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
Here’a s quick size comparison between Micro 4/3s and DSLR. The photo below shows a Panasonic G3 and a Panasonic 12-35mm 2.8 (24-70 equivalent on full-frame) side-by-side with a Nikon D3 and a Nikkor AFS 24-70mm 2.8. Just imagine theView full post »
A circular polarizer is one of the essential filters in any photographer’s bag. I admit I seldom use this, I don’t even bring this most of the times. It’s very effective to cut through reflections and saturate colors. IView full post »
“Sariwa” is a local dialect term for fresh, it usually refers to seafood… And Leyte and Samar is a place to go to when one is looking for the freshest seafood at very affordable prices.
This one was taken in Sulangan,View full post »
I love to shoot street portraits! (Don’t I just love a lot of things related to photography? LOL!) Again, I like the spontaneity of the moment, without reflectors, without studio lights, without careful planning, without control!View full post »
My initial fear about a 36mp camera is how will this perform in lowlight? Considering the flagship D3x which was at 24mp would probably max out its usability at ISO 1600. Well, I’m happy with the results on what have Nikon has doneView full post »
Random snaps! I’m guilty of this. I usually just shoot virtually anything. Boring to some, but to a (wanna-be, LOL!) photographer like me, it’s fun and it’s a good exercise. The five senses and the mind are the trueView full post »
“The brutality of the war was best exemplified by the Balangiga Massacre. In August 1901, Balangiga was a small seaside village of 200 nipa houses in Samar, Visayas. The US Army 9th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. army was sent to theView full post »
The San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Eastern Samar is one of the famous pilgrim sites in the Philippines. It is located at the easternmost part of Samar, more than 3 hours by land from Tacloban City. The patron saint is said toView full post »
There is just so much beauty in the Philippines waiting to be explored. One of these that reminds me is whenever I go to Sulangan, the easternmost town of Samar, I could not resist but marvel at the beauty of the scenery. Even at the deadView full post »
Lechon (roasted pig) is probably one of the most famous food in the Philippines especially during fiesta celebrations . A party or celebration is not complete without a lechon in the menu, don’t you think? And for sure it’s myView full post »
Ta Prohm in Siem Reap, Cambodia. A must-see and a photographer’s haven I’m most definite. A bit of trivia is this is also one of the settings for the movie Tomb Raider. Just about perfect setting I guess, the place is a bitView full post »
As posted in my previous blog post… you can see kids jumping off a small bridge into the river. Here’s another one, this time, from the top of the bridge. I was glad to have the camera around my neck when I spotted this on theView full post »
I am honored to be a part of the GIZ’s 2012 calendar project which is about disaster risk management. This is an international project by the European Union spearheaded by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale ZusammenarbeitView full post »
Ooopppss… I’ll be (sort of) camera-less in a few weeks time. Time to send my workhorse camera for a general checkup. Just like us, we need to pay a visit to our doctor once in a while, the cameras need to go for generalView full post »
Amidst all the chaos and noise of the early morning wet market arena, she can sleep soundly in the middle of all this. While I can barely nap in a cushioned seat of an air-conditioned cabin of an Airbus flight for an hour. I guess,View full post »
The mighty elephants of Siem Reap, Cambodia.
"The Elephant" (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Photographer’s note: F/7.1, 1/160, ISO 800, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 105mm 2.8 VR
"The Elephant" (Siem Reap,View full post »
Photography interprets and expresses our soul’s inner creative vision.
Sometimes it’s not what our naked eyes can see, it’s what our soul’s vision is. The challenge is to connect that inner creative vision to imagesView full post »
Reflection is a good technique when doing landscapes, breaks the monotony of the rule of thirds. With reflections you can cut the horizon into half which creates an interesting mirror effect. It can also give a sense of synchronicity. WhenView full post »
When the time and place is right, everything falls into place. The colors and hues just pop out vibrantly… look at the water reflecting the sky hues, the sky in harmony with the sea and the famous rock formations silhouette againstView full post »
The “Pedicab” is one of the Filipino ingenuity to have a fast, affordable and low-cost means of transportation and livelihood. It can enable one to transport a handful of persons from one point to another, and to where the carsView full post »
When I’m preparing for travel, I spend more time coming up with a camera+lens combo that I will bring for the whole duration of the trip. Mind you, this takes more time than I would pack for my clothes and other stuffs. So far IView full post »
Dave picks his favorite focal lengths (full frame 35mm equivalent). This is meant to be a guide, everyone has their own preferences and comfort zone.
For everyday = 40mm (or 35mm or 50mm) – I think i can survive shooting whole dayView full post »
The seemingly endless rains last year, back on March 2011, with record-hitting high level of rainfalls, have caused erosion and floods to many towns and municipalities of Leyte.
While I was shooting for a 2012 calendar project last year. IView full post »