Aloha - Maui sunset
photography hawaii

Aloha - Maui sunset

Ryan Leary

It was time to change things up. So when the opportunity to head to Maui for a bit popped up, I said yes. Can always figure out details later, right? Keegs and I are helping some friends setup their new place, so days 1-2 were kind of getting the lay of the land before we got exploring. Crazy to think we were in Hawaii for nearly 48 hours before we made it to a beach. The first one definitely didn't disappoint.

Exposure oh my

Sunsets are tricky. An hour before sunset maybe even more so. A REALY BRIGHT sun washes things out or you end up with a nice orange sun I went for two shots to blend later.

Similar to the focus stacking post, I pulled these into Photoshop, auto-aligned, and then painted in a mask to get the sunset to appear. This alone made for a shot I was pretty happy with. From there it was a little light painting just to touch things up here and there:

Lastly, I wanted to add a bit more of an orange sunset dream vibe. A few radials/gradients make it happen.

Parting Thoughts

Ya, it's difficult to take a bad shot in Hawaii. This was just a chance to scope things out. Next time I need to BRING MY TRIPOD so I can get a nice blurry water and hang around a bit longer for sunset proper.