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HP Announces a Slew of Stuff for Creative Professionals at Adobe MAX

On the first day of the Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, HP Inc. showcased its latest creative solutions especially geared at creative professionals, combining its lineup of high-performance computing systems along with its leading print and packaging capabilities. You may find the announcement’s highlights interesting, especially if you’ve been eyeing the Z by HP portfolio....
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Sony’s New Cyber-shot HX99 is the World’s Smallest Travel High Zoom Camera

Sony has recently introduced the Cyber-shot HX99, a versatile camera geared for travelers and weekend photographers, and touted as the world’s smallest camera of its kind. It boasts of an upgraded image processor, 4K video recording capabilities, an extreme zoom range, and a bunch of other advanced features packed into an ultra-compact body. ...
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Flagship Canon EOS R Camera Could Be in the Works for Early 2019

There’s only a couple of weeks left before the Canon EOS R is officially released, but there are already speculations about the next step for Canon’s first Full Frame mirrorless camera. According to a report by Canon Rumors, a “full-blown” version will be coming out sometime in February 2019, before next year’s CP+ camera and photo imaging show opens on February 28....
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Michael Muller Shows How Lighting Will Change Your Portrait Photography

Still in the dark when it comes to working with different kinds of lighting for portrait photography? Then, we’ve got just the right stuff to inspire and enlighten you. In his quick video, Sawyer Hartman brings us to his shoot with leading entertainment and fashion photographer Michael Muller, who gives us an idea on how he works with lighting to get stunning portraits....
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Here’s Why the Original Fujifilm X100 Is Still Worth Getting Today

Today’s generation of photographers are certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to gear, and there’s always something new to try or buy almost every year. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean we should always go for the latest releases. In his latest video, photographer and cinematographer Casey Cavanaugh tells us why some of the older cameras, especially the original Fujifilm X100, still make perfect shooting companions today....
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Leica Instant M Concept Describes an Instant Camera With Leica M Lens

Leica may already have its own instant camera in the form of the Sofort, introduced in 2016. But, let’s face it — it feels more like a glorified Fuji Instax Mini than a truly premium instax camera that anything slapped with the Leica brand name should be. Shanghai-based product designer Daniel Huang took up the noble challenge to make the first instant camera designed for the Leica M lens. The result is a minimalist masterpiece that will delight the Leica fans, and intrigue instant photography lovers....
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This 1973 BBC Science Session Teaches You How to Make Your Own Giant Camera

If you’ve been dreaming of building your own film camera, we’ve got just the stuff to help you get inspired. One thing to note, however — you’d be building a giant version of it! You’d be learning from none other than Michael Rodd, then presenter for BBC programs like the Science Session. ...
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LightPix Labs Announces New FlashQ Q20II and T2 Trigger

If you’re looking into trying out off-camera LED flashes or LED lights for your compact camera, you might want to check out the new FlashQ Q20II. Hong Kong-based LightPix Labs has upgraded the FlashQ Q20II and the FlashQ T2 Trigger to have USB charging capabilities. ...
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These Unique Poses Will Work Great for Both Male and Female Models

Whether it’s a fashion shoot or a creative portrait session, it’s often part of the photographer’s job to properly pose the model. If you feel the poses often get a little too common or uninteresting, it’s time to experiment with some unique ones, starting with these quick and on-point suggestions by Mango Street....
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The Intrepid 4×5 Enlarger Lets You Print and Scan 35mm, 120, and 4×5 Films

Dreaming of setting up the darkroom of your dreams? If you already have a 4×5 camera, you could just be a step closer to it. After two years of designing and testing, The Intrepid Camera Co. has recently unveiled a new DIY photography tool to add to your darkroom checklist. The Intrepid Enlarger is a nifty contraption that attaches to a 4×5 camera just like a film holder, and allows you to scan and make prints not only from 4×5 film, but also 35mm and 120. ...
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NYA-EVO Introduces the FJORD 60-C Adventure Camera Backpack for Longer Journeys

