I was the typical tourist who woke up late, visited places for a little while, and came back just in time to get ready for a nice dinner and nightlife. As a typical tourist I just wanted to create memories by taking good photos. But, as many of us know, it’s not just about using a camera (even a good one).

Taking good photos is not just about being in the right place. It’s also about being there at the right time.

Now I am the guy who wakes up at 3am and who gets ready for the sunrise somewhere epic, and who comes back to sleep while busses of tourists start coming. The guy who wakes up again at 3pm to enjoy a beautiful sunset while tourists are coming back for the night. Does it sound weird and stressful? Not for me, I enjoy a place way more in this way, and I relax more beng far away from the crowds of tourists.

This is just one of the many ways photography changed me.

Now I am chasing that beautiful sunrise light. I am chasing that stunning view, and joyful colors. But photography is now just a pretext to be there at the right time. The reality is that I am there for myself.