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Lesson #4
BetterPhoto.com Photo Contest SECOND PLACE Winner
 
Lesson #4
Lesson #4
Ok, Last in this series. Dedicated to all those that have offered assistnace, encouragement and tips. This was taken at 1/4 second, macro mode, F-2.0 with natural light, and strong reflected light from below.
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Colette M. Metcalf
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    Wonderful, Bill!!!!

1/1/2004 5:20:48 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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Love the way you've composed this one, Bill, and the lighting is delightful. ;)

1/1/2004 5:28:11 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Thank you, Colette and Kathleen.
Wishing you both a 'delightful' New Year!

bill

1/1/2004 5:32:54 AM

 
Joy Brown
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Gorgeous!!!

1/1/2004 5:40:44 AM

 
Robert Mann
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Beautiful colors, like the swirl very much...excellent lighting, Bill! RoB

1/1/2004 5:54:08 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Very Nice Bill. You are getting better at this each time!

1/1/2004 5:54:28 AM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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Bill this is lovely. The reflected light is perfect. Well done, my friend!!

1/1/2004 5:58:10 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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Nice spiral in this one. Guess I missed #3 yesterday!

1/1/2004 6:02:33 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Dang, boy, you just keep doing better all the time!! Wonderful!!

1/1/2004 6:06:51 AM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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It makes quite an artistic statement Bill! Reminds me of a nautilus. The glow and illumination from the lighting are sublime. Happy New Year to you too!

1/1/2004 6:14:45 AM

 
William C. Raco
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Thanks again, everyone.
It's been fun and a challenge to photograph these roses.
It's not as easy as some of you make it look.
Thank you for the great friendship over the past year.
I'm looking forward to seeing all your work progress in the coming year.

bill

1/1/2004 6:19:12 AM

 
Rick Riddle
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Nicely Done William.

1/1/2004 6:29:18 AM

 
Gary O`Dell

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Very nicely done Bill...Gary O

1/1/2004 6:34:41 AM

 
Susan T. Parady
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Wonderful color, composition, and lighting. You sure are a quick study!

1/1/2004 6:39:02 AM

 
Shirley L. Carpenter
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Excellent macro Bill!!!!!Really Beautiful!!!!!!

1/1/2004 7:30:10 AM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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The last one already? You just started!!! Well of course orange being my favorite color I really like this one. But it is the lighting that takes it over the top. Great job Bill.

1/1/2004 7:39:24 AM

 
Ronald Balthazor
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Very well done, Bill.

1/1/2004 7:48:28 AM

 
Greg McCroskery
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Bill,
The lighting, composition, and color make this a real winner -- very well done! P.S. Thanks for the comment on my infrared image -- I need to do more. Your gallery is wonderful!!
God Bless,
Greg

1/1/2004 8:37:43 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Beautiful Bill, I like the colour and swirl!

1/1/2004 8:52:12 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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Awesome shot Bill, love the color, the swirl, the compostion!!! lighting!

1/1/2004 11:28:31 AM

 
Susie Peek-Swint
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This is great Bill -- love the lighting!

1/1/2004 3:18:27 PM

 
Kathleen F. Greer
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I missed a lot of the series, but I can give you A++++++++++++++++ on this one!!

1/1/2004 4:42:54 PM

 
Judith G. Secco
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So sorry I missed the others, Bill. This is gorgeous.
Judy

1/1/2004 6:53:17 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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So soft and beautiful, Bill!

1/1/2004 11:50:07 PM

 
Lee Ann Sahagun - Poling
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I'm lost in this swirl... just gorgeous!

1/2/2004 6:47:56 AM

 
William C. Raco
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You folks are wonderful.
Even I have to admit, I learned a lot this week.
It's one of the great things about BP, that the experts are so willing to help the novices.
Just as important, is the encouragement and support of everyone.
It's going to be a great New Year!

bill

1/2/2004 6:58:30 AM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Wonderful image, Bill!

1/2/2004 1:16:55 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Fabulous, Bill! Love it!

2/5/2004 5:20:48 PM

 
Jim Miotke
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This is a really gorgeous study of light and color, Bill. Beautiful composition, too - with the swirling subject. But I have to ask, were you using your tripod for this macro shot?

And thanks about the comments about BP. I agree - one of my favorite things is how helpful and encouraging our community is here.

2/10/2004 7:08:38 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Wow, thank you for the very generous compliment.
Yes, I did use a tripod.
I use a Velbon Max most of the time.
It's quite light and easily configurable.
Thanks again, Jim.

bill

2/11/2004 2:36:12 AM

 
Ellen Peach
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I told you you were good at flowers too....way to go my multi-talented friend, congrats and good luck in the finals!

2/15/2004 12:44:04 PM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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I am just DELIGHTED to see this in the finals, my friend. Best wishes!

