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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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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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…

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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…

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Lens Choice Controls Perspective

The reef by itself is beautiful. Using a 8 mm lens that shows the reef as a circle is unique. People rarely see an image with this perspective so it ads interest. The same reef shown below is with a 15 mm lens. Notice the different feel and look. If you want to learn how…

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Portraits of Frog Fish

There are many ways to create portraits of frog fish. All about the face. A male hanging out in the shadow a female. It’s all about me. Singing as if no fish are listening. Who could forget the wide angle environmental portrait, showing the fish in its environment. Fish portraits are fun to create but…

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Using a Vignette as a foreground element

This post is about one technique photographers use to draw the viewers eye into the portrait. When composing macro images, sometimes the photographer chooses to include an out of focus element in the foreground. This is called a vignette. Notice how the purple coral is out of focus and how that pulls the eye into…

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