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Last weekend I ventured up to the Bear Lake area of RMNP for some solo-sunrise action. However, no matter how many of you may think I always get the best light, this sunrise was a bust haha. But don’t ever let that deter you from seeking out alternative compositions to shoot! Many times when the light does not materialize, I enjoy looking for more intimate compositions, typically using a larger focal length to frame the shot. My initial plan was to shoot Long’s from a lookout between Nymph and Dream Lake, but instead I scrambled up the mountain side behind me leading to some visibility of Hallett Peak. I always enjoy shooting an iconic location in a way that hasn’t ever been done before, at least one I’ve never seen before! ❗️Learn how I process my photos! The link is in my bio❗️ . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 320🔸f/7.1🔸focal length: 55 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/200 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Rocky Mountain National Park

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This photo was taken during fall this year at the beautiful Twin Lakes area. This was our first morning at the lake during a three day trip. The night before @abbygomer and I had arrived in the dark, therefore we hadn’t had a chance to scout the area for sunrise. This composition was kind of a last minute find that morning. It’s not my favorite, but it’s still easy on the eyes. Hope you enjoy it! ❗️Learn how I process my photos! The link is in my bio❗️ . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/8 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Twin Lakes, Colorado

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Lake Haiyaha, of Rocky Mountain National Park, is known for its vibrant blue ice and interesting ice features that appear as the lake freezes. As we all may know, water expands as it freezes. Due to the large boulders in this lake, the expanding ice causes huge compressive forces to build up until 💥BAM, huge cracks form releasing this internal pressure. How cool would it be to watch one of these giant cracks form before you? I can’t wait to return here again this winter! ❗️Learn how I process my photos! The link is in my bio❗️ . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/16🔸focal length: 12 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/100 sec🔹exposure blend : no🔹focus stack: no 🔹 ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Rocky Mountain National Park

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@lukewagnerphoto and I visited one of the greatest locations for sunrise photography in RMNP (in my opinion) last weekend: Emerald Lake. You’ll find this beautiful alpine lake about a half mile or so past the well-known Dream Lake. Both lakes have Hallett Peak and the Dragon’s Tail as a backdrop, however Emerald Lake gets a much closer perspective. The peaks seem to tower over you as a visitor, and the grandness of scale is difficult to capture in camera. The only way I could fit the entire scene into one frame was through a vertically oriented panorama. The photo above, depicting an interesting dead root system underneath these massive rock walls, is comprised of 4 vertically oriented shots stitched together. I’ll soon be releasing a YouTube tutorial on photo stitching in photoshop on this exact image. In the mean time... ❗️Learn how I process my photos! The link is in my bio❗️ . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/5 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: yes - panorama ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ at Rocky Mountain National Park

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This week has been a busy one! I’ve been attending and giving talks at a solar power conference, and it’s turned out to be quite fun! However, it has also prevented me from being able to finish some edits I’m working on. So for now, I’d like to repost one of my favorite shots taken in front of the Tetons, except cropped for a vertical orientation this time. The Moulton Barn. I hope you enjoy! ❗️Learn how I process my photos! The link is in my bio❗️ . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/14🔸focal length: 43 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/13, 1/5 sec🔹exposure blend : yes 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #discoverwyoming at Mormon Row

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I’ve been waiting for almost a year now to get this composition over Bear Lake. @abbygomer and I couldn’t have even imagined the amazing and unique conditions we were to be treated with as I headed to RMNP for sunset last Sunday. It had been snowing all day, and on a gamble I decided to head to Bear Lake in hopes of the storm clouds to disperse for sunset, and boy did we get lucky! The waters were absolute glass, and everything was covered in a fresh layer of powder. The clouds didn’t catch too much color, but just enough to give some warm contrast to the cool scene. What a magical moment to experience! ❗️I recorded a full Start to Finish tutorial on the full crop of this image! I’ll be publishing this soon on my website. For now, check out my first video! The link is in my bio❗️ . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/25 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld #igbest_shotz #reflectiongram #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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Not all of the photographs from Colorado need mountain landscapes to be captivating, epic, and beautiful! I thought I’d post something different today, with this beautiful sunset I experienced at Harmony Lakes in @visitftcollins. With the perfectly still waters and an insane sky, this image works beautifully. It’s a human nature thing to be attracted to symmetry. I hope you have possess typical human nature, and enjoy this photo! 🙏 ❗️Learn my workflow! The link is in my bio❗️ . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/16🔸focal length: 10 mm🔸shutter speed: base 0.8 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no (shot on my old rebel T4i) ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #reflectiongram at Fort Collins, Colorado

