Old bench wood for food photography

Here are couple of shots I used the wooden boards for

Fresh Corn Meal Prep

Food photography Lightroom preset for yellow and green tones.

First mushroom Haul of the season

Beautiful mushrooms from the forest across the street.

Where did the bench come from? I believe it’s in the old bench from the GDR times my husband’s parents kept. The wood was super dry and porous and absolutely not safe to be set on. They planned on throwing the planks away some time in the future, which would have been there so much faith waste, these are absolutely gorgeous.

It’s pretty hard to paint new wood this way to make it look old. I’m so happy I spotted this bench 10 years ago when we were shooting some random embarrassing photos in the garden. I kept the bench in the back of my mind and as soon as we heard the parents are going to demolish it, we claimed the planks.

For a while, I pretty much hated the planks being loose and always planned on screwing them together in someway. But I never had to space to store a huge board. We were traveling at that time and had to put everything into a small storage unit.

I’m glad I didn’t screw them together or onto a board. I now can you lay them out on the table in the way I like it. The only issue with them is, that the back planks are a tiny bit thinner than the sitting area planks. The sitting area planks are also a little bit wider. Sometime is it looks a little bit weird in the picture, so I get tempted to cut the planks in half and have an even, but more squared backdrop.

On the other hand, long planks are better for the 16:9 video format. The only augmentation added to the planks so far, was to seal them with an acrylic varnish. The paint was chipping off a little bit every time I used them creating a mess on the table. Plus, I didn’t want to lose all the paint over time.


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Fruits, vegetables and greens in October

Fruits, vegetables and greens in October

Here is what I bought this week, in October there will be more winter things again, like the kale. Of course, there are still carrots, but there are all kinds of cabbage too: kale, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. There are also salads regionally. I have also ordered melons, khaki and avocados from other European countries. Pumpkin is of course totally on the way, is that of the pumpkin recipes that all are, but these are anyway for advanced users.


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1€ place mat as a backdrop?

At the German dollar stores, and I suppose the dollar stores all over the world I always see those places matts who is some interesting points, that might make a good backdrop. I always wondered if I could use them as a backdrop, even though those are pretty small on size.

today I tried out two different ones. And wouldn’t print any stone print. Usually, the darker colors are more shiny and harder to work with. That’s why I picked out colors and took the photos in front of the south facing window in the evening. You can see a little shine in the photo above. In the edit it because she picture I moved the table a little further away from the window and edited the shine out,but it it was almost not there to begin with.


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As for the stone print, it’s not the greatest pattern for a surface, it’s not really believable than that cashews would not fall through and lie flat as they appear in the photo.

Make a good back wall though.

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As for the wooden print placemat, I think it’s a great surface. The coloring is a little grayish, but I like it overall. For macro photography place matts are pretty good surfaces, if you pick a believable print and the print quality is good.

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For comparison, I took same shot of the cashiers on some of my favorite surfaces, like this baking tray. And some stone texture plates.

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Backdrops from a hardware store

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Huge cutting boards are super expensive, so I checked my local hardware store for some interesting and good quality wooden boards and I found some.

They also sell some aged and reclaimed wood that would be awesome as a backdrop. There are also very good alternatives to marble backdrops: kitchen counters. They have pretty solid and good quality marble prints and sometimes I can find a leftover piece for under €50. Sometimes even for €10. My most favorite marble backdrop, it’s a kitchen counter from IKEA, it was 20 €, not a piece, the whole thing in the sale corner.


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Here I took some test shots I was photographing some old props and raspberries.

Old seave and round baking molds

Food photography props from the flea market.

Last Raspberries of the season

Moody autumn preset for a one source artificial light set-up.

Big marble backdrop for under $50

Desperately wanted a real marble backdrop as my marble backdrops are all fake. I was looking at the German craigslist if I could find some old table or some marble cutting board or something nearby we could pick up.

And I was in luck that day, this beautiful table showed up. I knew I have to pick it up. And the best part is, it was only 35€. This is the original ad. I found it on Monday, my husband was a little sore from helping his family move, and I was on my period and didn’t feel like lifting anything heavy. So I decided to pick up the table the next friday.

