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spec·tral/ˈspektrəl/

There are two meanings for the adjective 'spectral', both seem particularly apt for this image.

1. Of or like a ghost - If I'd known this place was so haunted I would not have been staying behind for the sunset and having to walk through the churchyard afterwards!!

2. Of or concerning the spectrum - The rainbow effect around the sun is caused by the light refracting through the water vapour and ice crystals of the high altitude clouds.

The rainbow effect is natural, albeit accentuated by two ND grads. The grads have removed the detail from the towers but adds to the spookiness.

The image is taken, again on the North Kent Coast at Reculver Towers, a while later than my previous upload.

Iso200, 1/320s, f16, 18mm, tripod, remote release. (nb.. should have used ISO100!!)

Many thanks for all your comments on Two Towers, very appreciated, and to Ade and Darryl for their UAs.

Dave

Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:28 Aug 2012 - 12:00 AM
Focal Length:18mm
Aperture:f/16
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:sea spray
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:North Sea
Title:Spectral Aura
Username:WhiteRose1 WhiteRose1
Uploaded:19 Sep 2012 - 7:51 AM
Tags:Beach, Contre jour lighting., Kent, Landscape / travel, Reculver towers, Sunset
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norton
norton  10 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:55 AM

Great image, well composed and captured................

Tony.

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Badgerfred
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19 Sep 2012 - 7:55 AM

Superb,
Fred.

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fentiger
fentiger e2 Member 12915 forum postsfentiger vcard England22 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:57 AM

A most eye-catching composition making the most of the late evening light.

Albert

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saeidNL
saeidNL  4 Netherlands3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 8:02 AM

Great and nicely image,well done,
saeid

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moiral
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19 Sep 2012 - 8:02 AM

Beautiful silhouette, lovely light across the water and lighting up the seaweed in the fg. Most of all GHOSTIES - love the thought of them TongueGrin. Beautiful shot Dave. Moira

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Deep_Bhatia
19 Sep 2012 - 8:04 AM

Superb image, Dave. Nice pov and comp. Deep

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32335 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 8:05 AM

I have seen many images of Reculver in my time, additionally I have taken many. However without fear of persecution or prejudice, I believe this to be one of the finest. A superbly balanced low light composition, beautifully exposed, and one which generates a great feeling of calm. "As for the ghosts. "bah humbug'".....

Regards Nathan

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LucienH
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19 Sep 2012 - 8:09 AM

An excellent capture.

Lucien.

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Fefe
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19 Sep 2012 - 8:18 AM

Beautiful ............... Love all the colours, not just in the sky but on the sea and in the foreground too...... Lovely Grin
Interesting stuff about the spectrumSmile
Diane

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gingerdelight
19 Sep 2012 - 8:22 AM

Stunning!
Carol

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nonur
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19 Sep 2012 - 8:39 AM

Superb shot, the image justifies the title!

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SlowSong
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19 Sep 2012 - 8:40 AM

Beautifully rich in colour and texture.
x

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rayme330
rayme330 e2 Member 2rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 9:14 AM

Well thought out and executed, Dave.

Ray

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morpheus1955
morpheus1955 e2 Member 7morpheus1955 vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 9:17 AM

Superb shot, great composition and light, beautifully captured.

Hugh

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derekhansen
derekhansen e2 Member 5169 forum postsderekhansen vcard United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 9:30 AM

I remember that effect Dave. Very rare I would think. Excellent image which really evokes the atmosphere.
Derek

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 9:34 AM

All I can say is SUPERB, Dave.
Ronnie.

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WesternRed
WesternRed e2 Member 2WesternRed vcard Australia
19 Sep 2012 - 9:49 AM

This is an excellent capture which I think revels in detail and light.
I think there are great shots to be had by shooting into the light.
Well done. WesternRed.

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barbarahirst
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19 Sep 2012 - 9:56 AM

double WOW!!!!!

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Jocelia
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19 Sep 2012 - 10:03 AM

Excellent capture, love the way the lens has transformed this.
Coo, the sea certainly brings in the rotten seaweed…
Jocelia……..

