2018 Photographic Review | 35:Chronicle

28mm, 35mm, 50mm, black & white, boats, close-up, colour, faux-colour, Indoor, infrared, landscape, macro, nature, personal, photography, review, skies, spring, structures, trees, waterscape

One Hundred, into One.


Seeing as how this post happens to be my one hundredth, it’s actually ninety-nine into one . Since I began this blog back in March, I have also enjoyed the works and posts of so many of you and, if there could be more hours in a day, there would be many more besides, too, providing me with no less enjoyable learning, entertainment or, food for thought. I have also, over the last ten months, hoped to provide some interest in the field of photography, my own takes from various genres of our art-form which I feel so passionate about. Without the love for it, the desire to (hopefully) create something a little different on occasion or, the discipline to stay true, it’s all for nothing. Insosaying, I hope with all the passion that I have for various genres of photography, that my sincerity is not only intact but also, perhaps more importantly, unmistakably evident.

As this year now tick-tocks on to draw its last, making way for the next, I would like not only to thank you most sincerely for your input, your comments, clicks, follows and conversations, but to wish every one of you a very happy New Year for 2019. Your presence here is just as important as my own works, because without a reader, a word or a picture – would be pointless. Therefore, if you will forgive my indulgence, I would like to share with you all just some of my favourite frames from this inaugural year on 35:Chronicle.  I truly hope that you will enjoy them.

Wishing you all wonderful celebrations and, much happiness from the coming year.

Warmest regards,

Rob. 

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Snowdrops | 35mm.

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Telford Woz ‘Ere! | 720nm Faux-Colour Infrared | 35mm.

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Double-Masted | 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Bluebell | 35mm.

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Broom | 35mm.

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Milkbank House Ruins | 760nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Talla Reservoir | 760nm Infrared | 28mm.

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Talla’s Monitoring Station | 720nm Infrared | 50mm.

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How the Other Half Live | 720nm Infrared | 35mm.

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Sir Duncan Rice Library | University of Aberdeen | 28mm.

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Moonrise | 720nm Infrared | 85mm.

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Grandeur | 35mm.

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Happy New Year 2019, to You All!

R.


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Closer Still(s) | PT.XVII | Orchid [Colour PT.II] | 35:Chronicle

close-up, colour, macro, nature, photography

Splash & Dash.


Before I head out to work, I want to quickly send up a final post of my images from this beautiful flower, still basking in low, early winter-sun from behind my living-room window. Any of you who read my pages even semi-regularly will know that my joy lays moreso with black and white photography, but it cannot be argued that sometimes, a combination of colours and shades that so beautifully complement form – can be the sole reason that a frame should be captured in the first place. I still can’t make up my mind, when it comes to this orchid, as to which output I prefer. But then, do I have to decide? Perhaps, not. There’s room for both, I think. 

I do hope that you will enjoy these captures, and, that you have a great weekend ahead of you. 

R.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XVI | Orchid [B&W PT.II] | 35:Chronicle

black & white, close-up, macro, nature, photography

Light, Shadow & Form.


This is the penultimate post in this latest series of images from the humble orchid, which resides and, seems to be thriving, happily in my living room. I cannot say that I prefer the colour frames previously posted in PT.XV – for the light, shadow and form which I feel when I see these frames in black and white, grabs my attention without any distraction. The qualities which for me, make this subject so beautiful, are not enhanced one iota by their colour. I wonder how many might feel or see the same. If I have done any justice to this little flower in these few captures, then, maybe you will?

R.

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II. [33mm f14]

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Back-lit Orchids | 35:Chronicle

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Is Three Really a Crowd?


Okay – forgive me, please! This is my third post on-the-bounce of the same photographic subject. I promise, I really was not intending to rip the arse out of this, however, the host plant from my last two posts was happily perched on my living-room window-sill, soaking up some of that gorgeous, bright stuff this afternoon – and, I just couldn’t resist a few casual frames of this beautiful plant. (Oddly, I have made some frames in colour today, that I am actually pretty happy with. Who’d have thunk it?!)

I’ll probably not be able to post again until almost the middle of next week, therefore, I’ll leave you with this smidgen of sunshine and, wish you all a fabulous weekend! 

R.

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XV | Orchid | 35:Chronicle

35mm, close-up, macro, nature, photography

On Expiration (or, Breathing Out).


