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by JakTrax
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: what camera do i use to take photos
Replies: 28
Views: 4053

Re: what camera do i use to take photos

I think we reached the pinnacle between 12-16mp; that perfect balance of clean images and sufficient detail. I just don't rate images from 24mp cameras as highly as I rate those from 12mp cameras - sure, they offer more detail, but not on a per pixel basis. A 24mp sensor in my opinion doesn't offer ...

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Screening Feeback
Replies: 12
Views: 3163

Re: Screening Feeback

To me, it has a blurry feel in parts. Selective sharpening (particularly around the fuselage titles) may help but depends on the original. It's very difficult to determine if it's genuinely blurry from such a small file.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: what camera do i use to take photos
Replies: 28
Views: 4053

Re: what camera do i use to take photos

What camera is best? It's like asking how long a piece of string is, unfortunately. The best camera is the one that's going to get you the image you want, and that doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be your most expensive. What's more important is the lens you attach to the camera. People recomm...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:44 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Oversharpened without applying sharpness
Replies: 10
Views: 3265

Re: Oversharpened without applying sharpness

Canon doesn't apply any processing per se, however when RAW files are opened in the native converter they exhibit the settings that were used during capture. So I guess you could say that the RAW conversion software applies the processing, rather than the camera - slide all the sliders to 0/neutral ...

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by JakTrax
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation photography in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Re: Aviation photography in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras

Thanks for that. Just realised that this perhaps should be in the photography thread, so might need moving there?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aviation photography in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras
Replies: 3
Views: 433

Aviation photography in Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras

HI All,

My main question is: is it safe? Have any non-locals been spotting in any of the above countries?

Thanks,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: France 24 news story on plane spotting at BRU (Brussels)
Replies: 3
Views: 2799

Re: France 24 news story on plane spotting at BRU (Brussels)

Hi Wassim, I'm UK-based but I can tell you with some degree of certainty that a quick glimpse at the weather forecast for the days you intend to be at BRU will give you some indication as to whether anyone will be around. BRU is home to a good number of enthusiasts/photographers - if it's anything l...

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by JakTrax
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Delta Adiemus Commercial w/ JFK Worldport
Replies: 11
Views: 4530

Re: Delta Adiemus Commercial w/ JFK Worldport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVi6GgQBkwE

Karl
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British Airways' 'Flower Duet' advert from 1989 must rank as one of the best commercials ever, and certainly the best for an airline.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVi6GgQBkwE

Karl

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by JakTrax
Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe reveals updated livery
Replies: 77
Views: 11961

Re: Flybe reveals updated livery

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debonomel ... ed-public/

My only criticism is the tiny 'Flybe' titles by the nose - would have looked better if they'd occupied a much bigger space.
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A better photo...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/debonomel ... ed-public/

My only criticism is the tiny 'Flybe' titles by the nose - would have looked better if they'd occupied a much bigger space.

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by JakTrax
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Composition rejection
Replies: 15
Views: 2831

Re: Composition rejection

It's pretty much all about fuselage length and tail size - the windowline has little to do with it, unless you're talking lanky planes with stubby tails (a la A346 and DC-8). A380, 747SP and A318 are all good examples where the fuselage certainly needs to be very low in the frame to get the balance ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 02, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Composition rejection
Replies: 15
Views: 2831

Re: Composition rejection

I still think centring preferences here are ambiguous - I'd personally put the subject lower in the frame but hundreds of images with similarly centred aircraft get in on a daily basis - to me, this one is certainly within tolerable limits. Here's one I found in five seconds, on page one of the most...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Rejected A380 photo
Replies: 5
Views: 2879

Re: Rejected A380 photo

Hi, Please don't think I'm being rude or harsh when I say this but your image falls way below what's expected here. I think you may benefit from having a look through the database to get an idea of what sort of quality is required - your image is unfortunately riddled with very obvious flaws and as ...

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by JakTrax
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre screening JAL 787
Replies: 4
Views: 2455

Re: Pre screening JAL 787

There's also some quite harsh 'sunflash' just ahead of the tail.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Planespotting in London
Replies: 4
Views: 2530

Re: Planespotting in London

Line-ups at LHR are practically impossible now due to a double fence. :-(

MAN is probably the best airport in the UK for variety of photography locations, and has some pretty good traffic too - well worth booking a trip north for a couple of days if you can!

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:03 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Planespotting in London
Replies: 4
Views: 2530

Re: Planespotting in London

Hi Block40Osan, As you say UK weather is unpredictable, but westerly/northerly winds are typical throughout winter. London normally sees a few clear January days and I'd certainly hope you'd see some sun during such a long stay, however we can go weeks at a time with very little sunshine unfortunate...

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screened images please advice
Replies: 30
Views: 3953

Re: Post screened images please advice

I'd agree with Harry above re the quality, and it does look a touch soft. However I am baffled by the noise rejection - someone's looking too hard for something that isn't there.......

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by JakTrax
Thu Aug 09, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photography at PER & SYD
Replies: 11
Views: 3074

Re: Photography at PER & SYD

I responded yesterday, thanking everyone and adding a few further details, however my post appears to have been deleted?

Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Photography at PER & SYD
Replies: 11
Views: 3074

Photography at PER & SYD

Hi All, I'm planning a trip to Perth in May 2019 to visit a friend, but will also have plenty of time to do some photography. There appear to be some pretty decent spots, however my favourite shots are side-ons, up close and wide-angle - are there any spots that will accommodate this? I'm also looki...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinion on this 787 - nice sunny day
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: Opinion on this 787 - nice sunny day

Looks a touch yellow to me too, although no worse than a lot of what gets added daily.

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by JakTrax
Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:17 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Putting new lens to the test..up to standard?
Replies: 9
Views: 1325

Re: Putting new lens to the test..up to standard?

There also looks to be something weird going on with the hangar in the background.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinion on this 787 - nice sunny day
Replies: 9
Views: 1741

Re: Opinion on this 787 - nice sunny day

I'd certainly crop that OOF sign out as dutchspotter1 suggests, plus tweak the contrast. I don't think, however, that saturation is the issue with the colour - there seems to be a yellow cast which is making the red appear 'orangey'.

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Y'all ready for some heat haze?
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Re: Y'all ready for some heat haze?

Yes, I think its intended to be an all-in-one travel camera, or for situations otherwise difficult for a bulky DSLR and multiple lenses.

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAN news - 2018
Replies: 631
Views: 106035

Re: MAN news - 2018

[quote=Is it A359 morning and afternoon with B788 in the evening?[/quote]

Yes, on a daily basis from 28th October.

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Y'all ready for some heat haze?
Replies: 5
Views: 1497

Re: Y'all ready for some heat haze?

Even by Nikon's standards I really can't see this being a sharp lens, given it's focal range. There's no negating the laws of physics - an all-in-one ultra-wide to mega-telephoto must have limitations. It'll be interesting, however, to see how the performance is through the middle of the range, and ...

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Priority screening question
Replies: 7
Views: 1312

Re: Priority screening question

Okay, thanks. Didn't think so.

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by JakTrax
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Priority screening question
Replies: 7
Views: 1312

Priority screening question

All,

Oman Air recently began 787 operations to MAN. I have images but they are not of the inaugural flight since it was dull when that arrived - would they still qualify for priority? No images currently in the database of the new WY 787s at MAN.

Cheers,
Karl

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by JakTrax
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: My thoughts on Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L IS II
Replies: 0
Views: 1032

My thoughts on Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L IS II

All, Bought this lens a week ago, having owned several copies of the venerable 70-200 f/4 L, released in 1999. Since this new version will obviously be the focus of interest for many aviation shooters, I thought I'd offer my thoughts, having used it for a week. Firstly, it's ridiculously sharp, from...

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by JakTrax
Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: New to photography. What lens is good for me?
Replies: 2
Views: 1073

Re: New to photography. What lens is good for me?

I hope you've got deep pockets, because you'll struggle to get two lenses to achieve the results you want, let alone a single 'jack of all trades'. Those lenses that will offer the capabilities are well over $/EUR1000, so unless you compromise on image quality it's going to get expensive (and it won...

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by JakTrax
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screening - Sausten
Replies: 49
Views: 3816

Re: Pre/post screening - Sausten

That CX looks slightly blurry towards the rear, and generally soft all over to me.

Karl

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by JakTrax
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screened images please advice
Replies: 30
Views: 3953

Re: Post screened images please advice

Histograms are a very loose guide only as cameras can easily be fooled - in my opinion the best 'histogram' is the human eye. ;-)

Karl

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by JakTrax
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screening - Sausten
Replies: 49
Views: 3816

Re: Pre/post screening - Sausten

Jehan,

I understand that it's a human process but there should be more consistency - when a screener is seeing something that isn't there, this is not looking to accept; it is looking to reject.

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by JakTrax
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screening - Sausten
Replies: 49
Views: 3816

Re: Pre/post screening - Sausten

I have said many times that the screening process is looking too hard for faults that aren't there, whilst often missing the glaringly obvious ones. How can the line possibly be 'we look to accept' when this gets the boot for vignetting? This is exactly the reason many don't upload any more, and it'...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 33
Views: 2304

Re: Pre-Screen Feedback Please

The verticals would still look vertical if you applied 0.2 degrees CW rotation. 'Level' at A.net is based on both what looks level and what 'feels' level. What to do is simple: apply a touch of CW rotation, or leave them as they are and risk 'level' rejections. I can't say any more succinctly than t...

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by JakTrax
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre-Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 33
Views: 2304

Re: Pre-Screen Feedback Please

Images 1 and 4 will need some clockwise rotation, otherwise they likely get rejected for 'level'. I understand that some of the verticals do appear to indicate level but an image must 'feel' level too, and they do not.

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by JakTrax
Thu Jun 07, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4183

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

You liked what you saw. Good for you. This site functions on the criticism of other people's work (what do you think the screening process is?) so there's little need to be virtuous. We've all agreed that the results of the nightshoots we're seeing are about the best possible, but you surely aren't ...

