I made some serious rookie mistakes on my hike. First, I didn’t listen to anyone that said mosquitoes will be particularly bad this time of year. Second, I forgot my camera was set on manual focus from my previous long exposure nights.
For the record, I did wear bug spray. It didn’t help. I suspect horse flies are immune or able to find the areas where the bug spray mist did not touch me. Others apparently listened to their wise friends as I was the only one hiking the trails that day. Although I brought a tripod, the moment I stopped there were all manner of bugs landing on me. Setting up a two-minute long exposure of the waterfall with a neutral density filter was absolutely out of the question. I’m too much of a wimp.
I’ll leave the hiking for the autumn when the leaves change colours and the horse flies are gone.