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Wayne Miller, 2014

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On the Cover This month’s cover titled, “Dream Girl” by Wayne Miller was the first place winner of the Portrait category. and Print of the month for the March 2014 PPGBA Image Competition. Wayne tells us, “This image was created at my studio in Clayton using a four light set up. Two strip boxes at 45deg, rear of subject, one bare bulb reflector on white paper background, and a hexagonal soft box for the main. I also used a small reflector to lighten under her chin and add a slight pop in her eyes. Gear Head info ISO100, 1/100 @ f9 at 80mm on a 24-105 f4 with my Canon 5D mk3. I had worked with the subject Lyrik once before and her whimsical sprit made her the perfect fit for this personal project. The image below is a pullback shot of the step up with a different theme.” I am stoked that the judges liked the image as much as I had fun creating it.

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PPA International Competition . . . . . . . . 16 Photo School in India Buyer’s Guide



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The Bulletin

The Bulletin is published by the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area, Inc., (PPGBA), a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association. PPGBA is an affiliate of the Professional Photographers of America. The Bulletin Staff Editor/Art Director: Lise Smith Advertising: Julie Olson Articles and comments are invited; publication is subject to editorial approval. Editor reserves the right to edit all manuscripts for brevity and/ or clarity of content. Articles are the opinion of the author and do not represent the position of PPGBA. No responsibility is assumed for unsolicited contributions. Submissions will not be acknowledged or returned unless they are accompanied by SASE. Deadline is the 25th of the month. Submissions may be emailed to 2014 PPGBA Officers and Board President: Joe Valenzuela Vice President: Paul Salcido Treasurer: Alex Tsang Secretary: Nano Visser Directors: Serena Hartoog (‘14); Wayne Miller, CPP (‘15); Mischa Purcell (’14) Committees Competition: Serena Hartoog Four Nights: Wayne Miller, CPP Membership: Alex Tsang & Denny Weigand Programs: Paul Salcido, Joe Valenzuela, Webmaster: Wayne Miller, Cr.Photog., CPP, Certification Liaison 2014 PPGBA Business Manager: Fred English, M.Photog.Cr. PO Box 5583 San Mateo, CA 94402 T: 650/367-1265 COO: Julie Olson M.Photog.MEI,Cr. Golden Gate School Co-Director: Martha Bruce


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President’s Message Our guest speaker this month will

We plan not only to do a shoot in the Santa Cruz area but also

be Clay Blackmore, Clay is a Canon

make it a fun picnic day with family

Explorer of Light.

too! We even thought of having a friendly image competition with the Bay employees doing the judging. I personally want to see how they make their aluminum prints. More details to follow. The downtown staff of Canon Live Learning of San Francisco found This month the PPGBA board of directors and officers completed our yearly planning session. Our staff came up with great ideas to benefit our members, to keep them interested and motivated in their photographic endeavors. We’ve also had a couple of great

PPGBA on the web and would like

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that I can use. He not only shows his work but also explains his lighting methodology with diagrams and posing setups. I expect that the room will be filled

their facility. They were excited and

we don’t have to turn away anyone at

impressed with our activities displayed the door. So my recommendation is to on our website, thanks to our new show up early and get a choice seat. webmaster Wayne Miller. Julie Olson, Paul Salcido and Mischa Purcell have also contributed to our ongoing

Did I mention there is no entrance fee? So invite a friend. Thank you Canon!!!

web design by helping Wayne to functionality.

sometime this summer.

always walked away with something

with Clay Blackmore fans. I hope that

to participate with them beyond our

their newest facility in Scotts Valley

many of Clay’s live seminars. I’ve

having our image competition in

improve our website appearance and

Bay Photo has invited us to tour

I’ve been fortunate to have attended

to partner with us on a project, like

invitations from Canon and Bay Photo normal relationships.

That means he is the real deal.

Your President

Take a look at This is one hard working board of directors and officers. They have a can do attitude and take ownership of their assignments to completion. The Bulletin


Program This Month May is a great month to bring a guest, bring along a friend or colleague at NO CHARGE!. Canon is also sponsoring ALL our guest fees for this month, admission is a $25 value!

Pose, Light, Love!

Sponsored by:

Our May 22nd speaker is the acclaimed Clay Blackmore from Rockville, Maryland. “We concentrate on a few simple thoughts each time we get behind


our camera.

is one of the

By committing

most passionate

these techniques


to memory, by

working in

training our

the country

hands to find the

today. As one

shot, we free our

of Canon’s

hearts to capture

Explorers of

the moment.”

