01-06-2017

The Beauty of Rust

Nikon releases macro photography series revealing remarkable contrast between nature and contemporary decay

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 1st June 2017 – A new photography series, released today by Nikon, reveals the beautiful contrast between the lush Swedish forest and rusting vehicles in “Bilkyrkogården Kyrkö Mosse” – a car “cemetery” near Ryd, Linköping, Sweden.

The striking contradiction has been captured by macro photographer, Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, to showcase the capabilities of Nikon’s Micro NIKKOR lenses. Bilkyrkogården Kyrkö Mosse offered a unique backdrop for the shoot, with many of its wrecks, dating back to the 1940s, disappearing into the swampy forest floor; slowly succumbing to Mother Nature.

The photography series includes images of car seats ravaged by fire; discoloured hub caps sinking into the peat and dashboards covered in thick green moss.

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D500, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D810, AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Alberto shot the image series using the Nikon D500, Nikon D810 and the following Micro NIKKOR lenses:

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G: Built to capture fine detail, this wonderfully easy-to-handle, compact lens delivers stunning close-ups as well as great general shots and portraits. The aperture lets you single out subjects for images with a pleasantly blurred background and contributes towards sharp shots in low-light.

AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR: Compact and lightweight DX format Macro lens with high-quality optics. The 1:1 reproduction ratio of this lens enables life-size close-ups of extremely fine textures and details.

AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED This lens incorporates Nikon’s second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting. It’s also the perfect companion for shooting from a distance if needed e.g. capturing wildlife.

AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED: This lens is both compact and versatile, allowing the user to shoot landscape as well as macro photography. Nikon's most compact Micro lens for close-up and general photography. It also has close range correction (CRC) built in, providing high performance at a near distance.

Commenting on his experience, Alberto Ghizzi Panizza said, “In macro photography you are always looking for interesting colours and textures, so for me, Bilkyrkogården Kyrkö Mosse was a wonderland. The Micro NIKKOR lenses allowed me to capture, in crisp detail, the 60-year battle between the abandoned cars and mother nature trying to reclaim her forest once again. The four lenses I used for this shoot were critical to enable me to get closer to the action and reveal the ‘beauty of rust’ in a way never seen before.”

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D810, AF-S Micro NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8 ED

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D500, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Photographers who are inspired by ‘The Beauty of Rust’ photography series and who want to unleash their macro-photography potential can take advantage of a cashback promotion on Micro NIKKOR lenses here.

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D810, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza: Nikon D500, AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR