Category Archive: Guided tours by Douglas Hoffman

Douglas Leads tours on the island of Maui, in Fiji, and Tonga.

Dec 09

Lines lead the eye through an image. They can be vertical, diagonal, horizontal.

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A picture is worth a 1000 words so these images are an essay on how lines of composition work to lead the viewers eye through an image. look at the image and then trace how your eyes saw the image.  Where do your attention go first? as it controls the flow of the image.

Jan 14

Recent Review on Trip Advisor

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When I receive a Trip Advisor report like this one, it brings a smile to my face.   I feel so grateful that my clients love what I do as much as I do!

Jan 13

Sunset in Maui is always different. Thats the fun. You never know what your going get.

When you think about Maui, you might visualize sandy beaches, rocky coast line, lava rock, palm trees, blue skies, you know paradise… This is such a beautiful island and no better place to enjoy a tropical sunset. No matter where you are in Maui when the sun sets, you will see a beautiful view. That …

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Dec 23

Don’t always have to walk far to find beauty in Maui

  Literally three feet behind me is the road.  I simply pulled over got out of the car, set up the tripod, and created this image.   Is it always this easy no.   But, it can be.   Beauty is everywhere in Hawaii.  So, rather than go fast, take your time and enjoy the …

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Dec 22

North Shore of Maui is an incredible place for landscape photography

Every day the view is different as the weather and tides constantly change. This is one of the things that excites me as a photographer. I look at a scene and think about composition and how to tell the story of this place and this moment in time.  This helps me see the image well …

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Nov 16

Lines of Repetition Guide the Viewers Eye through the Frame

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The water streaming down the rocks create a series of lines that blend together to draw the eye through the scene. Lines that repeat are an element of image design that help guide the viewers eye through the frame. Once you start thinking about lines that repeat, they seem to be everywhere……. While on a …

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Jul 05

Lahaina Break Wall

Sunset colors in the Splash

Last night was the July 4th and I wanted to get a view of the fireworks.  After spending almost 2 ours driving 20 miles  my friend Scott and I headed to Lahaina Harbor with the intention of getting out on the break wall as to watch the fireworks. Once we got to there we realized …

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Mar 18

Subtle tones make for a surreal sunset

Another beautiful sunset in Hawaii

  Maui has endless locations for landscape photography.  This beach offers a great view of the west Maui Mountains.  The subtle colors in this sunset are surreal.

Mar 14

Sunset along Maui’s Southern Coast

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On a recent Maui workshop we selected a stretch of coastline in Makena, that provided a nice view of Maui’s rocky coastline. A Lee graduated neutral density filter was used to control the quantity of light above the horizon. Working with filters allows the photographer to control light and exercise creativity.  I carry a variety of filters in …

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Nov 19

Makena Sunset

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  I created in Wailea Maui about a week ago. I used a 3 stop graduated Neutral density filter and a long shutter speed in order to incorporate the motion of the ebbing tide in the composition. The graduated filter allowed me to control the amount of light coming into the camera and slow the shutter …

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