Light and member of the elite Cameracraftsmen group, every DSLR Video techniques will be discussed in full detail. See how Clay

image he creates reveals a master photographer committed to his art. A mentor, and veteran instructor, his lectures have been embraced worldwide.

has turned his wedding business into a full service studio that has elevated videography to cinematography.

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In addition to his

About Clay Blackmore Clay Blackmore is one of the most influential and soughtafter photographers in the world, with a

mastery of lighting and classic portraiture, Clay is at the forefront of HD-DSLR cinema, pushing the limits of the latest innovations in filmmaking to create

clientele that includes

timeless pieces of cinematic

celebrities the likes


of Larry King, Forest Whitaker, Jenna Elfman, and Maria Sharapova. His photographs are routinely featured in Washington Life

His world-class studio in


Rockville, Md., supports a team

A protĂŠgĂŠ of the legendary Monte Zucker, Clay is a

of passionate photographers and

legend in his own right. Clay meticulously developed his

filmmakers working with the

photographic, teaching, and business skills during this 25-

newest technologies in the field.

year association with Monte, first as an assistant, then as a

Collaborating with companies

co-educator and business partner.


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such as Canon, Tiffen, and Quantum, Clay has been among the first to test and evaluate new products for photography and HD-DSLR cinematography. He is a distinguished Canon Explorer of Light and a member of the elite Cameracraftsmen of America.

Clay’s passion for photography is only rivaled by his passion for education. He is an integral part of Monte Zucker Photographic Education, formed in 2007 to continue Monte’s educational legacy. Clay lectures around the world, and his nationwide tours include “How to Photograph Everyone” (2012), “Photo-Fusion Revolution” with Jeff Medford and Ross Hockrow (2010), and “Capture & Creativity” with Jane Conner-ziser (2008).

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Bring a guest FOR FREE This Month Only Sponsored by: Admission is a $25- value

PPGBA Monthly Meeting

FOURTH Thursday, May22th Program begins at 7:30 pm Networking and hors d’oeuvres 7:00pm Double Entry Month Image competition follows the speaker’s presentation Album competitons occur 3 times yearly April, July, and October

In addition, Clay is passionate about


helping at-risk kids. He volunteers


with the Leadership Empowerment

380‑S. Airport Blvd., S. San Fran­cisco.

& Action Program (LEAP), teaching

(650) 873-3200 or go to:

For directions, please call the hotel at:

photography to middle-school children

Please no electronic devices or private conversations

in Montgomery County, Maryland,

during the speaker/s presentation.

who are adopted or in foster care. Clay

Please be courteous and step outside the meeting room.

PPGBA members – no charge

believes that the best way to teach

Non-members –* FREE THIS MONTH!!

is by example. “Confidence comes

Sponsored by:

from success, and success comes from * Fees subject to change


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Print Comp April 17, 2014 Judges

Paul Salcido, Hanson Fong, Fima Gelman

Print of the month - Moeraki Boulders New Zealand - by Wayne Miller in the Illustrative catagory

Portrait Category Highest scoring print in the Portrait goes to “Beautiful morning” by Luis Espinosa. Wayne Miller “Angelina” Luis Espinosa “Beautiful morning” Wayne Miller “Hot for Teacher” Leda Mast “Natural Profection” Luis Espinosa “Phoebe” Leda Mast “Through new eyes”

Illustrative Category Wayne Miller “Moeraki Boulders New Zealand” Joseph Valenzuela “My Yosemite”

Wedding Category Blue Ribbon Leda Mast “Love In Nature” Luis Espinosa “Waiting for you”

Members can submit up to 3 digital submissions per member, per month (with a maximum of 40 total entries per month with members 3rd submissions dropped if over 40)!! There will be a nominal fee of $5 to enter the print competition for each digital entry. Please bring CASH for the $5 submission fee. Your digital submission should be formatted: • As a .JPEG • Adobe RGB 1998 • Longest dimension should be 4000 pixels • A resolution of 200ppi • There is no need to include any kind of matting or boarder as the system will include one if needed • The submission should be named the title of the print • Submissions should either be emailed to including your name, title of the print, and category NO LATER then 5pm the evening prior to the monthly meeting OR be brought to the print comp sign table on a USB drive no later then 7pm the day of the meeting. • Please make sure you are submitting your FINAL EDIT as there is only one submission per member. • Finally, even if you email your image before hand you must still be present at the judging and check in and out at the print comp table for your score to be official. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me. • It is not the responsibility of the Competition Committee to make sure your submissions comply with the requirements.

