Mangrove Swarm, Malaysia
Photo for July 2012: Mangrove Swarm
The tide was going down and the conditions were looking great. My partner, Charmaine and I took the long hike across the exposed mudflats knowing what we will come facing upon reaching the location.
Scrambling into position once we were more mobile, I composed and waited for the sun to drop below the horizon. The afterglow was getting good and I was desperate to get some shots in the bag. Why the rush? Sandflies and night mozzies....the 2 flying bugs form a lethal combination that drove us mad every day. Long sleeves and repellent do not help a single bit. The only thing that comes close to being the perfect solution was tanning oil. The insects will just get stuck and die without one feeling an itch. The problem is handling filters and lenses with oily hands was not really going to work here so it was tolerance to the max right here.
When it got so dark that I could barely see the ground, the swarms arrived and the audible buzz was enough to set off a frenzy of packing.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II w/ 16-35 L, processed in Aperture and Photoshop