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Challenge: Rule of Thirds (Basic Editing III)
Collection: Favorites - Ribbons
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM
Location: Westport, CT
Date: Sep 19, 2005
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Humorous, Animals
Date Uploaded: Sep 20, 2005

Yes, that's a real live ant. The crackers are glued together and supported from behind by a wire coat hanger (the fuzzy white shape above the crackers is the back edge of the wire).

This image was more difficult than I imagined, but I finally got it after nearly 300 shots and several ants. My first versions were taken outside on a slab of marble. The ant's reflection on the marble was nice, but natural light just wasn't working, so I moved indoors with a softbox and 25mm Kenko extension tube. I was going to use raspberries, but they wouldn't withstand the hot glue. I cooled the ant for a minute in the refrigerator and placed it under the crackers (not that it slowed him down much).

Much as I like the idea, the background basket should have been closer for better focus, the ant should have been on a white area for better lighting, and the table cloth is too flat and should have been angled to avoid the "flag" look. No time for another shoot, though, so this will have to do. Hope I don't regret it.

Minor adjustments made with levels, USM, shadow/highlight, curves and hue/saturation.

Hmmm... 2nd place and one of my most-favorited photos, yet three people gave it a 1. They were trying to squish my bug! :-(

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 354
Avg (all users): 7.2563
Avg (commenters): 8.2439
Avg (participants): 6.8364
Avg (non-participants): 7.6172
Views since voting: 56752
Views during voting: 459
Votes: 238
Comments: 97
Favorites: 110 (view)


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12/01/2007 10:32:54 AM
Hmm, do you know this picture was stolen?

Just saw it here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/peter59/645360971

Maybe you can find it also on Strangezoo.com

When i saw it I immedelalsdalks ... well, right away, I knew it was from a DPC Challenge ... how to spell immediately - immideately - imm - ah, I give up!

But sue them!

Message edited by author 2007-12-01 10:34:13.
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02/02/2006 03:16:19 PM
Perfect title for this picture. I love it.
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02/02/2006 12:20:21 PM
I love it, great job. Who the hell would give you a 1?
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01/14/2006 11:52:53 AM
I love your creativity and your vision for a great shot!
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12/19/2005 10:58:46 AM
"This image was more difficult than I imagined, but I finally got it after nearly 300 shots and several ants."

Hey watch out, PETA is behind your back... :-)
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10/06/2005 01:50:40 PM
Hi Shannon. I just thought I'd let you know what kind of effect this had on other people. I showed a few people the DPC website because I wanted their opinions on my Beverages Challenge photo (stupid me, I gathered opinions for the challenge AFTER choosing one to submit).

A couple of times, I showed the picture when several of my students were around. There all got very excited to see the homepage and of all the pictures on the page at the time (that was when we had Joey's two blues up with the 48 hr member challenge), guess which one had all the kids pointing and laughing.

It was the only picture that got repeated requests to view and review. Every time I showed the pictures of DPC that week, everyone requested seeing this picture first.

Great job. Maybe if you had used a blue checkered tablecloth you would have gotten a blue ribbon.
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10/04/2005 04:41:26 PM
So cute! Speaking of overachievers, where can I see some photos of your three overachievers? Have you posted any lately? So Justin squashed one of the ants - that would have made his great-grandfather laugh!!
Aunt Sue
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10/04/2005 04:05:05 PM
why a 1 from anyone? I think you get a 2 just for posting, a 3 for visible objects, 4 for interesting subject, 5 for satisfactory execution, and on up for beauty,style, composition, lighting, etc...

I would've given it a 9, definately a sucessful stock
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10/04/2005 02:27:29 PM
His Queen would be proud! Great Job! Congratulations!!
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10/04/2005 01:02:44 PM
I love the creativity and patience that this took! My jaw just drops seeing that this is a live ant! Goodness I have found someone else who is as crazed as I am to use live insects as models in conceptual shots:-) ! I am glad that you changed the elements from the first shot to this one. The red checked cloth works perfectly to compliment this "model" for it helps to invoke the idea of ants invading the picnic table and carrying off food:-) You are spot on that the picnic basket could have been in better focus for the shot for that would have strengthened the imagery as well -
Patience and persistance - it really paid off for I know that insects just don't cooperate well;-) Kudos to you for acomplishing such a creative shot .
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10/03/2005 11:20:48 AM
Superb shot Shannon- this seems as if it would definitely work well in Stock.
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10/02/2005 10:05:30 AM
i love the picture becuase its different.
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10/02/2005 05:09:12 AM
congrats on a very clever idea and carrying it out so well
You deserve a medal as well as your ribbon
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10/02/2005 02:17:49 AM
patience is a virtue [is that what they say?]
well done dOOd! very creative
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10/01/2005 12:41:54 PM
i really love this shot!! unfortunatly i was away for the voteing of this challenge, or you would have got a ten! i really love the concept of this photo, the focus and tone! great job!
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09/30/2005 11:26:24 PM
I absolutely love your concept, your shot, and your self-criticisms. I honestly thought this was a "flag tablecloth," until I read what you had to say. Your noticing the ant's being on red rather than white — and that phenomenon's taking away from the ant — too, is quite shrewd. That said, no matter the "flaws," this is, indeed, a marvelous picture. Great work!
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09/30/2005 07:59:57 AM
You have so much creativity and forethought/ Lets quit our jobs and start a multi-million dollar corporate thinktank. We could come up with Ideas like "New Coke" and "Crystal Pepsi" and that internet delivery service- or the Chrysler PT cruiser/

You could have the ideas, and I could bring the beer.

Message edited by author 2005-09-30 08:00:31.
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09/29/2005 10:27:50 AM
Wow Shannon! Once again, you will go to any length to set up a great shot! And once again, you pulled it off beautifully! Fantastic job & congratulations!
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09/29/2005 09:19:52 AM
What a wonderful shot! I am amazed at the creativity you put into this shot.

Is the ant okay after the shoot? A bit sore, I'll bet. :-D
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09/28/2005 10:42:32 PM
You've got too much time on your hands. And, I for one am very glad. This shot is great and hilarious.
Thank you for taking the time.
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09/28/2005 10:33:11 PM
Great shot. I'm a bio graduate and really like the concept and setup.

KS
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09/28/2005 10:19:41 PM
Highly interesting and certain to tease all viewers. Congratulations on your Red.
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09/28/2005 10:01:00 PM
very clever
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09/28/2005 05:22:43 PM
Cool shot. Great idea! Is the ant still alive?
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09/28/2005 03:24:40 PM
Congrats on the ribbon! Well thought out and executed. Gives me something to aspire to. heh
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09/28/2005 03:21:36 PM
Originally posted by theSaj:

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHETHER ANY ANTS WERE SERIOUSLY HURT OR INJURED IN THE FILMING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH!!!


One model was viciously pancaked beneath the sneaker of a three-year-old. Otherwise, they were all unharmed.
09/28/2005 02:34:48 PM
300 shots and several ants.

WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS WHETHER ANY ANTS WERE SERIOUSLY HURT OR INJURED IN THE FILMING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH!!!
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09/28/2005 02:34:11 PM
Fantastic shot Shannon. Major kudos for setting up and executing it so well.
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09/28/2005 02:01:51 PM
That's a neat idea! Congratulations on the ribbon!
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09/28/2005 11:23:29 AM
Wow! How do you come up with all these crazy ideas?? I love this and congrats!
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09/28/2005 11:07:19 AM
Many congratulations!!!! I love this shot.
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09/28/2005 10:00:48 AM
Incredibly cool and you have entirely too much time on your hands. Well done!
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09/28/2005 09:48:00 AM
Congrats Shannon!! You always come up with the funniest ideas and are able to execute them excellently! :-)
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09/28/2005 09:10:16 AM
Way to go Shannon... I knew this would be a winner!
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09/28/2005 08:51:16 AM
My easy fave of the contest, highly deserved ribbon.
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09/28/2005 08:49:28 AM
Awesome! Super-creative and well executed, as we've come to expect from you! Congratulations on the red!
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09/28/2005 08:28:03 AM
Great one Shannon!!! Love your imagination!! You rock!!! This is one for the favs!! :-)
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09/28/2005 08:00:40 AM
lol, Shannon...that's hillarious. What a great idea and congrats on the ribbon my friend.
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09/28/2005 01:22:21 AM
This is delightful, Shannon! Congratulations on another fine image!
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09/28/2005 12:52:19 AM
I agree with David...when he's done, can I be next? Great set up and shooting of this marvelous image, Shannon! Thanks for the great details you provided as well! Big congrats on your ribbon!
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09/28/2005 12:50:11 AM
Hoooray! Glad to see you ribbon with this! Congratulations Shannon, brilliant as usual!
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09/28/2005 12:33:02 AM
fantastic. can I borrow your brain and imagination for the next few challenges? I agree that the image suffers from the "flag" look, but that really is the only minor nit here. focus, colors, comp and creativity are all right on the money! well done.
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09/28/2005 12:13:43 AM
It had to be you!!! Congratulations!!! Very clever and masterly achieved!!!
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09/28/2005 12:06:48 AM
I love you so :-)
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09/28/2005 12:05:35 AM
wow 300 shots of ants! looks like your hard work paid off! sweetness!

ps... ur super cool cus your name is shannon :o)
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09/28/2005 12:04:07 AM
congrats!!!!
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09/28/2005 12:03:52 AM
wow 300 shots of ants! looks like your hard work paid off! sweetness!
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09/28/2005 12:03:26 AM
Hey cool. I kinda suspected this was yours :-) Well done!
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09/28/2005 12:03:07 AM
Damn! This is funny :) It's a great capture Shannon :)
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09/28/2005 12:02:30 AM
Very cool and well done. Another scalvert original! Congratulations!
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09/28/2005 12:02:05 AM
Whoa! Nice Shannon! Congrats!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/27/2005 11:13:21 PM
This is great! Hilarious idea, perfectly executed - Is this a genuine Scalvert or some other clever DPCer?
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09/27/2005 10:11:21 PM
Great Picture, I have never seen anything like this!
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09/27/2005 08:13:19 PM
~ohhhh if only I could lift 50 times my weight in ice cream~ very nicely done. crisp focus and spot on colors. Great capture - should do very very well :)
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09/27/2005 06:23:34 PM
Fits challenge=5
Color/lighting=2
DOF/focus=1
Wow factor/uniqueness=1
Attractiveness=1

LOL this is awesome, can't wait to see if this is real or not. Nice depth of field and placement.
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09/27/2005 06:13:33 PM
How cute, now who just told that little ant can't. Look at him go with all those crackers. Thats amazing! Good example of the rules of thirds.
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09/27/2005 05:15:44 PM
Very fun idea, and nice, clear execution.
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09/27/2005 02:32:38 PM
This is great. Funny and well photographed. You must have some interesting outtakes.
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09/27/2005 08:52:26 AM
great colour, composition, subject! very funny photo!
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09/26/2005 10:26:16 PM
This is amazing, can't wait to find out how you did this. 10+
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09/26/2005 09:53:29 PM
Extra points for humour here ....!
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09/26/2005 08:28:31 PM
Witty - great illusion!
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09/26/2005 01:25:30 PM
Great shot, I'm really dying to see how you made it!! Congratulations!!

