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don’t wait for the good life.

We’re often meant to feel like the good life is measured by things like success, how good we look, how awesome our job is, the things we can buy, the square footage of our house, if we holiday in the South of France every summer… you know, stuff that’ll really impress everyone at our high school reunions. It’s a major scam on a global scale.

In the last year, my eyes have been opened to what the good life is all about. Before my son, it was as though I was squinting through foggy glasses. I had the ability to see and do good things — I loved my life before Clive and lived every second of it with Lindsay to the fullest. But it was limited, if that makes sense. And I had no idea how limited it actually was without him until he arrived.

That very second he was born was as if the lenses were wiped clean. What was once muddy was now clear. I used to worry about the life that I would lose when we would become parents. Worry about no longer being a young, do whatever I want, jump on a plane, stay on another continent for several months, stay up late, sleep in all day person. How ignorant, naive, and young in mind I was. If only I could go back in time and tell that person that stepping through the door of parenthood is possibly the most fulfilling thing we can do on this earth…

The moment I looked at my son, I mean the exact moment I saw his face, all I could think about was how foolish and childish that frame of mind was. It reminded me when I was 7 — petrified of the roller coaster that flipped upside down that I didn’t even care to try it. Then when I finally was talked into it I was completely blown away with how silly “pre-upside down roller coaster Bobby” was. Similarly, I’ve been overtaken with the fact that if I could do it all over again, start from scratch with my best friend, we would have had children in our lives sooner. Life is too precious to live without your child. And I can hardly wait to multiply that feeling with another little life to obsess over with my wife. Hopefully sooner than later :)


This first year went by so incredibly fast — almost too fast. I’m so glad I documented it as much as I did. The following was filmed almost entirely on the 5D Mark II and edited with Final Cut Pro X (music by Sage Francis — one of my favorite songs of all time). Hope it inspires some people who are in loving, balanced relationships to take the plunge :)

Short version.

Long Version.


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timtab - hahaha, love the chacha video at the very end of the clive turns 1 video. :)October 3, 2011 - 9:30 am

bobby earle (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) - Best thing I've ever made (watch the short version if you're low on time). @SageFrancis is the music -> 3, 2011 - 10:45 am

Amy Martin - Seriously Awesome Bobby! I agree it is the best thing you have ever made... the video... and Clive! I so wish I had stuff like this for my hooligans when they were little :(October 3, 2011 - 11:03 am

Alexandra Sidgwick - Gosh Bobby, you're really brilliant. You inspire me every day. Your filming is...I don't know what to say. I'm touched by how much you love your family. Take care, Greetings from SwedenOctober 3, 2011 - 11:43 am

bobby earle (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) - Feel free to share this with guys who are afraid to have kids -> 3, 2011 - 3:46 pm

jenberry - gorgeous. May husband and I both just watched your video. He is just about to start his 2nd stem cell/bone marrow transplant and continue on our 3rd round of cancer. we started in our early/mid thirties and now i'm in my late thirties wondering if we'll ever be able to have a child. it's beautiful to see a family, such as yours, who cherishes the blessing to have a baby. Someone who doesn't put it off for a "good life" because you never know what is going to happen in your life. There's never a right time, but there can become a wrong time. You are lovely and talented people with an amazingly special lil man.October 3, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Jasmine* - I'm bawling. BAWLING. Love you guys!October 3, 2011 - 5:05 pm

Ruby (@rubyyeo) - I love them to bits! Beautiful video! RT @bobbyearle Feel free to share this with guys who are afraid to have kids -> 3, 2011 - 5:40 pm

Michelle Arms - *sniff sniff* that was utterly amazing. Best video ever. And I agree with you entirely. I'm so glad we got to meet Clive earlier this year. Much love to all 5 of you xoOctober 3, 2011 - 9:13 pm

