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I can write loooong pieces of text about the landscapes.
They’re gorgeous. And they’re many. And they look different every day, especially when you have a sunny day one day and snow the next, and sun again the day after that.
Have a look:

Valley with a river running in between two mountain ranges

D800, ISO100, 1/125 sec @ f/5.6, Nikkor 50mm

Yellow line dividing the road running off into the distance

D800, ISO400, 1/250 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 70-200mm, Nikkor TC2

Boulders on top of a mountain in Rocky Mountain national park

D800, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 14-24mm

Logs in the partly frozen water of a lake

D800, ISO200, 1/250 sec @ f/8, Nikkor 50mm

Dirt road leading into the fog and into the Rocky Mountains

D800, ISO100, 1/30 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Waterfall in a small stream covered with fallen trees

D800, ISO400, 1/4 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Water fall in a small canyon in Grand Lake in the Rocky Mountains

D800, ISO100, 8 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm, Singh-Ray VariND

Sunset over Grand Lake

D800, ISO100, 1/1000 sec @ f/11, Nikkor 50mm

Clearly I wasn’t the only one who’d been trespassing in the times gone by. The place was riddled with old clothes, one or two helmets, and other remains of people who’d stayed there after the fire had done its work. Of course destruction of this type is often followed by additional “vandalism”, since the place is going to be taken down / renovated anyway, it apparently doesn’t matter if you don’t respect other people’s property. Graffiti and other forms of “art” were found throughout the place.
One thing that caught my eye was something I could use for  one of my little projects:

Pink shoe

D800, ISO100, 15 sec @ f/16, Nikkor 14-24mm

I shouldn’t really confess what I did. It’s too ghastly for words…
I had a photoshoot the other day. Bright day, clear sky, save for a lot of dust and other crap, invisible to the eyes. So I noticed on a picture a little hair on the sensor and decided to blow it out with my “patented” Giottos Rocket-Air. Now… Let me give you some good advise: BIN THE THING! Don’t ever use a Rocket-Air (unless you’re in a vacuum, sterile, dust-free environment).
It made things 100x worse. I just blew in all the dust instead of blowing out the hair.


THANK YOU, Giottos Rocket-Air!

So what now? Nothing else on me to fix this little issue. And I seriously didn’t feel like cleaning THAT up in 300 pictures. But hey… I have a lens cloth. Nice and soft, and clean. And I have a very long finger, that reaches all the way to the (glass in front of the) sensor. Oh, you thought you’re blowing STRAIGHT on your sensor, did you? Nonono, the smart people at the camera manufacturer do put something protective over it. So I wiped the sensor like that. Couldn’t get quite in all the corners, but the result (and my post-processing time) all of a sudden was a lot more inviting 😉 It still needs some additional cleaning, but that can be done back home with the proper tools.

Less dust

THANK YOU, finger and lens cloth

Don’t try this at home! Or at least… at your own risk. Don’t call me when you screw up the sensor 😉