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 »
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 »
I shoot about 99% of the time in 3:2 format. This holds true to whatever camera I am using, may it be a rangefinder, a DSLR or even on a Micro 4/3s which is optimized to the 4:3 ratio. I am very comfortable with the 3:2 ratio. Having saidView full post »
Tacloban Carnival at Night — sharing some more photos of the carnival at the Tacloban Astrodome. This time around shot in color… I’m feeling a bit guilty shooting in black and white almost exclusively for more than sixView 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 »
I got the opportunity to go back recently to hear mass at the San Antonio de Padua Church in Sulangan, Samar. I brought along my 2 Micro 4/3s camera – it is indeed unobtrusive compared to a DSLR – I actually got more keepersView 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 »
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 »
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 »
My misadventures continue… This time it was the Manila floods last August 2012. Am I blessed? Hahahaha. Yes, I think so.
I was in Manila when the relentless rains were storming the metropolis. I was stranded, two times! First I wasView full post »
Rendering Bokeh with Micro Four Thirds? Most probably, if you are/were looking for your first mirrorless camera, you might have considered this factor: the ability to render beautiful and creamy bokeh. Though there are many factors thatView full post »
I’m still like a young boy when it comes to shooting in slow shutter speed. I’m still fascinated with those interesting effects like light trails. The Sangyaw Carnival at the Tacloban Astrodome was just screaming for me toView full post »
I’m kinda missing the 14mm? It’s a crazy focal length, lots of distortion and challenging to get a good composition… For now, I have a 14mm equivalent from the Micro 4/3s mount, but on the full-frame, I got the 17mm asView full post »
That’s got to be one of the more interesting feature that the Micro Four Thirds camera has to address. I’ll chime in my thoughts… Apparently this is where the Micro 4/3s still lags behind up to these times, but this isView full post »
An unending dilemma on which way to upgrade – lens or body?
I’ll give in my .02 cents. For me, it must be a balance between the two. A good body + a good lens and you are set to go. I would almost most likely choose to go forView 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 »
I have been a Panasonic GF1 user when I started to use the Micro 4/3 system a couple of years ago. The GF1’s default raw files needed some tweaking to get pleasing results. It had the strong magenta cast (sorry I’m notView full post »
I just love shooting the street. The spontaneity of it is what all matters. The Micro 4/3 camera helps me realize this. I found using a smaller camera has its distinct advantages compared to using the fast frames-per-second DSLRView 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 »
There’s so much art and history inside the Louvre Museum, it will probably take a couple of days to really cherish them one by one. We had just merely a few hours to roam around the labyrinth space of the museum… so I was onView 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 »