Cindy - I absolutely love every single minute of it. The long version one! Such a great documentary. What a great gift you gave to your family!October 3, 2011 - 11:20 pm

cobra0469 - That was awesome! I really admire the dedication behind this project. It's amazing how a little one can change one's perspective of what's important.October 3, 2011 - 11:55 pm

tamaravphotos - Love it! How beautiful and awesome. My daughter just turned one as well and this year has been an exciting adventure with ever surprising twists and turns but I wouldn't want it any other way. Your video is such a perfect way to put it all together. It brought tears to my eyes.October 3, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Stump - That's a really awesome collection you've put together. I love it. I'm about to have my first kid, I'd love to do something like that. May I ask what you video'd this with?October 3, 2011 - 11:56 pm

cobra0469 - The long version link states it was filmed with a 5d markII, but I've not seen a reference to lenses used.October 3, 2011 - 11:57 pm

Justaddwata - Priceless. Really is a wonderful collection. Matt (Father of an 11 month old)October 3, 2011 - 11:57 pm

k-style - this nearly brought me to tears, married and still hoping to be blessed, cannot wait for the i had planned on doing this before i even saw your project....but now im even more inspired.October 3, 2011 - 11:57 pm

John L. - Excellent work. I sure wish I would have done this for my one year old grandson.October 3, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Sarah Banowetz - Awesome!!October 3, 2011 - 11:58 pm

Brian Flanagan - Love it! It reminds me that I really need to do something with all the raw footage I've got of my daughters.October 3, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Jason Broaddus - That was really beautiful, thanks for sharing :DOctober 3, 2011 - 11:59 pm

@JackieWonders - @bobbyearle that was amazing. Hbd Clive...and one year parent anniversary :)October 4, 2011 - 12:00 am

@jennandtravis - @bobbyearle So beautiful! Now I want one for my little man.October 4, 2011 - 12:01 am

@_nickradford - @bobbyearle AH! SO rad dude!October 4, 2011 - 12:01 am

@matthew_cotter - @bobbyearle Dear Bobby... Can I place an order for 1 Clive?October 4, 2011 - 12:02 am

@rubyyeo - I love them to bits! Beautiful video! RT @bobbyearle Feel free to share this with guys who are afraid to have kids -> 4, 2011 - 12:05 am

@pink_zipper - @bobbyearle a beautiful story about your first year as a family of three. So wonderful to see such a happy and loving family.October 4, 2011 - 12:06 am

Josh Newton - love you Bobby!!October 4, 2011 - 12:10 am

Greg Loza - very cool.October 4, 2011 - 12:11 am

Tammara Terry - He's looks sooo squishy and sweet.October 4, 2011 - 12:12 am

Nick Shapiro - Amazing.October 4, 2011 - 12:12 am

Julie Frye - Very niceOctober 4, 2011 - 12:12 am

Alan Gonzalez - Ninja turtles!!!!!October 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

Eric Ross - That was pretty amazing, and the sigur ros and sage compliment eachother every wellOctober 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

Nicole Cauffman - Loved it! We made an awesome video of our first daughter, but really slacked on our second. This was the kick in the pants I needed to start doing more video of Ella. You never know what can happen in life. I recorded 2 seconds of my daughter that could have been her last just a couple hours ago. Went to get more tape and she got the gate unlatched and went down our basement stairs! Thank God she is ok! But you never know what can happen.October 4, 2011 - 12:13 am

Ryan Weeger - Amazing video! Loved every part of your story. Beautiful.October 4, 2011 - 12:14 am

Jenifer Varner - Wow Bobby I love it! I'm 9 months pregnant with our first right now and emotional as it is thanks for making me cry my eyes out :) you are such a beautiful family!October 4, 2011 - 12:14 am

Rhiona Adams - awesome! totally cried, it was beyond beautiful! i truly think on top of all those special moments (like learning to walk, 1st time eating solids, etc.) it's so important to get those totally normal day to day moments captured too. love that you did that in there. :) you guys were meant to be parents! lindsay just looks beyond perfect as a mom.October 4, 2011 - 12:15 am

astami - clive had me at =drool=. seriously adorable bobby!October 4, 2011 - 8:50 am

