The problem is solved – thank goodness.
Thanks to a suggestion received after my last blog I took some steps. First, I formatted the flash card to see if it had been corrupted at all. That did not help.
Then I packed up and took the camera over to the store at mall. I asked if they had a spare card I could plug in to see if the same ‘pixie dust’ appeared.
They searched high and low, found one, and in short order I learned that the problem was the card, not the camera. The card was promptly banished, replaced with a new one which thus far appears to work perfectly, and a smile quickly and irrepressibly replaced the frown that had been spreading across my visage.
Now we can resume regular programming.
Here: have a picture:
I think there’s another problem with my camera. I’m not educated in the ways of DSLR, but if I were a guessing man – and I am – I would guess it’s an issue with the flash card. I would LOOOOOVE some input from a professional photographer – please – to tell me what ails me this time. Observe closely.
I went for a walk with the pooch the other night. I took my camera and the small tripod and set about taking some simple time exposures. The first few were fine – like this:
But later in the walk I started to get this:
Do you see the problem? It’s all those little dots in the sky – they’re not stars, you know. When I first saw them that’s what I thought too: “Cool,” I said, “I got a starry night!” But no. Look closely and you’ll see those dots are all different colours, and they’re all over the place. You can see them wherever the image is dark. Click on the image to see it full-screen.
Here’s another example:
See it now?
I added a gradient parallel to the road and within that gradient you can see an effect that’s a little like pixie dust. Believe me, that might be cool in an app treatment, but it’s not by design.
So, I think it’s the flash card. Am I right? Is the flash card finally coming apart on me?
Photographers, please help.
This was taken at Alan Bill Pond in Alberta this past week. It’s just west of Calgary, and is one of the natural areas devastated by last year’s flooding. There used to be a tranquil pond here, fed by a limpid brook, but now it’s just a mess.
Of course, Mother Nature will take it back in time and it will eventually be beautiful again. But for now it’s sad to think that it will not be the same again in my life time.
Quite a while ago I completed one of those neon-like, phosphorescent jig-saw puzzles – this one showing one of New York City’s very impressive bridges.
It’s a nice puzzle – not too challenging, but intriguing enough. When you look at it in normal light it is pretty – good photo composition, good colours – very strong.
But when you turn out the lights, it’s a whole different ball game. And that’s when you open the shutter.
Here, take a look for yourself.
This is my first time-exposure since my camera returned home from the ‘hospital‘. Photographically at least, this camera prompts me to believe.
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