Henry Szwinto Photography
Will and William
It’s a mans world (but don’t let yourself get outnumbered)
Built like a brick wall.
Dreams of a summer's day
Singing his heart out
Vincent the Hungarian Vizsla
Turning for the last sequence
The Solent at dawn
Paddy the New Forest Pony
Annie and Harry
If only we could bottle sunsets!
Highcliffe at dawn
Competing against yourself
Zoe, the Modern Pentathlete
Surfing In the Indian Ocean
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Today I was playing with the Olympus E-1MX camera which was kindly loaned to me by Olympus for me to evaluate. There is a pro capture function which I wanted to try. If you focus on a subject like a bird and wait for it to take off before pressing the shutter then it saves the previous 35 frames (i.e. 1 second) for you. This is similar to what many of the mobile phones are now doing and also what the Red X does only the Red X does ultra slow motion using 37mb RAW files for each frame and it saves the previous 30 seconds. (however I can’t afford $49,000 to buy one). I was practising on a wood pigeon that was having a bath in our lily tub when suddenly all the birds scattered in the garden. That means only one thing in our garden. The sparrowhawk was here. Lo and behold it landed on top of the bird table where it often sits but the difference was this time I had a camera in my hand. Quite frankly I had the wrong lens on because the photo would have told a better story if you could see the whole of the bird table. Also I had a dilemma. Do I press the pro capture shutter risking buffering of the memory card and missing the take off or do I wait and not get a stationary photo? I risked it. The downside is I had 35 photos which all looked the same of a perched sparrowhawk but I did also get the take off with a similar number of photos to choose from. As I said I had the wrong lens on so you struggle to track the take off hence my take off photo has poor composition but it is a photo that I probably wouldn’t have got otherwise. The other point I should make if people are looking at this post to assess the kit was that the photo was taken through a patio door so the images are not as sharp as I would want.
I am so lucky to live here in the New Forest. When you get to know the place and the seasons you have great opportunities to play with your camera. Clearly other people love the place too because some of my local photos continue to do well in worldwide competitions.
This photo of the pine trees on Aldridge Heath came 5th in a “Woodland” themed competition.
And this photo of 4 Red Deer Stags taken at dawn in August when the antlers were covered in lovely velvet is one of my more successful images. In this case it came 4th in “Wild Deer”.
I have also sold both these images as impressive large acrylic mounted prints. Acrylic mounted prints look particularly good in more modern homes whilst canvasses do better in traditional cottages.
This photo of Vincent has just been given “Front Page Image” status on PurplePort. In many ways it follows on from my image Top Dog which was also given FPI status but Downward Dog came first. When Vincent wants to play he always adopts the position of Downward Dog so I simply had to do a photo of him reading a book on Pilates for dogs. Maybe I should do a series. I’m working with a bodybuilder later today so maybe in the next one Vincent will be visiting the gym.
This was a composite of 6 images plus some extra colouring.
After my success a couple of days ago I now have another Front Page Image on PurplePort. This photo called “Getting Carried Away” was great fun to do and it’s something I can provide as part of my Family Photography. If you are interested get in touch and let’s talk about your ideas or take a look at my Family Portrait Page Always start with the thought that anything is possible.
This is one of my favourite photos so I’m pleased to say Top Dog has been awarded “Front Page Image” status on PurplePort. PurplePort is an online forum for photographers, models, MUAs, dress designers etc. and there are some very talented people there so this is a nice feather in my cap. This has led to an interesting offer from a London studio. It would great to get my work seen a bit more in the big city.
I did a family photo shoot with Geoff, Katie and the girls a few years back and this image that came from the shoot is still one of my favourites. It does me pretty well in various photo competitions and again won a small prize for me yesterday. The whole process of this kind of shoot is a lot of fun for everybody involved and can create some images above and beyond the “usual”. The photos can also make great presents for Nan and Grandad for birthdays or even Father’s Day.
If you are interested in a family photo shoot then please take a look and click here:- “Family Photo Shoot”
Both these pictures are of the same tern fishing for prawns down at Pennington Marshes. They were taken 5 minutes apart at around 6.30am. I rely mostly on timing rather than burst rate so I’m pretty pleased with both of them. One photo doesn’t seem to do fantastically well in competitions. It’s as if the judge/viewer can’t work out what is going on. One judge even turned the print through 90 degrees because he thought it might have been presented the wrong way round. The other scored a 10/10 and a seal last night at the club. So which do you prefer?
If you would like to learn a bit about taking photographs like these have a look at my Workshop and Tuition Page.