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5 of My Best Tips for Getting Through Airport Security Fast

At one point or another, we may have experienced getting stuck at the airport security due to reasons we can’t seem to understand. At times, it is hard to comprehend why airport officials have to stop us just because we bring liquids, and other personal items.

As a traveler, I have gone through all types of delays and getting stuck at different airports. However, wherever you may be, and where you are headed to, airport rules are basically the same. Therefore, I would like to list out 5 of my best tips for getting through airport security fast:

Tip #1 – Dress comfortably

Airport security dictates the need to remove shoes, belts, and other metallic accessories when passing through X-ray machines. Thus, if you want to get through fast, make sure to dress accordingly.

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Why I Left My Corporate Job to Travel

To some, the decision I made to quit my corporate job in order to travel is simply unbelievable. After all, at a young age, I have already achieved things that some of my older colleagues are still trying to obtain. I am at the peak of my career, and, I must say, I am successful. Because of this, many of my friends seemed surprised when I decided to submit my resignation, and finally do the thing I want the most – travel.

Travel is not just my escape – it’s my happiness.

Granted, the complexities of work are undeniable. Existing in the corporate world means a lot of sacrifices. I always had to brush shoulders with people I barely know. I barely manage having a time for my own. At the end of the day, I occasionally feel headaches and stress after spending long hours at work.

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Types of Photography

Types of Photography

In general terms, photography is the art of taking photographs. There are several sub-genres of photography that has its own set of guidelines and unique perspective on the art. General photography equipment can be used for the most common types of photography. This kind of equipment is easily accessible to many people. It is wise to explore the different facets of photography if you are considering becoming a photographer.

The most popular type of photography is portrait photography.  The photographer who is taking the portrait is responsible for capturing not only an image of a person, but also capture the personality and spirit of the subject. Portrait photography is done in a studio with controlled lighting setups, but this can take place anywhere people are.

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Photography for Beginners

Photography for Beginners

Whether you are seeking a career in photography or just a hobby, basic photography courses can teach you more about taking photos. The courses focus on the basics, but sometimes they teach more about how to use your camera. You may even earn a certificate for some programs in photography.

Many photographers find their own aesthetic standards on their own when starting out, but a photography class can teach the different elements of a photograph and how to examine it. Once you  have learned the basics of what a photograph is composed of, you then gain the ability to judge photography using your own  preference against those proposed by standard classical photography.

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Gain a Greater Understanding of the World Through the Eyes of a Child

Gain a Greater Understanding of the World Through the Eyes of a Child

A few months ago I decided to take a trip to Chicago to spend time with my sister and nieces. I needed a getaway, but not like the exotic or historical places I travel to for my clients. I felt compelled to surround myself with loved ones while I focused on self-reflection. Life had become hectic, and I needed a break so that I could restore myself to a more balanced state. I’m thankful I made this decision because I had the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time with my nieces, where I peered into their lives, and saw the world from their eyes.

Spending time with my two nieces, ages 3 and 9, was exactly what I needed to achieve a full restoration of balance. One of the greatest realizations I encountered was directly influenced by my 9-year-old niece regarding our latest technological advances and the impact its had on younger generations, which is personally believe, is for the betterment of humanity. For example, my oldest niece is an avid gamer and right now, her game of choice is none-other than Minecraft.

Minecraft is a game that grants players with the ability to build worlds by using blocks. Unlike most games where destruction is the primary motivation, Minecraft’s purpose focuses on building and working in teams to reach a common goal. Kids can play the game on their smartphones or computers. If you’re a Minecraft pro like my niece, you can purchase Minecraft server hosting from a third party hosting company to play over the internet. According to my niece, the medium you select is completely dependent upon personal preferences and how you intend to play the game. She loves to build elaborate worlds with her friends, which requires more space and a speedy internet connection.

