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Iron Photographer 18

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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

From the photographs submitted for Iron Photographer 17, it appears that Utatans generally wear nothing but hats, gloves, and women's undergarments. And not that many hats. There wasn't much metal in Shimrit's nose ring but we were all too busy looking at her eyes to notice. And the colors in Martha's brilliantly bright rusty shears knocked me out. There were so many wonderful photographs this time.

But now we move on. Here are the elements for Iron Photographer 18:

1 - a mirror
2 - something blue reflected in the mirror
3 - soft focus

The first element, a mirror ought to be pretty clear. We're talking about a mirror, not just any old reflective surface. We don't care about the size of the mirror. We don't care if it's broken. But it must be an object that was intended to be used as a mirror.

The second element, something blue reflected in the mirror, is also pretty self-explanatory. Again, we don't care what it is; we only care that it's blue and that it appear in the reflection of the mirror. However, the camera or the photographer should NOT appear in the mirror.

The final photograph should have a soft focus. We don't care how you achieve that effect. Put gauze over the lens, smear the lens with petroleum jelly, use a filter, shoot through a screen window, use some sort of digital post-processing magic...it's entirely up to you. We also don't care how soft the focus is, though we think it would be a good idea to avoid making it so soft that we can't identify what's in the photograph.

As always, if you have questions about any of the elements (or anything else dealing with IP), ask them here.

Here is the standard Iron Photographer reminder: all IP photographs must be new images, not images pulled from your archives. The purpose of IP is to challenge you to create new art. We would also appreciate it if you would limit your IP submissions to no more than six photographs. We're delighted that you enjoy these projects, but we'd like to avoid having those folks who only submit one or two photos have their images lost in the crush.

Iron Photographer 18 will be published in two weeks from today, on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. [And so it is: Iron Photographer #18 on utata.org.]

Tag the photos utataip18.

As always, you may include these optional tags: utata:color=black (which will provide a black frame around the image) and utata:description=hide (which, obviously, hides the description on the image). You can also include the description tags Brenda described in an earlier discussion thread.

That's it. Go have fun. Go on, now. Go.
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shaletann says:

Yeah - I get to be first! Here's one from the archives with the soft focus added...

This Blue Ball Again

Now off to shoot something new that I can really submit!
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BayRoadPhoto/Laura says:

Wow.. tough one... and here I haven't even started shooting the last one... Better get busy!
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Esther17 says:

does the blue thing have to be 100% blue, or can it be mostly blue (*said in accent of billy crystal's character in "princess bride"*)?
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

Esther asked, does the blue thing have to be 100% blue, or can it be mostly blue

Lawdy, I don't know. I hadn't considered it. I think it needs to be at least, oh, 83% blue. Something like that.
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OldhaMedia says:

Hmmm... how am I going to get the lake into this one?
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experimien says:

Bucket by bucket. :D
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OldhaMedia says:

heheheheh, cracking me up, Nelma...
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Violentz is a group administrator Violentz says:

if you can't take the lake to the mirror....you must take the mirror to the lake!
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Orrin says:

If one were to use very short depth of field, such that a large percentage (but not all) of the photo were to be in soft focus, might one be denied cake?
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emdot says:

Orrin, I'm sure an admin could be persuaded to save a piece of cake for one who gave a hearty effort.
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

If one were to use very short depth of field, such that a large percentage (but not all) of the photo were to be in soft focus, might one be denied cake?

Under that circumstance, cake would not be denied.

Let me also clarify the Esther's 83% Blue Rule. The blue object reflected in the mirror should be at least 83% blue, but it needn't be the only thing reflected in the mirror. Let's say, for example that your object was a blue guitar (which is possible if you're Pablo Picasso or Wallace Stevens). You could also have a little green cat (still possible if you're Wallace Stevens) reflected in the mirror. Or standing in front of the mirror, for that matter.

But one thing reflected in the mirror MUST be an object that is at least 83% blue.
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BrittneyBush says:

I presume psychologically or metaphorically "blue" doesn't count?
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BrittneyBush says:

I mean, it IS winter after all.
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BrittneyBush says:

So we must consider these things.
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The 10 cent designer says:

Brittney - I refuse to believe you are ever over 43% blue
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Moochin Photoman says:

Hmmmmmm
*wonders how to photograph reflected blue language*
this is gong to be interesting
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Carlin Joe says:

This is far more philosophical than I usually get...

Transition
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Lynn_L says:

?? enough blueishness or less tacky hallway rug?? dunno..

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pshorten says:

There's cake involved...I love cake...
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KellyB. says:

Blue eyes, blue shirt.

Hey Good Lookin'
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dramamath says:

I'm not happy with the soft focus. My blue has the correct focus but everything else is too clear. I have another idea in mind. I will probably replace this one.

Smelly Reflection
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acid dust [deleted] says:

I wonder how many of these projects I can use the same mirror in before someone hunts me down...
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acid dust [deleted] says:

Oh, and what if the mirror frame is blue? Does something still have to be reflected blue in it?
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encouraging effect [deleted] says:

"From the photographs submitted for Iron Photographer 17, it appears that Utatans generally wear nothing but hats, gloves, and women's undergarments."

