It all started just after Christmas day. I received a "special" can of compressed "air" that was "specially designed for blowing unwanted dust off the camera CCD sensor. For some time I'd had a couple of small, but persistent specs of dust on the CCD of my camera, and no matter how hard I used the Rocket Blower, they would not budge. This can was going to be the answer!
A couple of days after Christmas, I decided that it was time to clean that sensor. Following my standard procedures I checked the sensor dust, then used the canned air to clean it "for good". I checked the senor having used the canned air, and to my horror the sensor now had over a dozen specs of dust, some quite large. To add to my horror, repeated use of the canned air (or my hand blower) did nothing to remove any of the new dust particles! A number of them were so large they could be seen as low as F8! Rather than press the issue further, I packed away my camera and "chilled".
Next morning I went off to my camera store to purchase a "wet cleaning kit". Physically touching the CCD sensor to clean it has NEVER been an ambition of mine, but desperate times ...
Having acquired the cleaning kit I proceeded to read all the instructions and reviewed YouTube content to see the correct method of wiping the CCD surface. I proceeded to do the clean, and had to repeat the process (using two different wiping pads) before it was clean. However, after the wet cleaning process there was only one small spec left in an unobtrusive location on the CCD surface.
The little icon I use online is a little grainy and dark image of my holding my new Canon 60D. Why do I use this image? I use it because it was taken by my daughter and was the first time I held the DSLR!
Not really a ground breaking moment in history, but for me it was the moment a 30+ year dream had been fulfilled.
My interest in photography probably dates back to my early childhood. My grandfather had quite an extensive range of SLR equipment and actively took pictures which he developed himself in his own darkroom.
When I was at secondary school I had an opportunity to take "photography" as a subject. It was a great deal of fun taking and developing the photographs, some of which I still have today. Of course, back then it was all about film and darkroom development which today would probably be a full subject in themselves.
After the school subject completed, I was excited enough to buy my first and very own camera. It certainly wasn't an SLR, but it was sophisticated enough for me to conduct what I considered "real photography".
Due to the cost of film and development of photographs, I decided to shoot most of my images as slides. This allowed me to keep costs under control since I didn't have very much pocket money through this time.
At the time I promised myself that one day I would buy a SLR. When I made myself that promise I was in my mid teens. I finally realised that dream some 30 years later when I purchased a Canon 60D DSLR.
I am an amateur photographer from Melbourne, Australia. I like fauna, and landscape imagery with an emphasis on sunrise and sunsets because you just cannot beat the colours that you get at those times of the day. I dabble in some other topics like architecture, patterns; texture, and I even have a go at action shots.