We drove to the pick up location, but the seller, who was helping his uncle to sell hs things, forgot about us. So no one was at the house. We went to a nearby hardware store, I filmed you a video there on how I picked up some wooden boards on insta reels.

Meanwhile, we got in touch with the seller. I wrote him we are nearby at the hardware store. He came to the house. But he thought we are not gonna come back, so he left again. But then we agreed to all come back once agian to the house so we get the table.

Here some test shots.

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The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Best plant milk for tea and coffee made with cashews | recipe

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2 tbsp
2 cups
water
Wash the cashews and blend with the water on high speed for 60 seconds. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator for a few hours.

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Cashew milk is so easy to make

I want to show you today the easiest and tastiest milk recipe for coffee and tea made from just one ingredient, the cashews. This milk tastes amazingly, it’s really simple in the preparation. I have to strain the milk order to protect ingredients in advance. It is truly an instant milk recipe. In just a minute you cash your milk is ready to be enjoyed.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

I’m using just organic raw cashews and water for this recipe. Any good blender of course. You can actually use any blender you have. If your blender is not powerful at all, you might want to soak the nights overnight.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

To make this vegan milk, you don’t need to measure anything

I always use just a couple of tablespoons of cashews. You can adjust the richness of the milk by adding more cashews or more water. This way you can have full-fat, reduced-fat milk, or low-fat vegan milk.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

I always wash the cashews before making the milk

I like to wash the car she was before making the milk, I am by usually roll vegan cashews. So I never know who hand cracked them, how they were the dried, what bugs or cockroaches were crawling all over them.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

In the blender, I just blend water and nuts.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Are usually just eyeball the amount of water. But if I add too much water, it might splash out. It can also happen, that the cashews are just going to swim around and not get blended at all.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Any blender can be used to make this cashew milk

If your blender is really weak or the nuts super dry, try to blend the cashews with half of the water first. Then add the second half of water and blend again.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

The milk is pretty similar to cow’s milk, it has some form and face in neutral and sweet.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Vegan plant-based milk from cashews with tea and coffee

Now, I’m going to try the milk with coffee and tea, let me make both first.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Green tea with cashew milk

I definitely think that this milk is the most perfect milk for green tea. The black tea might taste even better, but for green tea there is still no better alternative than cashew milk, I believe. The cashew milk doesn’t change the taste of the tea, it just takes out the bitterness and makes the drink creamy in mild.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Black tea with cashew milk would have been even better

I don’t have black tea to try the milk at the moment, I usually only have one kind of tea for guests. I don’t wanna stock on too many products I don’t use on a regular basis to not to let them spoil.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

This milk is perfect for hot, warm, cold tea. For me it’s a cold tea today as I’m filming the video for more than an hour already.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Full fat or half fat, you can adjust this vegan milk to your liking

This milk is pretty rich, adjust it to your liking by adding more water to the original recipe, or just using less milk. You can definitely, if you want, and even more cautious to make rw vegan cream.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

The tea is definitely super tasty and the milk and enhances the taste of the tea.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Coffee and cashew milk test

Now I’m going to taste the milk versus the coffee, I using organic coffee beans and grind them first.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Now to coffee is almost cold.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

But I_m sure it will taste just like tasty cold coffee.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee
The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

With the cashew milk the coffee is definitely much tastier than without.

The best plant-based milk made of cashews for tea and coffee

Cashew milk is the best for Coffee and tea, but not the cheapest

I truly think that the cashew milk is the best plant-based milk alternatives for coffee or tea. This milk is not just easier to make, the taste is mild and neutral. There is no naughty aftertaste. I’m pretty sure everyone will like this milk. Cashew milk is not the cheapest, but it’s still cheaper than buying a lower quality prepackaged milk at the store. I will be posting some more affordable plant-based recipes here on the blog too.

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Mystery plates for a flea market

Here is a video and recipe with these plates.

I bought these place at a flea market, that does not longer take place in Berlin. It was a small cute market in a urban garden setting. Mainly just people from the neighborhood coming with a couple of boxes of private stuff they no longer need. Mainly clothes and household items. So I got these modern plates a couple was selling for around 25€ if I remember correctly. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out who these are by. It was an artist from Hamburg I remember them saying. Hope I find out who made those.