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Tibetan
Tibetan  1 England
19 Sep 2012 - 10:18 AM

Great even a little spooky, has that atmosphere one tries hard to achieve but often fail, so I think you have done a grand job of this like it lots, no problems in the church yard hopefully lol. regards Leon. SadSadSadSadSadSmileSmileSmileGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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Humblebee
Humblebee  1 England
19 Sep 2012 - 10:21 AM

The thumbnail had your signature all over it Dave - and what a magnificent image it is, one for the wall, for cards, postcard, china even ... Carol Grin

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franken
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19 Sep 2012 - 10:28 AM

Beautiful scene Dave.

Ken

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EAS
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19 Sep 2012 - 10:42 AM

Stunning!

Ann

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom72 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 11:11 AM

Wonderul use of light - one for the Verbatim Light competiion?
Lovely curves in the composition.
The towers look good from this angle.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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xwang
xwang  431 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 11:41 AM

Superb light and foreground, excellentlly taken.. great work, Dave.
Just one thing, do I see a kind of blue line on the top of the towers and the surrounding area? Is it the filter's effect?

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Billyray
Billyray  670 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 11:53 AM

An absolutely cracking shot. SUPERB.
Ray

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 12:11 PM

Great shot.
Matt

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CaroleS
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19 Sep 2012 - 12:26 PM

Wonderful light
Carole

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 12:45 PM

It has produced some wonderful colours Dave. I've seen a similar phenomenon when walking in mountains which may be slightly different. In any event, a great composition enhanced by this light.
Ann

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fificat100
fificat100 e2 Member 3fificat100 vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 12:54 PM

Absolutely spectacular. Superb composition, details, like the silhouetted towers, and the lighting is out of this world. Beautiful work. Well done!

Lavina

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 1:19 PM

superb work worth risking a ghost or twoWink

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 6337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 1:39 PM

.......so now I know SmileSmile
Lovely colours in the sky and water Smile
Helen

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 2:42 PM

Simply stunning, Dave! A real beautiful capture, gorgeous light Smile
Trev Smile

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marktc
marktc e2 Member 342 forum postsmarktc vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 2:44 PM

This is a cracker Dave, I love the effect you have managed to capture here. I love the dark towers too... you can almost sense the coming night! Excellent.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7125 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 3:16 PM

A glorious image, Dave, very well spotted, composed and captured. Carol

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danbrann
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19 Sep 2012 - 3:17 PM

Not just luck. This has been photographed with great skill and knowledge of equipment.

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cabbie
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19 Sep 2012 - 4:58 PM

Spot on a classic image well done

Bob

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achieverswales
19 Sep 2012 - 5:01 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Awesome capture Dave, that is the problem with using ND Grads is it darkens other parts of the image, have you tried the Adjustment Brush in Camera Raw, using this you can lighten or darken any part of the photo, with my Tiger upload today the light was very tricky and the eye's were so dark you could not see them, using the Adjustment Brush it has brought back detail to the eyes, would work on the church.

Regards

Trev.

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 5:08 PM

Leaves me speechless. I like the way the towers are a silhouette - seems to add an air of mystery.
Joan.

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carper123 e2 Member 277 forum postscarper123 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 5:32 PM

Luv it, Dave, my favourite type of image, absolutely superb, brilliant use of light and texture to create that wonderful lead in foreground interest. Once again thanks for all the information, most enlightening and helpful.
Well done.
Darryl.SmileSmileSmileWink
Smile

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phil99
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19 Sep 2012 - 5:46 PM

Stunning capture .Great light ....Phil

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Lillian
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19 Sep 2012 - 5:57 PM

Dave stunning shot
a really beautifully and well thought out image
Lillian

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 - 6:01 PM

Super clarity and light, Dave.

P.

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 6:42 PM

Outstanding and imaginative work again Dave. Very nice.

Gerry

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hasslebladuk
hasslebladuk e2 Member 4hasslebladuk vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:19 PM

Another stunning shot Dave its got the lot
mike

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:36 PM

excellent light on fg Dave
regards
Yung

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bill33
bill33 e2 Member 3bill33 vcard Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:37 PM

Beautifully captured Dave, the grad filters working well to keep the mid day sun under control, another beautifully composed and executed image, very well done, Bill.

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zapar40
zapar40  466 forum posts Wales5 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 7:51 PM

a great sunny seascape, lovely light on the f/g and superb tones in the sky.
now i'll have to dig out a bridge picture! Smile
ant.

