Setting sun in Lahaina

Each day I spent standing on the shore waiting for a sunset across the Lahaina Roads¬†brought a different dramatic scene. Here, away from the sandy beaches, we were treated to an almost blinding reflection off the water’s surface as the sun began it’s descent for the night.

sunset in Lahaina
The sunlight reflecting on the water before sunset creates an image with a huge dynamic range. Larry Shapiro photo

The unprocessed jpeg image straight from the camera really exhibits the extreme dynamic range of the scene, but the above image illustrates the amount of data recorded by modern sensors and able to be brought out with current software.

stark reflection of the sun on the water
Exposing the original file for the highlights on the water created a virtual silhouette of the scene. Larry Shapiro photo