Sunday, November 18, 2012

Cleaning the Sensor

So what, you are asking, does cleaning the sensor have to do with macro images?  Well, I have been Photoshopping out a nasty artifact in my images for several months.  I finally got up the nerve to clean the the sensor, (actually, it is a filter over the sensor that gets cleaned).  A picture of a grey sky showed me that the artifact was gone, but had I damaged the sensor?














To check, I pulled out my macro lens which is also my best lens and took a shot of some moss growing with one of Hubby's bonsais.

I think there was no harm done, other than to my nerves!

The Canon 50D is supposed to be self cleaning but somehow the dust still gets in.








More macro images can be found at Macro Monday, hosted for us by Lisa

8 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Lovely macro shot, glad you got rid of the spot.

Gaelyn said...

You are brave to get inside the camera. Nice shot shows you got it.

MyMaracas said...

You actually cleaned your sensor? You're a good bit braver than I. Beautiful macro shot - congrats on a successful operation.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I've done the same thing, cloning out an annoying spot for way too many times and usually it is dust on the lens. I've had a dust speck on the sensor once before and was able to remove it with air (not compressed air - never) but this last time a small hair wouldn't budge free from the sensor. The local camera shop said they could send it out to a local fellow to clean it, cost...$95. I undertook the task myself. With the aid of a magnifying glass I got the little bugger without touching the sensor. Good for you to solve your own problem also.

Barb said...

I have NEVER cleaned mine. I'm worried about even cleaning the lens!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I loved my previous camera but it had a speck that annoyed the bejeebers out of me. I was always able to work around it but it still bothered me.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I had a black spot in all my skies until I got a new camera.

katney said...

I had a little point and shoot that something went wrong with within warantee--I forget what, but it required sending it off for free repair. It came back with a spot. It only showed up badly in the sky, and I became fairly adept at editing out that smudge in the sky. I was afraid if I sent it back again it would come back worse.