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
Latest Photography News
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.
Jo and I had a lovely extended break in Indonesia. It’s a superb place to go with your camera. The people are lovely and very welcoming. The landscape is beautiful and the wildlife ranges from Komodo Dragons, to beautiful coral reefs together with giant manta, sharks, turtles, eagles, sunbirds and flying foxes. Here are a few photos but I shall be posting more.
During a recent holiday in Thailand we found the Happy Snapper Bar which was a great music venue in Khao Lak. There we saw Koy Ya performing. She had long orange hair, tattoos and wore a short tartan mini skirt and black crochet crop top. Jo decided to ask her if she wanted to do a photo shoot with me. Koy Ya said yes and we set one up. I had no studio equipment with me so we worked with the light from the bar and some pretty pathetic illumination from a couple of smart phones. With the pool table in the bar there was a photo I wanted to try. This is the result (after a little bit of tinkering on the computer) and on Monday it won “Action” photo of the year at Southampton Camera club. I really liked this photo but when you are so closely involved in the setting up and production of something like this you have a lot of emotion attached to it which can affect your judgement so it’s great when you find other people like it too.
Thank you Koy Ya.
Here are a few more photos from the shoot. If you like your music and you are ever in Khao Lak be sure to find Koy Ya and The Happy Snapper Bar. You will love it.
Yesterday I had the great privilege of getting up close to two wonderful red deer stags here in the New Forest National Park. If you know how to behave around them and allow them to come to you, you will get beautiful views. Both these stags walked straight towards me until they were so close they didn’t fit in the lens any more. The rutting season is just getting going so these stags are wandering round looking for females. To illustrate how dangerous the fighting can be, take a close look at the big stag in the first photo and you will see he is blind in his left eye.
Celebrating National Cupcake Week.
When I enter the camera club (Southampton Camera Club) competitions I like to try to keep a broad range of work in my entries. These 2 photos did pretty well both gaining me a Seal of Merit. Very different to each other but I quite like the fact that they were taken in almost the same place. I enjoy my wildlife photography but for me the emphasis is still more on the photography than the wildlife so I often go down to Pennington Marshes when the light is very good. On this occasion Alastair, who is one of our better runners at my running club (New Forest Runners) was out on an early morning run and he provided the perfect “point of interest” subject matter for the beautiful golden light that morning. The spoonbill is a rare bird for this country but is now getting more common especially here in the South of England. They are not brilliant flyers and can have awkward, almost clumsy landings and that can provide good photo opportunities.
Photo of the week.
I’ve chosen this photo of Zoe Davison as photo of the week for 2 reasons. Zoe has just come 4th in the World Junior Modern Pentathlon Championships even though she is nowhere near the top of the age group. Also I finally got the chance to use it in a recent club competition where it gained a seal. The judge said “it’s great when you get to work with a professional model because they are so good at giving you a natural look”. But Zoe is no professional model, however, she is great at understanding what the task is and delivering. That’s one reason why I am not surprised when I hear news of her great performances. We will be working again together when her competitive season finishes and we have some great ideas lined up.
Watch this space!