…We’re back from Maine. Things are beginning to settle down a little. The trip was good, if a bit exhausting. To avoid the holiday traffic, we traveled through the night both ways. it’s about a 12 hour drive so we left around 10pm to arrive at 10am on both legs of the journey.

Switching off periodically made it tolerable, but it was still tough. We ain’t as young as we used to be.

After work today, I finally got working on cleaning up my California pictures. A small taste (click to make really big):

This is a stitched together panorama of downtown LA from the Mulholland Drive “Hollywood Bowl” scenic overlook.

While in Maine, I realized that the problem was not a smudge on the lens, but small foreign objects (like…too small to actually see) inside the camera on the sensor. I’ve tried cleaning it several times and I successfully move the smudges around, but I haven’t completely eliminated them yet. Any suggestions would be welcome. I may end up having to take it to a camera shop and have it cleaned professionally. I’m not having much luck with it.

Every time I get one piece of foreign matter cleaned off, I seem to deposit another one in a different place. Lint free cloths and swabs don’t seem to be doing the trick.

Anyway, they are really only visible when taking pictures with a bright sky. Those I can clean up with Gimp so it isn’t a disaster, but it’s a pain in the butt to have to retouch all my pictures after I take them.

I’ll try to get some more pictures posted over the next week or so, but I’m way behind the power curve on getting things done around here.


3 thoughts on “OK…

  1. Thanks, my friend.

    Yes, I was using the "wet cleaning" method that the video says DON'T USE!!!!111one111!!


    I was just following the directions that came with the cleaning kit included in the camera case I bought.

    I guess my inexperience with cameras really shows huh?

    Thanks for the info. I'll order a Ghetto Blaster…er…Giotto Rocket Blaster and give that a try…and hope that I didn't do any permanent damage to the sensor.

    I guess it's a good thing I paid for the extended warranty coverage (which I always do when I buy a demo model).

  2. On the plus side, you really can't damage the sensor, just the hot mirror filter in front of the sensor. Digital cameras are very sensitive to infrared light, so they have a small hot mirror filter on top of the sensor to filter out virtually all of the light above the visual spectrum.

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