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CCD nightmare.

CCD nightmare.
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Copyright: Matthew Bird (Matt-Bird) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 303 W: 33 N: 400] (1942)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP AF180mm F/3.5 DI MACRO 1:1, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 2.0X
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/4 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Best of TN by Glem [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 17:26
Viewed: 5236
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Please see the workshop to see the original image before postprocesing. This is a reveresed workshop. Workshop is the original photo and this posting is the fixed photo.

To start with as the title suggest, this photo was a dslr users nightmare. I got home and through the
photos on to the PC to look for the best ones. To my disgust and horror I saw spots of dust everywhere
on all the photos. I had recently cleaned my camera and I thought all was alright but NO it wasn't.
After a long time in photoshop using clone tool (along long long time) I finally cleaned up the photo.
I can still see the tell tale marks of the clone tool but after seeing the original photo I can
live with the result. I managed to reclean my camera and all is ok now. Im unsure how the ccd got so
dirty after a recent clean but it did and I don't beleieve it was because of changing lens.
All I did after clone tool was Crop, curves, levels, and unsharpenmask then frame.

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nice focus good colors nice background, no obvious sign of the dust. How do you get the bug to land and stay still long enough to get a tripod shot?

Hi Matthew,
This really must have been a nighmare to you, but you have done a superb job on cleaning this image up by cloning all these small dark spots of dust out.
My compliments!!!!
Don't know what I would have done if this would have happen to a whole series of my images................pfffffffffffffff...............just don't want to think about it.
To the (cleaned) imge now: It's a very beautiful one with most wonderful warm colors, great composition and perfect sharpness.
A real joy to look at, but I personally would have done one more thing and that is soften the background a bit more by using Neat Image, NoisWare or Noise Ninja.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Harry

Hi matt,
I love this photograph. I like how you were able to capture the hairs around the mandible and also the hairs along the legs. It really makes this guy stand out. great point of view and looking forward to more of your works!
Sincerly cedric

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-07-12 19:47]

Hi Matthew
Yeah, you did a good job with the dust spots, but beside that, the photo is very good.
good DOF, POV, sharpness and colors..
well done.

Hi Matthew,
You done at Fantastic work cleaning this shot
it is a placer to look are, well done TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

Olá Matthew
Excelente registro! A riqueza de detalhes impressiona. POV lateral bem interessante.
José Roberto

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-12 23:14]

Hi Matt,
You did a good work in PS to clean up all the dust. Composition, POV, colors and the use of flashlight is very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-12 23:35]

Hi Matt

Great DOF and colour here. The POV is also great.



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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-07-13 0:29]

Hi Matt!

Fantastic postprocessing work and great result. I didn't realise that dust on sensor could be so big problem in dSLRs. Anyway I like your photo - excellent composition, details and good colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-07-13 0:36]

Hi Matthew,
It is such a nightmare to have dust particles on the CCD. Good to learn that it has been cleaned properly now. This is a fabulous shot of this colourful damselfly. Bright colour tones and very impressive sharpness. The lighting and focus is absolutely perfect. I like your POV and those gorgeous eyes. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

selam, Great shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Yes, CCD does get dirty sometimes in a sort of inexplicable way, Matt. I have experienced it quite a few times myself. Well, PP work is the only way to get rid of the unwelcome intruders into your frame :-).
I must say that you have done a neat job of improving the image. There are no tell-tale marks I can spot. The macro of the damselfly is immaculate in terms of sharpness and colours.
Well done and TFS.

hello matthew,
all your efforts in using the editing software to remove the spot are worth it, this macro is a stunning one, the focus is perfect, sharp image with very good details, the bg is soft and has beautiful shades of light and dark adding to the look of the picture, composition is fine, point of view is suitable,my most , favourite part of this image is the colours of the plant , the insect and the bg,the colours look beautiful in this shot,
very nice macro shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Hello Matthew,
Colourful and very sharp...
Well composed.

Poor Matthew, what a job!
Put some remarks under the WS discussions about cleaning.
Result is great mainly due to the warm colours and good compo with nice BG

Hi Matthew,
You did a marvelous job in cleaning those dust spots. The final image is crisp clear and in perfect focus. POV and composition are great. TFS,

Hi Matthew.
Excellent detail and colours, those eyes are huge.
After cleaning it up and for it to look like this now, give yourself a good pat on the back, well done.

