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08-14-2009, 02:52 AM   #1
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I just noticed this with my recent long night exposure shot....

little red, blue, and green dots. Why are they there? I had the shutter open for about 12 seconds (K100D with kit lens), aperture set middle of the road, ISO 200. Believe I also had the noise filter turned off.

Why the dots? Thanks.

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08-14-2009, 03:00 AM   #2
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Think those are called hot pixels, it usually happens for longer shutter speeds.

"Hot pixels are individual sensors on the CCD with higher than normal rates of charge leakage. They can appear as small pixel sized bright points of light on longer exposures. Every pixel on the CCD has some charge leakage, and if you expose long enough, any pixel would light up."

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not possible that it could be ghosting or a reflection?
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How many dots? Any chance of posting the image?

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I read it somewhere that you can use sensor cleanup mode to remap the sensor and fix the hot pixels. Or send the camera back for remapping if it is still under warranty. But eventually they will reappear, just a fact of life with digital sensors.
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If you posted the photo then it would have been easier to identify.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cyy47 Quote
I read it somewhere that you can use sensor cleanup mode to remap the sensor and fix the hot pixels.
You wouldn't want to do that with hot pixels that only show up on long exposures, though - it's very normal for otherwise good pixels to go bad when the sensor overheats o a long exposure. Presumably the pixel mapping function takes this into account. Not sure how it actually identifies bad pixels, but it probably wouldn't notice ones that only show up on long exposures.
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Those aren't stars or the Milky Way above the plane, but something else!!

I did have the shutter open for a long time, though.


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QuoteOriginally posted by LeDave Quote
Think those are called hot pixels, it usually happens for longer shutter speeds.

"Hot pixels are individual sensors on the CCD with higher than normal rates of charge leakage. They can appear as small pixel sized bright points of light on longer exposures. Every pixel on the CCD has some charge leakage, and if you expose long enough, any pixel would light up."

Hot Pixels
I agree with LeDave,it sounds like 'Hot Pixals'.You can use your cloning tool on a photo editing program to remove them.
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If thaty's a 100% crop, or clsoe to it, those are hot pixels. They'd be largely invisible in the original picture at full screne size or on a 4x6 print. If that's not a crop, they are probably cluster of hot pixels, and that would be most unfortunate if it happens often.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
If thaty's a 100% crop, or clsoe to it, those are hot pixels. They'd be largely invisible in the original picture at full screne size or on a 4x6 print. If that's not a crop, they are probably cluster of hot pixels, and that would be most unfortunate if it happens often.
You're right, I took the picture, shot at it's largest setting, and cropped it, or took a "chunk" of the picture. I never noticed "the pretty dots" until I looked at the picture at its largest setting.

I guess I shouldn't sweat it, then.

Thanks a lot.

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In a world where camera=terrorist, how did you manage to lug a tripod and do a long exposure of an airplane?

Ninja?
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In a world where camera=terrorist, how did you manage to lug a tripod and do a long exposure of an airplane?

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I run around in one of these goobers, so I have access to the ramp. I am, however, somewhat discreet on where I set my camera up. Had it set up just outside our building. There are security cameras all over the place at these places and who knows who's watching you watch others. :-)

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Droning along at 4000 feet to stay out of the headwinds.





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Wow that's awesome vmax84, so you work for FedEx as a pilot I suppose?
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