Adding interest to your Hawaii sunset photos

As I’ve been organizing nearly 700 photos that we took on our recent trip to Kauai, Maui and Lanai, something about our sunset photos started to become apparent. While the run-of-the-mill, sun, sky and ocean photos are nice, the sunset photos with something in the foreground are much more interesting.

Let’s look at some comparisons. First, here’a sunset shot from Maui with just the sun, ocean and sky.

sunset photo taken on pride of mauiIt’s pretty, right? It has some interest in that the island of Lanai is off to the right.

Now, compare that photo to this one that we took from the Wailea at the restaurant Humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

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The palm trees and tiki torches add so much more interest to the photo. In my opinion, they also make it easier to immerse myself into the scene and feel a part of it.

On your next trip to Hawaii, try looking for something of interest in the foreground to include in your sunset shot. To help you with some ideas, here are some other photos from our collection.

tidepools at hulopoe at sunset
This photo was taken at Hulopoe Bay on Lanai. Notice that the lava rock tidepools in the foreground make the photo more lively with the ocean water splashing and rolling over the rough rocks.

Koele sunset

Another Lanai photo from our recent trip is this sunset shot from the upcountry of Lanai in Koele. Notice that the silhouette of the tall cook pines add an interesting scale and dimension to the sunset.

For a couple of other useful sunset photography tips, see:

After you’ve practiced these tips, don’t forget to send your favorite snap(s) to us to share for our Aloha Friday Photo series.


About Sheila Beal

Sheila Beal is the founder and editor of Go Visit Hawaii. You can connect with Sheila Beal on Twitter, Go Visit Hawaii on Facebook, or Sheila Beal on Google+.

2 comments

  1. Another trick we use is: If you’re just using a pocket-sized point-n-shoot camera or a cell phone, and can’t add a filter, use your sunglasses as a filter. Make sure they are nice and clean, and hold them so one lens is a couple inches from the lens of your camera (but so that no part of the sunglasses frame is in your shot). This will sometimes make a dramatic difference.

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