2/15/2004 12:45:33 PM

 
Robert Mann
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Great work on this, bill! love the rich colors! Congrats on your finalist selection and good luck! RoB

2/15/2004 12:52:56 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Glad to see this Bill! Congrats!

2/15/2004 1:09:09 PM

 
Patricia A. Kuniega
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Um... who said it couldn't be done?!? Not me!!!! Congratulations Bill for such a super flower entry! Good luck!

2/15/2004 1:29:10 PM

 
William C. Raco
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You are absolutely right, Patricia!
I thank you, especially,for all your encouragement.
Thanks to everyone for your support!
It's much appreciated!

bill

2/15/2004 1:35:01 PM

 
Karen Engelbreth
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Congrats bill!!

2/15/2004 1:55:57 PM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congratulations!!!

2/15/2004 2:02:43 PM

 
Susan T. Parady
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Congrats Bill!

2/15/2004 2:20:58 PM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats and good luck with this beauty Bill!!

2/15/2004 2:21:47 PM

 
Colleen Braun
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Lesson #4 paid off, congratulations...

2/15/2004 2:30:02 PM

 
Kathleen F. Greer
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Congrats Bill!!

2/15/2004 2:46:05 PM

 
Stephen Zacker
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Congrats Bill on a well deserved Beautiful, Creative image!

2/15/2004 2:50:24 PM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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Way to go, Bill, and keep shooting them, you'll love every minute of it! Very well executed. Big Congrats, and much good luck!
Aloha,
Stan

2/15/2004 3:28:42 PM

 
Gen Nagase
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Congratulations, Bill!!!
Love it!!! :)

2/15/2004 3:49:25 PM

 
Ron Goldman
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Congratulations Bill!

2/15/2004 3:50:13 PM

 
Greg McCroskery
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Bill,
Congratulations on this beautiful finalist image -- very well done!
God Bless,
Greg

2/15/2004 5:41:04 PM

 
Lee Ann Sahagun - Poling
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This is a beautiful swirl of color - congratulations!

2/15/2004 5:42:54 PM

 
Rick Riddle
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Congrats William.

2/15/2004 6:01:03 PM

 
Susan T. Evans
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CONGRATS BILL!!!! VERY WELL DESERVED!!!! NOW I EXPECT TO SEE SOME MORE FLOWER SHOTS FROM YOU, THIS IS AWESOME!

2/15/2004 6:33:36 PM

 
Mary-Ella Bowles
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This looks so much like a Georgia O'Keefe painting - it's astonishing! Congratulations William, on this exquisitely beautiful photo Finalist. Well done, and good luck!!

2/15/2004 9:15:27 PM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrats William!! Well deserved!!! Kathy S.

2/15/2004 9:16:56 PM

 
Katleen R. Struckle
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Congrats William!! Well deserved!!! Kathy S.

2/15/2004 9:17:00 PM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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Congrats to you, Bill. I'm so glad to see that all those flower lessons paid off! Good luck!

2/15/2004 9:47:33 PM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Bill! Agree - Well deserved! Beautiful image!!!

2/15/2004 10:11:26 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Hi Bill,
Many congratulations and good luck with this beauty!

2/16/2004 2:57:06 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Beautiful image, Bill. Congratulations!
Judy

2/16/2004 7:14:52 AM

 
Gary O`Dell

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Excellent Image Bill Congratulations..Gary O

2/16/2004 7:14:58 AM

 
Carol Brill
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Bill, Congratulations and best of luck!

2/16/2004 1:49:21 PM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Oh wow! The lighing and curves on this are amazing!

2/16/2004 5:19:25 PM

 
Damian P. Gadal
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Well done - Congrats Bill!

2/16/2004 7:55:44 PM

 
Mette Vendelboe Allison

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Great photo, congrats and good luck, Bill!

2/17/2004 1:22:51 AM

 
Kathleen L. Nelson
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Congratulations, Bill. This photo is so interesting and gorgeous that I can't stop looking at it.

2/17/2004 2:32:48 AM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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Apparantly lessons 1, 2 and 3 paid off! Congrats, Bill!!!!

2/17/2004 3:28:49 AM

 
Kathleen Clemons
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I am just delighted to see this win, Bill! HUGE congratulations to you! :)

2/17/2004 3:36:53 AM

 
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YEA BILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

2/17/2004 3:53:00 AM

 
Theresa McCloskey

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congratulations William :-)

2/17/2004 4:03:37 AM

 
Allan L. Whitehead
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Congratulations Bill. There's not much I can say that hasn't already been said, except that I love how the contours of this piece lead ones eye from the out lying area to the center. It almost as spell binding as a hypnotist's wheel. Well done Bill, and richly deserved - Allan

2/17/2004 4:31:40 AM

 
Claudia Kuhn
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You're sure a fast learner with those flowers Bill! Many congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/17/2004 4:33:11 AM

 
Dottie Shepherd

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Congratulation, Bill!!!

