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
Revisiting Costa Brava, San Jose – one of the worst-hit barangays in Tacloban City during the landfall of Typhoon Yolanda on that fateful day, November 8, 2013. Most of the families have transferred to the new relocation site by now,View full post »
What’s up? It has been quite a while! Life has been so kind to keep me tied-up with its intricacies, and I am trying hard to catch up haha! Well, here I am, still stubbornly shooting the world with different shades of gray. InView full post »
Basey Fiesta 2015 (Basey, Samar) – A beautiful town, all the more made more beautiful by its people. Their celebration of the town fiesta is deeply centered on aged-old traditions and Christian values. I am honored and privilegedView full post »
A quick revisit of San Juanico Bridge, majestic and iconic as ever. It’s been quite a while since Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) struck our place, and this bridge has survived the storm, stood tall, and served as anView full post »
Incredible India 2
Before we move on to the next adventure, I’d like to share one more post from India. I shot a combination of Micro 4/3 and rangefinder. The rangefinder (a B&W camera) I wasn’t quite sure at first bringingView full post »
INCREDIBLE INDIA 1
Incredible it is! Here are some loooooong overdue (pre-Yolanda/Haiyan) photos. Given the chance, I can shoot all week long. It’s a photographer’s haven as so many have said, and I couldn’t agree more.View full post »
A photo walk in Tacloban aftermath Typhoon Yolanda. After the typhoon, simple things in life all the more matter. An early morning (or late afternoon) photo walk in and around the city can be as fulfilling than ever before. For some, itView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath: Rawis.
This is one of the places I frequently visited over the last few months. The place is known to have the cargo ship that carried full load of sacks containing cement, and was forcefully moved by the typhoonView full post »
Santo Niño Church after Typhoon Yolanda. Much have been destroyed, and even churches were not spared from the typhoon. This church is particularly important to the people of Tacloban City since this houses the patron saint of the cityView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath in Monochrome
Finally got the chance to shoot some photos of the aftermath in a purely monochrome fashion. I’ve long to do this, but the recovery efforts here has hindered me in doing so. It has taken muchView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda – Mass Grave in San Joaquin, Palo, Leyte
It’s been a while not posting here, but it does not mean I have stopped shooting. In fact, it’s quite the opposite… I have shot around thousands of shots byView full post »
Monochrom Adventures 2
I shot this wide open at F/2, notice how the background blurs after the rocks… I used an orange colored filter to act as a neutral density to minimize the light coming in so that I am able to shoot wide openView full post »
Monochrom Adventures 1
I’m running out of words and titles… but I think what is important are the photos. I’ll let them speak (if they can LOL!). I caught this sunset shot at the Rafael’s Farm in Babatngon,View full post »
Featured Photo: Co-existence
Can we co-exist? Is there room for everybody in this world to live side by side? There seems to be a lot of intolerance, indifference, discrimination, hypocrisy and hatred. Where has the good ol’View full post »