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Before I write about the content of this post, I would first of all like to extend something to all of you who read and, follow my pages. I am never quite certain as to just why the the number ‘100’ is quite so significant, however, for some reason, it seems to be the case – for, yesterday, 35:Chronicle received its 100th follower. It’s not a number that I was waiting for, and, whilst I love statistics (though I don’t view them as often as I used to) – I do this for the love of it, the passion for photography and writing, if you like. Not only this, but to read so much wonderful work by so many of you, it’s a perfect way to relax, learn and engage the grey-matter simultaneously!) Nonetheless, whilst the number is just that, I wear a smile – one of gratitude to every single one of you who read my pages, enjoy any of my images, click, comment and, get involved even in the smallest of ways.  When I started 35:C back in March, I had no idea that I would be read by so many, or, from so many countries around the world. Today, I am so grateful to everyone who has contributed to these pages and, to you all, I would like to extent my most grateful thanks and, I hope you will return for a long time to come. I also wish to thank my friends who read my pages, offering encouragement and critique, and, whilst they are not WP members (they’ll come around, one day!) your input is utterly appreciated. To Amar, the thinker and the doer, I extend my deepest personal gratitude for the support, technical wizardry, patience and constructive criticism that you tirelessly provide. You’re the best ideas-man out there, barring none; and a good friend.

Without you all, these pages would be little more than an online diary. So, from me – a huge and warm thank you. You’re all completely (bloody) fabulous! This post is dedicated to each and every one of you.

R.

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If you happen to love the colour yellow, this post is also for you. In truth, my frames would have been processed only in black and white were it not for their sunny disposition. The orchid’s form was in fact the reason that I wanted to capture them at all; their almost skin-like texture, their alien, possibly even deep-sea-like centres and, smooth curves. The black and whites speak to me – but how I exhaled in relief when, after only the smallest amount of processing (admittedly, I don’t do much) I looked at these frames. They are not perfect, they’re taken with old equipment but, they work for me.

I had spent the main part of the day preparing and constructing a macro-table in the corner of my spare room, a task which, if you saw it, looks like it should have only taken a few hours – instead, it took the entire day. With matte black covering (I used rolls of framing-card) on the table itself, and using a deconstructed, white plastic soft box, I created a high-ish walled corner which I also covered with the same card, clipped into place. Using a fisherman’s angled fly-tying clamp, a couple of small free-standing mirrors, clamped side lights, an overhead lamp, and an assortment of tripods of varying sizes and purposes, I was good to go. Rather than wait for the following day to shoot them, I waited for dark, doused all the lights I didn’t want, save for those on the table and, set to work. 

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One thing that I do believe in when shooting anything to which you’re probably not going to return any time soon, or, ever – is – to shoot the hell out of it and from every angle you want. Use different depths of field, change lens-to-subject distance, exploit your subject to the maximum. Cut off from it’s host stem, this flower would last maybe two days in a shot glass full of water, at most. Therefore, I spent almost two hours with it. Just shooting. Recomposing. Re-shooting – and, loop! It’s a process that I become totally absorbed in; the rest of life disappears for a while, during which time my respect for the subject becomes all that is important to me. Casual has it’s time and place – but it’s not here. Some things are just too beautiful for that.  I hope that these elements come across in these frames.

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Thank you, always, for taking the time to view my pages. I am more grateful than I can write. 

[Frames V, VI, VIII – Ricoh GXR w/A12 33mm 2.5 Macro. Frame VII – Sigma SDQ w/18-35mm 1.8 Art, at 35mm]

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Closer Still(s) | PT.XIV | Orchid | 35:Chronicle

35mm, black & white, close-up, macro, nature, photography

On Inspiration (or, Breathing In).


It has been a long fortnight since my last proper post and, a lot has been going on during this time. At the back of my mind has sat, constantly, thoughts of how I will move my photography forwards over the coming months and, whilst I have been pottering away trying my hand at making some kind of studio in my larger spare-room, I have been repeatedly inspired by much of the work I see here on WP, in the shape of writers, photographers and, artists whose work I follow and read regularly. It is short-sighted to think or believe that our works are, or could be, enough – or more ridiculously, the pinnacle of our achievements when there exists so much inspiration that can only ever serve, if we truly care about our art, to spur us on to more wonderful or beautiful things.

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This first post in my Orchid series, is, inasmuch as it could be, a doffed cap to a post I read and often return to, entitled Still Life with Tulips by Alena Shminke and, though my composition, focal distance and subject are all different as well as the tools of our trades, “Tulips” inspires me with its own tone and composition and in these elements  my attention was directed more greatly than with my previous shoots within the engaging genre of close-up photography.  (This is why my first post in this series is of solely black and white compositions, as opposed to colour which, will follow soon). Whether I have achieved more by such considerations would not be for me to say, but the process is all the more engaging when keeping elements of the works of others in mind. Inspiration is a gift to any of us who open our eyes and our minds to invite it.

