Maui Photography Blog

Part of the excitement of dive travel is planning it

I spent the day today looking at flights and option for an upcoming trip to the Philippines. This will be my first time traveling to this country and it brings back the excitement felt planning travel to Thailand, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Time spent planning is fun a part of the experience. The more…

Light is the wonder of it all

Sunsets are like chocolates. They are all sweet, just some are more delicious than others. In this sunset, it is the quality of light along with the clouds that adds that extra bit sweetness. One can never tell how awesome a sunset will be, as the weather changes frequently and often on the island. People…

Top Five Dive sites in the Bligh Water of Fiji

My favorite 5 sites in the Bligh Water. E6 Due to marketing this is one of Fiji’s most famous sites.  Starting just three feet from the surface this large pinnacle drops to over 2700 feet.   The site is well known for a cathedral-like overhang adorned with gorgonian fans. Along the pinnacle, the wall has…

So you want to learn underwater photography

Being a good underwater photographer by its nature requires one to be good diver. The fact is buoyancy is the most important factor. All too often I see experienced divers get lost in the moment when they have a camera in their hand. One minute they are swimming along looking for a subject, and the…

Dive Travel connects like minded people and forges lasting friendships

Being with like minded people who share a passion for scuba diving is one of the best things about dive travel. When 60 feet deep and looking at colorful soft coral it does not matter if you vote red or blue, eat meat or tofu, watch football or the Voice. What matters is the love…

Tonga Whale Swim Adventures Sept 6-20, 2023 and August 21 – Sept 4th, 2024

These adventures are the result of 14 years of leading whale swim and photography expeditions to Tonga.  This is the kind of trip most people consider to be once in a lifetime.  Accordingly, my goal is to make it the best trip possible.  Most whale swim boats are open charters and take between 8-12 people.…

Master Liveaboards celebrates the return of dive travel with a special photography charter in the Philippines

Join Douglas Hoffman for a photography dedicated 11 day adventure on board the M/Y Philippine Siren. The dates are July 14-24, 2022. The charter will visit Malapascua and the Visayas. We hope to encounter Thresher Sharks, schools of jacks & barracuda, stunning reefs, dramatic walls, soft coral grottos, hard coral gardens, as well as frog…

Underwater Photographers Dream Trip

I am excited to announce a special week of scuba diving in the Vatu I Ra Passage, of Fiji, taking place May 19-26th, 2024. Also known as the Bligh Water, this area is famous for colorful soft coral, tropical fish, and current. The first time I dived in these waters was with the Naia live-aboard.…

Matter of perspective

As a photographic artist there are many compositional tools available to create images that evoke emotion. For example, I can slow the shutter down to create motion and emotion in the finished image. I can also choose a lens that has unique perspective to create a different look and feel. I used a 8-15 mm…

A landscape portrait begins as an idea in my minds eye

When I arrive at a location the first thing I do is walk around. As I look to the left and right I am looking over the scene, evaluating the direction and quality of light, checking out the topography to see which elements of composition I can use to create a portrait that evokes an…