Beach View at Kaena Point in Hawaii

Waves wash onto the shore at Kaena Point Beach on the island of Oahu in Hawaii

Waves wash onto the shore at Kaʻena Point Beach on the island of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi during our 2023 Hawaiʻi trip.

If you have been following along on the posts from our trip, this photo may look familiar, because I posted a similar view several months ago. This view is not exactly the same as that previous one to begin with. And besides that, I like this one better. The processing makes the photo look clearer and brighter. And just like that previous photo, you can find Laura in this photo if you look closely. Obviously, I like this photo slightly better, as you might can tell from the title of this post.

I took lots and lots of photos during our visit to Kaʻena Point, and I still have shared only a few of them. So this one will probably not be the last one. And I have several photos looking in the other direction, but this one called out to me immediately when I was looking through the photos again. Maybe the next one will be different! Maybe not.

See more from our visit to Kaʻena Point in Part 4 of the trip report.

Hawaii Trip 2023


As you might guess, I immediately found myself comparing this photo to the other photo that I had shared earlier. They are, in fact, two different photos, although they may look the same. And the two different photos even have two different purposes, if only because of the fact that I shared them on two separate occasions. But I still found myself comparing the two of them. Should I share the new one, when it is somewhat similar to the old one. Of course, the answer I arrived at was yes, as you can tell.

Comparison does have its purposes at times, but at other times, comparison can cause problems. Did you compare what you got for Christmas to what someone else got for Christmas? If so, either you or the other person came up feeling short because of the perceived idea that one of you got better gifts. Did you compare your vacation last summer with someone else’s? The same result would apply. Did you read about what others accomplished in 2023 and felt inadequate? Again, that is a comparison that might not need to be made.

We can quickly start to feel that we are better than others if we start comparing, and that can be bad if it causes us to look down on others and treat them poorly. That leads to so many of our social problems these days, because we feel that we are better than they are, whoever “they” might be.

Or we can start to feel like others are better than us if we compare ourselves to them and feel like we do not have what they have. That can lead to social problems as well, such as jealousy and envy, or even worse, theft or murder.

Don’t feel like you have to compare yourself to other people. It can be a danger. Instead, treat everyone with love, as if we are all equal, because we are all humans, after all.

Stop comparing. It is one of many ways we can love each other more.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. - Romans 12:3

Love One Another

About the Photo

This photo has a different look than I had given the similar photo that I had shared earlier. That was not necessarily intentional. I actually processed this photo before I looked back to see that other photo. As I was working on this one, I was thinking it looked familiar, particularly with Laura off to the left. When I looked back to find that previous photo, I realized that these look different, even though they are similar photos. So I decided to go ahead and share this one, because it is different from the other.

As I mentioned above, this one is much brighter than the other. And I turned up the color saturation even more for this one, too. Everything looks a bit bolder here, too. Sometimes photo processing just depends on the mood that I am in. This one was processed in the winter, and I was definitely thinking sunny, bright, warm thoughts, as you might can tell.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 16, 2023
Location: Kaʻena Point State Park, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi


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Burnsland is Steve Burns, with generous help from his lovely wife Laura. Steve is a husband, father, photographer, webmaster, writer, podcaster, artist, Christian. Steve enjoys sharing his photography, art, and stories through, from the Burnsland World Headquarters in Tennessee.