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
Featured Photo: Wedding Reception – a wide view
Wedding Reception – a wide view
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/30, ISO 1600, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8
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The Marabut sunset is one of the best reason to spend your afternoon in this place. You just can feel the coziness of the cool wind and colorful skies that will slowly melt down through the night. A must-try experience when you areView full post »
Just welcoming back the 14-24? LOL. The best ultra wide angle lens? I guess so.
Fishermen in Tanauan
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8
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The spontaneity of it all – that’s what ticks for me! I love shooting the streets and when you are on the streets, you don’t have much control on the light. As much as most of us likes to control the light, I don’tView full post »
The Santo Niño Shrine, a must-see tourist spot when you are in Tacloban City. It is basically a museum of the Marcoses featuring the many gifts and tokens given by other state leaders during the Marcos presidency. Tacloban takes pride asView full post »
Let’s not forget the sunset in Tacloban could be very tranquil at times… perfect for those times to be on your own, and reflect on life.
Sunset in Tacloban
Photographer’s note: F/8, 1/800, ISO 400, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFSView full post »
I’m kinda missing the 14mm? It’s a crazy focal length, lots of distortion and challenging to get a good composition… For now, I have a 14mm equivalent from the Micro 4/3s mount, but on the full-frame, I got the 17mm asView full post »
One of my best lenses — the Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8. Why did I choose this over the the other highly-praised lenses, the Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8 or the Nikkor AFS 16-35mm 4 VR?
1. Ability to take 77mm screw-in filters vs. theView full post »
I’m an UWA (ultra wide angle) junkie haha. And I’m happy to have invested on a system that allows me to get my widest angle at 14mm full-frame equivalent, yet so compact and portable. It’s the Panasonic 7-14mm 4 (14-28mmView full post »
If you happen to be in the Philippines, go somewhere south of Manila, in the Visayas, to the islands of Leyte & Samar, hop on a 1-hour plane flight from Manila to Tacloban City, capital of Leyte, and you’ll get to see theView full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »