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Hot Pixels

gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 10:24PM

i took a long exposure recently and the image is absolutely covered in hot pixels. I have read that every camera develops a few ( don't know if this is true) but my image has almost complete coverage. What does this mean and is my camera OK? I have a Nikon D3100 had it for a year.

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lobsterboy Plus
16 14.9k 13 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 10:28PM
Are you sure it is not just noise? What ISO were you using ?
Can you post up an example ?
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 10:32PM
Hi may be, I'll up load the image .
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 10:35PM
I can't upload another image today, thanks for getting back and i will post it tomorrow.
Chris_L 6 5.4k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 10:38PM
You'll get more this time of year due to the higher temperature, more the higher the iso, more the longer the exposure, more caused by interference from cell-phones and you can get even more if you don't have some kind of long-exposure NR turned on in camera (depends on model).
sherlob Plus
13 3.1k 129 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2014 11:00PM
Personally I think in camera long exposure NR isn't worth the hassle. I agree that the problems sounds like it is coming from heat related noise rather than 'hot pixels' which is typically the name we give to a defective pixel. Do you get the same pixels causing a problem in shorter handheld exposures? Say 1/60th sec? If not, the problem is noise.

On a side issue. I think at time some photographers attempt to go for a longer exposure than is strictly needed for the effect they want to create. E.g. you don't need an exposure of 10 minutes to get smooth water. Similarly, star trials are easier to capture using a series of 30 second exposures that are then stacked. What are using the long exposure for? And does it need to be as long as you are using it for?
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2014 8:19AM
I have uploaded the photo to my and put critique on it. The ISO was 100.

It was really warm.

Sherlob, you've hit a nail on the head with why was i doing it, as I don't know . it was an experiment to see if I could capture some movement in the clouds but they didn't really move either so a long lesson.

Chris_L 6 5.4k United Kingdom
26 Jul 2014 2:31PM
As this photo-sharing site hasn't embraced the year 2014 I think the image is too small for me to spot them.

If you were able to crop the shot, then post it here in this thread that would help or upload it to a website that allows the full image and put a link.
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2014 11:42PM
Hi John I'll post of flicker
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2014 11:43PM
Hi John I'll post of flicker
her's the link
Chris_L 6 5.4k United Kingdom
27 Jul 2014 1:39AM
Gerainte, downloaded the 3000 px one and viewed it 1 to 1

I don't think you have anything to worry about.

It totally looks like temporary hot pixels, there's the odd blue one, the rest mainly yellowish. I've seen it before, it's the kind of noise that you get from a long exposure in hot weather, it's different from high iso noise as it only affects a few pixels.

It's not the same as a permanent hot pixel. (Even those aren't the end of the world as they can be mapped out with software actions etc).

Do a test with your camera, a series of shorter exposures with the lens cap on, if there's a fault you'll see it.
gerainte1 5 44 United Kingdom
27 Jul 2014 10:04AM
Thank you for taking the time and effort to have a look and post this comment. That's a relief, the camera was OK yesterday, and I'll do what you suggest with the lens cap on to check further. Thanks again.

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