Greg, I was drinking water when I read that. And I nearly spewed it all over my desk. Hilarious!

I think it's time I jumped into this Iron Photographer thing. Perhaps I will try this one.
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roxweb says:

may have to redo this.. not very obviously a mirror image I think but was having a hard time with the composition
blue vanity
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Lynn_L says:

the challenge is, i own so little blue!

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BayRoadPhoto/Laura says:

OH... I can only hope a little old blue-haired lady stops by the fitting room tonite! ;)
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Indy Charlie is a group moderator Indy Charlie says:

Puggirl, if the mirror frame is reflected in the mirror, then something blue is reflected in the mirror.. that should work.
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dopiaza is a group administrator dopiaza says:

OK, I did one:

Bathroom Clock (by dopiaza)

I'm not sure I've figured out a convincing soft-focus technique in Photoshop yet. I might well try some more of these...
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

what if the mirror frame is blue? Does something still have to be reflected blue in it?

All IP projects include three elements: two compositional elements and one artistic element. The mirror and the blue object are two separate elements. So even if the mirror is blue, then you still need to include a blue object in the reflection.
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roxweb says:

course you could be reflecting the blue mirror into a mirror for the blue reflection! ha, now that would be a challenge!

edited for stupidity Indy Charlie already said that *grief*
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Moochin Photoman says:

Greg,
I'm not sure about this shot, the perspex on the hoarding has focused the background, but the reflected legs are blue and out of focus...please advise if suitable or not for inclusion.
Blue legs in a mirror
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shaletann says:

Here are a couple of attempts:




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Mary Jane 2040 is a group administrator Mary Jane 2040 says:

Not Broken
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Esther17 says:

i am 99.9% happy that i now have a rule.
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fanatical word [deleted] says:

Orrin: If one were to use very short depth of field, such that a large percentage (but not all) of the photo were to be in soft focus, might one be denied cake?

Greg: Under that circumstance, cake would not be denied.

That's the way I went....
smooth
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getthebubbles says:

there are a couple of soft focus actions that can be downloaded here.
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experimien says:

Four I have. And as always it was so much fun to play! I could make dozens, but I think four is more then enough. I hope they are soft enough, but in my simple opinion the photos are so soft, they are almost chuckable. :D

Please, forgive me if I'm too enthusiast by adding four.

Mirror in mirror in CD
Mirror in mirror in CD

Mirror and CD
Mirror and CD

Mirror and book
Mirror and book

And to wish you all a happy spring
Blue spring
Blue spring
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tamelyn says:

what a looker
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leafy says:

reeflections of mona
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susiejulie says:

First attempts:
Notebook Reflections
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getthebubbles says:

ward away
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leafy says:

unlocked memories
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Carlin Joe says:

Greg said:
All IP projects include three elements: two compositional elements and one artistic element. The mirror and the blue object are two separate elements. So even if the mirror is blue, then you still need to include a blue object in the reflection.
Hey, Greg, I want you to know I am a mathematician by training so sophistry is right up my alley, but golly, you are good at it. Were you a mathematician or a Jesuit or a lawyer in a previous life? :)
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roxweb says:

The composition isn't perfect, but this was a 'must do'
cat and mouse
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

Lawdy...I turn my back for a mere 18 hours and when I turn back there's a deluge of fuzzy blue photos. How cool is that? Pretty damned cool, is how cool.

John asked Greg, I'm not sure about this shot, the perspex on the hoarding has focused the background, but the reflected legs are blue and out of focus...please advise if suitable or not for inclusion.

If you like it and it meets the criteria, it's suitable for inclusion. And it looks like it meets the criteria...so the rest is up to you.

Nelma said, I could make dozens, but I think four is more then enough

Well, dozens would be a lot. But you can submit up to six. So if you find yourself jonesing for an IP fix, you still have some leeway.

Carlin asked Were you a mathematician or a Jesuit or a lawyer in a previous life?

I was a mathematician who studied law at a Jesuit university. Okay, I just made that up.

Really, impressive work here. Now I suppose I have to get off my butt and find something blue to prop in front of a mirror and photograph.
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BayRoadPhoto/Laura says:

"Narcissistasaurus" by BayRoadPhoto/Laura
Narcissistasaurus
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fuzzy judge [deleted] says:

A friend w/tinted blue hair
Tim w/blue tinted hair
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acid dust [deleted] says:

the photographer should NOT appear in the mirror.


So...no blue fingers or toes?

Or is it ok if only a tiny part of the photographer appears in the mirror?

(Hey, this is my first one, I got to see how strict the rules are and how creative I can be.)
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Martha Catherine Ivey says:


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Mary Jane 2040 is a group administrator Mary Jane 2040 says:

"lookingglass" by Mary Jane 2040
lookingglass
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Violentz is a group administrator Violentz says:

Can the entire image be in BW if the photographer declares under penalty or perjury that the object reflected in the mirror was indeed totally blue? :o)
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jennemmer says:

I had some time to kill at work - noticed the little mirror we sometimes us and had my camera in my bag. Not sure if these will be actual submission but it's a start...

