Time-lapse and hyperlapse photographer Matthew Vandeputte recently shot a 24-hour time-lapse from his London balcony only to discover that a small creature appeared to have done a few laps over his images during shooting, ruining the entire sequence. Was it a worm on his sensor? Can you explain what happened?
Sensor dust is a nightmare for many camera owners, and for videographers and time-lapse photographers in particular, it can be very difficult to rectify. Photographers at least have individual images that can be fixed with a little cloning, but as soon as you record video, things become a lot more complicated.
Attempting to correct thousands of images using Lightroom’s spot removal feature is far from ideal even if the dust isn’t moving. Adobe After Effects is usually the better solution, but it does require you to create masks for each dust spot (set to subtract and the Fill Method to Edge Blend), which can be a slow process if there’s a few of them and even harder if the dust spots are moving around.
Vandeputte’s wandering worm remains a mystery. Do you have any suggestions as to why this piece of dust set off on such an epic journey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.