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@lukewagnerphoto and I have been planning a sunrise shoot at Dream Lake ever since the hint of first snowfall in RMNP. By this point, the Internet has been saturated with beautiful photographs of Colorado and its fall colors. Therefore, we wanted to be some of the first to start the transition towards frozen Colorado landscapes. What better way to get the ball rolling than a gorgeous morning at Dream Lake with fresh snow-capped rocks, frosted trees, and alpine glow? Enjoy, and don’t forget to visit my website at www.benstraussphotography.com! . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/6 sec🔹exposure blend : yes - sky 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #travellingthroughtheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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This photo was taken at the high point of summer, during one of the most insane and impressive sunsets I’ve witnessed in Colorado. @abbygomer and I were so lucky to have experienced this together on top of Mount Evans, looking out over the Rockies. You may recognize the sky from a previous shot I posted of Abby during this same evening, sitting cross-legged on top of the world. This composition was one I was saving for a rainy (snowy) day. I hope you enjoy! . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/16🔸focal length: 10 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/8 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #nationalparkgeek at Mount Evans

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Until a couple of weekends ago, I had never actually driven up and over Loveland Pass in Colorado. Luckily, with the company of the amazing @davidg__photography, I was finally able to see his place! We spent about three hours scouting the area for the best possible compositions for sunset, and finally ended with this one depicting a small lake. As it goes most times, the sky exploded with color behind us. But hey, we at least got a little of that color to spill into our view. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸shutter speed: base 1/13 sec🔹exposure blend : yes 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #nationalparkgeek at Loveland Pass

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It has been a minute since I’ve posted a shot from my Horsetooth Reservoir stomping grounds. Now that school is in full force, this beautiful location makes for a convenient excuse to get out and exercise those creative photography juices. The shot above is probably one of my favorite taken yet at HT. It may not be exploding with color, but the sheer dramatic aspect of this composition puts it at the top of my list. While this dead tree has a lot of character and makes for a great foreground, how cool would this composition be if the tree were still alive and showing its fall colors. I wonder what event marked the last year of this trees life. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 16 mm🔸shutter speed: base 0.3 sec🔹exposure blend : yes 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #tree_brilliance #tree_captures #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #eclectic_shotz #tree_magic at Horsetooth Reservoir

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Ever since I saw a composition similar to this in an Estes Park photo gallery last spring, I’ve been eager to capture it myself come fall-time! Whilst the leaves in RMNP didn’t turn as vibrantly colored as in previous years, the scene was still just as beautiful as I’d imagined. You may be thinking to yourself (if you follow my good friend @lukewagnerphoto) “this looks awfully familiar to a post I’ve seen recently”, and you’d be correct! Luke was right alongside side me during this shoot as we were treated to a gorgeous sunrise. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/25 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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While going through some shots taken a few weeks ago with @lukewagnerphoto around the Trail Ridge area, I came across this one. While it is not anywhere near my strongest composition, and the weather was a bit more dramatic than colorful, I still decided to see what I could make of it. Usually with these types of edits, where the composition and weather conditions aren’t all that strong, I like to push my drama sliders to the max to create extra interest. In the end I’d say it turned out acceptable, but mostly because of that epic pose amirite?! Anyhow, don’t go too hard on me, I know it’s not my best shot 😉. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/10🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/60 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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@abbygomer and I had planned on returning to the Twin Lakes area ever since we spent a few nights camping there late June this summer. Seeing the sea of aspen groves got us very excited and committed to spending a weekend here during the fall season. So, sticking to our original plan, we enjoyed a few nights here last weekend, staying at the beautiful camp site #16 in the Whitestar Campground. Scouting the area the night before, we had spotted a very beautiful line of aspen on the shore of the lake. What caught our eye with this particular site were the many colors (red, orange, yellow, green) spanning the aspen canopies. Those glowing morning peaks are a sight to see. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 41 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/10 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots at Twin Lakes, Colorado