Watching my niece play Minecraft, as she meticulously built her world, block by block, gradually piecing it together into what would inevitably become a masterpiece, I couldn’t help but find myself in overwhelming “awe” over what was unfolding before my eyes. She began with a blank canvas, and within a few hours, she transformed her world in Minecraft into an elaborate castle where she and her friends were free to build and play together. This unique experience opened my eyes to so many new realizations about myself, and the world. I suddenly became intrigued by the world’s youth today, and how it drastically different these children are from previous generations. Minecraft shed light on technology, and its ability to transform humanity, and the world as a whole. More importantly, it opened my mind to the immense possibilities that rest in technological advancements, and how drastically different today’s children are in comparison to previous generations because of it.

Minecraft made me realize how much technology has transformed humanity, and how it interacts with the world as a whole. I cannot express how undeniably amazing it was to watch a 9-year-old work with a group of kids to build a beautiful virtual world. In regards to conventional perspectives of video games, I could not relate when I played Minecraft. It was unlike anything I had ever seen or heard before. It did not fit or illustrate the commonly-held beliefs that gaming is not productive, and “rots your brain”. In fact, it was quite the contrary and I could not be more grateful to have discovered how positive of an impact it can have, particularly on children, when it is used properly.

To be honest, when my niece first asked me to play Minecraft with her, I did so because I’m a cool uncle. I realized I wasn’t going to have the chance to spend much time with her because her most of her time and energy was channeled into building worlds on Minecraft. So you can imagine how surprised I was during the first hour of gameplay, when I experienced a flood of realizations that ultimately led to a restoration of balance. It was exactly what I needed, and it came from the most unexpected place: through the eyes of a child.

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Hiring A Freelance Wedding Photographer – The Benefits These Professionals Have To Offer

When people have a special occasion, like a wedding, they want to make sure that they hire the best people to help them make their wedding a memorable day, and to preserve everything about it that they can. While people often go with a company that offers things like wedding photography shots or live action filming. However, there are freelance photographers available that can do both filming the wedding, and take pictures, and there are actually a lot of benefits for people to go ahead and hire a professional for their wedding day.

A More Personalized Service

When people want to do something like make their cars look more modern, hip, and trendy, they may decide to try and do things on their own like get a great paint job, add in better accessories to their cars, and make sure they have amazing car rims like these shiny beauties, but they do not have the skills to actually know what they are doing. Only professionals like car mechanics know what it takes to make a car look great, and they can always find the best deals for things like the original rims or replacement rims on a car. Why mess up your car by buying the wrong things when a professional is available?

Cars are an investment, and people pay for their cars for many years. Without the help of a professional, a car can be damaged in some way, or even lose its value. The same thing can be said for other professional services like weddings because weddings may only happen once in a lifetime, and the specialness of it has to be captured in just the right way. Freelance photographers will offer a more personalized service because they will spend time with the couple to talk about what they want, and then figure out the best way to capture their special moments.

The Best Equipment Available

Freelance photographers are going to ensure they have the best equipment available in order to photograph and film special occasions like weddings. Newer equipment is always coming out for professionals to take better quality photos, and any professional photographer is going to keep up with the technology so they can offer their clients the best service possible with high quality photographs.

Professional Freelance Photographers Have Skill and Experience

Some people may film their own events, and they take a camera they bought and film everything, but that is really not capturing the essence of that day. A freelance photographer is going to have the skills to film things, but also know just the right way to cut it all together, and then do things like add music to make things even better. Why settle for just footage shot, and when a professional can take what they recorded and turn it into an amazing piece of video footage that will forever be the happiest day of their lives?

Freelance photographers are photographers that can film important events like a wedding, and while some people will just ask a friend to film their wedding, why do that when there are so many reasons why hiring a professional photographer is better? Professional photographers know what they are doing, have the latest equipment, and have the skills to take footage and turn it into precious memories that couples will cherish for the rest of their lives.

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How To Be a Successful Freelance Photographer

At a certain time in one’s life, he or she has the chance to stop a moment and think about what they want to do with the rest of their lives. Some people decide to go to college to become a nurse, while others may travel the world searching for their passion or vocation. However, some people have skills, like being good with a camera, and they decide to become a professional photographer, but there is more to being a successful freelance photographer than just pointing and clicking a camera. Here are some tips for being the best professional photographer ever.

Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things When It Comes to Photography

A man that is good with cars might have started as a scrawny teenager who worked on cars as a hobby. As his interest grew, he began to do other things like went from working on the engines to doing aesthetic work, like finding the original wheels and original rims for a fixer-upper. By taking a chance with a new skill, that young man that loved just to fix engines may be able to expand his skills, and therefore, be able to find a job. The same kinds of skills can be applied in photography too, and anyone that has skills taking pictures cannot be afraid to try something new within the photography world, or they may be missing out on a chance to find clients with deep pockets.

Consider Setting Up A Blog

These days, everyone goes to the Internet and uses it like a giant phone directory. If a freelance photographer wants to get in touch with customers, and book a lot of jobs, then getting a blog is the best way to go. Not only will photographers get to read all about the grand adventures these freelance picture-takers have, but they will also get to see examples of their work. People will also to see that photographers get to lead really exciting lives because they have a lot of freedom to go wherever they have to for a job, but they also get enough information that will help them make a decision about hiring one of these professional photographers.

Always Have Open and Quick Communication

Anyone that owns their own business knows all about how important it is to be in constant communication with their customers. Freelance photographers are essentially independent business owners, and it is important that whenever they get a comment on their blog, or an email, they have to reply right away because communication with customers is the difference between a successful business and one that fails. Customers want to feel like they are important, and the reality is that they are, and being in contact with someone they want to do business with is going to ensure they are treated right. Customers who get the proper attention will always go back to that place of business because of the excellent service they received.

People want to be the best they can be when it comes to their careers. Being a freelance photographer is more than just taking pictures, but keeping a blog, learning new skills, and also keeping up with customer communication. Freelance photographers have exciting careers, and these steps will take that career to the next level of success and profit.

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My Environmentally Friendly Discovery After Slipping into a Set of Bamboo Sheets

As I have traveled all over, I have noticed an undeniable interest in sustainable products, and the flourishing eco-friendly economy arising all across the globe. I’ve been on this planet for over 30 years, and it is not until these last couple years that I have noticed an immense and deep interest in bettering our planet. The younger generations appear to have a much deeper grasp on the destruction we have caused planet earth, and they are doing everything in the power to ensure the entire population is doing its part in making the world a better place.

As a result of the youth’s passion for saving the globe, I have notice an increase in the amount of sustainable products that are being introduced to the market. So many have already made it into the mainstream markets. The whole concept of using recyclable products struck me when I was staying in a friend’s guest bedroom. As I climbed into bed, I could not escape the undeniable awe I felt as I slid into the fabric. It almost felt as if it was heaven-sent. When I woke up the following morning, I asked my friend what type of bedding it was, thinking maybe he would respond with Egyptian cotton sheets. However I could not have been more wrong. He told me it was bamboo bedding or more commonly known as bamboo sheets. He made the decision to invest in a set after researching the various benefits it has to offer. Further illustrating that it was created from the fibers of bamboo, a renewable resource, and it is completely eco-friendly and 100% hypoallergenic.

I was absolutely blown away by the concept of transforming bamboo into fabric. I had no idea that you could do such a thing. It led me to conduct my own research, after I invested in a set of bamboo sheets myself. During my own personal research, it became extremely apparent that my friend was onto something when he made the choice to toss his old set of sheets for this luscious bamboo bedding. It made me realize how much our planet has evolved in the last couple decades. The trends that are taking place, particularly going green, are not trends at all. In fact, going green has become a way of life that is not only cool, it is necessary for the progression of the human race and the preservation of our planet. My friend’s simple act of investing in a sustainable product speaks volumes about where our world currently stands and where it is headed. It has inspired me to personally invest in products that promote a greener way of life, particularly in items that are made from recycled materials. This ranges from bamboo bed sheets, to investment into all-natural products for my body and my home. I am a strong advocate for a cleaner environment and a healthy lifestyle, which is why I encourage all my readers to strive to invest in eco-friendly products.