Julie Cruz (Lot116 Photography) - - Ok, i'm not sure how I missed your posts yesterday, but i'm watching the video and am dying. It's amazing in every way...and i'm beyond jealous that I don't have anything like this for PJ. You guys are amazing and i'm so glad that we met and that i'm able to call you guys my friends. I'm thankful that I was around for the past few years of your lives....and most importantly, this past year (and 9 months) of Clive's :) We love us some Earles' :) xoxoOctober 4, 2011 - 10:23 am

Bartek Witek - Amazing. I love every second of the video and the photographs. Thanks for sharing such intimate moments of your family life. It is a pleasure to watch how wonderful people you are :)October 4, 2011 - 12:06 pm

Daisy Varley - AMAZING videos + photos, Bobby! Children really are the greatest blessing <3October 4, 2011 - 12:13 pm

Totally Rad! (@gettotallyrad) (@gettotallyrad) - Love this heartfelt post from @bobbyearle 4, 2011 - 3:01 pm

bobby earle (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) (@bobbyearle) - Awe, thanks! RT @gettotallyrad: Love this heartfelt post from @bobbyearle 4, 2011 - 3:31 pm

Bobbie Sue Baker - I cried my eyes out watching this, and I don't even know you! Thanks to RadLab for sharing this link for I would never have seen it otherwise. So amazing, and off to share with my friends to remind them of the beauty of life! <3October 4, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Julia Manchik - My husband sent me a link to this. I think someone is excited to have kids! Loved every bit of it. I'm glad I watched this before having kids rather than after, so I make sure to capture as much footage as you did. I love the bits when your son is first trying to walk and every scene with the dogs. Fabulous.October 4, 2011 - 4:14 pm

Corey Morgan - straight beauty.October 4, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Andrew Fleming - Wow... that vid was SO good! Can't wait to meet little man Clive.October 4, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Brandie Wolfe - Hey Bobby, Your video is so amazing. You and Lindsey have created such a beautiful family. Clive is blessed to have such wonderful parents. I know y'all are so blessed by him as well. Congratulations!October 5, 2011 - 10:38 am

Kyle LaFerriere - Simply amazingOctober 5, 2011 - 10:39 am

Rob Bartlett - I like a lot of photographers for their "eye". For their ability to capture a moment, or a feeling in an image. Some for their technical prowess (many for having a 5Dmk2 which I'm patiently saving for). But I like & respect Bobby Earle even more for his open minded & honest views - especially on the importance of his wife, his family and children all together. Sometimes the transition into parenthood is not easy - it was one of the most difficult things I've ever done... twice. But the rewarding Love and power of that change is virtually indescribable at times. Thank you Bobby for helping put words and images to those feelings! 5, 2011 - 10:40 am

Justin Kanoya - By "made" do you mean Clive or the video? :)October 5, 2011 - 10:41 am

Kile Pesic - That video took me on a amazing journey. Good choice of soundtrack too. Beautiful Bobby! Thank you for sharing!October 5, 2011 - 10:42 am

Jennifer Marie Matthews-Howell - Beautiful!October 5, 2011 - 10:42 am

Kile Pesic - Haha Justin!October 5, 2011 - 10:43 am

Shelly Pate Potwardowski - Oh my gravy, Bobby! Clive is a cutie pie, but our Arthur ROCKS the cuteness boat ? from the PotsOctober 5, 2011 - 10:43 am

Ben Teh - This is awesome Bobby. Your words, the video, your son !October 5, 2011 - 10:44 am

Paulette OrNot - just beautifulOctober 5, 2011 - 10:44 am

Sophia Litchfield - Precious perfection.October 5, 2011 - 10:44 am

Jenn Tessier Berelowitz - Im dying! LOVE LOVE LOVE this video. Wish i had one for every year of my kids lives.October 5, 2011 - 10:45 am

Ricky Adams - Like! It was really well filmed, you should do like a travel show or something : )October 5, 2011 - 10:45 am