Something Blue... at work

Something Blue... at work

(soft focus is easy with a grungy mirror and the inability to hold both the camera and the mirror steady at the same time ;)
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RINAJO.DK says:

an oldie.... but i thought it had wot u were looking for :)

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Fairest Peacock of All?
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

So...no blue fingers or toes? Or is it ok if only a tiny part of the photographer appears in the mirror? (Hey, this is my first one, I got to see how strict the rules are and how creative I can be.)

I don't quite know how to answer this. We always try to specify the elements as clearly as possible in the intro. In this case I think the elements are pretty clear. I'm usually willing to clarify them a bit more, but I don't want to get started on the slippery path of parsing them too closely.

Are fingers and toes okay? How many fingers? How many knuckles on the fingers? What about the hand? Up to the wrist? Maybe a bit of the forearm?

If you're of the opinion that the camera or the photographer should NOT appear in the mirror. doesn't include fingers or toes or other body parts, then there it is. You read the elements; you decide how to interpret them. I'm happy to help clarify up to a point, but only up to a point.
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Moochin Photoman says:

I'm not in the shot, tho thats the moochin machine with me and maah boy. Happier with this shot than the last one, thankfully we had blue skys today. Yeha.
They're behind you
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acid dust [deleted] says:

"Blue Glass" by puggirl365
Blue Glass
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glistening smile [deleted] says:

blueberryblur

Hope this is soft enough. I had softer versions, but it was difficult to see what the blueberries were. Mmmmm blueberries.
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reflecting up out of shadow
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The 10 cent designer says:

The blue bed
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

Lucky to find an old racquetball in a drawer.

Smaller Planets
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lucky e says:

blue vase reflections
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rt44man says:

This Ip has been fun. Here is my first try.
The guest had gone, the party was over, but she was still dancing inside
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Martha Catherine Ivey says:

stalked by a pack of blue wheel barrows
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jamelah says:

rhapsody in blue
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Moochin Photoman says:

Green door / Blue door
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susiejulie says:

freaky late winteryness!

Ice and Tool

Need a Scrape?
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dramamath says:

Here's one to replace an earlier post:
Reflected Blue
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dopiaza is a group administrator dopiaza says:

I've been trying to improve my soft focus technique in Photoshop. I'm happier with this one than my previous attempt

Blue Lamp (by dopiaza)
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dramamath says:

Here is an alternate submission. Any comments on which I should keep?

Reflecting Blue Light
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pshorten says:

Photo Challenge #18

I used my Lensbaby to get the focus soft...

Photo Challenge #18

For this one I used my 30mm lens setting the aperature to f2.8. I tried several at f1.4 but the focus was so shallow that very little was in focus.
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

So the blue racquetball was just sitting there on my dresser....

pmaL dna ,skooB ,llaB
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solecism says:

night maerd

yay for invisible thread!
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fanatical word [deleted] says:

Midnight in Mexico
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MarkyBon is a group moderator MarkyBon says:

The Cold Tap
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jennemmer says:

I was playing around with a mirror and a bowl and ended up with these:

flat

sky

looking down to look up
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dbwalker says:


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Muffet says:

The soft focus is more apparent at larger sizes...honest!

mirror
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jspad says:

psychotic sugar reflection
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make mine a double..

one of three
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Moochin Photoman says:

Back to front
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urn

mirrors
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bewildered exchange [deleted] says:

mirror blue soft 3


mirror blue soft 2
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As sure as Death and Taxes
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Linda B (Wine Diva) says:

Vase
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tamelyn says:

the far side of lonely
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-ej! says:

Hey, handsome!
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Violentz is a group administrator Violentz says:

The Batman Falls

The Batman Falls 2

Custor or Greg?
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xenonb. says:

An old one - do you think the focus is ok?

widely used
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Alida's Photos says:

for Iron Photographer 18
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mindfulgirl says:

Yey - this is my first iron photographer project!

Discarded
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Wespionage says:

I really had a hard time with the soft focus. But here it is anyway...


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eakelton says:

blue in a mirror 3
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Annabelle Shemer says:

Forgetfulness
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happy cows [deleted] says:

Soft focus ? Not sure, think my eyes are blurry anyway:
Dish of the Day
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It'sGreg is a group administrator It'sGreg says:

Does it still count as chimping if you're doing it at other people's photos on the computer screen?

It's always the artistic element that turns out to be the toughest aspect of these IP gigs, isn't it. Last time it was the high angle, this time it's the soft focus. Still, that's part of the reason it's a challenge. When it works, it's incredibly cool. When it doesn't, it's just a total pain in the ass.
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happy cows [deleted] says:

I had to look up "chimping" on Wikipedia, here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimping so now I hang my head in shame and plead guilty, much of the time.
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dramamath says:

That's why I love film...no chimping here!
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Annabelle Shemer says:

Thanks for the new word, Greg and gazzat! I especially liked "Having several digital photographers together will result in group
chimping either during or after the event they are shooting. This is
similar to actual chimpanzee grooming, which is a social activity."
Immediately reminded me of Flickr meetings... maybe they should be renamed: Flickr Chimping =)
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