Beautiful sunsets are a part of Hawaii and a must see when there. Thanks to my wonderful girlfriend, I was able to capture this stunning sunset on our second night in Poipu, Kauai during our 8-day, 7-night vacation in paradise. This is Kiahuna Beach, situated in the backyard of our hotel. Though mostly open sand, the western end of Kiahuna Beach has some nice outcroppings of rocks. Unlike the California coast I’m so used to photographing, the rocky coast of Kauai is filled with black porous lava rocks.
The sky was filled with large puffy cumulus clouds and it seemed like the southerly direction would light up with the clouds getting side lighting. However that never really materialized but instead the westerly direction started blowing up in fiery oranges and eventually deep pinks. I switched my framing towards the best light and tried to make the best of my situation. I still used the lava rocks as my foreground but I needed a large wave to sweep around the rocks. Luckily I got what I needed within a minute with that extra-large reinforcing wave gushing far up the beach.
I ended liking this framing more than I initially thought I would. The silhouetted palm trees in the background show the Hawaiian sunset and the clouds were bursting with colors. It was a great end to a fun-packed day that included Waimea Canyon and Kauai Coffee Plantation. Literally half an hour later, it started pouring in Poipu.
Canon 5D Mark II
EF 17-40mm f/4L
LEE 0.9 SE GND