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Stock Photography Tips – Shooting Condoms For Cash

From professional articles related to birth control, to blog pages talking about safe sex and sexual humor, stock condom photos are necessary to have in the stock photo collection because they are used all the time throughout the world wide web. Not many stock photo artists consider taking multiple images of condoms and providing them to the stock photo collection would earn them much money, but in all actuality, one could support themselves on the money they could make from taking stock photography of condoms. Take what others don’t realize and use it to your advantage. There’s large sums of potential money to be made.

How you can make money shooting stock photography of condoms
There are hundreds of thousands of articles about methods of safe sex, and in almost every single one of them is a stock photo picture of a condom. Stock photos are a quick and easy alternative to taking a picture or finding pictures on Google that may not match specific criteria. That means, there’s probably already thousands of websites (healthcare, sex, and humor) that need stock photos of condoms, that don’t have them. If you look up “safe sex with condoms” on Google, you will receive approximately4,200,000 results just for that topic. Most sites usually use stock photography images.

Instead of just acknowledging this fact that condom stock photos are in high demand, put one foot forward and be a condom stock photographer. The stock photo company pays up to $0.25 straight to your bank account every time your stock photo is used. The more condom stock photos you provide, the more money you could make.

If you do the math, it becomes clear on how much potential earnings you can make. A few websites need a stock photo of a condom, and the majority of your condom photos are used for the stock photography company. Each website may need several different pictures in several different angles to demonstrate their point about condoms, and your condom stock photography is bound to be picked multiple times for those few websites, $0.25 a picture. That adds up to a hefty income if you think of how many sites may need stock photos of condoms. The demand could escalate into the 1000′s in a few weeks. Safe sex is a hot topic at the moment with the increasing sexual trends in society, and you could make a higher yearly salary just for a few hundred pictures of different styled, angled, and placed condoms.

Method to take condom stock photography and earn money
Step 1: Invest in several different brands and colors of the best condoms ranging from size small to large. You’re going to need a variety of condoms in order to have a variety of pictures that will reach to a broader audience. The more varieties you have and the more photos you take, the more money you will make. You can also take photos while they are packaged and while they aren’t packaged.
Step 2: Take a picture of each style of condom from at least four different angles. This is also to provide variety and quantity.
Step 3: Submit all the photos to www.istockphoto.com, then wait patiently for the money to start coming in.

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New Client Gig on Transvaginal Mesh Surgery

New Client Gig on Transvaginal Mesh Surgery

As you know I take photos for a living. I know that my profession might feel awkward to some people but that is what I do to get my income. I am a professional freelance photographer after all. Yes, I prefer to do wedding photo gigs, anniversary gigs, birthday photo gigs, graduation gigs and many other types of  celebratory photos but sometimes I have to do ones that just pay well.

I recently did a photo gig on transvaginal mesh surgery for a prominent doctor. Until taking on this project, I never knew what a transvaginal mesh implant was. For those who think freelance photography is all about traveling gigs in Hawaii and fun other events, this is a reminder of what you might find yourself doing, more often than not, as the pay is sometimes too good to pass on.

I was going through my previous works on my personal website when one of my friends called me, asking if I was available for a photo-shoot. She said that it was urgent since the photographer they hired bailed on them. She told me this doctor who specializes in vaginal mesh surgery, wants to advertise his new practice and need a professional photographer for a few before and after pictures.

I had no problem with the gig but asked her what was the agreed upon fee? Apparently the doctor is very wealthy and there is a lot of money in this type of procedure. I won’t disclosed the amount but the fee was a very large sum (larger than my previous two projects combined).

Additionally, it was also a perfect opportunity to beef up my portfolio as I have not done up-and-close photos on a surgical procedure for a while. So I pickup my gear and headed to the hospital where the doctor was about to operate at. After about 30 minutes drive I finally reached the hospital where the doctor was waiting for me. We exchanged greetings and the signed the proper contract agreements, and immediately set for work.

The doctor explained to me what the surgical operation entailed and the images that he wanted me to capture. He said that the surgery involved implanting a mesh, a net-like implant, used to treat pelvic organ prolapsed and stress urinary incontinence in women through the vaginal opening.

