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Dario Impini| 23 Apr 2017| 0 comments

Following the successful Detroit Dirty Show in March culminating in the private sale of the INFINI art piece, we are proudly participating in Miami’s ARTundressed Show with two more beautiful artworks showcasing the beauty of the female form.

Our work in the genre has evolved over the years, most dramatically since arriving in the Seattle region in 2013.  The Pacific Northwest landscape has been a definitive inspiration that keeps on giving and we look forward to extending our reach in mining opportunities for dramatic beauty.

One of the pieces hanging in Miami was shot in the southwest.  The beauty of that region rivals the drama of the Pacific Northwest, except in a dry form.  Click the pic to read the interesting back story to shooting the “Oyster Egg.”

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ARTundressed celebrates the artistic, humorous, and sensual aspects of creative nude art; both in visual and performance arts. Since its inception, this event has toured many different countries and numerous cities from all over the world, including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Berlin (Germany), as well as Montreal and Toronto (Canada). The collection of exhibited artworks is always top-notch showcasing some of today most talented, creative, renowned artists and photographers. To differentiate our event, we go through a very extensive and selective process to feature top local, national and international artists, exhibiting some of the best nude art with the highest level of creativity.


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Dario Impini| 23 Apr 2017| 0 comments

No, not Beastie, BISTI!

Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, Bisti Badlands National Park is an expanse of unusual landscape created by natural erosion resulting in a dramatic, other-worldly appearance vaguely resembling some of the scenes from the original Star Trek.

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The entire southwest region in fact is a hot bed of dramatic landscape — a foreboding hard, dry, dusty environment that makes a compelling counterpoint to the softness of the female form.  We’ve engaged the southwest before.  Back in 2012 we photographed an exceedingly rare solar eclipse near the horizon in Albuquerque resulting in one of our signature shots.  Looks a little like a black hole now that I think of it…

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Having seen photos of amazing Bisti formations, we resolved to make time for a visit to give us a chance to explore and see if we might not come back with interesting photos of our own.  As usual, we did extensive geo-scouting beforehand to lock down the areas with the best potential for great shots.  Google maps is an indispensable tool for geo-scouting, and now with their latest version it’s better than ever.

One of the most interesting features there is the famous “cracked eggs” field.  A bizarre and fascinating erosion pattern resulting in what looks like enormous prehistoric eggs in various stages of hatching.  Perhaps they are hatching the hoodoo people also widely present in the area.

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The cracked eggs were 2 miles of desert walking from the undistinguished parking lot.  This is one of those times when hiking an uncomfortable distance loaded down with camera, lighting, and fabric seems like a good idea because of the potential for outstanding shots.

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And one might ask why is lighting necessary in full day sun?  Well, haven’t you heard photography is ALL ABOUT lighting?  In fact, as covered in this post, shooting outdoors is a careful balance of many factors, one of them being picking the optimum time to shoot (and back-scheduling as necessary to account for your travel time and set up).  We were planning on shooting when the sun was lower in the sky to enhance colors and provide good shadow relief for maximum scene “depth.”  Bringing additional lighting helps make the subject “stand out” from the rest of the scene.

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So onward we soldiered into the wilderness, following my GPS’d smartphone map and wandering like ants in the generally correct direction with a lot of side diversions to inspect nearby formations.  In one of those diversions we got this quite pretty shot with an obliging family of hoodoo admirers.

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Thank you Hoodoo Family for posing with my client!

We finally arrive at the cracked egg field and stand in awe of the weird beauty of the landscape.  We survey the environment, scout for the prettiest eggs, and oh did we find the prettiest eggs.  I felt like an excited child at their first Easter egg hunt.

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The king pin shot was going to be what I call the Oyster Egg — a wonderfully wind sculpted sand blasted marvel of time and elements.  The artistry of nature is indeed unrivaled.  And after waiting for just the right moment, a family of hikers including a minor decided to gather out of nowhere to watch.  This phenomenon of limited privacy is also covered here as one of the challenges of outdoor shoots.  Waiting for them to leave made getting that shot quite a tense experience.

