Sunset and Palm Tree in Hawaii

A palm tree is silhouetted against the sunset sky in the Ko Olina resort area in Hawaiʻi

A palm tree is silhouetted against the sunset sky in the Ko Olina resort area in Hawaiʻi, as seen on one of our evening walks during our Hawaiʻi 2023 trip.

Each evening, around the time that the sun was setting, we would go for a walk along the Ko Olina lagoons. We would start at Aulani, walk to the end of the walkway (or until we reached the end of the lighted part if it was dark), and then walk back.

However, some of our walking time each evening was spent stopping to take photos of the sunset. Sunsets are always nice, but sunsets over water are even better. One of the points on the lagoon nearest Aulani was even called Sunset Point, and each evening there were several there to view the sunset. However, we did not see any bad views from anywhere along our walk, so that we were fine seeing the sunset wherever we happened to be.

By the way, you can see more photos from this day, including more sunset photos, in Part 6 of the trip report.

Lots of Photos

As you might imagine if you know anything about me, you will know that this one photo was not the only sunset photo that I took. And in fact, I took several just about every night that we were out there. So I have lots to share, but I will not overload you by sharing them all at once.

So do not be surprised if you see a sunset photo here every few weeks. Just giving you fair warning!

Some people might ask, “Why so many sunset photos?” But all four of us actually took at least a couple of sunset photos each night. The views were interesting, and they kept changing minute by minute, as the sun would drop a little lower or the clouds would change position.

We were all fascinated by the beauty of God’s creation. And I hope we never lose that fascination.

God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place and let dry ground appear.” It was so. - Genesis 1:9

About the Photo

I could have tried to recover some of the shadow detail here, so that you could see more of the palm tree and the foreground, but when I took this photo (and others like it), I intentionally wanted the palm tree to be in silhouette, so that is how I left it. I did use some processing to bring out the colors of the sky, but I tried not to overdo it.

Also, there was quite a bit of negative space (dark area) at the bottom of the photo. It was a bit distracting, so I cropped it out. And I did not use any “standard” crop ratio. Instead, I just cropped what looked good to my eye. You do not always have to conform to any pre-made anything, after all. Just do what works for you.

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Raw Therapee and GIMP.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: Rokinon 35mm f/1.8
Date: June 18, 2023
Location: Aulani, Ko Olina, Hawaiʻi


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