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A morning view over Lago Maggiore, taken from the church of Madonna del Sasso on the hillside above Locarno. Another beautiful day was in store, with just some low cloud lingering above the lake. In the foreground is the shoreline of Locarno – a bit underexposed given the conditions – while the opposite side of the lake is in Italy.

I have to admit that I was inspired to take this photo having seen many TE postings, mostly over the winter months, shot directly into the sun. I have tried this technique on several occasions now, with varying success. Here I stopped down to f22 to try to achieve a star-like effect around the sun. The only drawback with small apertures is that it shows up every blotch of dust on my now rather dirty sensor. In addition to this, the sunlight caused quite some flare. In both cases I did some cleaning up with the clone tool, and this is what I ended up with. Does anyone have any tips for how to clean a sensor effectively without damaging?

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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