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This is probably the most photographed pagoda/temple in Burma - the Shwedagon Temple in Yangon (Rangoon). We visited this on our first night and it was raining!! As with all temples we had to remove shoes and socks and the marble floor was as a little slippy to the least. Fortunately our visit coincided with the visit of the Vietnamese President and they'd rolled out the red carpet for him. It came in very useful for everyone else as well (v2)

v1 and v2 are shrines around the outside of the temple. v3 and v4 are the main stupa taken after dark.

All hand held as I'd left the tripod behind on the assumption (false) we wouldn't be allowed to use them in the temple complex.

A little bit of info from Wiki! - The base or plinth of the stupa is made of bricks covered with gold plates. Above the base are terraces that only monks and men can access. Next is the bell-shaped part of the stupa. Above that is the turban, then the inverted alms bowl, inverted and upright lotus petals, the banana bud and then the crown. The crown or umbrella is tipped with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies. The very top, the diamond bud is tipped with a 76 carat (15 g) diamond. The gold seen on the stupa is made of genuine gold plates, covering the brick structure and attached by traditional rivets. Myanmar people all over the country, as well as monarchs in its history, have donated gold to the pagoda to maintain it. The practice continues to this day after being started in the 15th century by the Mon Queen Shin Sawbu, who gave her weight in gold.

Dave

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:30 Nov 2012 - 5:33 PM
Focal Length:26mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.2
Aperture:f/4.0
Shutter Speed:1/40sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:1000
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Shwedagon Pagoda
Username:WhiteRose1 WhiteRose1
Uploaded:5 Feb 2013 - 8:42 AM
Tags:Burma, Gold, Landscape / travel, Low light, Night, Rain, Shwedagon, Yangon
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Richsr
Richsr Plus Member 890 forum postsRichsr vcard England215 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 8:50 AM

A good set of low light captures from here David, like your comp in V1 and the light reflections on the wet pavement
Regards Richard

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5 Feb 2013 - 8:51 AM

Exceptionally good! Very impressive hand holding technique!

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pluckyfilly
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5 Feb 2013 - 8:54 AM

Wow! Love the complete set - you do find some beautiful pictures wherever you go I am in awe and I say this with genuine feeling for your work

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morpheus1955
5 Feb 2013 - 8:54 AM

Fantastic set of images Dave, what an amazing place and your write up is fascinating

Hugh

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:00 AM

Have to agree with Ann's {pluckyfilly} comments here, Dave; your experience of London riverside views in low light must have stood you in good stead when it came to these low light/night shots of this beautiful temple complex.
And I also agree that they are excellent for hand held shots.
Ronnie.

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gary_d
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5 Feb 2013 - 9:04 AM

I too am impressed with your hand holding ability in low light, a great set but you made the right choice of lead image. - gary

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jdinne
jdinne  11 England
5 Feb 2013 - 9:09 AM

Very impressive, Dave steady hands Smile. A stunning set love v5. Superb narrative to accompany.

John

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:10 AM

I encountered the Schwedagon Pagoda in junior school lessons, circa 1960, though what the context was I have long forgotten - Geography, RE, History??? Probably my teacher had been on the road to Mandalay in WWII.

Extremely impressive photography, Dave.

Regards
Bill

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:15 AM

Superb low light images.great work and almost unbelievably hand held....Phil

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 9:15 AM

What a stunning pagoda, Dave, and it has made me think, I wonder if my late father ever saw anything of it, he was stationed in Rangoon during the war. Carol

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:18 AM

A set of superb night shots, Dave!SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:22 AM

An intriguing mix of ancient culture and modern brashness. V4 stands out for the reflections in the wet paving.
I'm imagining this place before the advent of electric lighting, with only candles. I think it must have been magical.
Moira

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JohnChambersPhotography

Good set of low light captures Dave, like them all v3 been my fav

John

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chrissie3
chrissie3  7 England
5 Feb 2013 - 9:28 AM

Wonderful pictures! I like v4 best - I think the blue and gold are just brilliant.

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:34 AM

What a fantastic set you've captured here Dave!

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

Some incredibly beautiful images in this set ~ great low light photography Dave.

Albert

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
5 Feb 2013 - 9:35 AM

What can one say about these stunning photos !! Excellent and superbly captured !! These guys surely don't hold back when building their temples !! V4 is my favourite - I think SmileGrinGrin

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Meheecho
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5 Feb 2013 - 9:38 AM

Stunning light and colour in the set
Steve

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:43 AM

Very nice sets of images well taken.
Allen, Smile

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Jocelia
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5 Feb 2013 - 9:57 AM

What a delightful and colour filled selection and great remberence of your lovely holiday.
Excellence unabound………

Jocelia

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marktc
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5 Feb 2013 - 10:05 AM

All are just marvellous Dave I'm sorry to disagree with your choice of lead image but I think v3 or 4 for me. That said they are all magnificent. The UA is for v3

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5 Feb 2013 - 10:07 AM

These are excellent Dave, V1 my favourite, a super well composed capture,
Fred.

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richmowil
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5 Feb 2013 - 10:11 AM

Really Good series of images. the detail and clarity are excellent, I like them a lot!

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digital_boi
5 Feb 2013 - 10:18 AM

nae bad laddie a fine set all winners nae duff captures here Wink

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WesternRed
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5 Feb 2013 - 10:19 AM

Four nice captures but you know my favourite colour combination.......yes blue and gold V1. Magic.
Well done Dave. WesternRed.

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NaturesHaven
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5 Feb 2013 - 10:40 AM

The architecture is amazing and the colours are eye popping...............GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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5 Feb 2013 - 10:50 AM

Great set Dave............. I cant say I have a fave really but if I had to choose I think it would be V1........ saying that I do rather like the two women in V2, is it still raining or notWinkTongueGrinGrin
Diane

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NDODS
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5 Feb 2013 - 11:02 AM

Imagery which makes you feel like you are actually there...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin

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DixClix
DixClix  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 11:21 AM

A wonderful set of superb images. Very interesting and informative narration too! I just enjoyed looking at and was mesmerised by the whole set...didn't want to choose from any of them as they are all so good and so different from each other.
Richard

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achieverswales
5 Feb 2013 - 11:43 AM

Great write up Dave and for hand held this set is superb, if I had tried this there would be shake every where.

Regards

Trev.

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5 Feb 2013 - 12:09 PM

how vwey exotic it all seems viewed from south Leeds back to backs...

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Joline
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5 Feb 2013 - 12:12 PM

I can see why it is so often photographed. V4 is particularly stunning.

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Irishkate
Irishkate Plus Member 432 forum postsIrishkate vcard United Kingdom79 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 12:30 PM

A wonderful set of images Dave (hand held!!!).
The designs are so elaborate and your description adds to their beauty.
Love V4 - that should have been a single upload.
Was that where the expression 'One's weight in gold'
came from? Interesting!
KateGrinGrinGrin

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lonely_oryx
5 Feb 2013 - 12:36 PM

Beautiful set especially the colours in v1

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LynneJoyce
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5 Feb 2013 - 12:39 PM

Four magical shots. I'm torn between 1 & 4 as my favourites.

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Deep_Bhatia
5 Feb 2013 - 12:58 PM

Nice set of beautiful images. Beautiful colors, reflections,comp.

Deep

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wolfy
wolfy  1136 forum posts United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 - 1:35 PM

Brilliant work in low light conditions Dave Smile

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Daisymaye
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5 Feb 2013 - 1:40 PM

All great hand held captures Dave. A beautiful place and so interesting to see these, at night too!........Sandy

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5 Feb 2013 - 1:49 PM

Gorgeous set Dave! In a way you were lucky it was raining; it provided wonderful reflections and lustrous tones and colours.
Rende

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5 Feb 2013 - 1:59 PM

An impressive set of night shot Dave, with low light and wonderful reflections on the wet pavement.
Effrossini

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sable
sable  6 England7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 2:00 PM

What a super quartet of images - I like them all they are so interesting but my favourite is image no 4 - Elizabeth xx

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almiles  538 forum posts United Kingdom102 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 2:22 PM

An interesting set with nice angles and lighting and a good blurb. You weren't tempted to go back in the middle of the night and go all Indiana Jones over the jewels?!

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5 Feb 2013 - 2:22 PM

What amazing architecture, and what a super collection of images, Dave, I especially like the night shots Smile
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EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 2:24 PM

Wondeful image; wonderful info.


Ann

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5 Feb 2013 - 2:33 PM

Another superb set of images Dave.
Regards, Alf.

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5 Feb 2013 - 3:07 PM

You nightitme photography excelle, enjoyed!

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5 Feb 2013 - 3:18 PM

That must have been very difficult - congratulations on getting four excellent images in these low light conditions Dave!
Ann

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5 Feb 2013 - 3:57 PM

You have got the exposure spot on in all of these and the detail you have got is superb, especially without the tripod. V1 and 3 stand out for me but fantastic work all round!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ryan

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xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 4:10 PM

Beautiful clear image, wonderful colour.. did you use tripod? Fantastic handheld images..Very well done. I'm thinking about those Joby Gorillapods .... but I'm really not used to use any kind of Pods.Smile

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andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 4:18 PM

fantastic set dave brilliant detail and light wonderful colours can't pick a favourite today they are all stunners very very nice ones Wink
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5 Feb 2013 - 4:34 PM

Four wonderful images, Dave - so sharp, colourful and vibrant!Smile
What a fantastic experience you must have had on this trip!