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Kale for people who don’t like raw kale

Steamed kale with kimchi | vegan recipe

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8 cups
12-1 cup
kimchi
2 tbsp
Wash the kale. Cut off the stems and chop them up. In a pot with a little bit of boiling water, add the stems, cover with a lid and cook for 1-3 minutes on medium heat. Chop up the leaves and ad to the pot and cook for 1 min with the lid on. Drain over a strainer or colander and serve with kimchi and sesame.

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Raw, steamed, or blanched

I love raw kale in salads. Raw kale and especially kale stems can be bitter and tough to chew. Steaming kale can help to remove the bitterness and to soften the stems and the leaves, making them easier to chew and to digest.

I almost never steam or blanch kale, but its a great way to offer kale to friends, who are absolutely not interested in a raw kale salad. I would make a raw kale salad for myself, and this dish for guests.

Advantages of steamed and blanched kale

  • blanched kale is softer
  • blanched kale is easier to chew
  • you can eat more branched than raw kale
  • blanched kale can be made from frozen kale
  • you can blanche and eat kale stems
  • blanched kale tastes great without any oil

The plates I used here:

Mystery plates for a flea market

Modern stoneware for food photography.

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Antique cake server collection

Long time ago I started collecting antique cake server, also known as server, cake shovel, pie knife, crépe spade, pie-getter, pie lifter, pie spatula, or cake knife.

I was planning on filming and posting a lot about raw vegan cake recipes. But sadly, making the cakes is so exhausting, so I never feel like filming or photographing them on a day I’m making them.

Short couple of cakes for my recipes books though. Back to the utensils, these are really gorgeous items to buy and also not really pricey it has not so many people are looking for them. At flea markets, I feel like a spoons can be sometimes be more expensive than our spoon or fork.


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Most of these I found in Germany and France, this is particularly because I started collecting food photography props by living in Germany, and we also traveled friends by car and could take a couple of things with us back home. But I also saw some amazing ones in the US and in New Zealand. Cake lifters are definitely not a rarity, but surely a really nice pop to spice up a cake shot or festive table set up.

As for prices, they vary heavily depending on the flea market and the seller, and the condition of course. The range, outliers aside, is between 3€ and 15€. Which one would you have picked up at a flea market?

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Old white wire basket with pears

An old wire basket I got online last year on a german reseller website “kleinanzeigen”, similar to craigslist. I expected it to be smaller as there were no measurements in the ad. But am very happy with the size now as I started shooting stop motion and need larger props for fruit hauls.

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I shot the stop motion almost in the dark and the quality was pretty bad as the ISO I went up dramatically. Nevertheless the rustic atmosphere is enhanced by it and in the basket understood the assignment.


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Old seave and round baking molds

I bought these old metal props at the flea market in Spain couple of years ago. I love using them as containers for food photography. Especially when photographing nuts. 

Old kitchen utensils made of tin or any material that catches rust is not easy to find.

People repurpose metal baking molds as pots for plants. Being exposed to water constantly, the molds are rusting away and get discarded within a few years.

That's why every time I find some slightly rusty metal molds or seaves, I'm really excited as I know I will be taking care of for years and enjoying they as a versatile food photography prop. I used them for this raspberry shoot here.

 

Last Raspberries of the season

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Last Raspberries of the season

The excellently grew some raspberries in our garden, the landlord planted couple of bushes at the fence and we didn’t even know about them until our grass cut a robot that stuck in it. Couple of raspberries appeared in the middle of October, I didn’t expect to see any this time of the year. It was a late afternoon and all the snow natural light outside but I still wanted to take couple of pictures of those beauties. I will share a preset with you that you can get for your artificial light food photography. I have a very simple one light source setup here for this photo.

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Darker and lighter preset

You get 2 presets. One for a darker and one for a lighter result. They are the same, except the exposure adjustment. having both speeds up the process depending on the brightness of your original shot. I find it helpful if shooting with an auto ISO setting and getting different exposures.

Here is an example of a brighter initial image I took:

The Iso was 640.

Here is the Preset for a brighter initial photo, it’s perfect.

