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Bye Bye Miss American Pie...
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Bye Bye Miss American Pie...
Bye Bye Miss American Pie...

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At a Gala fund raiser that I shot for a cultural group last April. While the guests enjoyed their dinner, the brilliant Courtney Colletti Band
took requests at each table. Someone asked for "American Pie" and the entire room was on their feet, dancing and singing.
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Here coloratura soprano, Marcy Richardson, who had been seated beside me, was just letting the spirit move her. This is entirely candid (though performers are always subliminally aware of any cameras pointed at them).
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Reworked, using Nik Viveza to add some structure to the blond hair, and resubmitted for the last day of the MT.
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Raw, Aperture Priority: F4, ISO:1600, 1/60s 32mm (breaking the rule of never shooting a portrait at less than 50mm). Canon 24-105mm f4L IS lens.
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© Michelle Alton
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Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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    She does look like she's gettin' with it! Cute shot!

7/31/2011 4:03:07 AM

 
Brett Dolsen
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Wonderfull lighting,treatment and capture of the moment Michelle!

7/31/2011 4:23:00 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Great work Michelle, I am parcel to candid shots anyway. I have seen here before in some of your postings; I think? She is very photogenic she has the lines that photographers are looking for.

7/31/2011 5:15:52 AM

 
Linda D. Lester
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She is beautiful....great BW tones!

7/31/2011 5:17:28 AM

 
John Rivera
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Fabulous B/W shot Michelle!
I think you got another winner!

7/31/2011 5:23:53 AM

 
Gregory R. Gaskin
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As with most of the photography you do I really enjoyed this whole series, was glad to see one more today.

7/31/2011 6:56:57 AM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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A masterful & exceptional image & work, Michelle! Right up there with the professionals! I agree with John R.!

7/31/2011 7:04:05 AM

 
Jack Gaskin
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Great 50's look an a stunner in B&W

Happy Happy
Jack

7/31/2011 7:20:43 AM

 
Hendrik Storme
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Great in B&W,well done Michelle!

7/31/2011 7:23:19 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Beautiful portraiit,Michelle!Wonderful clarity,lighting and tones!Great shot!

7/31/2011 7:58:47 AM

 
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It looks like it was done done by a pro, a real good one pro.
It's a fantastic photo and the B&W was a perfect choice, congratulations.

By the way, did someone drove the Chevy to the levee? And was the levee dry? ;)

7/31/2011 8:01:36 AM

 
Tiia Vissak
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a cool MT image!

7/31/2011 8:33:20 AM

 
Stefania Barbier
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fantastic B&W capture!

7/31/2011 8:44:03 AM

 
Monnie Ryan
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Wonderful B&W portrait, Michelle!

7/31/2011 11:21:51 AM

 
Bonnie C. Lackey
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This looks like a picture one would see in Life magazine. Wonderful capture with the earring swinging and the fingers ready to snap. Great job!

7/31/2011 12:33:43 PM

 
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Spectacular capture, Michelle. I am sure we'll see this one again.

7/31/2011 1:45:09 PM

 
John Connolly
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A wonderful candid capture Michelle! Your DD work and presentation is outstanding!

7/31/2011 2:38:26 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Beautiful image- such a wonderful candid shot

7/31/2011 3:22:30 PM

 
Barbara Waldoch
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This looks great, Michelle!

Avril's dog is a miniature Schnauzer, but Kelso is a Black Russian Terrier :-)

7/31/2011 4:02:42 PM

 
Karen Kessler
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Gorgeous image, Michelle! You should show it to this young lady if you can...I'm sure she would like a print of it! WOW!!!

7/31/2011 5:43:48 PM

 
MELODIE C. ROBERTS
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Bonnie and I were on the same page here

Looks like she stepped off the pages of Life magazine

Quite the coincidence on the title ;0)

Sensational capture Mickey

7/31/2011 5:50:40 PM

 
Avril Young
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stunning, beautifully captured, she is a lovely model....I sure do think you have a winner here Michelle...

7/31/2011 7:16:03 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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This is so stunning, Michelle! I remember your other candids of this event - this model is unforgettable. And your processing, once again, is sensational! She looks like liquid gold! I bet it brings you gold, too!

7/31/2011 9:26:58 PM

 
Robert K. Bemus
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It looks almost vintage only much better-- the tones and smooth textures are outta-sight, Michelle...beautiful portrait!!!

7/31/2011 9:50:47 PM

 
Yulianto Soeroso
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wow old fashion style

7/31/2011 9:53:59 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Wow, beautiful image Michelle.

8/1/2011 12:21:05 AM

 
Ken Smith
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You've got some great b/w shots, Michelle. Excellent job on this one too!

8/1/2011 4:02:51 AM

 
Jorgen Jensen
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The young lady is so photogenic and in my opinion you have made a master shot of her Michelle. Extraordinary B/W work.

8/1/2011 4:10:26 AM

 
Ujjwal Mukherjee
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OUTSTANDING in every aspect!! Truly captivating work,Michelle!!

8/1/2011 7:54:40 AM

 
Debra R. Harder
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I agree with Ujjwal!! Outstanding in every way, Michelle! Love the b/w. Feels like a different time. Brilliant! Deb

8/1/2011 9:35:48 AM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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Your b/w photography is always so outstanding and this one is over the top terrific.

8/1/2011 6:19:50 PM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Gorgeous image, wonderful candid shot, beautiful in B&W!!

8/2/2011 6:06:00 AM

 
Rhonda Thornton-Hecker
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This is an amazing "personality" capture. I love candid shots like this. The choice to do it in black and white makes it perect!

8/3/2011 8:35:58 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Another great capture of her and your DD work is amazing.

8/3/2011 12:15:03 PM

 
Guy D. Biechele
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Wonderful envioromental portrait. Stunning capture and B/W presentation.

8/4/2011 10:07:52 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
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Perfect tones and contrast. Stunning image.

8/20/2011 10:07:58 AM

 
Bobby Ray Goodman
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Congratulation on this beautiful finalist,Michelle!!!!

8/25/2011 12:44:19 PM

 
Bojan Bencic
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Great B&W. Congratulations on your finalist, Michelle.

8/25/2011 12:47:44 PM

 
Ermanno Radice
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Congratulation on this superb finalist,Michelle!!!!
Good luck for the next round!

8/25/2011 1:23:39 PM

 
Nancy L. Green
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CONGRATULATIONS MICHELLE, WTG!!! <><

8/25/2011 1:46:39 PM

 
Reynaldo D. Reyes
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Congrats on this awesome finalist Michelle!

8/25/2011 2:01:49 PM

 
Val Feldman
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A winner from the "git-go"!! Beautifully done, Michelle...Warmest congratulations and all the best in the upcoming round!

8/25/2011 2:09:08 PM

 
Phyllis A. Houghton
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Congratulations on your finalist Michelle. I love this one. Good luck at the next level.

8/25/2011 2:11:04 PM

 
Danny B. Head
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I think this will be a winner! Congrats!

8/25/2011 2:18:15 PM

 
Phyllis Burchett
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Fabulous Michelle...big congrats on your finalist!!!

8/25/2011 2:22:08 PM

 
Lisa J. Boulden
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Deserves the GOLD!
Congratulations on your MT finalist!
~♥~Lisa

8/25/2011 2:34:46 PM

 
Patrick Rouzes
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Not surprised- Congratulation & good luck, Michelle! Ditto Lisa!

8/25/2011 3:15:18 PM

 
Jeff W. Robinson
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Congrats Michelle on this Outstanding Finalist!!

8/25/2011 3:31:33 PM

 
Stefania Barbier
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wonderful finalist, congratulations Michelle!!!

8/25/2011 3:39:36 PM

 
Ann Coates
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist award Michelle. I really hope it goes further.

8/25/2011 3:46:08 PM

 
Eivor Kuchta
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Great choice for B&W, Michelle! Congratulations on your finalist, and good luck in the next round!

8/25/2011 3:48:38 PM

 
Jessica Jenney
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Congratulations, Michelle on your fabulous finalist!

8/25/2011 3:59:15 PM

 
Maria Capilupi
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Awesome finalist Michelle, I'm predicting Gold on this one!

8/25/2011 4:05:04 PM

 
Kim Andelkovic (Kovic)
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Congrats Michelle.....beautiful work as always :-)

8/25/2011 4:29:23 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations, Michelle, on your beautiful finalist!

8/25/2011 4:32:10 PM

 
Jack Gaskin
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CONGRATS THIS WAS A NO BRAINER ON BP's PART
Hope you earn the gold

Jack

8/25/2011 4:38:23 PM

 
Deborah C. Lewinson
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So glad to see this get a finalist, Michelle!

Congrats and best wishes for the next round!
Debby

8/25/2011 4:46:17 PM

 
Karen Celella
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Congratulations on your wonderful finalist, Michelle!

8/25/2011 4:54:57 PM

 
Judy V. Kennamer
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A BEAUTIFUL Finalist Michelle!!! Congrats!!!!

8/25/2011 5:02:31 PM

 
Mary Timman
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Congratulations on your beautiful finalist! Good Luck on the next round!

8/25/2011 5:53:15 PM

 
Daniella Puente
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Beautiful candid capture and the bw tone is so great! congrats Michelle :)

8/25/2011 6:09:45 PM

 
Tamara K. Walker
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On ward to the gold!

8/25/2011 6:18:01 PM

 
Mukesh Srivastava
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A Big congrats for the Silver and good luck for the GOLD, Michelle!!!!!

8/25/2011 6:21:13 PM

 
Tammy Espino
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A huge congrats on your finalist!!!! :)

8/25/2011 7:07:50 PM

 
Avril Young
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congrats Michelle, think this one will get gold for you..best of luck..