The sun was getting WAY low in the sky risking both the shot and the ease of our 2 mile return hike.  Finally with emotions running high and their attention diverted for a few moments we were able to sneak some shots in before packing up our gear and heading out.  By the time we got back it was an expanse of dark nothingness, arriving well past our intended time.  Fatigue, relief at finding the car in the middle of nowhere, and excitement at our artful treasure trove made for an especially enjoyable dinner in the small nearby town of Farmington.

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The final Oyster image above was included in Miami’s 2017 ArtUndressed show.  As always for these types of unique shots in nature it was an exciting experience and unforgettable adventure.

And what about you?

It’s time to book your photo adventure today!

Remember, it’s not just about fantastic photos — it’s about the EXPERIENCE!


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Dario Impini| 05 Apr 2017| 0 comments

In the continuation of our tips for on location sessions (see Part 1 >>Here<<), today we describe specific shoot regions for every interest with their particular characteristics, in order of distance from Seattle, Washington.  The locations are rated “poor”, “fair”, “good”, and finally “excellent” in relevant categories.

The categories are as follows:

  • Scenery Variety: How varied the shootable “scenes” are in a given location.  More varied scenery means more variety of photos for the time, effort, and money invested.
  • Comfort:  How uncomfortable you can expect to be at the location from a physical standpoint.  Adverse circumstances such as chilly temperatures or high winds is part of the “experience” and give a fuller sense of the “modeling life” but will test your ability to “emote” for the camera!
  • Seclusion: Better seclusion means there are fewer people wandering around in the vicinity of where we’re likely to shoot and therefore fewer interruptions.
  • Duration: Referring to the duration from departure to return, from a half day to multiple days.
  • Best Time Frame: The seasons and days of the week where the best weather, the best scenery, and the smallest crowds align.

First up, West Seattle!


Location West Seattle
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Good
Seclusion Fair
Duration Half Day
Best Time Frame Weekdays in May and September
Makeup/hair Provided

 

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Location Monroe Waterfall
Scenery Variety Fair
Comfort Fair
Seclusion Fair
Duration Half Day
Best Timeframe September Weekdays
Makeup/hair Provided

 

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Location Mt Rainier
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Fair
Seclusion Poor
Duration Day trip
Best Timeframe September Weekdays
Makeup/hair Provided in Seattle

 

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Location Olympic Mountains
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Fair
Seclusion Varied
Duration Day Trip
Best Timeframe Weekdays in May and September
Makeup/hair N/A

 

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Location La Push
Scenery Variety Excellent
Comfort Fair
Seclusion Varied
Duration 2 Nights
Best Timeframe July – September Weekdays
Makeup/hair N/A

 

Special Notes: Despite having the sense of being a coastal city, Settle is in fact some 4+ hours from the actual Pacific Ocean coast.  La Push is geographically the closest of our remote shoot locations providing a wonderful variety of natural landscapes to shoot in for unique and powerful images.  Requires a minimum two night stay in one of the coastal cabins to get full value from this experience.  Bring along your significant other and consider it a mini-vacation with tag-along photographer!

 

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Location Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Poor/Very cold water
Seclusion Good
Duration 2 Nights
Best Timeframe April, October
Makeup/hair Can be purchased

 

Special Notes: Due to its unique features and special circumstances, Utah’s Salt Flats make a fantastic and surprisingly affordable mini-getaway session, perfect for single or couple’s boudoir.  Caution however — the standing water at the flats are BONE CHILLINGLY cold.  It is by no means a pleasant experience to wade through it at the break of dawn but as they say, modeling is pain!  And images like these are a lifelong treasure.

 

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Location Bisti Badlands, NM
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Fair
Seclusion Good
Duration 2 Nights
Best Timeframe September
Makeup/hair N/A

 

Special Notes: For the truly adventurous and artistically minded, there are the wonders of New Mexico’s Bisti Badlands.  2 miles of hiking through the desert will reveal the most amazing natural formations to shoot with.  New Mexico was the location for our uniquely rare 2012 eclipse shoot.  It is truly the Land of Enchantment.  Special blog post about shooting at Bisti here.

