I shot this one night after sunset this past August from the coast of West Maui, from a spot just north of Honokowai Beach Park. This was one of those nights where the sunset itself wasn’t bad, but I didn’t expect to get much color once the sun went below the horizon. It’s always nice to get a bit of post sunset glow, hence the name of this image – “Maui Sunset Glow”.
This shot was taken maybe 15 minutes after the sun finally set. Post product on this was done using a combination of Luminar as well as Adobe Lightroom. The original RAW file was shot using a Nikon D810, 24mm lens, ƒ/5 at 1/20s at ISO 64. I was using a tripod with a remote shutter release to keep the image as sharp as possible, while also getting as much color saturation as possible thanks to the low ISO setting.
The post production work done on this was basically pulling out some of the color in the foreground rocks to match what I was seeing during the shot, and a little cleanup of chromatic aberrations between the rocks and water.
Getting the color to also come out of the clouds, both in the channel and over Molokai, was pretty simple, just by adding a bit of saturation and clarity within Lightroom. Overall, post production to get this final image didn’t take that much work. It’s hard to take a bad sunset photo on Maui!
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