New Zealand

Magniofique gros plan, beaux détails, belles couleurs.

bonjour matthew
vous avez admirablement retouché cette photo,j'ai vu que vous a viez un petit problement sur votre capteur,j'espere que ce n'est pas grave.peut etre juste des poussieres!
pour en revenir a la photo vous avez surement du approcher tres pres.bravo.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-13 9:17]

Hi Matthes,
This is really great, fantastic colours and great sharpness. It looks quite fluorescent! You've sure managed to deal with the dust but looking at the original it would be interesting to hear what post-processing you've done to this initially very plain shot.
Very nicely cropped too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-07-13 10:04]

Hello Matthew,

WOW!!! What an incredible job you did in order to obtain this impressive jewel!!! How long did it take?

Whatever the time it take the result is fabulous and impressive! Look at that wondeful light and colors!

The bg compliments so well the insect...

Matthew, you did a nice, impressing professional work here!!!



Hi Matthew, wonderful macro with splendid details and wonderful colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Wow Matthew you did a good job with the cloning. The resulting image is superb. What wonderful detail you have captured. The lighting is great too. A superb outcome.

Wow great photoshop work to save the shot Matt! Makes me glad my DSLR sensor is self cleaning.

Colorfully superb! You are multi-talented as I see by your intro..and you have gained quite a popularity through your good work, of which this is certainly an example.


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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-07-14 10:41]

Hi Matthew.
Really excellent demonstration of photoshop work.Final picture have good details and attractive contrasted and very saturated colors.Great POV and very good framing.Good job.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-07-14 16:37]

Hello Matt,
Lovely capture, the dragon is very sharp and well focused.
Excellent markings, great POV and composition
..Well Done

"I'll Be Back"

The transformation is amazing. The PP is perfect and it enhances a good picture mauled by sensor dust! Great work

Hi Matthew!
Fantastic macro, so colourful, sharp and detailed. Great use of light and focus. And these eyes... ;>
My best regards,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-16 4:55]

Hola Matt,
excelente macro y nitidez
tonos y colores magníficos.
buen pov, y bg,

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-07-17 13:29]

Hi Metthew
Good colourful shot. Good colours, light and composition.
Well done


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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2007-07-18 18:26]

Wow, Matthew!
This is a great capture! Excellent sharpen details! Well done! Wow!

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-23 19:57]

Hi Matt,
You did an amazing job in PP. You now have a crystal clear image with very nice color and detail. I am impressed with the preciseness of sharpness (no jagged edges, etc.) The legs are so perfect.
Best Regards,

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-07-24 4:57]

hi Matthew
on peu dire que le résultat est bleuffant après le PP, tu es un vrai expert du domaine. Le travail sur le BG est excellent et permet de mettre en avant le sujet, très bonne netteté, composition dynamique.

Outstanding macro...Great vivis colors...Fantastic detail and exposure...TFS

Hello Matt,
Excellent image with sharp detail, great DOF. I like the warm color, POV, and off-setting BG colors. The sensor dust nightmare will soon become a thing of the past, with the new technology out there..
Very well done.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-31 20:19]

Hello Matt

The colours are striking in this shot.The focus and details are sharp.The POV and DOF are excellent.The BG has a deep rich tone to it that is very attractive.The eye detail is superb.TFS


He is a pretty gruesome looking charecter. Good shot!

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-03 13:52]

Bonjour Matt
Superbe réalisation, le top !
Amicalement Robi

hi matthew,

exception!superbe!great!excellent quality of image!
thank you very much!

les demoiselles sont des insectes que j'adore, je trouve que les couleurs sont tres variès dans cette espèce
félicitations pour celle-ci aussi, belles couleurs, bravo et merci a toi

Hello Matt,
Una foto estupenda, lo mejor creo que son esos fantásticos colores y por supuesto ese macro de novela. Una foto para admirar

Great Shot! I am really impressed by the workshop. Good colours and very well focussed.

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