 

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Location Costa Rica
Scenery Variety Good
Comfort Good
Seclusion Fair
Duration Multiple Nights
Best Timeframe Winter Months
Makeup/hair N/A

 

Special Notes: Truly a tropical paradise.  Fancy the look of the Bonneville Salt Flats?  Imagine being able to shoot those kinds of images where the warm water caresses your body like a lover, where the food is natural and tasty, and the trees sing with wild macaws.  The true photo-vacation!

 

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As you can see from these examples some of our greatest works of art happen on location.  The experience is exhilarating, the results are magnificent and unique, and we love to do it.  Some clients have their own locations in mind and we are happy to consider them (keep these guidelines in mind).  There is no better photography company to collaborate with in bringing your vision to life!

Pricing

Because of the widely diverse nature of these types of sessions, each one is customized to the client’s desires and expectations.  In general prices start at $1500 and up depending on location and provisions.  We are happy to provide a preliminary proposal for serious inquiries.

 

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Dario Impini| 25 Mar 2017| 1 comment

In time for the approaching summer season, here are some of the considerations you’ll want to review for your on-location photo session!

On-location sessions can be among the most stunning and unique types of sessions you can do. And getting out of the studio can be an exhilirating and empowering experience for the right client.

So what do you need to Know?

There are a number of considerations in choosing the right outdoor location for a boudoir session.

1) Aesthetics

The location must be suitable in terms of general beauty which includes the background. In other words a spot that has beautiful trees with a chain link fence or other such distraction in the background is a non-starter.

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2) Accessibility

We must be able to reach the location in a reasonable time and in a reasonable way. Hiking ten miles on a trail with equipment will leave us all in less than optimal shooting conditions. There are some exceptions to this we’ll explain in part 2.

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3) Privacy

This criteria is at odds with requirement 2. Generally the harder a location is to get to, the more private it will be. So here is where we struggle to achieve the right balance – That of the need for privacy, the need for accessibility, and the courage of the client herself.

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It turns out there are few locations that meet all these criteria fully, but there are some that meet them well. Like most photographers, we don’t own a private hillside so perfect privacy is not quite attainable for the most part. There is always the risk of a hiker rounding a corner or beach goer stumbling onto our scene. For these situations we rely on two techniques – spotters with a robe or quick throw over dress at the ready to minimize awkwardness.  The second is what I call the “Stun Effect”.  

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Should someone catch us by surprise, it turns out that their brains have a hard time processing what they’re seeing. By the time they go on their way, thinking they should probably notify someone and the authorities arrive to inquire, we are long gone.  This is the “guerrilla” style of shooting. Plan what you’re going to do – get in quick, get your shots, get out quick.  Don’t knock it, it works!  And it provides a great background story for when you’re showing your friends that magnificent shot of you.

Other Factors

1) Time of Day

Unlike shooting in the studio’s controlled environment, shooting on location requires careful scheduling to ensure best light.  Not all light is equal — some times of day are more flattering and pretty than others.  We also have to build in travel time, set up time, makeup/hairstyle time, and pad time to account for slippage, just like a corporate project schedule.  Whether shooting at sunset, moonlight, or low tide, a specific time target is critical to a successful outdoor shoot.

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2) Time of Year

In Washington state, there are definitely some seasonal time frames that are preferable to others.  Depending on location, these vary between spring to early fall.  More southerly latitudes extend the spring and fall time frames and may start to notch out the summer in the deep south when it simply becomes too hot to shoot in desert type areas.

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3) Weather

Again, in Washington state, weather is always a consideration.  Ways to mitigate that is to plan an alternative backup date or dates a few days apart.  Other possibilities include picking locations that provide some form of artificial or natural cover or consider incorporating the weather into the session for an alternative and daring look.

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So having said all that, what kinds of locations can we shoot?  Find out in part 2!

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Dario Impini| 21 Mar 2017| 0 comments

INFINI Artwork Sold at Detroit Dirty Show

We’re thrilled to announce one of our artworks was hung at the Detroit Dirty Show in February and subsequently sold to a private collector there.  The piece is a celebration of both the feminine and the culinary in a bold juxtaposition.  Inspiration for such artworks usually comes spontaneously, often through visual triggers. A common phrase at these moments of inspiration is “That reminds me of []”.  The ideas are stockpiled and developed as time permits.

