THE DOLOMITES - 8 DAY LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP WELCOME DOCUMENT - Andy Mumford Photography
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WELCOME PHOTOGRAPHING MOUNTAINS Of all the dif ferent facets of landscape photography, mountains offer perhaps the most magnificent scenery to capture and the breath- taking towers and peaks of the Dolomites are among the most beautiful mountains in the world. Rising almost vertically from dense forests and reflected in mirror-like alpine lakes it's impossible not to be both awed and inspired by the stunning vistas everywhere you look. We’re really glad you’ve decided to join us on this workshop and we’re looking forward to sharing with you some of the stunning locations this incredible area has to offer. This welcome document is designed to give you a detailed overview of the workshop, along with packing suggestions, advice on how to get to Italy and our meeting point, and other information we think might be helpful. If there’s anything else that you’re not sure about or would like to know, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy the workshop, the company and the stunning landscapes of the Dolomites. We’ll see you soon… Andy Mumford & Andrea Livieri
PRE-WORKSHOP TIMETABLE Here’s a checklist of things to do in the months and weeks before the beginning of the workshop 4 MONTHS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP •Ensure you have your flights booked 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP •Pay final balance of workshop •Check to ensure you have passport validity 2 WEEKS BEFORE THE WORKSHOP •Take out trip insurance •Ensure your photography equipment is all in working order •Ensure you have sufficient camera batteries and cards for the trip 1 DAY BEFORE THE WORKSHOP •Ensure you have passport, currency and all relevant travel documents •Check you’ve packed all the clothing you need but beware of “over-packing” and bringing more stuff than you’ll need. See the PACKING GUIDE below.
GENERAL INFORMATION GETTING TO THE DOLOMITES ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFORMATION From Europe: The gateway airport to the On the first day of the workshop we’ll meet at Dolomites is Venice Marco Polo (VCE), which can Venice Marco Polo Airport at 12h30 to pick be reached by daily flights from around Europe, people up. and all the major hubs of Paris, Amsterdam, You can see our meeting point on this map of the London, Zurich and Frankfurt have flights that airport. We’ll be outside of Door 1 on the ground arrive in the morning. The airport is also served by floor outside of the terminal. low cost airlines Easyjet, Ryanair and Vueling, If you have any trouble locating us on the day although it’s worth noting that Easyjet don’t have you can call or text me (Andy) on +351 961 417 daily flights, and some Ryanair flights (London 252 Stansted, Paris Beauvais, Eindhoven and some others) actually fly to Treviso airport (TSF) and not We’ll head from the airport to our first hotel Venice Marco Polo. There are no direct which is: connections between the two airports but there is Grand Hotel Misurina the ATVO Airport bus which goes to Venice Mestre Via Monte Piana, 21 railway station from where a Venice ATVO Airport 32041 - Loc. Misurina - Auronzo (BL) bus connects to Marco Polo. Information can be Italia found on the ATV site here http://www.atvo.it/ index.php?lang=en and tickets can be purchased On our last day the journey from our last hotel to online. the airport will take at least 3h30 mins, so bear in mind when booking your return flight that a From North America: There are no direct morning flight will necessitate leaving the hotel flights to Venice Marco Polo from North America, very early and lunchtime or afternoon flights are but many connecting flights with London, better if possible. Amsterdam, Lisbon, Paris, Zurich and Stuttgart. An If you have any doubts or concerns then don’t alternative is to fly to Rome Leonardo da Vinci - hesitate to get in touch with me. Fiumicino (FCO) which has direct flights from New York, Boston, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Toronto. Rome FCO airport has 4 or 5 flights a day to Venice Marco Polo WEATHER The weather in the Dolomites like all mountain areas can be changeable and unpredictable. VISAS G e n e ra l l y i n l a t e S e p t e m b e r d a y t i m e temperatures in the valley areas are relatively As Italy is a member of the Schengen Agreement, mild at around 13º, but at night time and around travellers from the EU and EFTA (Iceland, dawn the average can be as low as 2º Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only However, up in the mountains around Tre Cime, require a valid national identity card or passport to Seceda, Croda da Lago and Alpi di Suisi the enter the country. Visitors from GB and countries temperature can be lower with cold winds. Days outside the EU or EFTA are required to have a are often sunny and the average number of days passport valid for at least six months beyond the with rainfall is 6, however there occasionally length of their intended stay. Nationals from days of very low cloud which form thick mist in countries other than the EU, USA, Canada and the valleys, and while snowfall is rare at this time Australia may need a visa, so please check with of year, it’s not impossible (it snowed on the high your local embassy. peaks in late September 2016).
