Welcome – Ciao!

Active in the field of palaeontology, GIS, and extreme macro-photography, this website gives an overview of my portfolio and ongoing journey in documenting the amazing wonders of nature.

Do you want to explore my amber photos in my Facebook photo album? Click here or on the image below…

The brochure of the AmberArt book is available here
–> Only 46 copies of the AmberArt book are available at 29/05/2023
The brochure AmberArt is now available! Download this pdf (EN)
Want to know a bit more about extreme macro-photography? Download this pdf (EN)
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Last updates :

Update 03/06/2023: An incredible Hell Ant (Haidomyrmex scimitarus) is added to the Hymenoptera amber section

Update 12/05/2023: Taszakowski A., Kim J., Bonino E. Tettamanzi L., Jung S. (2023). Electroderaeous crassicornis, a new genus and species of Deraeocorinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Miridae) in Miocene Dominican amber is out.

Update 11/05/2023: Added a wonderful Lithobiomorpha in the Chilopoda section
Update 07/05/2023: Added the Calendar of my activities and expositions
Update 02/05/2023: See you in Cambrai (France) at the Mineral and Fossil exposition, the 20-21/05

Update 03/04/2023: Hurray! The winged ant that was selected in the 2022 Nikon photo contest, is published in the Epsiloon French magazine (www.epsiloon.com) this month (May 2023)

Update 03/04/2023: The Amber page is completely rebuilt, with a LOT of new images.
Update 28/03/2023: Where are located the amber sites worldwide? Here! (or click on the image below)
I miss one? Contact me and I’ll add it in a snap!

World amber distribution interactive map. Once opened explore the map and click on the points

Update 08/03/2023: How to use the polarized light with the amber? HERE the answer
Update 12/02/2023: In what countries are there customers (and how many are there) who purchased the book AmberArt? Click on the link or the image to find out!
Update 20/12/2022: I’ve received a Special Mention – Gem-A Photographer of the Year Competition 2022 :-). This year’s guest judge Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA opted to give a Special Mention to Enrico Bonino, whose photo of pollen grains featured on this year’s Final Longlist. Thank you Gem-A !!!

Update 14/12/2022: A new chapter in the Tech Side: the new kit for the DB120EB
Update 11/12/2022: A new chapter in the Tech Side: Remove the Smearing Lines
Update 27/11/2022: A new chapter on the new universal illuminator UL100WB
Update 20/11/2022: A new section concerning the use of blue background is added in the Amber section
Update 31/10/2022: This is the end of my (fifth) editing adventure. The books are here!
Update 29/10/2022: My son made a short video… See you soon at the Intermineral Expo in Liège (Belgium) next weekend! But… the books, where are they??? Monday 31/10/2022 will be there, albeit a little late, be patient 🙂Update 24/10/2022: The calendars are there and waiting for you at the Liège Interminéral on November 5-6 and PaleoTime Belgium on November 13! Other surprises in the coming days…
Update 15/10/2022: Started the printing of 30 AmberArt calendars. These calendars will be available during the Intermineral exposition the November 5-6 in Liège (Belgium) and PaleoTime exposition on the 13th of November in Herselt (Belgium).
Update 11/10/2022: Today, Nikon revealed the results of the 2022 Photomicrography Competition. Congratulations to all the winners. What beauties! I feel proud to have one of my images, a winged ant, https://www.nikonsmallworld.com/…/winged-ant-encased-in… , listed as an ‘ Image of Distinction’! And if you like this photo, you might also be interested in my upcoming book AmberArt, which will contain over 300 images of arthropods, plants, and vertebrates, all as amber inclusions. Just a few more weeks and it’s available… 😉

