Sunrises January 23 - 29, 2008  

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday: Maybe the sun is starting to rise earlier... or I'm getting up later. Venus is dim, but still visible near the middle-left. A few minutes later it was gone when the sun washed it out.

Thursday: The sky is very similar to the previous day with Venus being at almost the exact spot in the sky. The difference you can't see is the temperature. It was -1 F when I took this photo.

Friday: The clouds were heavy enough to hide the sun, but I didn't even know it was snowing until I saw the flakes illuminated by the flash.

Saturday: After a sprinkling of snow, the clouds stick around.

Monday: Clouds and wind belie the unseasonably warm weather that came in over the weekend. Snow is expected on Tuesday though.

Tuesday: The warm weather is fading, but the clouds have stayed. It's disappointing to not get a better view of stars and planets this week.


I need some advice on my pictures. I've noticed that many have spots on them. I thought at first it must be dust on the lens. You can see them clearly on all of the pictures when they're enlarged, but especially on Tuesday. I used compressed air to blow any out, but the spots are still there and they seem to move from shot to shot. Monday and Tuesday were taken while facing some intense wind, but the other days were pretty calm.

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11 comments: to “ Sunrises January 23 - 29, 2008

  • (((Billy)))
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 10:51:00 AM CST  

    We had a similar problem with motes in the camera's eye at my park. I assume it is a digital camera, so:

    Apparently, over time, some of the sensors within the camera body can develop glitches. Nothing can be done.

    Or, there may be dust inside the camera (this was our problem) which is blocking some of the sensors.

    One way to check this is: do the motes move form one exposure to the next? Moving motes means (damn, I'm starting to sound like Dr. Suess, here) dust. Stationary motes can mean sensor problems.

    We looked at the price of cleaning a 5 year old Nikon D series and decided to just replace it.

    Good Luck.

    I really like your dawn photos. I have a big (well, for eastern PA its big (for the Rocky's they wouldn't even name it)) to the east which means I miss the horizon colours.

  • ordinary girl
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:34:00 PM CST  

    Hmmm.. I think the problem is moving motes, which indicate dust in the camera.

    Well, I was hoping to buy a new camera later this year, so I'll probably wait. The one I have probably isn't worth $50 these days.

  • John Evo
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 2:56:00 PM CST  

    Venus is dim

    Not if you enlarge it. Or is that "Dustus"?

  • ordinary girl
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 3:40:00 PM CST  

    Not if you enlarge it. Or is that "Dustus"?

    The "star-like" point is what I refer to as Venus, although I never confirmed it was Venus. It's not dust. And yeah, on the enlargement it's more noticeable. But I've seen it much brighter on previous mornings.

  • Mamacita Chilena
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 4:14:00 PM CST  

    I really like the darker photo with the snow flakes illuminated by the flash.

    Hmm, as far as cleaning goes, I couldn't tell. I have never once cleaned my camera, which is absolutely ridiculous, but true.

  • John Evo
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 5:02:00 PM CST  

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  • John Evo
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 5:05:00 PM CST  

    I really like the darker photo with the snow flakes illuminated by the flash.

    Me too. When I first saw it (without reading) I thought "OG! You told me you can't see stars where you are. This is FANTASTIC". Oh well...

    And I STILL think I found the Little Dipper.

  • Babs
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:40:00 PM CST  

    If you're using the flash on all your photos, the spots are probably just reflections of dust floating around in the air.

    At least that's what it looks like to me.

    Or they're ghosts. Possibly demons.

  • ordinary girl
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 8:42:00 PM CST  

    Ohhhh.. Babs, I never thought of them being orbs. Yeah, that's what they are. ;)

  • Anonymous
    Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 9:12:00 PM CST  

    If you go to a photo store, you can buy some stuff to clean the dust off your sensor. The Deacon has a can of air spray for his. I think there are brushes too, but I'd be really careful about poking around my sensor with a brush (wow, that sounds naughty!). My camera has a built-in sensor cleaner that activates every time I turn off the camera. That's probably a regular feature on most digital cameras by now, excerpt for the little point-and-shoots.

  • John Evo
    Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 1:11:00 PM CST  

    I took my wife's camera and tossed in the the washer. It got rid of the fishy smell.

    Oh... I'm sorry. I thought I was at Flumadiddle!

 

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