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Turning Sensor Dust into Sunset Magic: A RadiantTV Journey in Canyonlands National Park

Have you ever had a moment where everything seems to be going wrong only to have it turn into a blessing in disguise? Well, that's exactly what happened to the team during a recent RadiantTV shoot in Canyonlands National Park.

A sweeping panoramic view of Canyonlands National Park
The views at Canyonlands National Park

As we were driving from the airport to our hotel for the night, we saw stunning views and perfect weather for filming. Since we would be arriving just in time for sunset, Isaac started setting up the cameras in the car during the drive so we could be ready to shoot as soon as we arrived. However, he noticed something while looking through the viewfinder - dust. Now, there are two kinds of dust on a camera, lens dust and sensor dust. For those who aren't familiar, lens dust is fairly easy to get rid of, use can use a blast of air and a "lens pen" (soft brush) to wipe away any remaining dust. Sensor dust on the other hand, is a lot harder to remove. The sensor is a very sensitive area on the camera, and scratching it can be cause to replace the whole camera! Dust spots show up as small, circular dark areas in the images and take a lot of time in editing to remove.

Initially, we were devastated. How could we capture the beauty of this incredible landscape with sensor dust on every shot? But instead of panicking, we decided to take action. Isaac started using all the sensor cleaning tricks he knew without actually touching the sensor. After 20 minutes and a lot of prayer, nothing seemed to be able to dislodge the dust.

That night at the hotel once we finally had internet, we tried to order a sensor cleaning kit all over the internet, but nothing would be able to ship until four or five days later due to being so far away from any big cities. By God's grace, B&H Photo and Video had a sensor cleaning kit available for next day shipping to our hotel room.

The package finally arrived and we carefully were able to remove the sensor dust with no damage to the camera! Praise the Lord! Those 5 minutes of cleaning the sensor dust saved hours and hours of editing later on.

Isaac holding the sensor dust swab with the camera.
The sensor dust has been removed!

Next time you find yourself facing a challenge, such as sensor dust halting the RadiantTV team's Canyonlands National Park video shoot, don't be discouraged. Keep pushing forward and trust that the Lord will provide, He always does.

Lamentations 3:22-23 - "God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?" (ESV)

We made it back to Canyonlands National Park with a clean sensor, ready to shoot sunset. It turned out to be one of the most beautiful sunsets we had ever seen. Watch the stunning footage in our new music video from RadiantTV and be amazed by the beauty that the Lord provided. Watch the video below and keep an eye out for the beautiful sunset on the 24/7 stream on our apps!


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