PACKING GUIDE As we’ll be moving between hotels, carrying our drying, and won’t hold moisture in the cold like luggage backwards and forwards to the vehicles cotton. and up to our rooms, carrying a big heavy bag You won’t need any formal clothes, so there’s no can be a real pain. Not only that, but space in need to bring shirts or city shoes, but it is nice to the vehicls is limited. When everyone has a be able to change out of hiking clothes when suitcase as well as a photography backpack we’re around the hotel. Lightweight trousers and luggage space is at a real trainers are ideal. Also, in p re m i u m s o w e a s k order to maximise packing everyone to try to pack as space I strongly light as possible and PACK AS LIGHT recommend compressible avoid bringing excess organisers for inside your clothing or equipment. A AS POSSIBLE! bag. These come in all medium sized suitcase or shapes and sizes, but I’ve duffel of between 70-80 been using Gonex litres should be more than Packing Cubes for years enough for the trip, and softer luggage like a and highly recommend getting a couple of sets duffel/holdall is much easier to fit than large https://amzn.to/2LwcvTK rigid suitcases, which should be avoided. When packing clothing for a trip like this it’s best to think in layers and of fabrics like merino wool rather than heavy cotton. Merino clothing sheds sweat and can be worn for a number of days If you have any doubts about without any odour. It’s also lighter and quicker packing or what (and what not) to bring, don’t hesitate to contact us Below is a complete packing list of everything that you will need. It should fit comfortably into a medium sized suitcase or duffel along with your tripod and be well below any airline weight limit. My duffel bag is 60 litres and has room to spare. The photography equipment should easily fit into a regular camera backpack and there should still be space for things like the waterproof shell jacket and gloves.
CLOTHES & EQUIPMENT CLOTHES •2 or 3 x merino t shirts (can be used as a base layer or on their own as a t-shirt around the hotel) •1 or 2 x merino mid layer (a top or light fleece that can be worn over the base layer) •1 x t shirt to sleep in •1 x hiking trousers (should be quite hard wearing and water resistant) •1 x merino leggings (for warmth below the hiking trousers) •1 x lightweight jogging or comfortable trousers (to wear in the hotel) •1 x down/insulated jacket (for warmth above the base and mid layer) •1 x water and rain proof shell jacket (can be worn over the down jacket) •1 x waterproof hiking boots (make sure they are worn in and comfortable before you travel) •1 x lightweight trainers or slippers (to wear around the hotel) •Good warm wool socks •Underwear •1 x gloves •1 x wool hat to keep your head warm •1 x neck gaiter/chute/buff to keep your neck warm from the wind PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT OTHER •A dSLR or mirrorless camera •Sunglasses •A wide angle lens •Small torch or headlamp •A telephoto lens •Walking poles (if you use them) •A mid-range zoom lens •Water bottle •Tripod (lightweight carbon fibre) •Electrical plug adaptor (Standard European two pin 220-240V) •Filters •Toothbrush and toiletry kit •Cable or remote shutter release •Sunscreen (minimum 30 SPF) & lip balm •Spare batteries •Earplugs and eye mask •Memory cards •Any medicines and prescriptions you need •Chargers and cables for all cameras •Lens cloths and cleaning solutions DOCUMENTS •Camera backpack (30-42 litres) •Passport •Laptop •Airline tickets •Cash and credit cards •Travel Insurance Policy
ITINERARY Our workshop has two bases which allows us to see a couple of the Dolomites most iconic cover the huge variety of landscapes to shoot scenes. We’ll shoot both sunrise and sunset on here in the Dolomites. We start off with five days the Alpe di Siusi with its incredible views of in Cortina d’Ampezzo in the eastern part of the gently rolling grass-covered hills spotted with region from where we can explore the stunning log cabins and pine trees below the jagged, Tre Cime di Lavaredo natural park at both rocky peaks of Sassalungo. sunrise and sunset. The park has almost infinite photographic potential, from the iconic towers of Over the years we’ve been running workshops Tre Cime itself, to the southern views of the in the Dolomites we’ve refined our daily itinerary jagged peaks of the Cadini group, and the area to give plenty of recovery time. We understand around Rifugio Locatelli and Sasso di Sesto in that over the course of a workshop fatigue can the north. We’ll spend multiple sessions accumulate leaving people with less energy at exploring the