Back in October Vanessa and I decided to go to a small island off the south coast of Haiti called Ile-a-Vache. We found our way to the town of Les Cayes from where we had to take a 20 minute boat ride to the hotel. Of course I had my camera with me and was planning to take all kinds of pictures of the natural beauty of this paradise. I figured I could get some great ones from the boat. The boat operator (and Vanessa) repeatedly warned me to put the camera away and store it away under a tarp, because the waves could get a little rough. I brushed them off and started clicking away. As we got farther from the dock the waves DID start to get a little rough. I thought it would be fine because I had been in the rain before and everything had been fine. But as I tried to get photos of a large freighter that was anchored in the harbor I noticed that things were getting a little blurry. I figured that when we got there I could air the camera out in the sun and everything would be fine. But...things were not fine. I found out that salt water is much different than fresh water when it comes to damaging cameras. When the water evaporates, salt water leaves a residue that cameras don't like too much. Well, needless to say I didn't get those great pictures of the awesome sun set and the secluded sand bar...I guess we will just have to go back sometime now that the camera is fixed. We had to send it to Chicago and it took two months to get it back, and I felt like part of me was missing as we saw some incredible sights and I wasn't able to capture.
Here are the last pictures I took before the salt residue took over:
It was a great trip, and a great lesson learned. Hopefully you can learn from my experience and don't have to go through it too.