As visitors to Hawaii, we tend to be so enamored with watching the sun sink into the ocean that we don’t notice what else is happening. Instead of facing the sun the entire time, and practically blinding yourself in the process, turn around to see what the sun is lighting. Oh the vibrant, golden glow you will find!
Sunset is one of the best times to capture west-facing photos of landscapes. In an interview with my uber talented portrait photographer friend, Natalie Norton, she explains that the natural light is softer at sunset. Natalie says, “The sun also has warmer tones at those times as well. Nothing will help your images say “paradise” like a naturel filter of warm yellows and soft pinks.”
Let’s take a look at some examples of some photos we’ve shot at sunset. First, here’s a photo of Kapalua Beach that I took with my iPhone from Merriman’s Kapalua. While everyone else was focused on the sun, I looked around to see the golden glow of the beach.
On a visit to Oahu, Andy and I had a nice little Waikiki Beach picnic at sunset. We glanced back from the sun to see Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach lit up with a warm radiance as shown in the next photo.
Sunset is not only a good time to capture the illuminated west-facing landscape shot, it’s also a super opportunity to shoot a flattering photo of your travel companions. Natalie explains that, “[The sun is] coming down at an angle so you won’t get the dark shadows under your eyes and nose typical of shooting mid-day.” No unflattering shadows? Um, yes please! After capturing that shot with the sun in the background, you and your travel pals should turn to get that flattering shot with a sun-kissed glow.
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