Trista Thompson - sooooo friggin sweetOctober 5, 2011 - 10:46 am

Rob Bartlett - Thank you for opening your life to all of us. That was SO touching to read & watch. Thanks for the reminder of what is truly important in our lives. We had our son, Charlie, 3 years ago this Saturday. We had our daughter, Claire, 6 months ago last week. They were both very difficult deliveries - but very much perfect in their own way (especially looking back). The 1st one changes your life... the 2nd will do it again - and you'll scarcely even remember the "old days"! :-)October 5, 2011 - 10:46 am

Jake Hartman - Man you guys brought it with that video.... niceOctober 5, 2011 - 10:46 am

Tina Gonzalez-Lundell - simply breathtaking....and if the day ever comes that I need such photography...I may need to look him up! WOW....October 5, 2011 - 10:48 am

Chuck Peterson - Absolutely awesome! Pure artistry!October 5, 2011 - 10:48 am

Kristin Nelson - Love it, makes me realize that I really need to start taking more pictures and videos of J. I get too busy and wrapped up in my day and forget to stop and take it all in!October 5, 2011 - 10:49 am

Carissa Bartlett - I just love his stuffOctober 5, 2011 - 10:49 am

Julie Jamieson Cruz - If you want to see the most AMAZING video of a baby's first year (and 9 months), you have to see this video that my friend, Bobby Earle, made for his son, Clive. Oh and for those of you "waiting for the right time" to have kids (*cough* Kristine Patio Cruz and Jay Cruz ;)), read the post at the top first ;) But yeah, this video is the BEST. I just cried my eyes out. I'm truly blessed to have this adorable family in my life :) WATCH THE VIDEO (long version!)!!: 5, 2011 - 10:59 am

Katie Jamieson Gaines - Seriously amazing. I watched it this morning through Cindy's post and it's just too beautiful for words. Bobby, Lindsay and their whole family are AWESOME. LOVE.October 5, 2011 - 10:59 am

Gissell Meza Reyes - I'm re-posting this Julie, this is too beautiful!October 5, 2011 - 11:00 am

Cindy Lowe - Love this documentary that my friend Bobby Earle put together of his wife and son, Clive! :) Watch it! 5, 2011 - 11:01 am

Yee Feng - SO. GOOD.October 5, 2011 - 11:01 am

Samantha Chang Deck - had to go watch once i read yee's review. didn't get past the first thumb sucking b/c my computer is having probs but man, babies are AMAZING. nothing like newborns to make life feel amazing. (makes me wish i could experience it all again and again- except i so don't really want to have to do any more of this potty training business.)October 5, 2011 - 11:01 am

Yee Feng - I don't even know them and I could seriously watch this a thousand times and like it more each time.October 5, 2011 - 11:02 am

Michelle Cheng - Aww... what a beautiful documentary! Very special and nicely put together!October 5, 2011 - 11:02 am

Yee Feng - I just watched it again for the third time and teared up like a baby. This is too crazy good. I'm going to wake Ellie up and start shooting video of her. :)October 5, 2011 - 11:02 am

Katie Jamieson Gaines - WOW! Incredible! I loved every joy-filled second of it!October 5, 2011 - 11:03 am

Courtney Caplin Cotter - Loved, LOVED the video you made!!!October 5, 2011 - 11:04 am

Rhiona Adams - i can't get enough of this video! and i'm still crying every time i watch it! i think you've got your second calling to be a videographer. seriously bobby, this is so awesome! i just have to add ricky sent me a text message after he watched this agreeing to babies a.s.a.p. ;) hahahaOctober 5, 2011 - 11:05 am

Nicole Cauffman - One of our favorite photographers, seriously inspirational personally as well as a photographer, made this video of his son's first year of life... if you have time, watch it... if not he has a shorter version, but bookmark it and checkout more ... 5, 2011 - 11:06 am

Bobby Earle - You're so sweet, Nicole!October 5, 2011 - 11:07 am

Nicole Cauffman - Thanks Bobby! I know you don't really 'know' me, but we've been long time followers of you and Lindsay's life journeys. It was fun to go back and watch some of the videos when you first found out you were pregnant with Clive. Brought me back to when we found out we were pregnant and the emotions that we felt. What an amazing ride you are on. Looking forward to seeing more of your journeys as a family :o)October 5, 2011 - 11:07 am

