Makena Surf – Image of the Week

Located in Makena Maui, this is my favorite snorkel spot. The portrait is printed on metallic photographic paper and face mounted to acrylic. The size is 20 x 30 inches. This week it is on special for $1,495 and includes shipping in the US. If interested in an underwater photography workshop I offer options in…

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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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Buoyancy skills for underwater photography

Recently, I taught a workshop for an experienced dive instructor who wanted to learn to take better pictures. The day before the scheduled dive, we met for a dive briefing and I explained the buoyancy skills we would do. The first task was to establish neutral buoyancy 4-5 feet off the bottom and stay there…

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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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Practice makes perfect

Professional athletes practice their sport for hours on end, so that when the moment comes they perform at a high level. Many elite athletes have personal coach as it takes dedication, perseverance, and mastery to excel. The same is true for photography. The more time I spend behind the lens the more the technical and…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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