Here is the Preset for a darker initial photo, it’s too bright here.

Here is an example of a darker initial image I took

I shot it at ISO 200.

Here is the Preset for a brighter initial photo, it’s too dark.

Here is the Preset for a brighter initial photo, I love it.

As always. Adjust EVERYTHING you like. Especially the exposure, the color balance, and also the Hue and Saturation of the colors. I like the green slightly bluish and the overall image cooler, but you do you!

My camera setting for this example:

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Hakujitsu | antique store in Tokyo

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1 Chome-24-1 Yanagibashi,
Taito City, Tokyo 111-0054, Japan

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Bought some of these plates by Motomu Oyama.


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Motomu Oyama | Iron sculptor

I found amazing plates and a cake stand by Motomu Oyama at 2 different locations in Japan. I bought most of the pieces at Hakujitsu. We met him at one of the locations. It’s always very special to meet the artist and it was extra special to meet the artist I already have some amazing pieces from at home.

The enamel plate is by Motomu Oyama. The greater is vintage from an online reseller.

These are my absolute favorite for now:


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Black metal cake stand

Beautiful modern cake stand ny Motomu Oyama.


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How to print out your own backdrops

You bought a digital file or took a photo you wish to make into a backdrop, lets print it out.

Printing at home will not work!

Unless you have a little printing studio and a great printer, it’s better not to try printing your backdrop at home. If you need a very small backdrop, you can print it onto a matt sheet of photography paper. Scale the pattern your liking, otherwise the pattern might be to tiny.

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Online services

You can find a service online, that will print your backdrop to your liking. Depending on your budget you can print it onto paper, vinyl, tarp, styrofoam, wood, glass.

The cheapest for me is the wallpaper print. There are different papers and finishes to choose from. Vinyl and tarp are water resistant and are versatile in use.

If you are not sure what material to print your backdrop on, you may ask the online store staff to send you some small material samples if possible. If not, order a couple small backdrops first before ordering bigger ones. Small, even tiny backdrops can be useful for macro photography and close-up shots.


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Flea market food photography props haul Riesenflohmarkt Trabrennbahn


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Quick Market tour, more about the market and a longer video here.

Flea markets are amazing places to get food photography props, especially if you are a little bit more into the rustic dark moody photography. The price is the deathly market are usually a little bit better than online, and you also can see the goodies real life touch them and maybe even take a test shot to see if the item is suitable for your food photography ideas.

I found quite a few graters, they are usually a good addition for simple foods styling set up, rusty non-shiny items are usually the best.

This potato basket is amazing! It’s generation on I believe of the German potato baskets, I was looking for a little bit of a newer model that I used couple of years ago for a photo shoot. It was landed and I wanted to have my own. But this one worked so well and the photos turned out so pretty. Cats work with any kind of from fruits, not just potatoes.

This marble washing board or laundry board is going to be a great backdrop or a background. The pattern catches the shadows amazingly.

Here is an antique potato squeezer or press, most antique potato presses are made of aluminum with a solid handle, which is not particularly interesting for food photography styling.

This chocolate malt is a really pretty accessory for photographing tiny things like spices, this one is a little bit too shiny for my teeth but I will see what I can do with it.

I was looking for a bigger nature in cup and executive color but I only found this small one it was sold with the doll house kitchen equipment. It’s gonna be amazing for photographing spices too.

All in all I paid almost 100€ for all the stuff + 5 euros parking for the car. We couldn’t have done it without the car. The basket and the laundry board were too heavy. We also don’t live in Berlin anymore and had to come with the car anyways.

I’ve had to come to the city for an appointment, that’s why we only made it to the market in there afternoon. In the morning, there would have been so much more stuff I would be able to choose from. But to be honest, I’m not sure if I would have come to the market if I didn’t have another reason to be in the city that day. I feel like most of the stuff tI like at the market I already have.

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Riesenflohmarkt Biggest Antique Flea Market in Berlin

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Address:
Riesenflohmarkt Trabrennbahn Karlshorst
Treskowallee, 10318 Berlin

When to go to the Riesenflohmarkt

Entry: 5€ for Parking, free for walk-ins

Wanna see what I got this time at the flea market? Here is the post with a video of all the food photography props we bought.


