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
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 »
Macro Adventures 8
Before we move on to my next mis-adventure, I’ll share some more photos from the bigger (/smaller — whichever you see it, haha!) side of the world… Cheers!
Photographer’s note: PanasonicView full post »
Macro Adventures 7
Back to some adventures with my favorite macro lens – the Panasonic Leica 45mm 2.8, aka PL45! What I love with this is I can bring a dedicated macro lens especially when on travel, minus the weight and bulk of itsView full post »
Happy New Year 2015!
2014 has been a difficult and challenging year for us… a lot of lessons along the way. Let us hope that these life’s lessons will shape, mold and hone us to be better. The evils will always be there toView full post »
December 7, 2014, Tacloban City: Hours After Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) — It was more than 12 agonizing hours of relentless rain and battering winds, the sheer thundering sound of it certainly keeps you on your senses for the wholeView full post »
December 6, 2014, Tacloban City: Hours before Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby)… As I type this, we are experiencing torrential rainfall and winds and it’s getting stronger by the hour. Expected landfall in Northern Samar by aroundView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda First Anniversary.
It’s been a year! The hardships and struggles we endured through these trying times were one of the most dramatic phases of our lives to date. There are still many challenges ahead, let us brace forView full post »
10 months after Typhoon Yolanda – just like that. Here are some shots I have taken lately… I’ll let the photos speak for what is the real score of the life here. Despite of what have happened, I can see the resilience ofView full post »
Typhoon Yolanda – Life After the Storm.
Sharing some more random shots of the life after the storm… Taken from around the city of Tacloban, majority of them in the most affected areas like in San Jose and Anibong. I’veView full post »
From a perspective of a photographer, a local resident and a typhoon victim, I’d like to share my Typhoon Yolanda afterthoughts, sorry but I have to be blunt and straightforward with this, I can’t allow beautiful words toView full post »
The Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath It’s been more than a month now from the devastating Typhoon Yolanda (International Name: Haiyan) that struck Tacloban City, Leyte last November 8, 2013. The wounds are still fresh and the mere thoughtView full post »
January 25, 2014 update: posted another blog article — My Typhoon Yolanda Afterthoughts
December 20, 2013 update: posted another blog article — The Typhoon Yolanda Aftermath
November 24, 2013 update: added new photos andView full post »
I needed a break from the usual everyday routine… a night at the wet market seemed perfect! I admire the energy that is brought about by the fish vendors engaging with their customers and to the passersby. Their infectious smiles canView full post »
Macro Adventures 1 – I’ll be posting some close-ups and macros from time to time (or when the mood strikes hehe).
Photographer’s note: F/5.6, 1/320, ISO 800, Panasonic GH3, Panasonic Leica 45mm 2.8 MacroView full post »