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About mauidoug

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    http://www.koholagallery.com
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    douglasfishhoffman

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Maui, Hi
  • Interests
    scuba diving, photography, travel

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    Nikon D850, D810, D500,
  • Camera Housing
    Nexus
  • Strobe/Lighting Model & Brand
    Ikelite DS-161
  • Accessories
    Ultra lite arms, seconic light meter,
  • Industry Affiliation
    PADI
  1. The housing has sold. Happy photos everyone.
  2. Upgrading to Nikon D850 and selling my Nikon D810 housing. It was just serviced and is in perfect condition. It cost $3,250 and I have had it 18 months. It has not seen a lot of use. Comes with two strobe mounting balls on handles. $2,350.
  3. Thanks. I will set camera to f-8 @ 60 FPS and auto ISO to maintain. I am really looking forward to using my D810 for still and video. I will post upon my return.
  4. Aloha everyone, In two weeks I will head to Tonga to spend some quality time swimming with humpbacks. I will be leading a group of photographers but since my camera will shoot video, I want to I've it a try. I have a Nikon D810 in a nexus housing and will be using a 16 mm fish eye lens. I have been thinking about setting the camera in manual and using fast shutter speed and F-8 with a floating ISO. Do any of you have experience shooting video with this camera. Any and all insight is appreciated. Mahalo Douglas Hoffman
  5. I have put together a small group of whale enthusiasts that have experienced Humpbacks in Tonga, and wanted to be in the water with Sperm Whales. Due to a sudden cancelation there is an opportunity to join the charter. The boat is reserved for 10 days, Dec 3-12th, 2015. I have been at sea before with this captain and whale swim guide and am very happy with their skills, dedication, and track record. There will be a maximum of 4-5 people on the boat as this charter. The accommodations will be first class and include 11 nights ocean view accommodations at the Ft. Young Hotel. Cost is $8,500 Includes Fisheries Dept permit and fees, permitted whale swim guide, boat, captain, & accommodations. Does not include flights, transfers, meals, gratuities. This is not a cheap trip. I tried that last time and the hotel was ok, but nothing special. This time the accommodations and overall experience will be much much better.
  6. This is an exclusive adventure limited to four people. Right now there is one space open. This will be my tenth season organizing photo tours to Tonga, and over the years I've have learned a lot about whale behavior and photography. This charter has the right boat, takes place at the peak of the season, and will be epic. We will be looking for whales that are displaying particular behavior that we know based on past experience may lead to an extended mutual interaction. When this happens we are accepted into the pod and float along with the whales for hours at a time. I will help participants with camera concerns, techniques, settings, in water positioning, and offer daily review and critique sessions. The adventure includes 11 full days of whale swimming with lunch on the boat, 12 nights accommodation with breakfast and internet. Flights, layover expenses, & dinners are not included. Click here for more details
  7. Really nice images. Thanks for your response. The 15 does look like a great lens. Since I lead whale swimming trips to Tonga each year, I need a good wide angle lens. The 10-17 served me well but now its time to move on..... I did like the idea of 12-28 with the Tokina. But its as big as my 14-24 and about as heavy.
  8. For years my trusty Nikon D300 in a nexus housing has served me well. It works great but I recently upgraded to a Nikon D810 and am planning on getting another Nexus housing. That was the easy decision. I've gone from DX to FX and from 12 megapixel to 36. But, the transition means my trusty Tokina 10-17 with its dedicated port won't fit the new housing. So, since I will have to get a new port I am thinking of which lens. I have a 14-24 that I use for landscape photography and love it. But I don't want to to take it underwater. I have a 16 mm fish eye which is an old lens but a good one. I have also considered the 16-35, the older 17-35, nikon 20mm, & Sigma 15 mm fisheye. I just learned Tokina makes a 16-28 2.8 FX. Does anyone use this lens and if so is it as good as the Tokina 10-17 DX. Since most of my underwater work these days is with whales, this lens could work well. Would love to hear about experiences with this lens.... Aloha!
  9. There is nothing like swimming with whales. The feeling you get when a whale looks you in the eye is surreal and humbling. I have traveled to Tonga ten times to swim with these gental giants, and hope to do it for another ten years. Dont get me wrong I am a die hard diver, and never thought I would look forward to snorkel trips but being in the presence of giants is the most fun I have had with a mask on....
  10. This image was created during a recent landscape photography workshop in Maui.
  11. Join Mark Strickland and Douglas Hoffman on an incredible adventure dedicated to swimming with Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales in Ha'apai Tonga. The dates are Sept 12-23, 2014. Includes 11 nights accommodation, 9 days whale swimming, lunch on the boat, & airport transfer to hotel. This is Douglas' 10th season organizing small groups dedicated to whale photography, and Marks fourth time co-hosting. Limited to five participants this is going to be an incredible expereince. We will not swim with every whale we see. Expereince has taught us to look for specific behaviors that might lead to extended interaction. We know that by being selective in which whales we swim with we could well be rewarded with swims that last for hours rather than seconds.... Please send an email to dhimages@maui.net if interested in joining this adventure. If not able to join in 2014 but are interested, there are sapces avaialbe for the 2015 season. Dates are Sept 4-14th, 2015.
  12. Aloha While I teach photography workshops in Maui lead small groups on adventures in Tonga to snorkel with whales, this Indonesia trip is my vacation. I am really looking forward to diving, and enjoying myself. I have always wanted to go on the Damai I but the boat is so popular I have not been able to. Just by luck I checked the schedule and saw that there was an opening after a scheduled maintenance break in 2012. SO , I signed up. The adventure starts in Raja Ampat, then goes to Manakwari for some great wreck diving. It continues to Chandrawasih Bay for whale sharks and coral reefs. The dates are July 30-Aug 9th 2012. The reason I made the post is that I thought there might be a few underwater photographers out there that might like to join. Check out the Damai website and sign up.Dive Damai
  13. In the world of adventure travel Tonga is one of those destinations that has yet to be discovered by the mainstream. While the diving is good this remote destination is one of the only places in the world where the government issues a set number of permits allowing charter companies to take people snorkeling with Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales. 2011, was my sixth season in Tonga, and based on 3 days in Tongatapu, 2 weeks in Ha'apai, and 3 weeks in vavau' Tonga, I'd have to say it was a very good season. Among all the incredible encounters this year, a few stand out. One one day, I saw males head butting and fluke slapping in an attempt to show dominance in a heat run, males bubbling each other and lunging on top of each other from underwater. It was like the discovery channel but happening 30-40 feet away. I could watch but with a 10-17 lens could not get close enough to make quality photographs. This season it also seemed like there were a lot of males around. This observation is based only on the number of heat runs I observed as well as the number of groups of young whales not yet sexually active playing and pretending to do behaviors they would be doing for sure perhaps as soon as next season. Read the entire report here2011 Tonga report
  14. Over the years I have supported Whale Trust, and the Whale Dolphin Conservation Society because I believe these organizations make a difference. When I found out the WDCS wanted to use one of my images for the cover of their 50th anniversary magazine I felt quite humbled. There are a lot of really good photographers that are passionate about supporting conservation. It is an honor to be among this group and support organizations that use compelling portraits of nature in order to evoke emotional response to help sway public opinion.
  15. The body comes with original box, battery, charger. The camera was used for topside and has never been underwater. It works perfectly and has roughly 70K shutter actuations and the shutter is rated for 250000 actuations. THe price is $1,750 plus shipping.
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