Heeding the call of their customers for a larger version, NYA-EVO has come up the FJORD 60-C, the big brother of the FJORD 36 and designed for longer journeys. This new camera backpack was made not only roomier but also more adaptable and feature-loaded, picking up where the FJORD 36 left off. If this sounds like the right camera backpack for travelling with your gear, you might want to help NYA-EVO get it into production by supporting their Kickstarter campaign....
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Gabriella Marks Crafts a Clever Approach on Food Photography

When we speak of food photography, we immediately think about how each shot should make the viewers salivate at the food or feast they’re looking at. But as with any genre, being experimental and looking for unique ways to work with it pays off. Case in point is a clever project by Santa Fe-based editorial and commercial photographer Gabriella Marks, who put the spotlight on the produce rather than the final product for a project called Form • Function • Food. ...
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How to Use Negative Space to Create Interesting Minimalist Photos

Ever felt like experimenting with negative space and minimalist photography? It can come in nifty for your photography projects, so it’s a trick worth knowing how to pull off. All you need to get started are a big sheet of white board paper, a coffee cup, and some coffee (or similarly-colored liquid). Once you have those ready, proceed to this quick video tutorial to show you how it’s done....
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The Lab-Box Is Finally Set to Ship by December 2018 or January 2019

After over a year of waiting, we finally have the latest news from ars-imago on the Lab-Box multi-format daylight loading film tank. If you’re among the backers of their Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be pleased to know that production will be on full swing, with shipping scheduled for December 2019 or January 2019. Those who missed the campaign can also still get one through their final pre-sale until October 31st....
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Feel Good Read: Using Photography to Communicate What You Love About a Place

I am a travel and architectural photographer based in London, UK. Over the past six years, I’ve traveled to 55 different countries around the world for Expedia. My purpose is to photograph and film places in a way that will stir interest in that location. My approach to photography is simple: be intensely curious, fall in love with a place, and then use the medium of photography to communicate why I love the place. It is based on the advice of Ralph Valesco who said something like, “Photograph what you love and with 6 billion people around the world, someone is bound to love it too.”...
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Market Study Says That DSLR Cameras are More Popular Among Point-and-Shoot and Smartphone Owners

Call it an “unpopular opinion” if you will, but a market study recently released by KeyPoint Intelligence/InfoTrends revealed that DSLRs are more popular options for point-and-shoot and mobile photographers compared to mirrorless cameras. The study adds that it’s more likely for them to move up with their photography with a DSLR if they’re considering buying a digital camera within the next year....
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With L.Type Printing, You Could Be Making 370MP Printed Photos

L.Type, which prides itself in producing the world’s best professional-quality prints, has taken to Kickstarter to fund their next big project. Their goal is to make bigger prints for portfolios, exhibits, and art prints, as they currently can only print up to 12 inches wide. If getting big art prints of your best work is one of your goals, you may find this project worth the pledge....
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Rebeca Camino Brings the Colors and Textures of Nature to Her Outdoor Portraits

Many of the outdoor portrait photography we see out there make use of urban settings to create a youthful feel or cosmopolitan look to their snaps. However, there’s more to outdoor portraits than these locations. As you’ll find in this beautiful set by Spanish photographer Rebeca Camino, shooting somewhere with lots of greens and natural textures is also a good idea. ...
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Hahnemühle Brings a Shimmering Look to Art Prints with New Photo Rag® Metallic

Got some work you’d like to see printed out? Hahnemühle recently got the word out on the latest addition to their FineArt inkjet papers. The new Photo Rag® Metallic features a specially formulated high-gloss inkjet coating on natural white cotton paper, and is designed to produce impressive prints and make your best photography projects shine. ...
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NiSi Showcased a 75mm f0.95 Full Frame Lens Prototype for Mirrorless Cameras

Optics company NiSi has recently launched a new line of prime cinema lenses, but those aren’t the only glass people are curious about. During the recently concluded Photokina, the company also had on display a new prototype of the NiSi 75mm f0.95 FE Full Frame lens, which will come in Sony E, Canon R, Nikon Z and L-mounts. ...
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Adobe Announces Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019

If you’ve been waiting for the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements, the 2019 release is now out. This update features streamlined usability, discoverability enhancements, and improved overall performance to the popular consumer photo and video editing software. ...
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David Stumpp on Hitting the Streets for “Lunchtime Portraits”