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The pursuit of excellence in the visual arts allows us to continue developing and expanding our understanding and exploration of feminine beauty, and by extension delivering the highest quality boudoir imagery to our clientele.  

Isn’t it time you immortalized yourself in an INFINI work?


Summer Scheduling Tip!

As we enter into the spring and summer months please note that many of our makeup artists become unavailable on Saturdays as they pick up wedding assignments. Now is a good time to start thinking about when you’d like to shoot and schedule your session with plenty of lead time especially for Saturday sessions to ensure all our resources are available for your shoot!

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Dario Impini| 12 Sep 2016| 0 comments

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Recently a couple booked an entire weekend photo session on the Washington coast to celebrate multiple milestones — a wedding anniversary and one of the “big-0” birthdays.  A romantic get-away with their own hired photographer was the perfect way to commemorate this special time for them!

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Apart from literally long walks on the beach, there were also strolls through the lush Pacific Northwest forest and hikes along mountain ridges.  The Pacific Northwest provides an incredible variety of stunning and romantic landscapes within driving distance.  Structured as an all inclusive trip, cabin lodging, meals, and transportation were included making this a fun, care-free get away.

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And the bonus!  A legacy heirloom of magazine quality images of the couple’s affectionate interactions as well as stunning, artistic boudoir images capturing her beauty for them to celebrate and marvel over in the years to come.

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With the holiday season just around the corner, and the summer days waning NOW is the time to book your own get-away session.  It will be INCREDIBLE!  And this time you’ll have photo evidence of your time in a beautiful setting, including beautiful romantic shots you can post on social media.  

Call NOW to discuss romantic get-away photo session options with us, or consider hiring us to tag along on your own get away plans!

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Dario Impini| 26 Jul 2016| 0 comments

Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats make  a fascinating and versatile environment for dramatic photography.  Its desert location and particulars make spring and fall the best times to maximize the results of your photo session, though some challenges still remain.

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Flooding

The salt flats flood every year creating a wonderful sky mirror effect.  The timing of these floods can’t be predicted with 100% accuracy but are more likely outside the summer months.

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Temperature

Although the winter times are hostile and not suitable for this type of photography, spring and fall straddle the sweet spots between a high likelihood of flooding and (barely) tolerable temperatures.  The water during morning/sunrise shots is especially cold, so a warm fuzzy robe is a good idea (check Summary of Essentials below for complete list of must haves).

Saturated Salt Water

The shallow floodwaters at the flats literally sit atop a bed of salt, so they are SUPER SATURATED with salt.  It will splatter on everything as you walk, leaving salt splotches on everything.  It’s just salt and it washes off but it’s probably a good idea not to bring super expensive outfits for this photo shoot.  We always have a number of fabrics and gowns to use that you can opt for (or go nude).

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Surface Texture

The surface looks flat from a distance but in fact is composed of sharp salt crystals.  Walking barefoot on this surface especially in the water where the salt crystals are at their sharpest can feel a bit like walking on a gravel driveway.  For this reason we recommend investing in water shoes to allow you to walk comfortably into position.  Black or blue water shoes will blend in the water best for your shots (check Summary of Essentials below for complete list of must haves).

Privacy

The salt flats encompass some 40 square miles of area and is especially unpopular when flooded but is never crowded outside race events.  Nevertheless, there are sometimes other people wandering around at a distance in awe of a most unusual and beautiful landscape.  We make every effort to maximize your privacy for your shoot but can’t be guaranteed.

Summary of Essentials

These are the essential elements to bring with you to your salt flats photo session:

  • Warm fuzzy robe
  • Water shoes
  • Extra socks, shoes, sweatpants to change into after shooting on water
  • “Beater” high heels to use in your session

Casinos

We’ll be staying at one of the many plush casinos in the town of Wendover Nevada only 15 minutes from the flats, so consider indulging your chances at the tables or slots!

Restaurants

There are many enjoyable restaurants to choose from at the casinos.

