Welcome to the official website of dave martinez photography - Here, I'll share with you my life's work as a photographer, as well as my photographic misadventures!
The (unconscious) beginnings of the photographer in me probably started when I was really small. One of my favorite toys was a film camera that I toyed around and just shoot. Fast forward to around the digital age, I got my first digital SLR (a Nikon D70), and this time, consciously fell in love with photography. Since then it's been a helluva ride. After all these years, I still feel in a way "naked" when I go out without a camera, it is almost like a necessity to at least bring one even if it is only an ordinary day, there is that constant longing inside that there might be something interesting to be captured today. And whenever I am shooting, I feel like I am in a trance - (stubborn & reckless!). Every after a tiring shoot, ironic as it seems, I feel recharged!
Photography is a ritual - it involves the heart, mind and soul. It is a holistic approach, one that involves all your senses. Put your heart and mind in it before clicking the shutter, and when it touches your soul, it is complete.
Leica M | Nikon FX DSLR | Panasonic Micro 4/3
Manfrotto | Benro
The word “Balyuan” in the local Waray dialect means “a place or market for exchange or trade” and has religious and historical importance to the city of Tacloban. This is place where the sacred image of the childView full post »
Someday, I will like to be a ___________.
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/200, ISO 450, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 70-200 2.8 VRII
Feel free to interact with my blog articles, either by adding a comment below this article, or drop meView full post »
Sorry guys, can’t think of a better title for this photo… all I see is aperture and shutter speed? Grrr…
I can see an 8 bladed diaphragm, I also see an opening of F/2.5, and there is also an imageView full post »
Just said goodbye to my trusty old Panasonic Lumix GF1. (Dave, you call your camera a GF? c’mon…)
I feel the drain (drama!) upon the loss of this worthy equipment, but there’s a time for everything I guess. It’sView full post »
Sometimes we look for some divine intervention to what the earthly ruins have done to our lives.
Sometimes we ask why things happen for without rhyme or reason.
Sometimes we ask if there is really a God.
Sometimes we look forView full post »
This time around I’m gonna feature in this site an exclusive interview of Featured Photographer(s) (note: with an “s”). I’m proud to note that this is the very first interview to be featured in this site. To featureView full post »
Literally, yes. (Nah, just the hood…)
A bit nuts huh? Not just a bit I guess LOL.
But yes, I’ve literally had my Nikkor AF 10.5mm 2.8 fisheye lens hacksawed.
Fisheye Hacksaw by Mike TM, Photo courtesy of Mike TM
(ThanksView full post »
I have been a victim myself, building my own kit… I had my shares of ups and downs, and the heavy costs involved I don’t want to remember, LOL! It looks like a never-ending maze when one becomes so attached to this hobby. NoView full post »
Want to take better photos?
Wake up early and shoot the sunrise… or late in the afternoon for the sunset.
Why? because the light is not harsh. The noontime light can be unforgiving. It’s said that photographers sleep during theView full post »
1. Because today might have some unexpected shooting opportunities.
2. Because today might be a special day waiting to be documented.
3. Because today the glorious sunset may suddenly glow and will slowly go downhill at the far westView full post »
At the edge of the world (Bryan & Noemi)
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/80, ISO 400, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8, SB-800, Pocketwizard Plus II
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Canon or Nikon?
Photographer’s note: F/22, 21 sec, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8, Benro C-298 tripod
Up to this very day, I’m still plagued by this question… This is the question a lot of photographyView full post »
The pioneering photo club of Leyte and Samar, the Leysamfoto Club, Inc. partnered with Autism Society of the Philippines, Tacloban Chapter to the photo exhibit of “Colors of A Spectrum”. This will feature the children’sView full post »
Having carried DSLRs for years that somehow weighed me down at times, made me really scout for a compact camera that can still deliver DSLR-like quality for the ordinary days that I wish to bring one. It really took me a while finding one.View full post »
There is said to be rules in photography, better put – they aren’t really rules, but sort of guidelines to take better photos. They are there to guide us on how to compose, how to tell a story, how to draw the eyes, how to takeView full post »
In a way, it is. Sort of, I guess… (unless there is a time machine of some sort).
It is a medium that captures a certain moment, that nano of a millisecond that is bound not to happen again in exact the same way in our lifetime. ThisView full post »
Hey guys… here it is finally: my personal blog site. I’ve been longing to this for quite a while now (=years!), but haven’t really have the #1. time and/or #2. guts to do so. I think I just have so many thoughts in myView full post »