He told me that my job was to take pictures of the surgical procedure before and after the implant was put in the patient and the process in general.

As the patient lay down the doctor asked me to take a few photos of the vaginal opening and of the surgical tools and surrounding. This included the vaginal mesh device among other things. I also captured a few images of the vaginal opening, focusing my camera on the long vaginal duct that was by now fully prepared to let the mesh go through. Satisfied with the many clips, the doctor told me to step aside as he patiently finished the surgery and inserted the mesh into the pelvic cavity.

The doctor took about one hour to operate on the patient and which point he called me in to take the after-surgery photos. This was a bit more uncomfortable as the vaginal mesh medical equipment were now covered in blood. I captured everything that was needed and went back home to edit the photos and add a few final touches and send them over to the doctor.

Later that day, I received a call from the doctor thanking me for the excellent job I did and in such a short notice.

Being a freelance photographer sometimes involves taking such photos, not only does it showcase the range of photo skills you have, but it also pays very well.

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Using an Unusual Tool to get Closer to Nature

Using an Unusual Tool to get Closer to Nature

The quest to find that perfect photo is more than illusive.

So many factors have to be taken into account, be it lighting, time of day, exposure but most of all location.

To get a truly brilliant photograph, you have to take yourself close to the source, closer to nature and create the opportunity. The chances of your subject flying straight over your lens the moment you point it out of your window is more than a million to one, photography is all about putting yourself in the perfect location to get the perfect photo.

Compromising on one will lead to compromising on the other, it’s finding the perfect balance that really brings the best out of a photograph.

A superb way of creating an ideal setting for a photograph is by getting out on the water. Without the budget for a small yacht, the most reasonable and cost effective way of setting sail for me was using a kayak, a fishing kayak (actually this particular one. You can pick up a basic fishing kayak for under $100 now, making them the cheapest and easiest way to getting you and your camera that much closer to nature.

For around the $100 mark, you can get a great inflatable kayak, with space for two people. The advantage of taking an inflatable out on the water is that they are incredibly easy to maneuver around the water, allowing for stealthy, silent approaches to your photography targets. With many coming with ample water-tight storage compartments for bait, tackle and rods, you have more than enough space to carry all of the essential photography gear out with you. There’s also specifically designed spaces to store your paddles when not in movement, as well as attachable anchor accessories to prevent drifting when you’ve got your eyes to the lens.

Another advantage of fishing kayaks, are that they are designed to be extremely buoyant. When you’re struggling to reel in the day’s biggest catch, you don’t want to be worried about your kayak capsizing. As spotting is a major requirement of a successful fishing trip, these kayaks are well balanced enough to allow you to stand up without the risk of taking a tumble. This makes them the ideal choice for photographers, as it enables you to get a higher angle, and remain steady while on the water. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you can even try to use a tripod while remaining upright.

Finally, it’s the ease of movement that really makes these inflatable fishing kayaks the go to kayak for photographers like ourselves. With almost effortless motion, you glide across the water making minimal noise. Remaining as quiet as possible is key to landing shots of some of the more easily spooked wildlife. Kayaks ensure that your target isn’t scared off before you get the chance to capture the perfect image. Getting up close enough to use a smaller zoom allows you to focus on gathering the right amount of detail, light and balance in your image, something that would not be achievable if you had decided to keep your feet on dry land.

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My Motorcycle Journey Through Kenya

My Motorcycle Journey Through Kenya

Nothing thrills like an adventure on a motorcycle, so I recently decided to do just that through the beautiful country of Kenya. A six day, 800 km journey through hills, valleys and dirt roads. This is the adventure I took on a motorcycle to discover the Kenyan wilderness and to encounter the local Kenyan people and capture some great pictures along the way. It all started from the highlands of Nairobi to the white sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean. I also passed by the Mt Kilimanjaro and the Tsavo National Park.

Day one was my arrival in Nairobi. From the airport, I headed straight to my hotel room in the Nairobi National Park. There I was able to rent a motorcycle to use for touring this beautiful Country. Even though there is no real helmet law in Kenya, I decided to rent one anyway. They didn’t have any cool motorcycle helmets to choose from, but I still ended up getting a good helmet that would keep me safe on my motorcycle. Now I was finally ready to get my journey started.