Any form of art requires practice, even if it’s something as subjective and loosely defined as street photography. You give it time, make the conscious effort to improve your craft, and track your progress. How much time exactly do you need to devote to it? Well, it’s all up to you. It can even be as short as sneaking it in your lunchtime, as UK-based street and documentary photographer David Stumpp has done....
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Support Rescue Dogs in London with the Haute Dogs 2019 Calendar

It’s that time of the year again where we start shopping for the perfect calendar to grace our spaces. Luckily for dog lovers, we have just the right one for you. The cleverly named Haute Dogs Calendar 2019 won’t only feature adorable canines sporting their best looks, it will also let you support a worthy cause for UK’s rescue dogs....
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East Africa Inspires Šuns Akis to Tell the Story of A Fisherman’s Secret

Some places make such a big impression on us that they drive us to not only capture them in photographs, but also inspire us to immortalize them through other creative stuff. This is exactly what happened to Lithuanian photographer Šuns Akis while roaming East Africa. In his set titled Fisherman’s Secret, he treats us to a beautiful selection of photos from his sea-bound adventures, which is also accompanied by a short story...
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Natural Light vs Off Camera Flash for Outdoor Portrait Photography

Spotted a picture-perfect location for some portrait photography projects and practice? Working with natural light isn’t your only option to get some impressive shots. In this quick video, find out what you can achieve with both natural light and off camera flash, and decide which look you want....
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Film35 Is Another Digi-FIlm Concept for Converting Film Cameras to Digital

Not quite sure about those bulky digital backs for your film cameras? Hong Kong-based The Realizes Co. have come up with a device called Film35, which they are currently funding on Kickstarter. It’s essentially a digital “film” that you simply load into your film camera, then shoot as usual. If it sounds a lot like the Yashica Y35 DigiFilm, we can say that it borrows the same concept of using a film roll to emulate the analog photography experience....
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Emil Rashkovski Captures the Misty Autumn Mornings of Bulgaria’s Shiroka Polyana

For many landscape photographers, it’s not enough to simply scout the perfect location to photograph. It’s also worth knowing which is the best time to be out there to capture the scenes exactly how they envisioned it. After several visits to the Shiroka Polyana dam, Bulgaria-based Emil Rashkovski was able to narrow down one of the perfect times of the day and the year to shoot in one of his favorite locations: mornings in autumn....
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Kris Provoost Showcases Shanghai’s Architecture in Stunning Minimalism

If you’re an architecture fan or architectural photographer looking for your next Asian destination to shoot, we’ve got you covered. Previously, we’ve seen the urban geometry and color studies of Seoul and Hong Kong. Today, we’re adding to the list the stunning modern architecture of Shanghai, photographed by Belgian-born architect and photographer Kris Provoost....
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Content Camera Strap Promises to Be the Only Strap You’ll Ever Need

It’s a bold statement, but Allegory Goods, the creators of the Content Camera Strap, promises that it will be the only camera strap you’ll ever need. Why? Because it has three modes for all your shooting styles: neck strap, cross body strap, and wrist strap or leash. If you’re curious about modular camera straps, you might want to check this out, or even back it on Kickstarter....
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How the Contax T2 Became the Most Expensive Point and Shoot Camera

Most likely to the surprise of many, the Contax T2 took the spot as the most expensive (and hyped) point and shoot camera you can get your hands on today. If you can pay for it, that is. In the last few years, prices for this premium camera have gone insane levels, thanks in part to the renewed interest in film photography. The other part, we can certainly tie to curious celebrities picking up the camera....
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Here Are Some of the Biggest Newsmakers of Photokina 2018

We collected our thoughts and expectations shortly before Photokina 2018 started, but some of the event’s biggest newsmakers still managed to surprise us. If you’re late to the party or haven’t been able to keep tabs with the flurry of announcements and product launches in the past few days, we’ve put together this round up for you to get updated with....
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ZEISS Announces Newly Developed ZX1 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

