2023 NOAA Marine Sanctuary Photography Competition Winner for Sanctuary Views

This year three of my images were well received in the NOAA Marine Sanctuary Photography Competition. This image won First Place in the Sanctuary Views Category. It was created at Mala Wharf in Lahaina, several months before the fire. The image received Honorable mention. It is from Ukumahame Maui.

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Thinking Small

I recently traveled to Philippines to go scuba diving and concentrate on macro underwater photography. In other words I was going critter hunting, looking for animals so small that they could not be seen without a close up diopter. I selected a wet lens made by that flipped in front of the port and added…

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Learning a new discipline takes time

I purchased a super macro wet lens recently as I wanted to dive into the world of super macro underwater photography. My friend Mark Strickland provided some guidance and helped me select a flip top system with a Nauticam SMC-1. I am not a newbie to macro but am to super macro, and from my…

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Logistics of Planning International Travel

With the pandemic in a different phase, many countries have allowed travel and that is great news for adventure seeking scuba divers and underwater photographers. Below is a list of things to do that will help minimize mistakes. Check out the new trips posted on my site. www.douglasjhoffman.com

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Muck Diving is very popular in Dauin Philippines.

Muck diving started getting popular in Indonesia during the early 90’s. I remember diving the Twilight zone in Ambon, and the Lembeh Strait near Manado, North Sulawesi Indonesia. Going slow and looking for little critters became popular and now there are resorts that specialize in it. Not far from Indonesia, is the Philippines, and those…

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Inside the minds eye

When I go to the beach to create landscape portrait I look around the location and take in the rocks, sand, ocean conditions, rhythm and size of the incoming waves, and the sky in the background. Next I evaluate the ambient light in front of me and on the horizon. I want to get a…

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Nature creates the coolest critters.

In nature, animals that have bright markings, loud colors, hide in plain sight, or use anemones as boxing gloves are letting others know that danger exists. This is a boxer crab and is smaller than a nickel and is carrying an anemone in its claws as protection. Some fish develop ornate disguises that enable them…

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Follow your passion and create your own style of photography

Photography is an art. Done with intention, the process allows an individual to see a scene within their minds eye, then set about to create that image. From a technical aspect this means setting up the camera and lighting in a manner that helps create that image within the camera. Imagine standing at the edge…

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Image of the Week- Old Lava Flow

This images was created at Kaenea Point along the road to Hana, in Maui. It is among my favorite locations on the island. Each day the ocean waves hit the old lava flow As a special this week purchase any size portrait above 16×24 inches and receive a free upgrade to next bigger size and…

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Image of the Week – Hawaiian Lava Tube

This image was created recently on the big island of Hawaii. I just love the Silky Water. As a special this week purchase any size portrait above 16×24 inches and receive a free upgrade to next bigger size and free shipping. Offer valid for 7 days, beginning the day posted. This portrait is not yet…

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