psychosis will pass! I will return to normal next month... but ... hold on... I actually going to post two COLOR phots for my August favorites!!! There I said it. Life here in BP will go on!


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9/19/2017 7:28:26 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  On the Wings of Heaven
This one just speaks to me. Entered into the monthly theme. I had quite a few entries into the theme but this is the image I first thought of when monthly theme was announced.

Atlantic
I played with some long exposure while on the Outer Banks last month. This is my favorite. I will be returning next month and hope to do some more experimenting.


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9/19/2017 7:44:36 PM

 
Garret Ray
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~Canyon Colors~
~Canyon Colors~
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Favorite image for August.......


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9/19/2017 7:51:12 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  (just tagging for now, will post later)


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9/19/2017 7:52:29 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Supreme Spiral
Supreme Spiral
A very wide-angle view up the elegant white-marble spiral stairs of the US Supreme Court building. Elliptical rather than circular, there are two of these in the building,
each a mirror-image of the other. (Thanks to Louise Wolbers for the loan of an 11-24mm lens!)

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Scowl
Scowl
The 6th anniversary of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the East Coast is 8/23/17. In the extensive damage suffered at the cathedral was the SW Grand Pinnacle; a 40-feet-tall, slender, tapering pinnacle of some 25 tons of stone, 130 feet above the ground. (Picture a very narrow gazebo-like structure, 12 stories off the ground, with an 8-sided stone steeple rising from it.) Eight amazing portrait heads barely survived; the structure was badly fractured just below the heads. The pinnacle, held up since the quake with house-jacks and scaffolding, finally had to come down, meaning breaking apart all the undamaged, mortared-together perfect stones. Weathered 60+ years, the portraits are now at street level (behind a chain link fence I shot through) letting visitors see the incredible detail and masterful carving adorning the building, even when it is normally high up out of sight.
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Two favorites from my short list of 16 entries for August. Best of luck to everyone!


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9/20/2017 5:27:29 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Thanks for hosting, Errick - I'm enjoying your long-exposure, almost abstracted beach series...
My favorites are likely no surprise - "Scowl" is a cathedral element which I had fun working out how to get a good shot through a chain-link fence, since the lens would not fit through a gap in the fence.
"Supreme Spiral" is a staircase I've shot before, but never wider than 16mm before this.


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9/20/2017 5:32:00 AM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
 
My two faves this month.


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9/20/2017 7:49:21 PM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Storm Over the Swan
Storm Over the Swan
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My two faves this month.


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9/20/2017 7:49:51 PM

 
Carrie Pichler  
 
  Rocking the Kidney
Rocking the Kidney
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Oops ... I didn't enter my second one properly! This is my second. This is of my son during a competition that he took first!


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9/20/2017 7:54:16 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
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BARQUE
BARQUE
Looking straight up towards the very tall pine tree in thick fog in Murree.

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Blue Jeep & Dead Wood
Blue Jeep & Dead Wood
A scene from top of Lalazaar in Naran, Northern Pakistan.
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Here are my two faves for the month of August. Good luck to all in the contest.


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9/21/2017 12:30:45 AM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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My favorite for month.


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9/21/2017 5:56:09 AM

 
Dayna Cain
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Gold In The Sky
Gold In The Sky
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My fave from August. Good luck everyone!


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9/26/2017 5:59:31 AM

 
Nikki McDonald
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
Lemur Tree Frog
Lemur Tree Frog
Category: Animals
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My two favorites are both new entries - one taken back in February and the other just taken in August; both have EP's.


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9/26/2017 7:18:00 AM

 
Cary Rogers
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Pink Snapdragons
Pink Snapdragons
photo of snapdragons in the garden run through a kali filter, at two very different settings, then combined into one final image
Entered: 08/05/2017

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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Waiting For Nightfall
Waiting For Nightfall
Exterior light fixture on the Lakewood library wall; shot in late afternoon. f/3.5, 1/1000 sec, 9.3 mm, ISO-64. EOD 08/31/2017
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These are 2 of my favorites for the month from 2 categories.


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9/26/2017 11:12:47 AM

 
Joanna Kovalcsik
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Post Processing
Post Processing

Sunset illuminates a marble headstone's golden coronet.

Category: Monthly Theme (Heavenly Light)
© Joanna Kovalcsik

 
  Journey
Journey

-- My New Adventure --

Category: Man-Made
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These are my two favorites from August. Best wishes, everyone! :o)


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9/26/2017 3:45:46 PM

 
tony w. austin
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Reflections at sunset
Reflections at sunset
wildhorses at sunset on the colorado new mexico border
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my fave for the month


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9/28/2017 8:33:46 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  One more day to go for the results to glimmer. I will be away so Good Luck to all participants and many CONGRATZ to all those who played, placed and will win medals. Long Live BP !


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9/29/2017 12:04:26 AM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick   Sunset at Salmon River Falls
Sunset at Salmon River Falls
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BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest Finalist
 
An afternoon snack
An afternoon snack
Picture taken at Sydney Zoo.
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Joying the thread at the last minute, but here are my two images. :-)


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9/29/2017 3:35:30 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Garret, Canyon Colors makes a terrific nature abstract. Well done.


