Category Archive: bucket list

Aug 15

Dry or wet, we have a workshop for you

Wildlife photography Workshops

  I am in the midst of packing for Tonga.  I will be leading two back to back photography workshops dedicated to humpback whales.   We will photograph them from the comfort of a 53 foot sailing catamaran and while snorkeling in the sea. I will do some presentations and help people set up their …

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Jul 27

Just added another Photography workshop in Tonga dedicated to whales

whale behavior

For the last ten years I have been leading small groups of photographers to Tonga to snorkel with Humpback Whales.  I leave in about a month for the 2014 season, and am happy to announce a new trip in 2015.  The dates are Sept 4-11th and the boat is wildlife a 53 foot sailing catamaran. …

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Mar 13

Whale Photography workshop in Tonga

I have been organizing and leading Whale Photography Workshops in Tonga for the last 10 years.  I do back to back 10 day charters and take groups ranging in size from 4 -7 people.   In 2014, the adventures are land based and utilize a ribbed inflatable boat called Tropic Bird.    In 2015, the …

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Jan 24

Trip Advisor Report

7 Hour Photo Workshop Reviewed December 27, 2013 As an intermediate photographer with a passion to learn landscape photography I wanted to combine a photo learning experience with a family trip to Maui. The challenge, find a teacher who is knowledgeable, passionate, accomplished and can teach. I found all that and more in Douglas Hoffman …

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Jan 20

Tip for photographing whales from a moving boat

Last glimpse

Maui is the vacation destination for over 10,000 Humpback whales this season.  Whale watching is one of the must do things for locals and visitors.  Since they are moving it is important to have a fast shutter speed when creating the image.  For that matter so is being stable.  If your on a moving boat …

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Jan 14

How to create stunning ocean images in Maui during harsh mid day light

Using a neutral density filter

On this image I used a 10 stop B&W neutral density filter.  The exposure was F22 at 30 seconds, with minus 3 stops EV.  The time was 10 AM on a sunny day. A lot of photographers know that morning and sunset have what is called sweet light.  For those that don’t know about this, …

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Jan 08

Whale Photography Presentation

Vaka Canoe 1

I will be doing a Humpback Whale Photography presentation on January 18th from 5 -7 PM at the Maui Art Expo.  This location is in the harbor shops at Maalaea Harbor, Maui.   The store is next to the Pacific Whale Foundation. The event is free, parking is free, and it is going to be …

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Dec 20

U/W photography allows divers to capture all the color and excitement that exists underwater

Most of the worlds population has not had the chance to scuba dive and see the wonders that exist underwater.   Indonesia, Fiji, Palau, Papau New Guinea, and the Philippines boast underwater reefs that feature a cornucopia of color. Hawaii, does not have a lot of color in comparison but the state has more endemic …

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Nov 30

Whale Photography Workshops

Swimming with Whales

While I live in Maui, which is known as the humpback whale capital of the pacific, each year I conduct two workshops dedicated to photographing Humpback whales above and below the surface in Tonga. I go to Tonga because I can that is where I can do it legally.  In Hawaii, swimming with Humpbacks is …

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