trails and huge variety of views the end of the trip, so we ensure that after each around this incredible place and eat hearty morning session people have at least 3 hours dinners at the mountain rifugios. From Cortina downtime during which they can either rest, we’ll also get an alpine taxi to the picturesque upload their images to their computers or have a Lago Federa on the Croda da Lago trail where walk around the local area (our hotels are the sunrise illuminates the golden forests and located in some beautiful spots). surrounding lake, spend sunset at the towering peaks of Passo Giau, Lago di Limedes and At this time of year the sunrise is around 7h and Cinque Torri, and visit the still waters of Lago di sunset around 19h Braies with its perfect reflections and red boats. Our second base takes us west where we’ll stay on the high alpine meadows of Alpe di Siusi to
DAYS 1 to 5 - EASTERN DOLOMITES / CORTINA D’AMPEZZO AREA Our time here is flexible and can vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we shoot all of the locations in the area: • Tre Cime di Lavarado • Cadina di Misurina • Lago Federa and the Croda da Lago • Lago di Braies • Passo Giau • Passo Falzarego and Lago di Limedes We’ll pick you up from Venice Marco Polo Airport at 12h30 and transfer you to our first base next to the beautiful Lago Misurina, near Cortina d’Ampezzo, and after settling into our rooms we’ll head out for our first sunset shoot on the first evening. This are is one of the most beautiful parts in all the Dolomites, with the jagged spires of the Tre Cime national park a short drive away, and the high passes of Passo Giau and Falzarego also close by. We’ll certainly be spending lots of time in the Tre Cime area, where we’ll hike around the famous three peaks to get to different points from where we can unlock the almost unlimited potential of this incredible place. There are the trails south of Rifugio Auronzo, which give uninterrupted views of the stunning peaks of Cadina di Misurina as well as views of the Tre Cime towers themselves, like all lit from the side as the sun sets. We’ll also hike around the southern side of the peaks and up the saddle to the Forcella ridge, which gives the iconic view facing west towards the Tre Cime peaks with the setting sun behind.
We’ll head deeper into the park to Rifugio Locatelli, which gives views of both the Tre Cime peaks but also the spires of Monte Paterno alongside. There really is so much to see in the Tre Cime natural park that we can make multiple trips there, at both sunrise and sunset, and each time shoot a completely different view from another location. However, during our time here we’ll also make sure we visit other stunning locations in the area. We’ll head up to Passo Giau for a sunset shoot, which gives us the wide angel panorama of Ra Gusela or more telephoto images of the western Dolomite peaks or towards Cinque Torri. We’ll also head up to the neighbouring Passo Falzarego, from where we make the short hike to Lago Limedes whose waters perfectly reflects Mount Tofana as the sun comes up. From this base we’ll also head up to Lago Federa where the waters are deep and sheltered by trees and the towering cliffs of Croda da Lago, and so are almost always perfectly still. Access here is limited, so we’ll head up with an 4x4 alpine taxi to give us plenty of time to be in the best position for the first light of the day rising above the trees. Another nearby location is the iconic Lago di Braies where floating row boats contrast with the torquoise waters. It’s an easy location where we can focus on composing shots with the peaks reflected in the perfectly still waters, or work on abstracts of the boats. Other nearby locations that we may visit depending on weather are Mondavel, with it’s views towards Pelmo, or Cascate di Fanes, a waterfall which works particularly well in overcast weather. During our stay here we’ll make use of the hotel’s conference room to do a couple of post-processing sessions. These will be tailored to suit the differing levels and requirements of our clients and can range from Lightroom basics through to Photoshop Luminosity Masks and more advanced techniques. Because we have such small groups most of the post- processing sessions can be carried out on a one-to-one basis or in pairs, and the sessions will be recorded to give everyone access to them later. Our stay here will be in 4 star hotel overlooking Lago Misurina, and we’ll eat our main meals will be at a local pizzaria, one of the best in the Dolomites, where the owner, Angelo, has become a good friend over the years we’ve been doing workshops and going there to eat.