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The Orchid itself was another gift, of a nine-year old girl called Maddison – who, upon returning home one afternoon during the autumn, proudly, smiling as she did so – wandered over to her gentleman neighbour who was sitting in the sunshine, to  give it to me.  Kindness, altruism and generosity are also inspirations but never moreso than the smile of a happy child.  So, for Maddie – thank you! I hope that this first series (and subsequent offerings) preserve what still is, a beautiful gift. (Tell your mum I use a little tomato-feed! Works a treat!)

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Lastly, (and I should do this more often, I know) if I may mention another blogger, here on WP. Donald Reese has recently grabbed my attention with his utterly stunning low-light, light-painting street and environmental photography and, makes amazing use of rain, flashes and torches – as well as his cameras. If you’re interested, please take a look


[Frames I, II, IV – Ricoh GXR w/A12 33mm 2.5 Macro. Frame III – Sigma SDQ w/18-35mm 1.8 Art, at 35mm]

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Sticking to the Rules | 35:Chronicle

35mm, autumn / fall, close-up, colour, nature, photography

Thirds: in Three Different Directions.


Crikey – a non infrared post; my first in a while, I’ll admit. It feels a bit strange posting shots taken in colour too, seeing as B&W is my much preferred output but, here goes. 

After summer and early autumn, I usually feel a little photographically-directionless for a while which, probably explains my silence over the past seven days – well, that, work  and hospital appointments, however – it takes me a while to get into a different rhythm, so to speak. It’s almost as if I spend so much brain energy (over an almost six-month period) on IR shooting that I forget how to shoot anything else for a while. Of course, that’s not actually the case, I just have to adjust. Insosaying, I have been out, doing my best to see a little differently and, no pun intended, these few are just some of the fruits of my labours. Not wonderful, but – it’s a (re)start. From composition and tone, to colour and balance – I feel like I have to start over, whenever I switch format or output. Now, I don’t know if that makes any sense but, it’s my excuse and, I’m sticking to it. 

Okay – so, also sticking to one particular rule, that of thirds, here are a few frames composed vertically, diagonally and horizontally – just to make a point. See? I haven’t forgotten everything.  Here, I’m shooting with an entirely new camera setup – one not familiar to me, so, more on that another time. (I’m not so happy with frame two but, I like the shot so, it’s here to remind me to pull my socks up!)

Enjoy, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!

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Swallows  on a Wire | 35mm.

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On the Turn | 35mm.

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Pick Meee! | 35mm.

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To the Trees | PT.II | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Proudly, Before their Fall. 


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I | Me, & My Shadow | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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II | Positive Space | 24mm – 720nm Infrared.

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As the “Old Saying” Goes? | 720nm IR | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography

What Do We Do, Now that the Cows Have all Come Home?


Any of you who read my pages on even a semi-regular basis, will know that because I live very rurally,  countryside subjects constitute a huge portion of my photographic endeavours. I guess, though I dream of embarking on other projects or making images of a number of other genres, this is what I live with daily and, (I hope) make the most from.  Trees always form an anchor in almost all landscape photographs and, still, I wonder, just when will we have exhausted every angle, each different way of seeing them, photographing them? Never? Oh, let’s hope that can be the case!

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I | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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These particular four trees are very exposed and have a distinct lean towards the east; battered constantly by harsh, often unrelenting westerly winds that howl across the Solway Firth and, when they loose their foliage in late autumn, their branches resemble (to me, at least) the drying bones of living skeletons, desperately reaching out for water.  Still, from spring until autumn, they are unique and, utterly resplendent.

With that said, here is another series of rural frames, (just for fun, really) which reminded me of something that I used to hear a lot as a child. Whatever I was doing, I could keep on doing it until … and it wouldn’t make a blind bit of difference that I did. (It was right up there with “wait until your father gets home!“)

So, back to the question – now that they’re all home, what exactly do we do now? 

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II | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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III | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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IV | 35mm – 720nm IR.

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Let the Shadows Lengthen | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, landscape, nature, photography, structures

Debunking an IR Myth.


Has it been only me, or is there a general belief (amongst interested parties, naturally) that infrared photography may only be practised in the height of summer when the sun is aloft in a clear sky, between 10am and 4pm? Okay, I’m exaggerating somewhat to make the point, perhaps, but I do believe that (as I wrote in a recent comment to a splendid chap’s post, here on the wonderful WP) I have been for a long time ignorant that infrared photography has – a season. Like fishing perhaps? Or Grouse hunting? Or, athletics, for that matter?! Not a bit of it!

To show that I have been guilty of harbouring notions which can only be considered complete and utter poppycock, here are a couple of frames taken about a half-hour before sunset last week, where, even though the sun was indeed low in the sky, the light quality was just as perfect, nonetheless – on this beautiful,  peaceful autumn evening.

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I | Dappled Old Stone | 720nm IR.

