Clean Your Sensor Before You Leave on a Trip
Over five years ago I made my only trip to New York City. I have vowed to go back, but life has just gotten in the way these last couple of years. I really hit the tourists spots hard, but next time I would like to travel off of the beaten path a bit. My time in front of the Statue of Liberty was amazing though. It really is a sight to see. The title above though tells an important lesson that I learned on that trip. I left home with a dirty sensor. That meant that every shot that I took had dust spots on it. When making sports photos you don’t really notice such things. In a sky that is light blue and white you see every one. Ever since that time I have made sure that I don’t have such a dirty sensor before leaving on a trip. A little time spent cleaning before the trip saves a lot of time down the road. With the sensor in mind I have kept it cleaner as well. Simple things like shutting the camera off before a lens change helps keep it clean. It still can get dirty though so keep on eye on it before leaving.
For this photo I started with the HDR in Lightroom Absolutely Fabulous preset by Trey Ratcliff. From there it was a matter of tweaking the sliders to get the photo where I wanted it to be. As with all of my landscape work from New York I had to do a lot of spot removal in the sky. That trip over five years ago taught me to clean my sensor before a big trip. Sometimes Lightroom does a great job of finding a new swatch to choose to replace the dust spot with, and other times it is way off. I noticed a few times here that it would go very far away to pick something that was not even close. Maybe the edit of the photo threw off the algorithm. This was a fun photo to edit though. The processing of the photo really made it very interesting to me.
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