DAYS 6 & 7 - ALPE DI SIUSI Once again, our time here is flexible and can vary depending on weather and light, but we’ll make sure we shoot all of the locations in the area: • Alpe di Siusi sunrise and sunset • Sciliar mountain • Chiesa di San Valentino After breakfast on the Day 5 we’ll pack our stuff, check out of the hotel and make the journey to the Western Dolomites. We’ll arrive at our next base in Alpe di Siusi, a large alpine meadow covered with wooden huts and pine trees that overlooks the almost vertical peaks of Sassalungo and Sassopiato. The plain itself feels almost like it comes from a picture book with the wooden huts scattered across the rolling hills beneath the two jagged peaks, and if we’re lucky we may get a layer of mist in the morning which makes for wonderful telephoto abstracts of the huts and trees
The location works wonderfully at both sunrise and sunset, and there are so many different possible compositions, so we’ll ensure we have plenty of time exploring this incredible area. Our stay here will be in a 4 star hotel located on the Alpe di Siusi, and we’ll eat most of our dinners at the hotel, which serves really spectacular food. Again, during our time here we’ll have post processing session looking at how we can get the best out of the images we’ve captured on the trip so far. DAY 8 - TRANSFER TO VENICE AIRPORT - 8h We’ll have breakfast first thing then check out of the hotel and take you back to Venice where we say our goodbyes.
SOME OF THE PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES COVERED IN THIS WORKSHOP IN THE FIELD PROCESSING: • Understanding the light and choosing the • Using Lightroom to apply contrast best exposure • Using local adjustments to shape and • Composition. Balance and harmony, sculpt the light leading lines and creating depth. • Using Photoshop layers to build up image • Lens choice. From the wide angle vista to adjustments shooting landscape abstracts with a • Using luminosity masks in Photoshop telephoto lens • Different techniques for blending multiple • Photographing lakes and reflections exposures of the same image • Shooting multiple image panoramas • Using Nik Color Efex Pro, Exposure X4, • Controlling light in scenes with a wide and Adobe Camera RAW on Photoshop dynamic range using graduated filters layers and/or multiple exposures • Using CaptureOne for RAW conversion • Shooting stars and night photography • Sharpening images
A WORD ABOUT HIKING & FITNESS Reaching the locations on this tour should be well within the capacity of anyone with a good level of fitness but it’s worth taking a moment to point out that we will be photographing in the mountains and a certain amount of hiking will be required to get from where we leave our vehicles to some of our shooting locations. For example, reaching Forcella, the ridge at the eastern side of Tre Cime de Lavaredo requires around 40 minutes of walking, most of which is flat and along a very good trail, but there is an incline to the ridge at the end with an altitude gain of around 100m. The longest hike takes us to Rifugio Locatelli, which is around an hour and 40 minutes hiking with an altitude gain of 150m. Additionally, any altitude gain means that we’ll have to descend when we return, and after sunset this will be in the dark and using torchlight. All of these hikes are done at altitudes of around 2000m, sometimes a little more, so everything is a little more demanding and you will feel fatigue much more quickly than at sea level. There is nothing technical on any of the hikes and anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to manage it, but it should also have a bearing on what camera equipment you bring with you as you’ll sometimes be carrying it for a couple of hours while we make these hikes so heavy packs should be avoided as much as possible.
WHAT WE DO (AND WHAT WE WANT YOU TO GET FROM OUR WORKSHOPS) Our aim is to give you every opportunity to get great complex techniques like using layers and luminosity images while improving your technique over the masks in Photoshop. We also do screen recordings of course of the workshop. We limit the number of our editing sessions, which are then shared with all the participants on our workshop to just six which gives us group so you go home with a record of all the post plenty of time with everyone in the field and from the processing techniques we used, which you can refer beginning of your time with us we can identify your to again and again. photographic level and what you’d like to focus on. We can then tailor the sessions to your precise needs Finally, we want to share with you our passion for and provide each participant with plenty of one-to- nature and landscape photography in this incredible one tuition both in the field, and having two shooting place. Travelling in such small groups means we can sessions a day means that participants get into a quickly build a great learning environment where shooting rhythm and can quickly put into practice new people feel comfortable together and at ease with skills as they are learned. asking questions and making the absolute most of the trip. We aim to make your experience here in the This adaptability also extends to the post processing beautiful landscape of the Dolomites a memorable sessions. We believe that editing is an integral part of one and a trip from which, as well as getting some getting the absolute best out of an image but we great images from amazing locations, you’ll also go understand that the range of participant’s skill levels home having had a true adventure with great and familiarity with post processing techniques varies company in a very special place. greatly. Because of this we make the most of having small groups to provide 1-to-1 editing sessions that are tailored to each participant's skill levels, and which can potentially range from the basics of editing a RAW file in programs like Lightroom to more INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP PRICE: •Landscape photography and shooting in unforgettable mountain locations •Two professional photographers & guides who know the area •Local transportation to and from the locations •Alpine taxis to reach lesser known and harder to access locations •All park entrance fees •Post-processing workshops in Lightroom and Photoshop, with screen recordings which the participants can keep. •All accommodation, mostly in 4 star hotels •All breakfast and dinners •Airport transfer to/from Venice Marco Polo NOT INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP PRICE: •Flights to and from Italy •Lunches, snacks or alcoholic drinks •Insurance
THE GUIDES ANDY MUMFORD is a Lisbon based professional landscape and travel photographer. Andy grew up in the UK loving nature and travel and took up landscape photography over a decade ago. Since then he has travelled extensively photographing all over the world and his photography and articles have featured in publications and books worldwide. He is a passionate photographer teacher and has been leading both group and one-to-one workshops for six years. He is a Fuji X Photographer and a brand ambassador for Fujifilm in Portugal, although he also has extensive experience with Nikon and Canon cameras. ANDREA LIVIERI is a Venice based professional photographer, educator, musician, and a spirited adventurer. He started exploring the photography medium by capturing images of fellow musicians, their families, and other friends and acquaintances in the music industry. As he continued honing his craft, he merged his love for photography and exploring the outdoors, amassing a body of photographic work featuring exhilarating landscapes and rugged mountains capes from around the globe, He also leads photography courses, workshops & tours to teach other photographers his method and help them to bring out their own vision. His work has been published in Landscape Photography Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Plus Magazine, Digital Camera, Popular Photography and Fuji X Passion Magazine, among others. We partner with F Stop Gear backpacks, Heat Company gloves and Capture One Pro software, leaders in their respective fields and we’ll be sending you discount codes for their products via email OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PLEDGE We aim to make our workshops as close to carbon neutral as possible and partner with Sustainable Travel International to ensure that our carbon footprint is offset and our environmental impact is reduced. Sustainable Travel International works with local communities, governments and businesses, and invests in projects which aim to conserve ecosystems, reduce tourism’s carbon footprint and lesson the amount of waste and pollution from tourism. We also believe in working with local suppliers as much as possible so the costs of our workshops go towards supporting the local economies, and we also practice a “leave no trace” policy to ensure that the beautiful landscape and natural environments that we spend time in are left exactly as we find them.
TERMS & CONDITIONS Payment This workshop is costed in Euros and that is thus the only constant price due to the fluctuations of the exchange rate prices in other currencies. In order to secure your place on this workshop a deposit of €1500,00, payable via wire transfer, is required. Please note that your spot on the workshop is not confirmed until we have received the deposit payment. Full Payment must be made 90 days prior to the start of the workshop when we will send out an invoice for the full amount to clients. If payment isn’t received and we receive no communication from you within 7 days of sending the request for payment, we reserve the right to consider your booking as cancelled by the participant. When booking within 90 days of the start of the workshop, immediate full payment will be required to secure your place. The sender assumes responsibility for all charges when making the transfer. Cancellation Up 60 days prior to departure all payments, including the deposit are fully refundable. If canceled within 60 days of the start of the workshop we will retain the deposit to cover non-refundable bookings with all the third parties (accommodation, transport, etc.) that will have been paid by us. If we are able to fill the vacated spot after cancellation, we will then refund the deposit in full. We are unable to offer any refund for participants who, for any reason, leave a workshop already in progress as we will already have made full payments towards accommodation, vehicle hire etc. We reserve the right to cancel a workshop in case of insufficient enrolment which might make the tour financially unviable, or due to concerns about the potential safety and welfare of participants. In these instances we offer a full refund of all payments made to us (Andy Mumford or Andrea Livieri) by current participants of the workshop, or people who have cancelled within 7 days of our cancellation of the workshop. In the highly unlikely case that we need to cancel a trip in progress due to concerns about the safety and welfare of workshop participants, you will receive a refund proportional to the amount of time remaining on the workshop. We aren’t responsible for any refund of airline tickets purchased directly by the participant. Health This workshop is designed to be within the capabilities of the average person in good health. Participants will be required to walk over uneven terrain or trails and may occasionally need to hike to a destination while carrying their camera equipment. Any physical condition requiring special treatment should be communicated to us before enrolling in the workshop. If you have concerns about your own capabilities and/or fitness as it relates to this workshop, please contact us to clarify any uncertainties.
Insurance We do not provide insurance and strongly recommend you take out adequate travel insurance, health insurance, accident insurance, mountain rescue insurance, personal liability insurance for the duration of your journey. This insurance should be valid for the location and time where and when the tour is to be held. All participants to the workshops should be aware that by taking part in a tour you may run certain risks related to travel, transportation, outdoor activities, eventual remoteness of medical facilities, etc. You must therefore, bear all risks you may be involved with (injuries, property damage, death, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, transportation costs for abandonment of the tour, economic losses, etc.), and hereby release us and agree to not hold us responsible for any and all liability, actions, causes of actions, debts, claims, and demands of every kind and nature in connection with your participation in any tour arranged by us. The terms hereof shall serve as a release and assumption of all risk by you, your heirs, executors and administrators, and for all members of your family. Special Requirements If you have any dietary requirements or requests you should inform us at the time of booking. We will advise the lodges/hotels but we do not assume responsibility for the delivery of such special dietary requirements. Responsibility While we ensure that we work with reliable and trustworthy providers who have a history of providing first class care to their customers, we assume no responsibility for injury, medical care, death, damage or loss of property caused by an act or failing of any of our providers. We cannot be responsible for any theft, accident or loss that may occur during the course of a tour. Participation in a tour is done at your own risks. You are responsible for yourself and your own material and equipment. We will not bear any responsibility for services that are beyond our control, such as lifts, huts, mountain cabins, hotels, restaurants, airlines, guides and transportation companies. We also assume no responsibility for loss or damage to property, injury or death caused by participant’s failure to comply with local laws, or by impossible to foresee occurrences including, but not exclusive to, natural disasters, war, political unrest, strikes, incidents caused by terrorist activity, evacuations, maintenance problems of means of transportation, schedule changes, fires, technical problems beyond the control of us, airspace congestion, bad weather, safety measures, failure, etc. causing delays and/or changes in itinerary, for which you will bear any additional costs associated with such events but not those relating to the provision of the original contractual benefits or agreed to replace them. You agree to indemnify us and our affiliates, and any of our Suppliers, and any such parties’ officers, directors, employees and agents from and against any claims, causes of action, demands, losses, damages, or other costs, (including reasonable legal and accounting fees) brought by you or third parties as a result of (a) your breach of this Agreement, (b) your violation of any law or rights of any third party, or (c) your use of our website. Participants are responsible for their transport to and from the designated meeting point for the workshop (airport, hotel, train station, etc.), and for arriving on time. While we will attempt to ensure that all participants are collected, in the case of very late arrival this may not always be possible as we have to maintain the timely running of the workshop. In such cases it is the responsibility of the client to join the workshop and assume the costs of doing this, and in such instances we are not liable for any portion of the workshops missed. The participants are responsible for their baggage, photographic equipment and personal items at all times during the workshop.
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