Composition and Image Design

Photography is an art. The same rules of composition and image design that apply to painting apply to photography. Elements such as repetition of design, s-curves, diagonal lines, rule of thirds, balance, and proper use of negative space work together to guide the viewers eye through the scene and tell the story. In this image…

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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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Maui Photo Tours and Workshops

People visiting Maui, look forward to exploring the island and taking lots of pictures. At Maui Photo Tours and Workshops we take visitors on a tour of the island and help them create photographs that capture the magic of Maui. During a Maui Photo Tour, clients learn composition techniques that guide the viewers eye and…

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Whale Swimming Tour in Tonga

Since 2006, I have been traveling to Tonga to swim with whales. I have developed relationships with experienced boat captains and guest house owners in order to provide a consistent hi-quality experience. My goal is provide the best Private Whale Swim Adventure possible. There are a lot of different kinds of accommodations in Tonga just…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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