Another Hawaii Sunset at Ko Olina

The sun sets behind palm trees at Ko Olina Lagoons on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi

The sun sets behind palm trees at Ko Olina Lagoons on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi, as seen during our 2023 Hawaiʻi trip.

It is another month, which means another Hawaiʻi sunset photo. Maybe I have not been posting one a month, but it feels like it.1 Maybe it will become a regular thing, or maybe not.

I have wondered before about sunsets looking better over water.2 I still believe that they do, even with our interesting sunsets here at home from time to time. Maybe we should add a pond to our front yard to see more sunsets over water? Somehow, I do not think it would be quite the same.


Confession time: I do not like the above photo all that much. You can read more about that in the “About the Photo” section down below.

In some ways, I would consider this photo a failure, because it does not quite match my vision.3 However, I would guess that others will think there is nothing wrong with this photo at all. That is because they are judging it based on different criteria than me.

Sometimes, we have to take a step back and look at what we consider failures. Perhaps those things are not failures after all. Perhaps those things can be of value if we look at them differently. Perhaps we are sometimes too hard on ourselves.

And if we see people dealing with what they consider their own failures, we should gently help them along. Do not try to argue with them. Shouting, “No, you are not a failure!” probably will not solve anything. Instead, offer some gentle words of praise. Maybe a hug or a pat on the back. Something to let them know that things are not so bad after all.

No one wants to feel like a failure. Everyone needs a little praise sometimes. It is a great way to show others love when they need it.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. - Proverbs 3:27

Love One Another

About the Photo

I do not like this photo all that much. But you probably already knew that if you read the above section. There technically is not anything wrong with it. I just could not make it look like I wanted it to look. The lesson here is that you can’t pull more color out of a photo if it is not there in the first place. So while there is really probably not anything wrong with this photo, I wanted it to look a bit more colorful than it was.

I tried all sorts of different techniques when I was processing this photo, but none of them worked. So I went back to a more simple way and got what you see above. And since I spent a good bit of time on it, I figured I might as well go ahead and post it anyway. Looking at the photo again a few days now after I worked on it, I know that it is not a bad photo, it is just not quite how I envisioned it. Oh well, I will try again with a different photo soon.

And by the way, and completely unrelated to the paragraphs above, I like learning new things.4

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 15, 2023
Location: Aulani, Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi

  1. Actually, I missed February. The last one was in January, Beach Sunset in Hawaiʻi↩︎

  2. See Hawaiʻi Sunset over the Waves, for example. ↩︎

  3. My vision was something similar to the previous photo, referenced in the first footnote. ↩︎

  4. I learned how to do footnotes for this post. Can you tell? ↩︎


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