2/17/2004 5:00:15 AM

 
Kasia Elser
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Congrats Bill!

2/17/2004 5:06:22 AM

 
Judith G. Secco
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Congratulations Bill, wonderful image here.
Judy

2/17/2004 5:31:31 AM

 
Robert Mann
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Congrats on your win, bill!!! RoB

2/17/2004 5:47:35 AM

 
Peggy Wolff
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Congratulations on your win Bill! This seemed to be a no brainer win to me!

2/17/2004 6:10:43 AM

 
Charlene Bayerle
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Congratulations Bill!!!!

2/17/2004 6:11:03 AM

 
Francis Cailles
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boy...that was a loooooong trip to get down here!

Congratulations, Bill. This is a beauty!!..not surprised at all that it won. Geeezz...you win just about every month, don't you?

2/17/2004 6:13:23 AM

 
Susan T. Parady
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Four lessons to a winner? You REALLY are a quick study! Congratulations on your win!!!

2/17/2004 6:20:25 AM

 
Gary O`Dell

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Congratulations on your Win Bill..Gary O

2/17/2004 6:24:53 AM

 
Gene Spears
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well deserved - congratulations Bill!!

2/17/2004 6:47:05 AM

 
June Marie Sobrito
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Beautiful! Congratulations on your win!!

2/17/2004 6:47:43 AM

 
Ellen Peach
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Congrats on your 2nd place win, Bill*~*

2/17/2004 7:04:05 AM

 
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Great one, Bill. Congratulations, man.

2/17/2004 7:11:16 AM

 
Patricia Marroquin
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Bill, sorry I missed your series the first time around. This is stunning. So happy for you! Congratulations on your win! :-)

2/17/2004 7:30:59 AM

 
Robin L. Wehrman
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Congratulations, William! Beautiful image!

2/17/2004 7:48:28 AM

 
Jean Papo
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Congratulations, Bill, on your most well deserveed win!!!

2/17/2004 7:57:33 AM

 
Janice Forrest
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Congratulations Bill! Beautiful image. I'll fire the canon once more for you.

2/17/2004 9:06:57 AM

 
Stan J. Contrades
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And the beat goes on! Good work comes up with good things! Congratulations once again, Bill.
Aloha,
Stan

2/17/2004 10:12:23 AM

 
Brenda W. LaFleur
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Way to go, Bill. A second place!! Congrats.

2/17/2004 10:39:49 AM

 
Stephen Zacker
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CONGRATS Bill!

2/17/2004 11:28:09 AM

 
Ganeshwar Prasad

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Congrats Bill!!

Well deserved

2/17/2004 1:43:21 PM

 
Murry Grigsby
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Congrats Bill on your great image and win!!

2/17/2004 2:15:35 PM

 
Greg McCroskery
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Bill,
I get the sense that I'm not the only one that likes this image! Congratulations on a well deserved win!
God Bless,
Greg

2/17/2004 3:10:53 PM

 
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Wow, you guys and gals are all great!!
Thank you so much.
It's wonderful to win, but it's even better having all of you to celebrate with me.
Thanks for all the encouragement and support!

bill

2/17/2004 5:22:51 PM

 
Rick Riddle
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Congrats William on your Win.

2/17/2004 5:47:55 PM

 
Paula Showen
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WOW, Bill...OUTSTANDING image! Well deserved! Congratulations!

2/17/2004 8:01:09 PM

 
Evy Johansen
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Many congratulations on your win, Bill! Very well derserved!!

2/17/2004 9:30:19 PM

 
Gabriela Cunha

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congratulations, Bill!

:) gy

2/18/2004 3:21:06 AM

 
Colette M. Metcalf
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Congrats to you, Bill!!!

2/18/2004 3:36:09 AM

 
Leanne M.E. Boyd
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Congrats Bill!!!!

2/18/2004 11:27:27 AM

 
Susan T. Evans
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A big congrats Bill!!!! this is wonderful and well deserved!

2/18/2004 8:11:56 PM

 
William C. Raco
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Wow....... you are all so kind.
Thank you sooooo much for all the generous comments.
Best wishes for all of you.....

bill

2/18/2004 8:16:47 PM

 
Darren K. Fisher
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Way to go Bill, your quick lessons really paid off.

2/24/2004 8:22:23 PM

 
Zak D. Larabee

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Congratulations Bill!!! I love the swirls!

3/9/2004 12:34:38 PM

 
Lisa Clark
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Hi, I just saw this for the first time today! Stunning photography. A worthy winner.

12/24/2004 6:26:53 AM

 
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