PS: I keep coming and coming to see this wonderful image, and still don't get the slightest idea of how you managed it.... Too bad I can't give you more than a 10...
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09/25/2005 09:35:56 PM
Highly creative.Well done.
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09/25/2005 07:55:49 AM
I like how your background looks like the USA flag (backwards). DId you plan it that way? I give this a 9.
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09/24/2005 07:59:10 PM
now thats cool...lol....
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09/24/2005 01:43:31 PM
Woah! That is the coolest photo I've seen in a long while...
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09/23/2005 09:50:13 PM
8 - Very good and funny. Criticism; tablecloth/colors dominate, or rather, compete with the ant and his load. Technically, whilst no 'expert', looks like you have achieved good focus on 'a third(s)'. 'Line(s)' are nice and straight, as I said, just the colors detract from this in my opinion. (2nd review); colors are growing on me, but I still think they compete too much, but I realize now 'picnic tablecloth', so apologies there. Can't quite take it to 8 though, re the 'strict application' for the Challenge, I would just like to have seen it 'stricter' somehow, though the originality is great. But yes on further 'review' I can see you have used more than one rule here. No clue why this needed validation either, who knows. Great shot. Ok, ok, 8, especially because of your efforts, and that of the ant.
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09/23/2005 08:37:24 PM
That's awesome!
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09/23/2005 04:54:31 PM
This is awesome! The focus is great! It meets the challenge perfectly and its a unique image! Hope it does very well for you!
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09/23/2005 03:44:03 PM
really made me laugh! great pic - so glad it has been validated! meets challenge
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09/23/2005 09:13:20 AM
This is the most amaizing photo, ive ever seen in my life! you see all like scenery photo's and all that kind of stuff, but nothing like this, this is worth 10 credits+
(is it real?!)
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09/22/2005 11:22:31 PM
awesome - adding to favorites
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09/22/2005 10:45:29 PM
haha thats a very interesting shot.. would like to know story behind it. i know ants can carry more than their own weight, but this makes me think you snapped this just before the pile crushed this poor guy.. lol 7
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09/22/2005 07:13:27 PM
I laughed out loud. Very cute. Great photo.
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09/22/2005 05:50:07 PM
I eagerly await the methods used here, great pic, 9
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09/22/2005 04:04:05 PM
Please leave comments on how you 'pulled' this off !
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09/22/2005 02:24:25 PM
Great photo, fits the theme and is creative!
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09/22/2005 01:11:01 PM
Very nice in my ways. Idea, color, location (thirds) SUPER!
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09/22/2005 07:13:26 AM
cleaver shot.
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09/22/2005 05:55:39 AM
Slavedriver!

Very creative idea well-executed. 10
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09/21/2005 11:56:36 PM
Hungry ant. Nicely framed. Good job!
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09/21/2005 11:47:44 PM
How the hell did you get this shot?? Anyway, great shot ..
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09/21/2005 10:52:19 PM
WHOA. is that real?! that's crazy! nice job.
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09/21/2005 09:07:56 PM
Incredible!!!!!
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09/21/2005 09:01:38 PM
ROFL
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09/21/2005 08:58:56 PM
had to tell you that this is just awesome.
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09/21/2005 08:33:23 PM
Awesome! I can't wait to read how this one was accomplished.
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09/21/2005 07:52:36 PM
Funny! lol 7
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09/21/2005 06:10:24 PM
Hilarious................yet strong. ;-) Great concept. Good luck!
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09/21/2005 05:39:33 PM
This has to be top three, great colors, great concept.
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09/21/2005 03:02:37 PM
VERY CLEVER!!! I like the picnic table idea but it's almost a distraction with the checked tablecloth, the bright blue and the beige to the upper left (basket maybe?). The title is awesome.
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09/21/2005 11:12:03 AM
lol, I love this. I assume this is not real but great idea. And if it is real than even more props to the capture! 9
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09/21/2005 11:06:51 AM
Brilliant…Creative…Fabulous 10
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09/21/2005 09:40:38 AM
Crazy! Love it.
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09/21/2005 09:31:19 AM
This is awsome! Creativity well executed, I think it'd work well as stock. I do kindof get the faint impression that hes going uphill so the table cloth might not be completly horizontal. I think it actually works here, but I don't know if thats intentional for one, and two even if thats the case. My eyes just might be tired :)
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09/21/2005 06:02:51 AM
Is this for real??
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