Maui Photography Blog

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Muck Diving- Whats up with the little critters?

When did diving along the bottom in sand or patch coral become such a popular thing. I remember back in the 90’s that people got excited about the Lembeh strait and Twilight Zone in Indonesia, and years later people were raving about Anilao in the Philippines. Going slow and looking for small things is not…

Vacations are there perfect time to have a family portrait created.

Life gets busy with kids. Activities, sports, music lessons, homework, school, and friends demand a lot time. Being the parent is no easier with demanding jobs that require lots of time. So there is not a lot of quality time spent together. When on vacation everyone has time together. Families actually do things together and…

A vignette is an effective element of composition

When creating portraits of people or marine life, a vignette is powerful element of composition. The technique uses a foreground element that is not in focus to draw the viewers eye toward the subject. The Ornate Ghost Pipe fish is the subject, and the blurry section of the Crinoid draws the eye towards the fish…

Red Forest – Image of The Week

This portrait was created in Feb of 2022, not long after Fiji re-opened its borders. An 8 mm lens was used in order to create this unique perspective. Purchase this portrait on Metal this week and receive a free upgrade to next bigger size. Contact me for details douglashoffman007@gmial.com. If interested in a underwater photography…