NEW: Upload your Competition Images You may submit up to 3 images for competition. Bring your images to the registration table with $5 for each digital entry. Please review the information from before you submit the images. We recommend you upload the images in advance to PPGBA's Google drive. To submit it, please follow this link (the link will vary each month). Please note, you need to have a Google Gmail account in order to access the link above. When you click this link, you need to click “add Drive” on the top right hand corner and then “Open in Drive” in order to submit the image/s. Look for the folder name that corresponds to the category you want to enter. Then bring the fee to the registration table on the date of competition. Any more questions, please contact Serena Hartoog, PPGBA’s Second Vice President & Print Competition Director at

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Board Report

The March 20 PPGBA board meeting was held at the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel in South San Francisco. A motion was made and passed to offer free admission

New Members

to the May general meeting, special speaker Clay

Lily Dong

Blackmore sponsored by Canon.



A motion was made and passed that at any large

Lily Dong Photography

PPGBA event we pass out at least 20-25 free passes


for general meetings to interested individuals.

A motion was made and passed to make an exception to our seminar refund policy and offer a full refund

Chung Li

to the person who was too sick to attend the 2/21




Chung Li Photography

A motion was made and passed to cover the expense

So. San Francisco

for one additional meal for our February meeting/

seminar speaker.

*New Members Key

A ...... Active AS ...... Aspiring Commercial C ......

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PPA helps you protect what matters and, as a pro photographer, that includes your photographic equipment. With PhotoCare, PPA covers your premium* for $15,000 of equipment insurance. It’s just one more way that membership in PPA pays.


*PhotoCare Equipment Insurance is available to U.S.-based PPA Professional Active and Life members only. Policy is provided by PPA as a part of membership and includes equipment coverage up to $15,000 per year. Restrictions apply. Additional coverage is available for purchase. Insurance provided by Lockton Affinity. PPA members must activate their policy and maintain membership to receive coverage.

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Meeting Highlights from Last Month

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PPA Super 1 Day Workshops Sacramento Intermediate Wedding Photography Register for this course Course #CA01 With Mischa Purcell Learn how to take your wedding business from the occasional snapshot to a professional studio. Geared to beginners through intermediate photographers, this class covers all the steps. Discuss prospecting and marketing, both in person and through social media and online resources. Examine pricing and profitability, and the products that couples look for from a studio. With Mischa’s knowledge, you’ll rediscover the basics of posing, lighting and what works best for formal portraits. You’ll also learn about the all-important but often overlooked post production processes – from culling the images in Lightroom to the workflow and presentation options so that all your behind-the-camera works pays off in successful sales.    Course Date: Monday, May 12th, 2014 Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Items to Bring: note-taking materials, camera (optional) Location: Mischa Photography 21st Street

Clayton Make Your Images POP with HDR-High Dynamic Range! Register for this course Course #CA02 With Wayne Miller, Cr.Photog., CPP Want to become the master of HDR photography? Then this is what you’ve been missing! In this unique, hands-on workshop, discover everything you’ve ever needed or wanted to know about High Dynamic Range photography. Understand what HDR is, why it’s all the rage and how it can work in your portfolio. Learn the settings and details you need to capture HDR photos with your DSLR camera. Discuss the locations and subjects that work best for HDR and the limitations that any professional should know. Finally, discuss workflow, post-processing and all the steps involved in producing WOW images!   Whether you’ve done it before or not at all, are an Advanced Amateur or a Professional Photographer, this class is all you need on HDR, A to Z.    Course Date: Monday, May 5, 2014 Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Items to Bring: camera, lens and an eagerness to learn new techniques Location: Wayne Miller Photography Studio Keller Ridge Drive Clayton, CA 94517 925-330-8737 Instructor Contact: 925-330-8737 Instructor Website:  

Clayton    Dynamic Images with In-Studio or On-Location Lighting Register for this course Course #CA03 With Wayne Miller, Cr.Photog., CPP

Whether you’re shooting in-studio or on-location, you have to be the master of your location. This class teaches you how to create amaze images in any situation! Experiment with studio strobes, speed lights and modifiers to learn the best combinations. Discover the different results you can achieve with soft boxes, umbrellas, hard light and reflectors. Go beyond just lighting and learn how posing and lighting go hand-in-hand for winning combinations. Learn what works well in studio, and how to make modifications based on location. You’ll walk away with better knowledge, experience and best of all, hands-on practice that’ll make your images pop!    Course Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014 Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Items to Bring: camera, lens and an eagerness to learn new techniques Location: Wayne Miller Photography Studio Keller Ridge Drive Clayton, CA 94517 925-330-8737 Instructor Contact: 925-330-8737 Instructor Website:  

