Dust Bunnies

December 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The dust bunny trouble with using a camera with a mirror and interchangeable lenses is a long standing problem, even after cleaning the sensor.

Here's an image which, although not particularly interesting is one I wanted to work on.

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I wanted to use a small aperture of f22 for this shot to slow everything down as I didn't have a neutral density filter, and that's where the trouble starts because a  small aperture shows all the dust bunnies.


At a glance, there's only a couple of dust spots visible, but once I look at the top half of it in Lightroom.

dust2dust2 Every one of those stands out like a sore thumb at 100% and not only does it fail my own QC, it would fail Alamy QC, and get me  a short uploading ban.

This is what it looks like as I remove, or clone out the spots.

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Then, a little more work and I have the finished image.
It's not a keeper for me unfortunately, as it is, as I said earlier, a bit boring, but it's all good practice.
Dust bunnies will always be a problem with DSLR mirrored and even mirrorless cameras even with the utmost hygiene practices and care whilst changing lenses, and, for me, it's why I may go the way of mirrorless compacts (think the full frame Sony RX1, RX1R) when I next change my main gear.



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Canon 6d 10 seconds ISO 100 @ f22. Poniente beach and Peacock Island, Benidorm, Costa Blanca, Spain.


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