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Making purple foods pop

I have an amazing preset for you guys for your beautiful purple food pictures. This preset makes the purple colors pop. I have one preset for SLR are and one preset for the iPhone. And you get a brush to brighten up the main subject.

I also shared with you couple of tricks to keep all the details in white foods, which gets blown out in darker photography usually. Get yourself the preset and let’s get started.

Here is the original out-of-camera-image and edited image side-by-side.

With a little help from photoshop

I took 4 initially different shots, only the iso varied: 200, 400, 640, 800.

I imported all the pictures into photoshop before applying the lightroom presets and used the darkest image as my main and added parts of brighter images on the spots where a little brightening up was needed. This is only necessary if you have whites foods in your picture, I wanted to preserve as much detail in the yoghurt as possible.

You can definitely brighten up parts of the image in Lightroom later using a brush that you get too, as I will show you with the iPhone preset down below. If you’re taking pictures on your tripod tethered, I would definitely recommend taking couple more pictures with different exposures. Make sure the focus and the white balance is locked. If you own a tripod but feel like you don’t want to spend time setting it up and are going for a handheld shot instead, please reconsider. The editing process will take much longer than it takes to set up a tripod. If you don’t own an overhead tripod, put it on your wishlist for the next christmas or birthday if you can, you will love it.

My Camera Settings

The iso was mixed, but predominantly 200, on the main subject 600-700.

Iphone preset

The shot was taken on my iphone 12. Here is the before and after. The edit includes the preset for the iPhone and brightening up of the potatoes is the brush.

iPhone, I find, takes by default way too bright photographs. You can adjust the exposure while taking a picture, which I didn’t do, as I wanted to make it as close to an actual snapshot as possible.

Here is the before and after difference without the brush, the potatoes were a little too dark for my taste.

I brightened up the main subject, the purple potatoes. You can do it applying these settings to the brush tool or the radial filter and going over the picture. You get a brush for this purpose in your preset pack!

my setup for this shot

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Folding a large reflector

Wanna buy a large backdrop or reflector, but worried about how to fold it?

  1. Press the small side against your body. Hold the backdrop parallel to the floor.
  2. Hold the sides down with your elbows.
  3. Bring your hands up and overlap the sided of the backdrop. You have 2 circles.
  4. Kick the hanging part up to form a third circle
  5. Wiggle the circles around to even out the sizes.

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How to use Lightroom Presets

Your Desktop Lightroom comes with some default presets and you can add new ones, if you are not sure how to install new presets, google “presets lightroom how to use” or watch the tutorial video below.

Applying presets

After you have imported/installed a new preset, you can apply it to your image. A preset is a starting point of your editing. It’s shortcut, but not perfect. You always have to adjust it to your liking.

Play around with the Lightroom sliders in Develop mode. Don’t forget to adjust the white balance and the exposure.

Before you take the picture: make sure it’s exposed correctly. It’s usually a great idea to underexpose lightly than to overexpose. Which means, take a picture at a lover ISO. For a flatlay, I usually use a tripod and can lower my shutter speed. The ISO is as low as possible, the depth of field is around 4, but can be chosen depending on the image.

Unsure how to install the presets? Watch a tutorial:

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Prune plums

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Before-After the preset

Camera Setting

Set-up

South facing window with a large diffuser in the afternoon.

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At the moment, I have not much choice but to order all my food photography props and photography accessories online.

I enjoyed going to the photography store before and the pandemic, but after moving out of the city, there is no way for me to go anywhere in person. Some of the camera gear I was able to buy secondhand and also to sell a camera I don’t need online. But some things I have to order from Amazon.

Like this huge reflector today. I need it to the light coming in harsh from the south facing window in my studio.

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Modern grey elongated plates from Japan

I got these plate by Ishii Hajime Ishii Hajime 石井ハジメ 陶磁器 here:

Omotesandō Mon | Pottery shop in Tokyo

Great shop for food photography props in Tokyo.

Wanna have the backdrop I’m using here? Buy the digital file and print it out:

Old baking tray | Backdrop

Simple vintage rusty backdrop for food and product photography.

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