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Orinda Lightroom 5 for Photographers Register for this course Course #CA04 With Denny Weigand, Cr.Photog., CPP The center of what you do happens behind the camera, but the technology and tools at your fingertips create the finishing touches. In this class, learn how Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom® can take your images to the next level. Watch and learn as instructor Denny Weigand gives you a detailed look into Lightroom®, and even better, knowledge of how it integrates with Photoshop®. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these! After this class, you will have the knowledge to take your images from OK to eye-popping, jaw-dropping awesome!   Course Date: Saturday, May 10, 2014 Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Items to Bring: Instructor recommends a laptop pre-loaded with Lightroom (any version), but this is not required to take the course. Location: DigitalWhims Studio Glorietta Boulevard Orinda, CA 94563 925-336-7994 Instructor Contact: 925-336-7994 Instructor Website:

San Francisco Intermediate Wedding Photography Register for this course Course #CA07 Mischa Purcell Learn how to take your wedding business from the occasional snapshot to a professional studio. Geared to beginners through intermediate photographers, this class covers all the steps. Discuss prospecting and marketing, both in person and through social media and online resources. Examine pricing and profitability, and the products that couples look for from a studio. With Mischa’s knowledge, you’ll rediscover the basics of posing, lighting and what works best for formal portraits. You’ll also learn about the all-important but often overlooked post production processes – from culling the images in Lightroom to the workflow and presentation options so that all your behind-the-camera works pays off in successful sales.   Course Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014 Course Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Items to Bring: note-taking materials, camera (optional) Location: Mischa Photography Florida Street San Francisco, CA 94110 916-905-2794 Instructor Contact: 916-905-2794 Instructor Website:

A Certification Liaison in the Bay Area


Wayne Miller. Cr.Photog.,CPP

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PPA International Photographic Competition Why Participate?

State Competitions

Participating in PPA's photographic competitions gives you the opportunity to: · Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community · Improve upon your finest work (You can do that math, right? You'll get better!) · Earn recognition and admiration from your peers · As a result, improve your business With most things, you get what you put into it, but with the IPC, it's what you do next that matters. You'll leave with the motivation and inspiration to be more.

Competition critiques at this level are often held live, providing insight into improving your work. It’s the perfect place to start if you don’t have access to a local guild or association. Check theLoop for more advice on entering state competitions.

So what are you waiting for? Entries for this year's International Photographic Competition will be accepted May 26 - June 26 and the judging will take place August 3-7 at Gwinnett Tech in Lawrenceville, GA. Download the 2014 Photographic Open Rules http://www.ppa. com/files/pdfs/ipc_po_rules2014.pdf Download the 2014 Master Artist Rules files/pdfs/ipc_ma_rules2014.pdf

For every photo you take, there's a competition to enter Really, there are that many competitions. To help you understand why they are worth your time—and entry fees—see below: · Local Competitions · State Competitions · District Competitions · International Photographic Competition

Local Competitions New to the game? Get your feet wet by competing in your PPA affiliated local guilds’ or associations’ competitions. It will help ease your nerves and feel things out. You also score a round of critiquing, increasing your chances for success at the next level. Check theLoop for more advice on entering local competitions.

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District Competitions This is your last chance to gather critiques and advice before the International Photographic Competition (IPC). (You’ll want those critiques and advice. Even if getting your work critiqued scares you, the new perspectives are oh so worth it.) PPA members are assigned a district based on where they live (Southwest, Northcentral, Western, Northeast, Southeast and Asia Pacific). Wow them here and you could earn a Seal of Approval. That’s a big deal. PPA's International Photographic Competition (IPC*) And now things are rollin’—you’ve got game, playa! You’re competing with PPA members from across the globe now and this ain’t a competition playground: this level of competition (the IPC) actually involves two judgings. The first one determines if your images are merit-worthy (yeah, that’s industry-speak to say you made the first cut). If they are, you earn a second judging, which could possibly earn you an additional merit and a spot in the Loan Collection (our way of saying that your work is the “best of the best”). Images that earn a Seal of Approval at the district level are also considered for the Loan Collection, and are published in the annual Loan Collection book AND exhibited at Imaging USA. Participating in the IPC can help you earn your PPA degree: earn enough merits and you’ll earn a Master of Photography degree in no time. (See why that’s such a big deal http://www. )

