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Old Apr 3, 2006, 12:42 AM   #1
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Below are the first shots with my Canon Rebel XT, my first real entry into digital photography.

To make a long story short, while taking these pictures earlier today I was graced by a goose from above whom decided to poop on the precise location as my precious $1,000 investment. No damage was done, just quite a few curse words followed by cleanup (the filth landed on the rotating rubber grip of the lens) then a few laughs from both myself and my girlfriend.

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Only editing done to below shot was cropping.
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Untouched photo. I understand I'm lacking all of the basics of photography as far as focal points and whatnot go, but here I was just trying to capture the motion of the water as I see in all the other pictures on here.
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 12:46 AM   #3
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Image cropped to take out bridge above and to the left.
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Old Apr 3, 2006, 3:28 AM   #5
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Nice pics, I really like the first one, the cloud positions were perfect. I guess you can rest assure you made the right decision of using UV protection filter, I'm sure it came it handy with the droppings :-)

I did notice a speck on the first pic, I hope it's bird droppings you can clean off easily, and not sensor dust.
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I noticed that as well and I cleaned the UV filter (that picture was taken before the bird incident) but haven't taken any pictures since. What settings can I use to test for sensor dust (i.e. bring out the dust if it is there) and what to photograph?
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You can photograph blue sky or a white sheet of paper on f/22.

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Now, that's one great camera you got there. Nice pictures. I doubt the speck is sensor dust because the other pictures are OK (unless you cropped the right side of every one). I think that'sa dark little cloud that was emphasized by the filter.
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rey, you have an eagle eye for sure. I had to go back and look twice to find the spot.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"Nice pictures, I think you will enjoy the DSLR world and your XT. I loved my Rebel from the day I bought it.

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rey, you have an eagle eye for sure. I had to go back and look twice to find the spot.
Thanks, but speaking of eagle. I've been taking a lot of sky shots lately, and a few days ago I saw a speck on one of my pic from my new D50, my heart started beating faster in fear of dust, but after zooming in I noticed it was some unidentified flying object (UFO!), possibly an eagle. I checked my other pics and they were fine, so that was a big relief.

Here's a 100% crop of my "speck", from the orig pic, it looked a lot like what's on Justin's pic. BTW, Justin, sorry for putting this with your post.:G
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