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Gavin_Duxbury
Gavin_Duxbury e2 Member 4Gavin_Duxbury vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 8:11 PM

Wish I could get in sooner with a comment.

Great shot, everybody else has said it.

Must try harder.

Like it a lot.

Regards.

Gavin

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clintQB
clintQB  251 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 - 8:15 PM

Beautiful, serene and calm....love it

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HELANA
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19 Sep 2012 - 9:17 PM

Every thing has been say about the image, apart from "Superlativa"
Elena.

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aniamoore
aniamoore  1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 - 9:52 PM


Quote: Double WOW!!!!!

WOW WOW, I say tooSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile!!!!!!! AniaWink

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UrbaneMagick
19 Sep 2012 - 9:55 PM

clever image, much more to it than meets (or doesn;t meet) the eye.

GarethSmile

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pamelajean Critique Team 8687 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1531 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 10:08 PM

This is rather special, Dave, and I love the idea of it being haunted.

I found this in the Cloud Appreciation Society under iridescence, and this explanation.

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twelvemegs
19 Sep 2012 - 10:24 PM

Superb image Dave.
Love that light.

David

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elainebaker
19 Sep 2012 - 11:21 PM

Brilliant and beautiful image. Well captured. Elaine Smile

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Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 426 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales32 Constructive Critique Points
19 Sep 2012 - 11:40 PM

Excellent shot, Dave.
Alun

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LexEquine
LexEquine  7 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2012 - 12:35 AM

'Superlative Image & Composition' ~ Peter Smile

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reflectionsinlight

another in a growing PF of good images

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20 Sep 2012 - 8:31 AM

A cracking image Dave. Well captured
Jim

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bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
20 Sep 2012 - 7:23 PM

A late vote Dave but worth every comment above .Love it SmileSmileSmile
Rob

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20 Sep 2012 - 7:48 PM

WONDERFUL! Grin
IB

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annettep38
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20 Sep 2012 - 10:08 PM

wonderful light... a golden light that is very hard to record. I wonder why would have preferred 100 ISO?
looks fine to me... But I never even bother with dragging a tripod, only use it at home now.

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almiles  438 forum posts United Kingdom92 Constructive Critique Points
21 Sep 2012 - 10:12 AM

Great as an atmospheric shot of the weather conditions and I can see why you had to over-grad! I wonder if HDR bracketing would have got you around that problem? Although I also thing silhouetting the ruins works well for spooky factor, but HDR might have brought out more from the middle ground.
Being picky with my retrospectoscope Wink I'd have been tempted to maybe use the groyne for FG interest rather than the seaweed which is a bit grotty and less interesting even if it adds a second lead in line to the sun reflection (or maybe you should start carrying boulders and rocks around with you like I do TongueWink ).
Never heed my ramblings though, as you can see by votes and accolades the image has been well recieved!

Al

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Jat_Riski
Jat_Riski  559 forum posts United Kingdom
21 Sep 2012 - 10:34 AM

Excellent capture, Dave.

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gajewski
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21 Sep 2012 - 11:12 PM

Dave,
Wonderful light and composition.
-=\Walter

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2105 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
22 Sep 2012 - 8:12 AM

Waaaw I really like this one
NettaSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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22 Sep 2012 - 8:25 PM

An excellent composition Dave, the portrait format works so well

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ChristineD
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22 Sep 2012 - 9:15 PM

A beautiful composition

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lifesnapper
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23 Sep 2012 - 9:31 AM

Great title for this lovely image.

John Smile

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Wendyp
Wendyp  1 England
23 Sep 2012 - 12:35 PM

I love everything about this picture.

Wendy

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Skeet1Away
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25 Sep 2012 - 12:31 AM

Dave, sorry so short of time this week, but a great composition with all the right mix.


Paul.

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mashwood10
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26 Sep 2012 - 12:47 PM

Dave, this is A M A Z I N G !!!!!!! Pure class my friend. Thankyou also for your good wishes for my holiday.GrinGrinGrinGrin

Pam

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Bonico
Bonico  4 Romania
6 Nov 2012 - 9:30 PM

Like it. Congrats.
Bogdan

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