I’m in the Dominican Republic. It’s five something in the morning. It’s too early, I’m too sleepy and it’s still too dark outside. Why did I set an alarm? It takes all my will power to get out of bed. I put on my swimming trunks, a t-shirt, grab the room key, my camera gear and I’m off.

It’s eerily quiet. My over sized flip flops are the only sound to be heard. Three minutes after leaving my room, I arrive at my destination. The sand is cold. I cannot see much of my surroundings but I can hear the waves crashing ashore. Alerted by my flip flops, a security guard comes to check on me. His curiosity satisfied, he promptly leaves.

Knowing full well that my awakening would be brutal and that I would be working in darkness, I had already taken the liberty of setting up my camera on the tripod the night before. All I had to do now was wait. This is one of the occasions where my photo tip #1 comes into play.

As the first rays of light peered from behind the distant tree line, I started shooting away. With each passing minute, a different light show played out in the skies above me. I was then reminded why I set that alarm.


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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