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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 😉

Awhile ago I bought a nice little gadget to clean the sensor of my camera. It’s called Arctic Butterfly from Visible Dust and it’s this little brush with a battery that somehow does something with static electricity (see

It’s not really such a big thing, but (don’t ask me what I was thinking!) I decided not to take it along on holiday. I had my Giotto Air Bellower, which I figured should be enough.

Of course… After the first couple of days of changing lenses, the sensor had gathered a good amount of dust. I thought to clean it with the Air Bellower and when I went about bellowing air on the sensor, indeed a lot of the dust disappeared. But there was also a massive chunk that flew in and refused to come off. I tried everything, even went as dangerously far as taking the brush I usually use to clean the lens glass with and brush over the sensor (DON’T try that at home, folks!!!), but it wouldn’t come off.

That was in the first days…
It’s funny how fast and how easy one accepts one’s fate.
I soon realized that there was little I could do. The dust was stuck. Stuck badly. And we were in the sticks, in the middle of nowhere, so I couldn’t bring it somewhere to have it cleaned.
So I just grunted, moaned and complained to my better half with almost every single picture I took, that it would take me 2 years to clean up all the pictures from all the dust speckles and such and such…

And that’s what I’m probably going to do in the coming two years (if you don’t see the spots, look at the bigger pic. And go see the optician…)

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm, box full of crap on the sensor

D200, ISO100, 1/180 sec @ f/11, Tamron 28-75mm, box full of crap on the sensor

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm, a closet full of crap on the sensor

D200, ISO100, 1/6 sec @ f/32, Tamron 28-75mm, a closet full of crap on the sensor