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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Bligh Water of Fiji is my favorite area to dive in Fiji

I am very fortunate to have traveled to Fiji to scuba dive over a dozen times. There are a few reasons why I keep returning. The first, is world class diving, and an abundance of soft coral. Second, is the friendly people. Over a span of 20 years the local people I have interacted with…

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Frisky – Image of the week

This is Frisky the baby whale. The portrait was created in Tonga and is printed on aluminum. It is 30 x 45 inches in size and framed in aluminum. This week Frisky is on sale for $1,995 and that includes shipping within US. If interested in swimming with whales I am offering a two week…

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Color Beneath The Sea – Image of the Week

This portrait celebrates color and was created in the Bligh waters of Fiji. Printed on aluminum, the portrait has incredible luminosity. It is 30 x 45 inches and comes framed. Gallery price is $2,995 but this week it is on special for $1,995 and includes shipping in the US. Take advantage of the deal before…

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