Any Canadian knows the concept of an all-inclusive trip “down South”. It’s a vacation package where you pay a single fee that includes your flight, hotel, transportation and unlimited food and drinks. Yes, that includes all the alcoholic beverages you want. These vacation packages are extremely popular for tourists heading to Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Jamaica during during those cold Canadian winters.

During an all-inclusive trip, the vast majority of people will spend their whole week at the same hotel resort only to go out for an excursion or two or perhaps to go visit the towns nearby. Some vacationers will not leave the hotel at all for the whole duration of their stay. Don’t get me wrong, relaxing by the beach/pool with a nice cold beer whilst getting a nice tan can be quite enjoyable but after a few days it can get monotonous.

Luckily for photography enthusiasts like myself, these types of vacation provide the ideal time to try out some new photography techniques. On this occasion, I brought my tripod and some ND filters and had a go at long exposure day photography. This is something I don’t normally do on a “regular” vacation as it requires lugging the tripod everywhere as well as spending quite a lot of time at specific locations.

In these series of photos, I shot the waves crashing on the rocks. The long exposure of water negates the waves in a way as you get silky smooth waters.

You generally want to have the best quality filters in front of your lens. Since I don’t use these often, I went the cheap route and got some inexpensive ones from eBay. The results are apparent as the photos do not have the best image quality possible.


Christian is a Montreal based traveler and hobbyist photographer. He has a regular 9 to 5 job but will use his passport whenever he can. His photos are nothing to write home about but he likes to share them nonetheless. Talk to him about all things Japan. English is not his strong point so please let him know if you spot any mistakes.

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