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
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 »
Sometimes, landscape with a telephoto lens can get the job done. We always equate wide angle lenses to landscape photography, while it is the more appropriate lens to use, sometimes a telephoto lens can be effective. It can create anView full post »
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 »
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 »
A sunset in Sabin, Ormoc. The mountain backlit by the sun setting over the clouds while three boys find their way home. This is an old shot taken by a Nikon D200, I just came across this while I was digging my messy archivesView full post »
Photographers sleep at noon.
And so the saying goes. The best light comes from early in the dawn up to sunrise, and sunset onwards to twilight before the dark night. Why? because the light is soft, it’s not harsh. It does not createView 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 »
There must be a painter that paints the skies. An invisible hand to carefully stitch all of these elements together. I’m just a human being that captures it through photography, nothing magical. But what happens above, is beyondView 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 »
Want to take better photos?
Wake up early and shoot the sunrise… or late in the afternoon for the sunset.
Why? because the light is not harsh. The noontime light can be unforgiving. It’s said that photographers sleep during theView full post »
1. Because today might have some unexpected shooting opportunities.
2. Because today might be a special day waiting to be documented.
3. Because today the glorious sunset may suddenly glow and will slowly go downhill at the far westView full post »
In a way, it is. Sort of, I guess… (unless there is a time machine of some sort).
It is a medium that captures a certain moment, that nano of a millisecond that is bound not to happen again in exact the same way in our lifetime. ThisView full post »