Over 2,000 miles from the closest land mass, Hawai’i is a destination renown around the world for sun, surf, and a relaxing lifestyle. Hawaiian culture, known for it’s Aloha spirit, is welcoming and familiar, even for first time visitors. But even to those who have visited time and time again, the sunsets of Hawai’i are always spectacular and rival those from other renown spots around the world. Hawaiian sunsets are always a great way to end an activity filled day in the islands.
Vog. Not a trendy fruit drink.
While the sunsets in Hawai’i are always amazing, the colours have been even more spectacular with the “vog” that has been floating around. Vog is a form of air pollution that is caused when particles a volcano react with the oxygen in the air. Not the greatest for your health, but amazing when it comes to the colour of any given sunset. On the Big Island, vog may be present depending on the current activity of any of the active volcanos.
The majority of resorts on the islands are situated on the western or southern side of the islands. Finding a vantage point to watch the Hawaiian sunset over the Pacific ocean is not difficult, but it’s worth considering how you may frame the photo. A rocky lava outcrop or palm trees silhouetted against the orange and red hues will add some interest to your photo. Keep an eye out for a passing sailboat (sunset cruises are very popular and for good reason!). It’s a great way to help frame a sunset photo and break up the otherwise linear view.
What lens to use?
With craggy shorelines, white sandy beaches, and wide open skies, a wide angle lens is a sure way to get a great photo. But don’t discount a zoom lens either. The two silhouette photos I posted above were at 200mm. Framing the setting sun amongst a negative silhouetted shape can help you focus the viewer on the sun and the colour of the sky while adding interest. Experiment, and see what you like best!