Hawaiian Silhouettes

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A-Bay Sunset with Palms Trees, an Orange Sky and the Pacific Ocean
Highly contrasting situations landed themselves to photography of silhouettes.  On my recent trip to the Big Island I found myself gazing at a wonderful sense over "A-bay" in Waikaloa.  The palm trees clustered together in a way that allowed the sunshine to come between a couple of them.  Moving slightly to one side I was able to get the composition I desired.

The next artistic decision related to exposure.  If I decided to try to expose properly for the trees, the sunshine and the sky would be "blown out" white.  That would lose the beautiful colors of red and orange.  Instead I exposed for the sky and allowed the palm trees to simply go to black.

In another situation on the other side of the island, I did the same thing at sunrise.
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Pololu Silhouette at Sunrise

Hawaii Big Island: Sunrise at Pololu Overlook

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Pololu Valley Overlook Sunrise
Watching the glowing ball of sunlight rise from the flat ocean is a wonderful experience.  Everyone ought to see an ocean sunrise.  While visiting the Big Island of Hawaii, I used a very helpful tool to figure out whether Pololu Overlook would be a good or bad sunrise location.  SunCalc is a tool that shows the position of the sun at any time of day on any day of the year.  I checked it out for January in the Big Island and found out the sun would rise just left of the landmass.  Therefore, I felt confident this would be a great sunrise location with the alignment of the Kohala Cliffs and the glowing sun.  Enjoy.

Please visit my Big Island of Hawaii gallery to see more photos from this awesome place!
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The Wider View:  Pololu Valley sunrise