Heather K. McManamy - I don't know you either. I never plan to have children, but I absolutely cried when I watched the video. :) I bought the song, too. ;)October 5, 2011 - 11:07 am

Cindy Scholz - This is nothing but wonderful! Brought tears to my eyes.October 5, 2011 - 11:11 am

Jenny Spencer - Love it!!October 5, 2011 - 11:12 am

Tomi Jean Vaeth - So true.October 5, 2011 - 11:12 am

Jenny Spencer - Oh this is lovely. I'm almost in tears because it's just so happy and cute xD Oh and that little smile at 3:42 (on the longer version) was adorable.October 5, 2011 - 11:21 am

frankwite - Very nice moments put together! I'm currently working on something similar to this, but it's of my wife's pregnancy! Eight weeks in so far and so very excited.October 5, 2011 - 11:22 am

noelty - That is fantastic!!!! Love it!October 5, 2011 - 11:22 am

Stump - I ordered a 5D MkII this morning from B&H. This thread has officially made my wife mad at me. lol Not really though, We have a baby due in March. "It's for the baby", She hears a lot! So bnlearle, Thanks for the epic video. I loved it so much I spent $2400 to make my own, starting in a few months. What lens did you use?October 5, 2011 - 11:23 am

noelty - @Stump Documenting my sons life each day for the first three years was a great strategy for acquiring gear. Project 365: Jack. My son is 4.5 now and I still add images to his gallery...but at 3 years old it became harder and harder to photograph him as much.October 5, 2011 - 11:24 am

SueCassidy - Wow, Bobby. Wouldn't you just love to have something like that of you and your parents when YOU were a baby? What an amazing gift you have made for your son. Very cool.October 5, 2011 - 11:25 am

crazycka - This is incredible.October 5, 2011 - 11:25 am

mapso - Beautiful work and family. Thanks for sharing.October 5, 2011 - 11:26 am

bobbyz - Love it.October 5, 2011 - 11:26 am

Bobby Earle - @Stump: Yep! Most was filmed on 5DII's... a couple of iPhone 4 shots are in there though. Lenses... everything from 15mm fisheye, to the 24L, the 50L, 70-200, 16-35... I think I used every lens I owned! @suecassidy: I so would. Not even to see me -- it would be so fascinating to see my parents in their twenties at such an intimate time. This generation probably won't even realize how fortunate they are to have the ability to preserve so many memories! Thanks!!!October 5, 2011 - 11:28 am

brian_322 - Wonderful job. Whatever you do make 5 copies & keep them forever.October 5, 2011 - 11:29 am

nikanima - That's fantastic. I love it.Thanks for sharing.October 5, 2011 - 11:30 am

Totally Rad - Bobby Earle continually puts our unbelievably heartfelt and personal posts on his blog. What do you think of that kind of transparency with your clients? 5, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Danielle Bitz - I love it! And I wish I could be more like him, he is an amazing photographer, father and husband, and son!October 5, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Ravyn Stadick - Love Bobby, and I think one of the main reasons is the transparency you talk about. Randomly, I'll have dreams about photographers I'm friends w/ online. Weird, I know. But seriously, I had a dream that Bobby was helping my husband and I wrangle snakes after a hurricane (random much?) ... My point is that, I would have never had a dream about him if I didn't already know a bit of his personality from his blog! Kudos to him. And kudos to you guys for starting a great conversation!October 5, 2011 - 4:27 pm