ZEISS unveiled yesterday at the Photokina 2018 its first Full Frame mirrorless camera, the sleek-looking ZEISS ZX1. It features a ZEISS lens and sensor developed in-house at ZEISS, and promises to deliver first-class image quality plus an intuitive operational concept, user experience, and connectivity like that of a smartphone. This camera concept, according to ZEISS, is ” just the first step to opening up a new world of possibilities for ambitious photographers – from taking the shot to editing the image and sharing it on the web.”...
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New Simplr F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap Is a Neck Strap, Sling Strap, and Wrist Strap in One

If you liked the M1-Series Quick-Release Camera Straps, Simplr has just made them even more streamlined in their latest offering. The F1 Sling-Style Camera Strap was in fact inspired by this earlier model, just without the quick release connection. If you think you won’t have much use for the M1a’s quick release feature but would like to have its fuss-free form and function, Simplr recommends opting for the new F1 instead....
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ONA and Japan Camera Hunter Collaborate on a Limited Edition Bowery Bag for Film Street Photographers

ONA and Japan Camera Hunter announced last night at Photokina 2018 their collaboration for a limited edition ONA x Japan Camera Hunter Bowery camera bag, which is designed with the film street photographer in mind....
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Skylum Announces Luminar Update with Built-In Libraries Set for December 2018

A few months ago, Skylum launched version 1.3.0 of their popular image processing software Luminar, along with the promise to follow it up with a digital asset management (DAM). If you’ve been curious about where that is going, the company has recently released a teaser video of the new Luminar and its image browsing support in action, followed by a blog post a few days later explaining the upcoming updates....
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Zenit and Leica Collaborate on Zenit M Digital Rangefinder Camera

It’s been long rumored, but since it has just made an appearance at the Photokina 2018, we can all be sure that it’s real. Krasnogorsky Zavod (KMZ), the manufacturer of the Russian brand Zenit, and German camera and optics company Leica Camera AG have indeed joined forces to create the Zenit M, a Full Frame digital rangefinder camera. ...
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Epson Launches Print Academy YouTube Channel to Highlight the Importance of Print

Not everyone prints their photos these days, but photographers will always want and work with printed matter. Those would like to learn more about getting optimum prints to best showcase their work may find Epson’s newly launched YouTube channel helpful. Promising to be a platform where you’ll find a variety of videos designed to both educate and inspire, this could be one of the useful resources to fuel your creativity and get those projects going. ...
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REFLEX to Launch Kickstarter Project for Three Manual Focus Full Frame Lenses

If you’re one of the backers who helped bring the Reflex I to life, looks like you’ll have another Kickstarter project to consider backing in the coming months. In a Photokina 2018 preview special, REFLEX presented the Reflex 40mm f1.8, the first of its lineup of three manual focus Full Frame lenses. The other lenses planned for the lineup are a 75mm f1.8 and a 24mm f1.8, which will complete a selection of large aperture prime lenses. This announcement also came ahead of the anticipated release of the Reflex I film SLR camera later this year....
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Hasselblad Adds Three New XCD Lenses to X1D Lens Lineup, Including XCD 80mm f1.9

Hasselblad has expanded the XCD lens family with three new additions to make the X1D-50c an even more powerful mirrorless medium format camera. These are comprised of the XCD 65mm f2.8, XCD 135mm f2.8 telephoto lens with X Converter 1.7, and the XCD 80mm f1.9, the largest aperture ever in a Hasselblad lens. With these releases, the XCD lens lineup now covers nine different focal lengths....
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The Interfit Badger Unleashed Does HSS and TTL Flash for $349.99

Following the success of the Honey Badger Monolight, Interfit has just announced the Badger Unleased, a 250Ws battery-powered flash with HSS and TTL. This new offering drops the constraints of the AC power cable and is instead powered by a 2900mAh battery. With its compact form factor and cable-free portability, the Badger Unleashed is poised to be a capable shooting companion for photographers on the go....
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It’s Sad That Astrophotographers May Never See This Telescope

If you’ve been wanting to take your astrophotography to the next level, looks like this telescope system would have been the contraption to take your photography to the stars and beyond. While Kickstarter funding for the project was unsuccessful, we can’t help but be curious about the iEXOS PMC-Eight 100™ 90 (IEQ-90) and tell you aspiring astrophotographers about it....
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Courtney Coles: Photographing Musicians the Way Their Music Sounds