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by JakTrax
Thu May 31, 2018 3:52 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: You are being warned!
Replies: 16
Views: 1422

Re: You are being warned!

It's perfectly possible that that's the way the aircraft was naturally lit. If you look at the shadow on the ground you will see that parts of it are stronger than others, indicating that a very small cloud (or band of cloud) was present at the time. The original RAW file should be the proof, howeve...

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by JakTrax
Wed May 30, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Opinions on image (not mine)
Replies: 46
Views: 4183

Re: Opinions on image (not mine)

How many times has the site shot people down for 'insulting someone else's work'? I'm not at all surprised some don't want to air their opinions here. In my opinion, if you choose to display your images publicly, you are agreeing to deal with any feedback, be it positive or negative. I get the impre...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 29, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre/post screening - Sausten
Replies: 49
Views: 3816

Re: Pre/post screening - Sausten

I must admit, I'm struggling to see any blur in Steve's original file - could it be a case of looking too hard for something that isn't actually there? I fail to see how current photographic technology could produce a sharper image. I do see a lot of heat-haze, however, which I imagine is going to b...

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by JakTrax
Wed May 23, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Imo inconsistently screening
Replies: 12
Views: 1811

Re: Imo inconsistently screening

I can empathise with the inconsistent screening (it's been like this for a number of years now), however I must agree with some of the points raised by the screeners. To add, I can also see some heat-haze artefacts.

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by JakTrax
Wed May 23, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Camera Advice

Sony do indeed make mirrorless FF, but I omitted them because they're not exactly ideal starter cameras. Depending on where in the world you are, Canon have some incredible deals on their entry-level camera/lens bundles at the moment. Canon's menu system is more user-friendly (particularly for begin...

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by JakTrax
Sun May 20, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post screened images please advice
Replies: 30
Views: 3953

Re: Post screened images please advice

No reason why reflection like that (what I call 'sunflash') shouldn't be acceptable, although I personally try to avoid it as it can play tricks with the metering. It can also look unsightly.

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by JakTrax
Fri May 18, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 386
Views: 29651

Re: Pre Screen Feedback Please

ChrisLait, your biggest issue seems to me to be the use of noise reduction, which images captured in bright sunlight really shouldn't require. You are trying to address the problem but until you address the cause you're going to struggle. The best thing you can do is change your technique so that yo...

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by JakTrax
Tue May 15, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Camera Advice

Yes, I'd agree that mirrorless cameras have more frustrating controls/menus, but that is mostly in the budget range, to be fair. And even then, it shouldn't really be a deal-breaker, unless you frequently need to change settings with the press of just one button. I use both DSLRs and mirrorless and,...

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by JakTrax
Mon May 14, 2018 4:51 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Re: Opinions please

Cheers, guys - I kinda thought it was me being pedantic but needed a second opinion. Kas, I would appreciate it if you could look at the original file, however as that's what I'm more concerned about. I'm pretty sure it is just CA on those high-contrast edges, but I'm at the point now where every ti...

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by JakTrax
Mon May 14, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Opinions please
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Opinions please

All, I've owned an 80D for well over a year now but have only recently made it my primary camera. I'm often struggling to determine sharpness as the 80D's images display differently in Zoombrowser (due to the higher resolution) - I'll look initially and the images seem spot on, however I'll keep loo...

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by JakTrax
Thu May 10, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Aviation Photography
Topic: Camera Advice
Replies: 10
Views: 1473

Re: Camera Advice

Firstly, you need to decide whether you want to go mirrorless or DSLR. Mirrorless has the advantage of being much more compact, however quality lenses are now almost the same size as some of their DSLR equivalents. You can, however, pick up some tiny, super-sharp primes for very cheap. The disadvant...

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by JakTrax
Thu May 10, 2018 2:41 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 386
Views: 29651

Re: Pre Screen Feedback Please

Hard to say whether the EY is blurry as the parts that look it most are in the engine's jet-wash. A smaller size would likely hide any blur as the front certainly looks passable to me (with further sharpening). I'd say it could also use a contrast boost. The C-17 to me looks way too OOF after the wo...

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by JakTrax
Wed May 09, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post-screening - puzzled.
Replies: 15
Views: 1278

Re: Post-screening - puzzled.

Some think it's too high, some think it isn't; some think the contrast's slightly weak, others think it's fine. An appeal will likely be upheld and I can't be bothered with the hassle if I'm honest.

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by JakTrax
Wed May 09, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Pre Screen Feedback Please
Replies: 386
Views: 29651

Re: Pre Screen Feedback Please

I really don't see why you would use noise reduction for images shot in bright sunlight. Even at ISO400, noise shouldn't really be a problem if you're getting the exposure right and you're not over-saturating colours or adding too much contrast. NR basically blurs an image, so using it excessively i...

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by JakTrax
Wed May 09, 2018 4:40 pm
Forum: Photography Feedback
Topic: Post-screening - puzzled.
Replies: 15
Views: 1278

Re: Post-screening - puzzled.

Thanks again fellas. I shan't be reuploading it but the feedback is appreciated. An appeal is out of the question since numpty here forgot to tick the 'cargo' box when submitting!

Karl

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