8/25/2011 7:13:53 PM

 
Rona L. Schwarz
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Here's to the GOLD that I think will be coming your way, Michelle!!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you! MANY CONGRATULATIONS again on this superb FINALIST!

8/25/2011 7:23:32 PM

 
Peggy Kahan
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Fabulous capture and treatment on this, Michelle. Congrats and best of luck.

8/25/2011 8:46:19 PM

 
Stan Kwasniowski
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Michelle, congratulations

8/25/2011 9:02:46 PM

 
Graeme Chow
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Congratulations Michelle! wonderful b/w finlist. I think with the crp factor, still about 45mm very close to 50mm.

8/25/2011 11:05:56 PM

 
Tarun Bose
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Congrats Michelle, for your finalist.

8/26/2011 1:35:01 AM

 
Marijana Fajgl
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big congratulations, Michelle, on your fantastic finalist!

8/26/2011 4:23:23 AM

 
R. J. Laudenbacher
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I told you...you were the queen of B&W. This looks so vintage it is amazing. Congrats Michelle on this outstanding B&W. I hope to see it with the Gold it deserves.

8/26/2011 4:38:34 AM

 
Ron McEwan
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Good to see this one get the Silver Michelle, good luck in the next round and good luck with Irene

8/26/2011 4:59:34 AM

 
Renata Gusciora
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Big congratulations on this awesome finalist,Michelle!!!:-)

8/26/2011 5:32:53 AM

 
Thomas E. Hinds
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Beautiful Finalist, Michelle! Congratulations!

8/26/2011 5:35:36 AM

 
Candice C. Calhoun
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Congratulations, and good luck in the next round!

ccc

8/26/2011 6:41:56 AM

 
JO ANN CLEVELAND
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Congrats on this super finalist Michelle!

jo ann c.

8/26/2011 7:50:53 AM

 
Emile Abbott
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Congratulations yet again on another great finalist Michelle.

8/26/2011 8:45:46 AM

 
Kirsten (Kiki) Kjaer
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Congratulations on this sensational finalist, Michelle.

8/26/2011 8:47:14 AM

 
Dave Montero
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Congratulations on your Finalist selection Michelle. This is a fantastic capture. The lighting is perfect and her smile lights up the image.

8/26/2011 9:04:17 AM

 
Erica Murphy
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Congratulations Michelle! What a wonderful step back in time.

8/26/2011 9:13:47 AM

 
Bill Johnson
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Michelle, Congrats on your selections as a finalist. Good luck!

8/26/2011 10:05:22 AM

 
Ming Liu
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Michell, Congratulation on you outstanding finalist. Good luck to the second run!

8/26/2011 11:39:39 AM

 
Debra R. Harder
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I knew we'd see this fabulous image again, Michelle! Huge congratulations on your OUTSTANDING finalist! Deb

8/26/2011 2:43:05 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Wonderful feeling this has. Congratulations

8/26/2011 3:34:17 PM

 
Carol L. Fowler
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Big Congrats! WTG!

8/26/2011 8:52:52 PM

 
Linda Blair
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Congratulations on your fantastic finalist!!

8/27/2011 6:51:51 AM

 
Mitch Spence
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Finalist, oh you bet. What terrific work here, Michelle.

8/27/2011 12:51:34 PM

 
Ian M. Hill
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Congratulations Michelle, a fine capture,looks great and best of luck.

8/27/2011 6:23:32 PM

 
Nadia Paul
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Congrats on your wonderful finalist Michelle!

8/28/2011 10:32:35 PM

 
Mike F. Anderson
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Hey Michelle - Congratulations on this great finalist!

8/29/2011 2:27:32 PM

 
Allen O. Howard
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Congratulations Michelle! I love it! A fantastic finalist!!!

8/29/2011 4:31:07 PM

 
Marilyn K. Lincecum
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Beautiful finalist Michelle...Congratulations on a job well done.

8/31/2011 6:35:27 PM

 
Heather Loewenhardt
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I love this image Michelle and am so glad it made the finals.

9/1/2011 12:01:36 AM

 
Sharon 
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Such a great capture, Michelle!!! HUGE congratulations on your outstanding and well deserved finalist!

9/1/2011 7:25:18 PM

 
Merna L. Nobile
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Great photographers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.
Congratulations for your achievement, August, 25, 2011. Merna

9/7/2011 10:26:23 PM

 
Lester A. Garcia
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This finalist is GOLD to me. Looking at the image, the tones are perfectly blended that display all the gradations of b&w. The composition is impeccable the singer being properly positioned in the composition with the musician's hand doing the expression.

Such a great image and this photo deserves to be an a wall in a bar or a jazz joint.

Regards, Michelle

9/15/2011 5:21:13 PM

 
Boyd L. Alexander
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Congratulations on a terrific Finalist Michelle!! Good luck in the next round!!!

9/22/2011 10:44:12 AM

 
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