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II | Evening Tones, from Brocklerigg | 720nm IR.

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Land-Escapery | PT.III | 35:Chronicle

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Over the Hill | 720nm Infrared.


It’s been just about a week since my last post and, it has to be said that this has rather irritated me some. This is largely because, whenever I have had time this past week, I have spent most of it with walking boots on and cameras in hand making the most of some recent fabulous weather. Either that, or, I have been feverishly processing, leaving little or no time to post. Finally though, I seem to have caught-up and, have a huge amount of pleasure in posting these frames, made last week on a gorgeous evening’s wander, close to home.

Lucky? Don’t I know it. I hope you will enjoy these two captures and, have a great weekend ahead.

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I | Moonrise [L] | 720nm IR.

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II | Moonrise [P] | 720nm IR.

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Normal Service is Resumed | 720nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

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Evening Glory.


This is a very quick post, as I will be ridiculously busy over the coming weekend and, I wanted to leave you with just a little taster of perhaps a few posts to follow over the next week or so.

I took a little walk around the estate this evening and, had one of the most photographically productive and pleasing escapes I’ve had in a long while. The evening sun was low, the damage from the recent storm cleared away and, the whole place is completely peaceful again. I hope many others caught in it are enjoying the same freedom to just breathe, again.

Please forgive me if I am slow to respond to any comments over the weekend but, I will do so at my first opportunity and, will be looking forward to all of your posts, nonetheless. For now though, may I wish you all a fabulous weekend and, I hope you’ll enjoy this one hopeful and relaxing frame. Of respite. Of peace. Of good fortune.

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Eve’s Glory | 720nm IR.

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Inside a Mile | 720 & 850nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

Ali: Did Not Float Like a Butterfly.


No, it packed real punches. A few shots from within just a one-mile radius of my home, taken during and after the storm hit. Sorry that this one is a little image-heavy (compared to my usual number) but I hope you will find them worth your perusal, (not least because it took me over two hours to upload, over a very dodgy mobile-phone hotspot connection to my laptop). The damage doesn’t look too ridiculous if these shots alone are to lend some kind of testament to Ali’s total severity, and, I am sure that there are many other far more devastating images out there. However, in my never-ending quest for the real – here are some captures from around me. I would say that I hope you enjoy, but, that would sound perverse; still, you know what I mean, right? 

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I. | During | 850nm IR.

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II. | After | 720nm IR.

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III. | After | 720nm IR.

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IV. | After | 720nm IR.

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V. | After | 720nm IR.

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VI. | After | 720nm IR.

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VIII. | Peace at Last | 8500nm IR.

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Confusion All-Around | 850nm Infrared | 35:Chronicle

autumn / fall, black & white, infrared, nature, photography, trees

The Storm.


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A Blustery Day [I] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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I must have looked a right sight, standing outside in my dressing-gown and walking boots, camera on the tripod shooting the trees amidst 80mph winds. As the rain came pouring out of the sky, I had managed to bag just a few frames. Currently, thanks to the storm and the many trees that have disrupted power-lines on their way down to the ground,  there is no wifi, no electricity or hot water, everything is running off remaining battery power, now – and I daren’t even open my fridge door. As for travel, it can’t happen today. All local roads are blocked by trees. So, I console myself with these captures – in temporary, rural isolation. They’re not great captures but, the best I could get before the heavens really opened. Mad-dash photography… I’ve had better luck! 

Wherever you are, if the storms are hitting you, I hope you’re in a safe place. (My next-door neighbour’s shed is already in the opposite field and, I fear it won’t be long before mine joins it!)

That’s all for now; I want to get this posted before my battery runs empty.

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A Blustery Day [II] | 850nm IR | 24mm.

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Fading Casual Silence | 35:Chronicle

black & white, nature, personal, photography, waterscape

An Intermission.


These frames were, honestly, an afterthought. I didn’t come here to make any but it would have been utterly ridiculous of me not to. Sometimes, I just want to sit for a while and, look out. Think. Reflect. Figure it all out. Breathe. Even moments like these don’t require a dozen or more frames to preserve them in memory. On this grey and moody afternoon, I clambered across the rocks and looked out over the Solway. There was not a single person in sight anywhere around me – a real rarity. On this day, I was truly alone – whether usually a choice or not, on this day, it was what I needed. A tonic for the soul, as someone (far wiser than their own self-belief would have ever allowed them to admit) once said to me; and so, despite endless potential futures – all of them floating before me, directionless, like infinitesimally fine droplets of moisture carried almost weightlessly in the air, I was, for once, completely happy with that.

If this moment could be summed-up as a single, beautifully simple equation (where I=me & R=the rocks) it would be this:

(I+R) = 1.

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I. | 28mm.

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II. | 28mm.

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