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This location has become quite the iconic composition for both seasoned and novice Coloradan photographers. It has also been a location on my bucket list that I’ve been wanting to photograph for quite some time. Every time @abbygomer and I are headed back from any camping/photography trip in the mountains, we try passing this location during sunset. The timing however has never lined up until, that is until we were headed back from Twin Lakes this last Sunday. Not only did the timing work out, but the sunset was absolutely stunning!! The sky was pure fire 🔥🔥 . . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100, 400🔸f/20🔸focal length: 41 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/8 (sky), 20 sec (light trails)🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: yes ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #longexposure_shots #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #longexpoelite at I-70 in Colorado

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This image was taken at my new favorite spot in RMNP, that I had only discovered the morning I shot this sunrise. Last weekend (Saturday morning to be exact) I decided to head over towards the Bear Lake area of the park in search for changing leaves; I mean that’s the theme of September in Colorado after all isn’t it? I decided to try and gain some elevation to overlook the valley by hiking about a half mile or so up Bierstadt trail. At one point I turned around (facing the continental divide) and was greeted with this absolutely stunning and expansive view. After shooting a three shot vertorama of a gorgeous and colorful sunrise, I just stood there with my camera packed away, taking it all in for at least a half-hour. Not a single soul had passed during this time, and to date it was one of the most spiritual and meditative solo experiences of my life. I hope this photo conveys to you even a fraction of the beauty I whiteness that morning. . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100, 400🔸f/10🔸focal length: 10 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/25, 1/5 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: yes - iso 400 to capture swaying leaves, three shot vertorama ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #rmnp #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #earthofficial #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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This week couldn’t go by any faster, as @abbygomer and I have a trip planned to the Twin Lakes/Independence Pass area this weekend for some leaf peeping! Even with the fall colors coming a bit early this year in Colorado, I still find myself impatiently waiting for peak leaf change. Therefore, I’ve taken a bit of creative liberty with the color of the aspen leaves in this photo, bringing the fall to me instead. This image was taken within one of the massive aspen groves along the base of Mount Elbert about four weeks ago, just as the aspen were hinting at an early fall. For those of you that stuck around to read the entire caption, here’s a little treat: I posted an 8 minute tutorial video on my YouTube channel covering how I brought the colors of autumn into this exact shot! Enjoy! . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 100🔸f/11🔸focal length: 10 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/30 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: yes 🔹 image stack: no (This image was shot on my old Canon Rebel T4i) ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #nature_perfection #nakedplanet #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #fatalframes #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #officialfstoppers at Twin Lakes, Colorado

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Really?! Another Trail Ridge photo? Don’t worry, this one has got a very unique twist! For Labor Day Weekend, I accompanied my mom on a photography trip to RMNP, and during our traverse across Trail Ridge Road, one of the largest bull elk either of us have seen in a long time walked right in front of our car. Luckily I had my camera in my lap instead of tucked away in my camera bag, so with quick thinking I was able to throw it into auto iso and hand shoot this big boy before he disappeared over the road’s edge. I apologize for the high level of noise, but I my auto iso put me at 8000 😬! . . . ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ 🔸iso: 8000🔸f/14🔸focal length: 24 mm🔸shutter speed: 1/500 sec🔹exposure blend : no 🔹focus stack: no 🔹 image stack: no ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ . . . . . #best_earthscapes #optoutside #earthpix #viewcolorado #WildlifeiG #earthfocus #master_gallery #moodygrams #worldprime #photographycapturetheworld #igbest_shotz #beyondthelands #Conciousadventurist #beautifuldestinations #nowdiscovering #ourplanetdaily #Tourtheplanet #ShotzDelight #ig_masterpiece #rmnp #fstoppers #earthoutdoors#awesomeearth #ig_eternity #Nature #depthsofearth #wonderful_places #special_shots #planet_earth_shots #nationalparkgeek at Rocky Mountain National Park

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