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9/29/2017 4:36:07 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Chris, you already know that Suprium Spiral is my monthly favorite from your gallery. Scrawl is equally good and full of raw emotion. Good luck!


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9/29/2017 4:39:22 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Both entries are fabulous Carie but I like Rocking the Kidney as my favorite. Good luck !


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9/29/2017 4:42:40 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Have a good trip Usman. Hope these turn hold before your return!


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9/29/2017 4:46:30 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Ed,a tree with character. You did it well!


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9/29/2017 4:48:13 PM

 
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  Dayna, nice control of color and white balance. Should advance easily.


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9/29/2017 4:51:49 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nikki, as you know I already picked bus abstract as my monthly favorite from your gallery. A striking abstract from our daily world. But, lemur tree frog is also top shelf!


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9/29/2017 5:12:13 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  A couple of nice abstracts Cay. I am going th go with Waiting night fall.


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9/29/2017 5:19:49 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Your minimalist abstractions work well Joanna. Gods luck in the Gold Rush!


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9/29/2017 5:24:02 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  Nice reflective sun lit photo Tony. The color make this tops!


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9/29/2017 5:26:46 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I like the giraffe head terissa but I have to go with salmon richer falls riverralls reffesa.


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9/29/2017 5:31:38 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Of your two favorites, Errick, I have to go with "On the Wings of Heaven". The flow and colors of "Atlantic" are lovely, but "Heaven" is truly inspirational - and a wonderful fit for the Monthly Theme. I do hope that's where you entered it.

Thank you for all your comments on the images offered by everyone in this thread. I am hoping others will take a look at and offer their thoughts on yours in return :)


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9/29/2017 6:16:17 PM

 
Carrie Pichler   Thank you Errick! And thank you once more for taking the time to bring positive feedback. Good luck to everyone!


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9/29/2017 7:37:07 PM

 
Usman M. Bajwa
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  Thanks Errick, I like both of your shots but the wings does it for me, for its sheer grand scale and amazing light. Good luck to you too.


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9/29/2017 10:26:22 PM

 
Christopher Budny
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  I like all your beach and oven work, Erick, but that gorgeous blue abstraction of surf and sky is something I keep looking at...!


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9/30/2017 3:56:45 AM

 
Christopher Budny
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  Sorry, oven equals ocean.


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9/30/2017 3:59:18 AM

 
Teresa Letkiewicz
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  SFs are out. Good luck everybody!!!!


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9/30/2017 12:38:59 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  So glad you cleared that up, Chris. I would seriously have been spending a lot of time in Errick's gallery trying to find oven shots :)

Congratulations to all who got SF's, whether on their favorites posted here or on other of their entries. And good luck as Jim moves on through . . .


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9/30/2017 1:07:37 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  I don't do good oven work!!!

Congratulations to all off the staff favorites. Let's get some silver now!!!


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9/30/2017 1:27:52 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Well, that's interesting...I got a 2nd place but no finalists...no finalists are posted at all. Winners, but no finalists..Hmmmm.


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9/30/2017 5:46:35 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Me too, Carolyn - I thought I had missed something.


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9/30/2017 5:52:08 PM

 
Dayna Cain
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  Same for me. No finalists but I also got a second place win. I am thrilled to have it but I have never known of something like this happening in all the years I have been on BP.


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10/1/2017 12:57:57 PM

 
Cary Rogers
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  (It's kind of bizarre: If you click on the Finalists link for this month's contest---and choose a category---all the photos have either gold badges or SF badges!)


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10/1/2017 1:22:35 PM

 
Ken Smith
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  Here's the link Cary was referring to:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGall2.asp?catID=67538&mem4gall=0

It's as if the SFs were presented to the judge(s) for the golds.


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10/1/2017 2:50:19 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Ken, send that to Jim.. I think he thinks I've lost my mind.


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10/1/2017 2:53:34 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  LOL, Carolyn. And maybe you have . . . but not in this case :)


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10/1/2017 4:50:09 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Haha...You're probably right, Nikki.


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10/1/2017 6:09:18 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  Now all the finalist badges have shown up, but I lost my winner badge in my gallery. Oboy..


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10/2/2017 2:24:11 PM

 
Nikki McDonald
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  Yep. And all the SF's turned to Finalists.


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10/2/2017 2:25:28 PM

 
Harriet Feagin
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  I thought I was just confused. Come to find out, I WAS confused with good reason.


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10/2/2017 2:31:12 PM

 
Lindley Johnson
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  Oh good grief, what's next at BP?


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10/2/2017 2:39:15 PM

 
Ed Lauderdale
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  Errick, thanks for hosting this thread. I really appreciate the comment about my image!


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10/3/2017 1:10:58 PM

 
Errick L. Cameron
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  The September Countdown Thread in now ope for responses. Hope to see you there. Errick


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10/17/2017 8:30:21 AM

 
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