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
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 »
Here are some more photos I would like to share taken during the “I do. I do. Araw ng Pag-IBIG” – a 100 Couples Wedding by Pag-IBIG Fund on February 14, 2013 at the Kyle’s Restobar in Tacloban City. It was a uniqueView full post »
100 Couples Wedding by Pag-IBIG Fund, “I do. I do. Araw ng Pag-IBIG” on February 14, 2013 held at Kyle’s Restobar in Tacloban City. This free wedding event was graced by the Mayor of Tacloban City, Hon. Alfred RomualdezView full post »
Featured Photo: Silver Wedding Rings
Silver Wedding Rings
Photographer’s note: F/10, 1/10, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 105mm 2.8 VR, Benro C-298 tripod
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Featured Photo: Wedding Reception – a wide view
Wedding Reception – a wide view
Photographer’s note: F/2.8, 1/30, ISO 1600, Nikon D700, Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8
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Photography is about capturing that precious moment. That is why wedding photography is one of the most dramatic fields in photography, it is the ability to record that moment on a static medium as forever. On the other hand, preciousView full post »
Why the full frame works for me? There have been a lot of debate whether to go full frame or not. In the Nikon jargon it is whether to use DX or FX format. I was one of the early adaptors for the FX format when I first picked up the NikonView full post »
The Magic of the 200mm. I’ll just share one of my favorite portraits, no flash, no reflectors, just straight on taken by one of the best portrait lenses out there, if not the best! I just miss shooting with this lens.
Laura,View full post »
Shadows are just as important as light. Pay attention to where the shadow falls against the light and it can give some interesting effects. Pardon me for the shot below, it’s a cliché shot but I admit having used this a couple ofView full post »
“The term originates from moire (or moiré in its French form), a type of textile, traditionally of silk but now also of cotton or synthetic fiber, with a rippled or ‘watered’ appearance.” (Source: Wikipedia,View full post »
Sky Lantern has become predominantly a must-do for celebrations, we can see it evidently in weddings, birthdays and other happy occasions. I was so happy to have gotten this shot previously posted here >> Happy Fiesta! — ThisView full post »
I think these two – bouquet and bokeh are closely linked and intertwined with each other. Don’t you think?
Bouquet and Bokeh
Photographer’s note: F/2, 1/160, ISO 900, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFD 85mm 1.4
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One of my best lenses — the Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8. Why did I choose this over the the other highly-praised lenses, the Nikkor AFS 14-24mm 2.8 or the Nikkor AFS 16-35mm 4 VR?
1. Ability to take 77mm screw-in filters vs. theView 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 »
One simple trick to make photos look unique: Shoot at a different angle. In wedding photography, this is a must shot for me whenever the situation allows me to do so.
Charissa, her Bridal Walk
Photographer’s note: F/3.2, 1/60,View 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 »
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 »
When I’m shooting for wedding portraits, I try to look for something unique that will set the portrait apart from the ordinary. Something that is distinct to the character and personality of the subjects. There are probably 101 waysView full post »
One of the more exciting part in wedding photography is doing a pre-nup shoot. Pre-nuptial photo shoots have been a part of most basic wedding photography packages. Here we took the lovely couple to Ormoc, on an undisclosed secret locationView full post »
Photography has taught me to slow down, think and be patient. (Sadly, patience is not one of my virtues hahaha!)
The moment we click the shutter must be the moment that is right – right time, right place and right light. Though weView 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 »
Another must-see tourist spot if you happen to be in Leyte or Samar.
Sohoton Natural Bridge and Caves is a rock formation that connects two mountains. It’s a national park that was declared under Proclamation No. 831 on July 19, 1935View full post »
Happy Valentine’s Day! BTW, kiss a photographer today because he/she will say: “ready, 1-2-3, again, again, one more…“
John & Maureen
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/1000, ISO 200, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFSView full post »
This time around I’m gonna feature in this site an exclusive interview of Featured Photographer(s) (note: with an “s”). I’m proud to note that this is the very first interview to be featured in this site. To featureView full post »