Update 07/10/2022: I’ve recovered today the pre-printed roll of the book. The colors are excellent, the images sharpen, and are BIG! A book to explore with an eyeglass… 🙂
Update 04/10/2022: 60 books are preordered… only 140 are available 😦
Update 20/09/2022: The AmberArt file (1.2Gb) was sent to the printer service… 😉
Update 24/08/2022: The brochure of the AmberArt book is finally available here
Update 02/08/2022: Finalizing the AmberArt book… available from the first quarter of October. Do you want to have a look at the content? Click here (this pdf file is periodically updated)

Update 11/06/2022: The Coleopterists Society selected my image of the Platypodidae Coleoptera in amber to feature on the cover of The Coleopterist Bulletin (June 2022, vol. 76, n°2) edition
Update 11/06/2022: A new genus / new specie of lichidae Coleoptera with my photos is published in The Coleopterists Bulletin. Paper available on Researchgate platform
Update 29/05/2022: added a new image in the sub-stacking section.
Update 22/05/2022: a new AberArt brochure is available from here
Update 05/2022: Started a new exciting collaboration with the Hanoi Fossil Museum to photograph in Hi-Res their important Amber Collection 🙂
Update 05/05/2022: Text updated inHow to photograph insects in amber”
Update 26/04/2022: See you at the PALEOTIME NL event the 30/04/2022!
Update 31/03/2022: updated the Dome diffuser page
Update 06/03/2022: Added a new menu Flocking!
Update 14/01/2022: Added a new menu Glossary
Update 09/01/2022: Helicon Focus or Zerene Stacker?
Update 29/12/2021: How to create a nice mirrored image? HERE!
Update 14/12/2021: Short tube lens
Update 12/12/2021: Glycerol yes… glycerol no
Update 10/12/2021: a new OGGLAB bell diffuser? Here is a short test
Update 01/12/2021: Sub-stacking in Helicon Focus
Update 23/11/2021: How to create a Mosaic with Adobe Photoshop
Update 20/11/2021: Calculate the magnification paragraph is added
Update 14/11/2021: Vibrometer app
Update 12/11/2021: Text updated in “How to photograph insects in amber
Update 12/11/2021: The MKJZZ vertical Stand
Update 20/10/2021: Added a GIF animation that shows the stacking process
Update 10/10/2021: Added a recension on the book Frozen Dimensions
Update 09/10/2021: A new great tool from the OGGLAB Laboratory
Update 30/08/2021: For my German friends: from HERE you can download the paper published in the Fossilien Revue 🙂
Update 15/08/2021: I’ve recovered a HUGE number of ambers from a friend collector, with unbelievable specimens! Take your time to have a look at my Facebook page, where I publish the acquired images nearly every day
Update 09/07/2021: A new paper is published in the revue Fossilien.
The coverage illustrates small foraminifera acquired with my setup.
Update 29/05/2021: Added two ants on amber from Baltic Sea
Update 05/07/2021: Cylindrical Lighting system, updated version
Update 24/05/2021: Diffusers & Results
Update 22/05/2021: Before and After
Update 19/05/2021: Creating a bar scale
Update 17/05/2021: Cylindrical LED lighting system (updated)
Update 13/05/2021: Added new very nice mites in Amber from Baltic
Update 11/05/2021: Added an unbelievably detailed mite in Amber from Baltic
Update 08/05/2021: Added a lot of new insects in Amber from Baltic
Update 01/05/2021: Post Processing of the Images
Update 25/04/2021: The Depth of Field
Update 24/04/2021: The acquisition System
Update 22/04/2021: Another wonderful coleopter with open wings is added in Baltic amber section
Update 21/04/2021: An AMAZING Petalium sp. is added in Baltic amber section
Update 20/04/2021 : Added a nice Platygastridae and Aphidoidea in Baltic amber section
Update 17/04/2021: How to photograph insects in amber? Here is the solution!
Update 17/04/2021: Added some Elateridae Coleoptera in Dominican amber sub-section
Update 17/04/2021: The Tube system
Update 16/04/2021: Radiolaria – Chitinozoa – Tentaculida added in the Microfossil section
Update 16/04/2021: Link Section populated with some useful external links