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It's A Dusty Road .... to the Top if Ya Wanna Spot and Groan.

Original Dusty Sensor Image
My Ricoh GR as many might already know, is hanging on by the fingernails. Switching itself off, freezing, not focusing properly and generally being temperamental. The biggest issue however was dust, I had no dust until I had to send it away for a Warranty repair (lens kept sticking).

About 3 months after getting it back I noticed dust as in 'HEAPS' of it. I looked back at my files from the week after I received it back from Kennedy's (Australia) there it was dust everywhere ..... obviously during the repair they failed at some part of the process to protect the sensor and or just did not give it a clean before returning it to me. I double checked the files before I send the unit ... dust FREE.......

Photoshop dust removal and a slight exposure adjustment
A little 'Adobe Photoshop' and the good old 'healing' brush and Bob's your uncle. Please do not write complaining about my quick 1 minute 20 second healing job. It was just for this post .....

Lightroom VSCO Portra and some minor adjustments
Final image back into Lightroom for some minor adjustments and a VSCO Film Kodak Portra 160 (custom) preset. SO saved as far as I am concerned. Not ideal but doable. I will not be shooting with the Ricoh taht much as it just drives me crazy. I am still waiting to see what they put out with a new GR ..... until then..........


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