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
The Historic Town of Vigan in Ilocos Sur, Philippines is a well-preserved old Spanish colonial town dating back to the 16th century. You will instantly be transported through time, and surely will capture all your senses! A haven for urbanView 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 »
A slice of life in Manila… the energy of life in the capital is like clockwork, there is that spontaneity of movement and chaotic chorus of urban life. I love to shoot in places like this. There is that constant kinetics that makesView 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 »
Buyogan Festival – The Making of a Champion
I was lucky enough to be a part of shooting this year’s Buyogan Festival contingent who eventually became the grand champion of the recently concluded Pintados-Kasadyaan FestivalView full post »
After the 50mm, what’s next? That’s the big question. I’ve been patiently (?) searching for the next lens to pair with the 50.
Shooting almost exclusively with a 50mm in the last 6 months or so, it was indeed gratifying.View 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: The Red Crab
Oh one of my favorite food stops in Manila… enough said, just try it. And photographically speaking again, I could not imagine bringing my big fat Nikon DSLR for travel… it doesn’t really makeView full post »
Do we need an ultra wide angle lens for travel photography? When travelling especially if it is not a photographic trip, saving every ounce of weight is a must. That is why we always bring the least number of photographic equipment asView 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 »
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 »
Notre Dame de Paris (French for “Our Lady of Paris“), also known as Notre Dame Cathedral or simply Notre Dame, is a historic Roman Catholic Marian cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissementView full post »
Food and travel photography goes hand in hand. They are inherently entangled together. To appreciate better a different place and culture, food is one of the more intriguing subjects that can be added to your shots. It can give variety andView full post »
Well I’m here sharing my thoughts on the Panasonic GX1. Why just now? Yes it took me a while to get this. This was a natural path upgrade from the coveted Panasonic GF1, my first Micro 4/3s camera. My upgrade was halted a bit becauseView full post »
I’m drawn to street food, though I’m typically a clean-type of person LOL! There is that notion that street food are not generally clean hehe. But in fairness, they are generally clean. Just be smart enough to choose which oneView full post »
My Pintados experience continued… Well, this year was a little bit different. Nothing as major as the one in 2011 though. But for a photographer? I will speak my mind. Photographers were limited by being cordoned in a confined areaView 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 »
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 »
Why I like the ultra wide angle?
1. It’s more challenging to make a good composition out of it, most of the times I run into too much info to clutter the photo and it’s exciting that way hehe.
2. It’s a good way toView 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 »
I sometimes find myself doing more of PJ (photojournalism) style and approach in my photography, be it on weddings, events, travel or street photography. I feel like I’m a magnet, drawn to such interesting subjects. Though probablyView 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 »