Entertainment

There are a number of decent acts that thunder through town such as Penn & Teller, Howie Mandel, Kansas, and others, though in fairness we’ll be occupying a lot of your time capturing amazing photos into the night.

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“The Experience”

And finally, remember above all, this is an opportunity to experience the wonder of releasing your inner diva.  It’s all about you!  Yes, the shots will be amazing, but you will be free in a way you’ve never been before, and it will be glorious.  An experience to remember!

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Dario Impini| 03 Apr 2016| 0 comments

INFINI Boudoir believes in the hard working moms in the greater Seattle region — yours is hands down, the hardest but most rewarding job one can do!  With that in mind we support Seattle Mom Prom’s mission to help moms feel good about themselves and catch a break with a much needed ladies night out!  We’re providing Seattle Mom Prom with a special INFINI Mom’s Session donation, to make the lucky recipient look and feel VERY beautiful as only INFINI Boudoir can do.

With great admiration and appreciation for moms across the Seattle region, INFINI Boudoir is offering 20% off all our spectacular boudoir packages purchased from May 1 through May 7, 2016.  Just purchase your session through our special MOM link to get your special discount!

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Dario Impini| 25 Jun 2015| 0 comments

We are blessed with such an incredible landscape in Washington, it is particularly wondrous when summer weather arrives.  If you’ve been thinking about having a boudoir photo session, you should consider an on location session.  Many times we here at INFINI have heard what an empowering thing it is to express feminine power through beauty out in the open.  To be sure it takes a certain amount of “daring” to do so, but the rewards are well worth it.

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It’s part of the INFINI “experience”.  Its been said the key to happiness is to focus on experiences rather than possessions.  With an INFINI boudoir session you get both!  Not just fabulous photos but the exhilarating experience of creating magnificent art!

Reconnaissance of the Location

The suitability of a given location for a boudoir photo session falls on a number of factors:

Is the location secure?

A sense of privacy will make you feel more comfortable in your shoot.

Is the location accessible?

There’s a delicate balance finding a place secluded enough to be off the beaten track while at the same time being within a reasonable travel distance.

Is the location beautiful?

The background can be a make or break factor in a location.  It does no good to have a gorgeous feature that is wrecked by telephone poles or chain link fences in the background.


Finding something that fits the bill on all fronts can be challenging, but Washington State is up to the challenge.  Here I’m surveying the suitability for a fabulous coastal location.

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That rock was up to my head; not a bad perch for a mermaid.  Returning at high tide I waded out to help her up onto the rock.  Shooting comes with its hazards, in this case ruining a second pair of shoes by forgetting to bring water shoes for the painful rocks below and a remote control for the camera shutter forgotten in my pocket as I entered the water up to my waist.

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Having spent extensive time in Northern California with its thick rubber suited surfers, I was fascinated with how warm the Pacific Northwest’s water can be — quite comfortable!  Not as comfortable was the waterlogged fabric attempting to trip me under water like a hostile denizen of the deep.  Nevertheless, as always, the results are worth it!

Schedule your summer session today before we lose this incredible weather and be treated to a fabulous experience in addition to magnificent photographs!

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Dario Impini| 24 Mar 2015| 0 comments

Hard to believe we’ve been shooting fine art and boudoir photography this for 10 years, but here we are. What a trip it’s been!  10 years ago I left an engineering career behind as I sought an outlet for my creative energies. And boy, did I find it!  I can look back at the work we’ve created with pride and gratification. Everything I’ve ever designed as an engineer is now in a landfill somewhere, but the photos I’ve taken are on countless clients’ walls (and probably a few private albums) to be admired for generations bringing a sense of serenity and fulfillment like nothing else. Many clients have expressed through tears their gratitude and appreciation; it is definitely a great feeling to be a positive part of someone’s life.

I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in my artistic journey in these last 10 years and I’m looking forward to blowing more minds, including my own, in the next 10!  I’m thankful for the many talented make-up artists and assistants I’ve worked with to create these images, and, of course, the clients who collaborated with me to create their beautiful, unique works of art.

A Look Back at 10 Years of Boudoir Artistry

And now, a look back at 10 years of boudoir artistry…

2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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