After browsing through the expansive (and insanely brilliant) portfolio of Italian photographer, Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, you might start to wonder how he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. His macro images are consistent perfectly timed feats of logic. But, as Panizza would explain, it’s not just good timing. After 10 years of practicing the craft, he almost intrinsically knows where to be when he wants to photograph insects, flowers, and peacock feathers as they are reflected into a tiny orb of morning dew that also just happens to be getting carried around by a spider. Needless to say, the photos are sublime.
Panizza says he takes the images using a Nikon D7100, usually at 40mm with a 2-second shutter speed. (A step up from the 0.06MP digital camera he got started with in the 1990’s.) In post production, he utilizes focus stacking techniques to get the images just right. In an interview with the DailyMail, he explained:
“You must have a lot of good combinations to take a perfect picture, like the right humidity, light, and there should be absolutely no wind. But, the most difficult thing to work with is the position of the insects, which I normally find hidden between branches and bushes. For the drops of dew it’s better to take pictures of the smallest ones as these are the perfect spheres.”
Outside of his macro work, Panizza is also an accomplished wildlife, landscape, and architectural photographer among other things. He really just kind does it all (really well). Take a look at a few selections from his macro portfolio, then head over to his website to browse through more his catalog. It’s definitely worth taking a look at!