Tuesday, May 3, 2016

No one could even see themselves moving

The photographs were taken at lake Myllyjärvi on April 9th.

(Posting title is from the poem Ego by Denise Duhamel.)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Of all that I was losing

The photographs were taken on April 9th at lake Myllyjärvi, south of Luukki.

I'm having dust problems with the Panasonic LX100. The first dust spot appeared a couple of months ago, and I spent some time cleaning the lens and the UV filter until I realized that dust is inside the camera. The problem wasn't that big, as usually I was able to mask the dust spots away from photographs, and often they were not apparent at all.

However, later this spring the dust problem escalated, due to pollen and other dust that was floating in the air. When the lens extends, it acts in a way that sucks dust into the camera, and when it gets in there, at some point more dust appears in the photographs.

Below you see how the situation looks right now. The photograph was taken against a white wall, focusing to 3 meter distance, at f/16. When using a larger aperture or focusing closer the dust spots get more diffuse.

I have had some email correspondence with the shop that sold the camera. Their suggestion is to contact Panasonic Finland, even though the camera is no longer under warranty (I bought it September 2014). They said that their salespeople could perhaps do a bit of cleaning at the shop, but I doubt that, as the LX100 is far from easy to open for cleaning.

I'm not alone with the LX100 dust problem. There are several discussion threads on various sites about this, for example at Dpreview.

(Posting title is from the poem Snow on the Desert by Agha Shahid Ali.)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

One falls, unseen

The photograph was taken in Nuuksio on April 2nd.

This morning I walked for 2 h 20 min at Vaakkoi. I saw a nesting Gavia stellata, and heard another flying above. It was warm. I was somewhat tired. Maybe I should take a rest day. This week I got over 13 hours of exercise.

(Posting title is from the poem Ice Men by James Longenbach.)