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Caziwinkles
5 Feb 2013 - 5:01 PM

You never disappoint!! Fantastically lit vibrant images. Especially liking the reflected lights and colours on the wet pavement in image 4.

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5 Feb 2013 - 5:02 PM

Great low light shots, Dave. Thanks for including the narrative. I found it very informative.
-=\Walter

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5 Feb 2013 - 5:12 PM

Stunning images Dave. All of them. Each worthy of a posting on their own
Jim

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5 Feb 2013 - 5:26 PM

your the master of night time shots Dave. Excellent set. Paul

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5 Feb 2013 - 6:24 PM

WOW! what a set Dave, fantastic images one and all.

John Smile

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bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 6:41 PM

Fantastic collection Dave well deserved on your awards.SmileSmile
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5 Feb 2013 - 6:42 PM

Stunning images Dave all brilliant..Lin

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5 Feb 2013 - 7:01 PM

You bring the place to life for us, Dave, so fascinating. V4 is my favourite of the set.

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zapar40  566 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
5 Feb 2013 - 7:23 PM

superb work Dave, lovely detail on all shot.
ant.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  3 United Kingdom
5 Feb 2013 - 7:26 PM

Amazing set/place, Dave.

P.

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5 Feb 2013 - 7:51 PM

Superb set of images, Dave, luv v4 a fantastic stand alone image, beautiful colours and composition is spot on. All those awards and clicks well deserved. Sorry i have missed so many of your recent images, had a quick look and as usual, fantastic.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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5 Feb 2013 - 8:09 PM

Grin Sorry I am the possibly the last to comment, I cannot get onto the tinternet at work.

Another great travelogue and a masterclass in night photography, you have one hell of a steady hand.

Just stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Regards.

gavin

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5 Feb 2013 - 8:45 PM

How do you always have shach beautiful skys Dave.The architecture is stunning. All the images are grate but my favourite is V4. Superb reflection. .
ElenaGrinGrinWink

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5 Feb 2013 - 9:05 PM

A great set Dave, V1 is very nice but I al also very drawn to V2.
Derek

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fificat100
6 Feb 2013 - 12:10 AM

A stunning set of images, Dave. Love V4 with V1 a close 2nd SmileSmileSmileSmile

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debu  5 India
6 Feb 2013 - 12:49 AM

Lovely set of images.
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6 Feb 2013 - 5:28 AM

Superb light

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JimV
JimV  8 Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 5:48 AM

Four most impressive and interesting shots Dave, fully complimented by your description, as Pamela says, you bring the place to life for us, thanks!
Rgds., Jim

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johnke  2223 forum posts South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 6:14 AM

Beautiful image. Love the info.............John

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6 Feb 2013 - 8:47 AM

Fantastic pics Dave - especially as they were hand-held
Jason

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Tibetan  2 England
6 Feb 2013 - 11:14 AM

A special set Dave, very relaxed atmosphere, excellent colours and detail, the last shot is my favourite, but all are top quality, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Jat_Riski
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6 Feb 2013 - 1:30 PM

Excellent set Dave.

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6 Feb 2013 - 3:13 PM

Superb travel photography Dave.

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Tynnwrlluniau Plus Member 553 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 5:17 PM

Great set, Dave. Number 4 is a cracker too. You have a very steady hand and the quality is still there even at ISO 1000!
Alun

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6 Feb 2013 - 6:29 PM

As always Dave superb photography in all
Lillian

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Trev_B Plus Member 8142 forum postsTrev_B vcard England68 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 7:56 PM

Wonderful light in this superb set Dave.

Trev

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saeidNL  5 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 10:47 PM

Fantastic and great low light image,very well done,
saeid

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UrbaneMagick Plus Member 3153 forum postsUrbaneMagick vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
6 Feb 2013 - 11:17 PM

Beautiful image & your trademark wonderful use of light Dave.... stunning!


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Metty
Metty  2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2013 - 2:30 PM

Nica capture of low light images very sharp David. SmileSmileSmileSmile


David

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annettep38 Plus Member 3191 forum postsannettep38 vcard France33 Constructive Critique Points
8 Feb 2013 - 2:27 PM

fantastic series!
love the wet version best.
must say that you have even worse tourist problems there than I had here... had to wait for a whole busload of Iraqis today before I could take a waterfall.

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8 Feb 2013 - 8:35 PM

Brilliant low light images , Dave-all of them is wonderful...........Grin

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CHRISB911  954 forum posts1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Feb 2013 - 11:33 AM

great set Dave
chris

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swanseamale47
10 Feb 2013 - 5:17 PM

Lovely as usual Dave.

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17 Feb 2013 - 7:04 PM

A wonderful set of images Dave, I'm with Lynne in finding it hard to choose between v1 and v4

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