The trip began the following morning. I met up with a friend of mine who lives in Kenya, Luke. Together we began the journey through the spectacular Rift Valley to the land of the Masai people. The Masai people are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. The local community lives in small huts and has preserved their traditions for a long time. One can’t resist the allure of joining them in their traditional songs and dances. We found ourselves leaving our motorbikes aside to join the singing and dancing and capturing some spectacular pictures too. However, time was flying and we had to proceed with our journey to the area where we were to spend the night.
We eventually arrived at our destination, the Selekay Camp. Here we had a great meal to finish off the day. We then headed off to bed to rest up for another busy day.

The next day’s trip started through an animal trail, crossing the Masai land heading towards the Amboseli National Park. This area was a photographer’s dream, full of Savannah vegetation with a clear view of Mt Kilimanjaro. We also passed by many beautiful animals like giraffes, ostriches, wildebeest, zebras and antelopes in their natural habitat. There were so many gorgeous picture opportunities here that we ended up spending the entire day.

We woke up very early in the morning the next day to start the trip a bit earlier because we had over 120 KM to cover. We navigated through the bushy ranches of Taita that are homes to large elephants. It was scary and fun at the same time. I even got some great shots of Luke sitting on top of the elephants. We spent the night in the Tsavo National Park where we had our motorcycles serviced and refueled.

The final day of the adventure took us through scrubby coastal vegetation to Diani Beach in Mombasa. The sandy beaches and the sunlight were breath taking. After getting some great pictures we decided to spend the rest of the enjoying the beach and relaxing. Our journey was coming to an end. It was one filled with some beautiful experiences that Luke and I will never forget. The many pictures that we captured on our motorcycle trek through Kenya will only give a taste of what we were able to encounter along the way.

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Would You Like To See More YouTube Videos?

Would You Like To See More YouTube Videos?

As you know we talk a lot about photography here and the blog has been a great source of pleasure for me over the last period. I never really expected anything to happen with this blog but it’s been a delight to see my visitor numbers grow slowly over the last time and it’s been great to get to know people online that share the same hobbies as I do.

However I’m always looking for new ways to expand, educate and gain new followers. It’s always a bad idea to stand still and like my dad I believe that when the time comes you need to move with the times.
Because of this I have been thinking recently about making a serious effort to develop the
Van Der Woning Youtube channel!

Photography is a visual art and while we can show static images here on the blog if I start to do more work on youtube I can start to do photoshop photography tutorials and also make videos to show lighting setups and other on-set techniques to help you improve your photos.

Also, while I know from my stats that a lot of people are reading this site, I can see from other YouTubers that there is a high level of engagement and people’s personalities real come to the foreground.

So starting next more you should start to see a lot more videos here on vanderwoning.ca.
I do have a few issues with learning how to do it because although I’ve used YouTube for years as casual viewer I’ve never even uploaded a video. On top of that I need to get to grips with video editing because I want the videos to look good. If I do a job I like to do it right!

So I’ve got myself a new webcam already and I’m just deciding whether to get a usb microphone or an audio interface and regular microphone. Some people seem to think that a usb mic is best but others recommend a full audio interface so I’m not quite sure how to proceed. If any readers have any advice on that I’d like to hear it. Or should I just get started with the mic that’s in the web cam?

Hopefully in the next few weeks I’ll start to get something ready to put out there, but I guess the reason for this post is I’m really looking for feedback.

Do you think a YouTube channel is a good idea? What videos would you like to see?

Do you want photoshop or gimp tutorials? Do you want product photography or landscape photography?

My intention would be to start first with a video about product photography and photoshop techniques to improve the final results. Actually you can do good product photography with even the cam on your mobile as long as it’s a fairly new mobile and the secret to getting something good is in the post processing.

Simple techniques to clean up the background and adjust the while balance can work wonders.

Anyway, let me know how that sounds and if you think I should proceed or not 

Thanks
Rik

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