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Photo School Needs Help Photographer Brooke Shaden (PPGBA 2012 seminar speaker, and she’ll be back with us this fall!) is doing a big fundraiser to raise money for a photo school in India for survivors of human trafficking. Brooke tells us: Last year I traveled to Kolkata, India with an organization called Blossomy that hosts workshops for survivors of human trafficking. I went on a whim, never having been before and new to the cause, with the hope that I would be able to help in some way, big or small. I went home feeling as though I had been changed forever, and wanted to do more. I was teaching photography to survivors of human trafficking. While I taught the camera basics, we also focused on self-portraiture and the lasting impact of finding self-confidence and understanding that everyone has a story to tell. Something was missing from my experience, and that was a lasting impact that would be able to ripple through more than a small group of women. With the help of Blossomy and photographer Dave Junion, we want to bring a school of photography to Kolkata, India in which the individuals going through those shelter homes have access to free education in exchange for a certificate in photography as well as the opportunity for a future in a career that can provide confidence and hope. The school that we propose would be selfsustaining after two years. The way that it works is simple: the school is attached to a fully functioning studio in which the clients that pay for portraits sessions have their money go straight back into the school system, thus providing income for those working in the school as well as those working in the studio.

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If a student takes the 5-month course twice, they become eligible to enlist as educators in the school. At that point, they also have the option of working in the studio as a main photographer, retoucher, or manger. Therefore, those were were once students in the school can then filter back through the system to work as a teacher or photographer to help keep the school running. We are looking for $25,000 to get the school up and running. After two years we do hope for the school to be creating enough income to pay those running it as well as keep it going for years to come, but in the meantime, we need to get things going. This money will go towards rent, educational tools like desks, cameras, laptops, and other necessities, travel expenses, educator payment, and so much more. I believe that if everyone donated just a single dollar, we could raise enough money to get this school off the ground...and think of how many lives could be changed, or saved, because of it. I am so incredibly passionate about this project and I thank you for taking the time to consider it. I am grateful for you. If you have a few minutes, please check this fundraiser page to learn more and donate or share if this is something you might be interested in backing.

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Buyer’s Guide Albums, Frames & Mats

Equipment & Supplies

Bella Vita Imaging 646/416-2386

Alan Epstein Sales 415/420-5278

Philip Mauer PhotoMount 800/321-3686

Keeble & Shuchat 650/327-8515

Reprint Mint/Lamiframe 510/352-1400

Workshops Golden Gate School of Professional Photography 650/367-1265

Photo Labs

Business Services

Bay Photo Lab 800/435-6686

Stahle Law 415/617-9278

Please favor our corporate members and major advertisers with your business. They have shown their support for PPGBA! PPGBA does not recommend or warranty the products/services of any vendor, supplier, or manufacturer.

Action Zone Looking for photography events and educational opportunities in the Bay Area and beyond? Here are some links to our fellow organizations with programs and seminars all over the area.

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San Francisco ASMP

San Francisco APA

Santa Clara


Sacramento PPSV

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Calendar of Events


May PPGBA FOURTH Thursday, 5/22 at 7:00pm Meeting Speaker - Clay Blackmore BEST WESTERN PLUS/Grosvenor Hotel 380‐S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco

June PPGBA Thursday, 6/19 at 7:00pm - Speaker - Mischa Purcell Meeting BEST WESTERN PLUS/Grosvenor Hotel 380‐S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco

October PPGBA

Thursday, 10/16 at 7:00pm - Speaker - Brooke Shaden



380‐S. Airport Blvd., S. San Francisco

I’m William H. Jones Jr, an Oakland Based photographer (www. williamhjonesjrphotographer. seeking to volunteer with PPGBA members to reinforce and expand skills acquired during the recent Photographer Assistant training held at APA in order to increase employability in a very competitive environment. I can be reached at 510 459 9746.

To Place an UnClassified Ad in the Bulletin Seminar

Photographer Assistant Seeks Volunteer Assignments to Increase Employment Opportunities

Unclassified ads are $20 for up to 40 words for members, $30 for up to 40 words for non-members.

Friday, 10/17 - Brooke Shaden

Each additional 40 words for $10.

Sometimes PPGBA’s meeting hotel, The Grosvenor, holds multiple events simultaneously. This situation is beyond PPGBA’s control. If you should ever have difficulty finding a parking space, please visit the front desk at the hotel and they can direct you to available parking.

Payment by Mastercard/Visa is due before publication. All ads MUST contain your name. Help wanted or position wanted classified ads are FREE. Editor may re-write these ads for space considerations. Deadline is the 20th of the month. To place an ad, send an email to: PPGBA’s Business Manager Fred English at

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May 2014 PPGBA Bulletin  

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