The Hidden Beauty of Hawaii

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Amazing Colourful Details through the Eyes of Photography

Do not let anyone convince you there is no paradise on earth. Just look at the scenic Hawaii and you will realize that. We know how that sights look through your eyes, but how can they be showed through the eyes of a camera?

Hawaii Island Paradise
Scenic Pictures of Paradise…This is Hawaii

It is believed that a picture can never truly enhance the beauty of some sight, and though that is mostly true, we have to try to capture some scene to be able to keep it as a memory forever. When it comes to Hawaii, there is no doubt that cameras love it. Here are some of the picture perfect sites in Hawaii.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai

Na Pali Coast is located far from modern world on the Hawaiian island Kaua’i. It was always a mystical and astonishing place, but it was, for the first time, discovered worldwide when a single photo in a National Geographic article was published in 1960. That photo and the others that follow inspired many tourists to put Na Pali in a picture frame.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai
Na Pali Coast, Kauai – Image source: flickr

To make that endeavour more successful, the camera lens must capture the grass, the rocks, the sky and the waters in a single frame.

Mauna Kea, Big Island

Hawaiian tallest mountain is indubitably the best place in the world to take a picture of the most magical sunset ever. A simple view from the Mauna Kea summit at the breathtaking sunset will amaze you. And stepping outside and pointing your camera towards this scene will create a lifetime memory.

Mauna Kea, Big Island
Mauna Kea, Big Island – Image source: flickr

For creating the ideal photo, it is mandatory to follow the light. You can enhance the colours to appear more real in later post-production with filters such as the ones offered by EyeEm.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai

This great gaping gulch is Hawaiian version of Grand Canyon. And grandiose it is! It is not quite as big in terms of dimensions as the Arizonan canyon but it is enormous in terms of wonders. The site located on Kauai Island is full of ever-changing and bursting colours that are simply luring the camera to capture it.

Waimea Canyon, Kauai
Waimea Canyon, Kauai – Image source: flickr

To get a more realistic image and showcase the canyon in all its glory, try to use HDR to get all areas of the photo equally lit.

Garden of the Gods, Lanai

This garden truly lives up to the name. It is visually unique rock garden characterized by boulders of different sizes, colours and shapes. You do not have to be a geology buff to admire the dramatic formations decorating the landscape.

Garden of the Gods, Lanai
Garden of the Gods, Lanai – Image source: flickr

Try to take pictures of the site during the golden hour, to get the perfect blend of shadows, brightness and contrast.

Road to Hana, Maui

Well this is just every photographer’s or photo enthusiast’s dream. The scenic spot is rich with numerous waterfalls, views over taro patches and black-sand beaches. The narrow bridges and curvy road just make this place even more photo worthy.

Twin Falls Road to Hana Maui
Twin Falls Road to Hana Maui – Image source: flickr

Here, playing with perspective will get you the best photos. Photograph the waterfalls (and everything else) from high above, from down bellow and from each side.

Waikiki Beach, Oahu

One does not simply visit Hawaii without going to Waikiki Beach (in Hawaiian – spouting waters). And while you are there, why not take some of the most precious images for your Hawaiian photo album? The slow golden sunset on the beach is the right time to take your shot. The results will be sublime – a mixture of purple, orange, pink, golden, red and blue.

Use HDR to get the same amount of light on the sky and other subjects/objects or focus just on the sky and let the bystanders and palm trees remain silhouettes.

Waikiki Beach, Oahu
Waikiki Beach, Oahu – Image source: flickr

Some places are just made to be admired and photographed, and Hawaii is one of them. So why not pack your camera today, and start your journey of discovering and capturing the beauty of the islands?

AuthorAbout the author: Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography interested in interior and exterior design and regular author on High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and G+.

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