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: Spider
Spotted this tiny creature while shooting some floral abstracts. Probably just a size of a quarter.
Photographer’s note: F/11, 1/25, ISO 100, Nikon D800E, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8, Manfrotto 055xPROB tripodView full post »
Flowers can offer some of the best colors of nature, something I love to shoot but to some extent I really haven’t spent much time on it. It takes a little more effort, but I get that sense of satisfaction when I’m able toView full post »
Here are some product shots of the Leica M Monochrom rangefinder camera. These were all taken with Nikon SB800 and SB700 Speedlights triggered via Pocketwizard Flex. Shot in black background to get that classic feel, hope you like them asView full post »
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 »
My Think Tank Retrospective 5 Bag Review.
Hey guys, I have been so busy lately with a lot of stuffs… but finally I have the time to write. I wanted to make a blog article about my search for the “perfect” everyday cameraView full post »
Featured Photo: Memoirs of Biri
Spotted this while we were hiking the long stretch of the Biri Island’s coastal area. The terrain was slippery, I had to be extra careful not to skid or slide with my DSLR gears, we ended up safe andView full post »
“Tabo” is a local dialect term for market day… it is like an agora in the early days where people gather to buy and sell goods. Tabo is still practiced in many towns, and is still the most effective way to market a wideView full post »
I’ll be sharing some quick thoughts about shooting with the Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8… It is a specialized lens for closeup work and macro photography. My first macro lens was a 105mm, I like it when I had it but for me 60mm fits theView full post »
What are my essential companions for the lens?
1. Rocket Blower – Giottos or Hurricane – this is the very first thing I do when cleaning the lens before even wiping the dusts off, this will blow away the dusts or particles thatView full post »
Had a nice time back in Paruparong Bukid in Batbatngon, Leyte. It’s basically a butterfly farm but there’s more to it… with lush garden of plants and flowers, fishing, and serves organically grown food and drinks. I canView full post »
Product photography can be fun at times to do… it doesn’t need to be on an outdoor location, you can do it at the comfort of your home. I have to do this more often, but most oftentimes been lazy to do so. It takes a lot ofView full post »
When I’m travelling, I want to pack as light as possible. It’s probably one of the reasons why I chose the Micro 4/3 system, because the size and weight is ideal for travel photography, but without compromising image quality.View full post »
Talking about the things I need (/ought / want) to bring everyday…
1. Mobile phone – It’s my mobile office, I can’t work (/move) without this. I’m using a full-QWERTY styled phone for almost ten years now IView full post »
The first question I would most popularly face from someone asking about digital cameras is “How many megapixels?…”. For some of us who have been into photography, we all know it’s certainly more than justView full post »
Sea Urchins are commonly found in the sea waters of Biri, Nothern Samar, Philippines. Happy Easter!
"Sea Urchin" (Biri, Samar)
Photographer’s note: F/8, 1/200, ISO 560, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8
Feel free toView full post »
Here’s the trinity for my Micro 4/3 rig:
Panasonic 7-14mm 4
Panasonic 20mm 1.7
Olympus 45mm 1.8
Anything to add? We’ll see… As of the moment, it gets all the job done for me, especially for travelView full post »
A quick non-scientific comparison. Just to give you an idea on the size comparison of a Micro 4/3 camera relative to a full-frame camera.
Nikon D700 + Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
Panasonic G3 + Olympus 45mm 1.8 (90mm equivalent)
Nikon D700 vs.View full post »
Biri Island situated at the northernmost part of the Samar province, facing the vast Pacific Ocean.
What can I say about Biri? For me, it’s a different world. You are like transported through a time machine to a time and place almostView full post »
Every penny, every drop, every grain counts…
Are you ready to weather the storms when they come?
Have you saved for the rainy days?
Every grain counts.
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/250, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 60mm 2.8,View full post »