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  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering

    Class Code: UUU200

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Understanding the basics of exposure and metering are the building blocks to becoming a good photographer. This course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor.

    How your camera's metering system works, metering modes, scene modes, advantages of RAW versus JPEG image files, interpreting the histogram, exposure compensation, manual controls and much more will all be discussed!

    Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Options for Portrait Light (Session 1)

    Class Code: UUU249

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • 2 Rivers, 5 Bridges Photography Cruise (Sponsored by Sony)

    Class Code: UUU104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join us for another exciting photography experience with Michael Downey!

    SEMINAR: The seminar will take place on Friday evening, July 10th, from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Michael Downey will explain how to capture mesmerizing scenery and you'll be able to put these skills to use the next evening, capturing our area's most stunning bridges and historical landmarks.  You'll also be able to try out some of Sony's new Alpha cameras.

    CRUISE: On Saturday, July 11th, everyone will meet up at Port Imperial promptly at 3:30pm.  Once aboard, you'll enjoy drinks while sailing through the Hudson and East rivers, stopping at various locations where you can capture amazing photographs of the the G.W. Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the USS Intrepid.  Models will also be on-board to offer additional photo opportunities.

    NYC SKYLINE: There will be break for dinner and a journey over to Hoboken, where you'll be able to take pictures of the entire NYC Skyline during the legendary "Golden Hour" and majestic "Blue Hour".

    Cruise rain date is scheduled for Sunday, July 12th.


     

    Registrants will receive a $25 Gift Card
    good towards the purchase of a Sony Alpha product!

    2+ for $174.50 1 for $199.00
  • Grand Central Terminal Exclusive Photo Tour

    Class Code: UUU513

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Don't miss out on this Unique® opportunity to photograph Grand Central from vantage points unseen and unknown by any other tour! Your camera will capture the secrets and mysteries of the world’s largest train Terminal, in this --the only official-- Metro-North Railroad Photo Tour of Grand Central Terminal.

    PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTORS:
    - Sat, July 11th: TBA
    - Fri, July 31st: Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey

    Note: This tour can last four hours or more, with much standing, climbing, tightly-packed elevator moves, lying prone on floors, and hitting areas that may be very cold/steamy hot/very dirty/nearly and totally dark. Solid, closed shoes and long pants are a must.

    Recommended Gear: Please also be sure to bring lens wipes, compact camera case/protection, and neck straps for every camera! Tripods are also allowed.

    Our Price: $150.00
  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance and Composition

    Class Code: UUU201

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Knowing all the science and mathematics behind photography can only take you so far. The art of photography is 90 percent seeing and 10 percent photographing. Students will learn the vital aspects and rules of image composition and graphic design as they apply to taking photographs.

    This class will go over the essentials of white-balance and composition. Learn how to analyze the color temperature of light and how it affects your photographs. Your DSLR camera won't always be able to accurately reproduce colors which is where proper white-balancing comes into play. While there might be preset white-balance options in your camera, you will learn how to set up a custom white-balance enabling you to get the proper color in any lighting situation.

     

    Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Introduction to High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography with Alan Kesselhaut

    Class Code: UUU316

    Instructor: 
    Alan Kesselhaut
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Ever want to have an image that contains a wide variety of contrasts from the levels of darkness in the shadows all the way to the brilliance of the late afternoon sun?  Instructed by Alan Kesselhaut, join us for an HDR experience and learn the skills that will take the mystery out of this exciting way of shooting and processing your images.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Studio Setup and Shaping Light (Session 2)

    Class Code: UUU250

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Festival of Ballooning Photo Workshop with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU347

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop featuring the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast!  Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    General Registration includes:
    - Seminar at Unique Photo on Monday, July 20th (6pm - 8pm)
    - (1) Balloon Festival admission ticket for Friday (6:30pm Launch), Saturday (6:30am Launch), or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    - (1) Special "Behind the Scenes" field access pass for the selected day's launch.

    You may arrive and leave the Balloon Festival at any time on the day that you choose.  Please be sure to get to the Launch Area about 45 minutes before the launch time.
    Parking is not included.  Michael Downey will be at the launch areas during the launch times.

    Choose your Balloon Festival date carefully.  There is a limited number of tickets per day and it will be difficult to switch days as the festival approaches.

    All general registrants should attend the Monday evening seminar to receive important information and Balloon Festival credentials.  If you're unable to make the seminar, contact us at university@uniquephoto.com and arrange to pick-up your credentials in-store before your festival date!

