Sunrise in the Bladen Nature Reserve, Belize
The last morning of the expedition it rained...and the mist was thick. I could not pull my camera gear out as condensation would immediately fog the lens and inside mirrors of the camera body. Plus, the trails were difficult to walk - like trudging through a mixture of ice and mollasses. I was soaked with sweat, not damp, but like I just walked out of the water...and oh the pack was heavy. I knew that when the sun came out there was a possibility of the classic "sun ray shot" through the canopy, so kept looking for it. When I saw it, I quickly pulled out the clothes I normally sleep in to dry off my arms, hands and head - pulled out the Canon 5D Mark III and my 14mm. Being careful to keep my hands and skin away from the lens (even putting your hands a few inches from the lens puts off enough moisture to fog the lens), I swung the camera around in circles to create a flow of air, blowing the condensation off the lens, then quickly framed and shot this.
Photograph by Tony Rath
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