If we were to list down the top photography “dream” jobs, music and concert photography will definitely be on the list. It sure looks fun to have the prime spot not only for watching the biggest bands and acts up close, but also for getting some snaps of the awesome performances. But, as Los Angeles-based Courtney Coles tells us in this interview, it’s not as easy as it seems. It may start with wanting to take home photos to remember the performance with, but the road to doing it professionally can start in many different ways. From there, it’s all about documenting what goes down in gigs in your own style and perspective....
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JOBY Announces Full TelePod Line for Cameras and Mobile Devices

Still looking for a versatile tripod for all your shooting  projects? Now that the JOBY TelePod line has been completed, you might want to check out which telescoping tripod will most likely fit your needs. Joining the existing and well-known GripTight PRO TelePod are three new additions designed for today’s generation of storytellers and content creators:  the TelePod Mobile, TelePod 325, and TelePod PRO Kit....
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Here’s How You Get “Flash” in Your Street Photography

The next time you head to the streets for your usual photo walks, you might want to take things up a notch and get “Flash” in your shots.  You don’t need to be super fast, but you might need to brush up on your panning techniques first if you’ve been rusty!...
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B+W Filters is Showing off Their New Packaging at Photokina

If you’re already excited about checking out the manufacturers’ booths for the upcoming Photokina on September 26 – 29 in Cologne, you might want to add Schneider Kreuznach on your list. The German optics company is set to bring some improvements to their B+W Filters and related accessories. These include new packaging design, a B+W ND Calculator App, innovative surface coating for filter mounts, and new B+W square filters. Landscape photographers in particular may be interested in checking these out....
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Inspiration: The Winning Projects and Pictures of the 2018 URBAN Photo Awards

International photography contest URBAN International Photo Awards has recently announced the winning pictures, projects, and portfolios for this year’s competition. Now on its 9th edition, the contest is being promoted by Trieste-based cultural organization dotART, and gathers thousands of participating photos and photographers from across the globe. If you’re looking for some of today’s inspiring and outstanding photography, you might want to check out the entries that made it to the cut....
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Loreal Prystaj Uses Mirrors to Explore Man’s Relationship with Nature

There may already be a multitude of projects exploring man’s relationship with nature, but among the best I’ve seen that best embodies this is the aptly titled Reflecting on Nature by New York City and London-based visual artist Loreal Prystaj. This visually stunning and clever body of work was evidently inspired by nature, but probably not in the way we mostly see. Instead of looking for a location based on an idea, Prystaj immersed herself in what she could find in her surroundings and let them work their magic on her project....
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Franck Bohbot Documents the Character of Indie Bookstores and Their Booksellers

In our previous features, we’ve seen New York-based photographer and filmmaker Franck Bohbot capture the beauty of New Orleans at night, and dreamy winter scenes in the Big Apple. Today, we showcase yet another of his interesting photography projects: a portrait project that aims not only to introduce us to New York City’s indie booksellers, but also show us the character of the bookstores themselves....
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These BTS Photos Show How Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs” Was Made

Wes Anderson’s stop-motion masterpiece Isle of Dogs was among this year’s most anticipated and well-received films, primarily for the painstaking work and the incredible level of detail involved. London-based photographer, animator, and filmmaker Ray Lewis shows us exactly how intricate everything is — from the sets, making of the puppets, and animations — in a fascinating collection of behind the scenes photos and videos....
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Rebeca Camino Reimagines Futuristic Fashion Portraiture in Ethereal “Vacuum”

When we speak of futuristic fashion portraiture, we typically expect it to be dominated by neon colors and/or space-themed elements. The moody works of Alexander Berdin-Lazursky and Elizaveta Porodina’s Neon Night are perfect examples. Once in a while, however, we come across some works that challenge this tried and tested formula, often with stunning results. It can be as stylized as Colin Anderson’s stylish Mission to Mars, or as simple yet ethereal as Vacuum by Rebeca Camino....
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