    Our Price: $99.00
  • VIP Festival of Ballooning Workshop with Balloon Ride

    Class Code: UUU348

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop featuring the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast!  Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    VIP Registration includes:
    Seminar at Unique Photo on Wed, July 22nd (6pm - 8pm)
    - (1) Festival of Ballooning admission ticket
    - (1) Special "Behind the Scenes" field access pass
    - (1) VIP Parking Pass
    - (1) Balloon Ride on either Saturday (6:30am Launch) or Sunday (6:30am Launch)

    Please plan to arrive at the festival by 5:45am for check-in.  You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time after the balloon ride.

    Choose your Balloon Festival date carefully.  There is a limited number of tickets per day and it will be difficult to switch days as the festival approaches.

    All VIP registrants should attend the Wednesday evening seminar to receive important information and Balloon Festival credentials.  If you're unable to make the seminar, contact us at university@uniquephoto.com and arrange to pick-up your credentials in-store before your festival date!

    Our Price: $299.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Light Selection (Session 3)

    Class Code: UUU251

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Sunset and Supermoon Over the NYC Skyline from Hoboken with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU423

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Head Instructor Michael Downey in this rare opportunity to learn how to capture stunning images of the Sunset and Super Moon as they overlook the Manhattan Skyline.

    This excursion is VERY limited, so register early!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

    Class Code: UUU103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    You have a digital camera and you know that the images are going to be far superior to the ones captured by your point-and-shoot camera, but maybe you're not sure how that happens.  This class is for beginners to amateur photographers looking to gain a better understanding of the automated modes and features, as well as the manual control and capabilities, of your digital SLR or mirrorless camera.

    Get instruction on the importance of understanding the fundamentals (such as depth of field, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering, white balance, reading histograms, on camera flashes, lenses) and how they will affect your photos!

    In the second half of the class, the students will work with their cameras and apply what they have learned.  The buttons and settings will be much easier to manipulate and each student will have develop the ability to capture the images closer to their vision.

    Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: The Portable Studio (Session 4)

    Class Code: UUU252

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Lighting Patterns and Shapers (Session 5)

    Class Code: UUU253

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Dramatic Light Shapers (Session 6)

    Class Code: UUU254

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Macro Photography at Longwood Gardens with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU424

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Longwood Gardens with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey!  Practice your macro photography on waterlilies, roses, and more as you walk throughout the grounds and exhibits.

    Michael will be in the Visitor's Center and Garden Shop.

    Our Price: $69.00
  • Childrens Sports Photography

    Class Code: UUU209

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Learn how to effectively photograph children's sports with Michael Downey.  In this course, students will learn what to consider technically, as well as how to capture the emotion of the sporting events.

    The minimum equipment required and a detailed description of camera settings will be discussed.  Afterwards, shooting style will be practiced.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Intro to Macro Photography

    Class Code: UUU208

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Join Michael Downey as he discusses the distinction for close-up, macro, and micro photography.

    First, the necessary tools and accessories will be reviewed.  Next, camera settings and lens settings will be covered in great detail.  The proper technique for macro photography will be demonstrated and finally, potential subject matter is discussed.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Intro to Flash Photography

    Class Code: UUU207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    In this class, Michael Downey will teach students how to manage additional lighting. The class will cover the pop-up flash built into DSLRs, as well as speedlites that go into the hot shoe.  You'll also learn how to use flash as the main, key, and fill light.  Flash compensation will also be discussed.

    Demonstrations include bouncing/reflecting flash, diffusing the light, and using flash for subject separation.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Building Studio Portrait Light (Session 7)

    Class Code: UUU255

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Mood Lighting (Session 8)

    Class Code: UUU256

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Mixing Flash and Ambient Light (Session 9)

    Class Code: UUU257

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Groups, Composites, and Summary (Session 10)

    Class Code: UUU258

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Northern Lights 7-Day Photo Adventure in Tromso, Norway

    Class Code: UUU434

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Unique Photo® has teamed up with group of night sky photography experts, including Dr. William Gutsch, to give you an amazing opportunity to travel above the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights while also exploring the fantastic landscape of Arctic Norway!

    For 7 days and 6 nights (Nov 6th - 13th), you’ll be based in Tromso, Norway – the “Aurora Capital of the World”. Most of the city (population: 72,000) is on an island surrounded by majestic mountain vistas and views of the fjords. By night and day – it’s a haven for photographers.

    Included: Airfare from Newark to Oslo and Tromso via SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), hotel, breakfasts, and luxury coach on four nights.
    Scroll down and read the OVERVIEW below for hotel, booking, and additional important information.

    Pricing is subject to change after certain dates.  Please refer to the "BOOKING INFORMATION" section of the description below for details.

    1 for $5,200.00 2+ for $4,700.00
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