Stephanie Robinson - This is lovely :-)October 5, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Trude Ellingsen - You can't really go wrong, especially when you post something so incredibly adorable and wonderful. How else are people supposed to pick you out of the crowd? They feel some kind of connection.October 5, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Charlene Rexford Kuyrkendall - I started following his blog a year ago, and he is one of a few photographers I follow because, not only is he an awesome photographer, he is also an awesome human being, and that comes across in his blog through the issues he cares about deeply enough to care with his readers. Kudos to Bobby Earle!October 5, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Totally Rad - Glad you guys are loving it! Ravyn, if we had to wrestle snakes after a hurricane Bobby is the first person we'd call!October 5, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Dawn Shaw Sabraw - Awesome and beautiful.October 5, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Denise Valle Burridge - When looking at seasoned photographers for inspiration. It's 'assumed" that they all know how to take photographs, edit etc. What keeps me coming back to their blog is their personality.October 5, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Ravyn Stadick - Haha, I know, right?!October 5, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Totally Rad - I like that mindset Denise! Very insightful!October 5, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Yenny Sanchez - What a beautiful way to form a connection...I cried when I saw it, stirred up all the emotions of my one and two year old right's not often we sit and look back at all the beautiful amazing moments life has granted us...but then there they are...and it takes a person like this with so much charisma and creativity to point it out and let it shine thru...thank you sooo much for truly made my day!October 5, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Judith Dlugi Contresceri - good, very good way of thinking. When you get it all, done what you want, are happy with yourself. what then?October 5, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Jessica Pressley-Rodriguez - I love it! I think it attracts our ideal clients since they can get to know us before ever meeting us in person.October 5, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Sage Francis - Beautiful photo & video montage of Clive Kruger Earle's 1st year of life set to my "Best of Times" song. Many thanks to his father, Bobby, for sharing this.October 5, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Ben Whitcombe - Incredible song.October 5, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Derek Welker - god damn,only a child can make you stop asking questions like ''why are we here?''October 5, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Jetti Koch - amazing video.. absolutely love it. ?October 5, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Eric Kelleher - This is stunning.October 5, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Gui Gwarrior - this guy must be so proudOctober 5, 2011 - 4:44 pm

Dominic Anthony Cabeca - Wow this is amazingOctober 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Lynsey Allen Brewer - That was amazingly beautiful..October 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Staffan MeriƤ - Beautiful!October 5, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Jeff Kim - Awesome video.October 5, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Sam Wilson - awesome videoOctober 5, 2011 - 4:46 pm

Sr?an Jelisi? - damn, Sage you made me cry...October 5, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Daniel Sunburn - SweetOctober 5, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Louise Latchford - So perfect, absolutely awesome!October 5, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Pierrick Finelle - great and beautifulOctober 5, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Jody Burchill - Made me smile so much. All sorts of awesome. Thanks for sharing.October 5, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Steven Foster - Just read this post on my phone so I haven't watched it yet. I have to though cause this kid has the coolest name I've ever heard. His parents must have good taste in horror movies!October 5, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Sage Francis - hahaha no kidding.October 5, 2011 - 4:49 pm

Roy Perea - Bobby is a great photo guy his pictures are awsome ,and is a very great hearted dude !!! A friend indeed of mineOctober 5, 2011 - 4:50 pm

Ashley Bu - this made me smile, what a beautiful family. i love this song, too.October 5, 2011 - 4:50 pm

David Smythe - Makes me want to make a babyOctober 5, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Bobby Earle - Dang... so cool to see you share this, Sage :) Thanks for the kind words about my son everyone!October 5, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Jacob Panos - Truly amazing, Bobby definetaly has an eye for film and should delve deeperOctober 5, 2011 - 4:51 pm

Joanna - I had to come back and watch this again - you have inspired me to use the video function on my 5dmkii!October 5, 2011 - 4:54 pm

David Grube - LOVE this post dude. One of my favorites that you've ever posted... I'm not even married, but it makes me long for the day this would be my reality!October 7, 2011 - 3:06 pm

Jennifer - This is awesome. Your family is beautiful.October 12, 2011 - 12:24 am

Mel Lawrence - The bit where we starts to try and walk... I lost it, I'm such a wimp for these things, so beautiful! :)February 1, 2012 - 8:38 pm

nancy jennifer (@nnphoto) - from another photog in san diego- this is amazing, beautiful, and true.... 24, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Baltimore Wedding Photographer - love your work!June 5, 2012 - 5:16 am

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