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
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!
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I’ve been using the rainy weather to put together a long overdue flip book from our trip to Indonesia last November. I have so many lovely photos that this one just covers the first 2 weeks which includes our week at Scuba Junkies Komodo and our second week on Flores where we stayed mostly at Labuan Bajo. If you ever think you might like to go Joanne and I would thoroughly recommend you do and we are planning to back in the not too distant future. The coral reefs are stunning, the Giant Manta are amazing, there are so many turtles and the people are very friendly.
When the weather is calm and you know there will be good light then Pennington Marshes is a great place to go this time of year. The terns are back and I love photographing them when they are fishing. Either as they dive or when they hover. This morning I was lucky enough to find a pair of Little Terns bonding through feeding. Very sweet.
Hand a chance to photograph some Fallow Bucks in the New Forest national Park this week. One or two of them were starting to drop their antlers but most still had them. There were a couple of lovely White Bucks that were very obliging. I’ve picked these photos because I love the way their eyes are catching the afternoon light.
This photo is from a shoot with Louise Rogers. I decided to use it as a competition entry at the camera club and wanted to focus on her muscle definition and her veins which is why I cropped it the way I did. I rather cheekily called it “The Weaker Sex” and that is one reason why I deliberately kept in the lipstick and enhanced the light falling on the nail varnish. The flash of blond hair helped too. These touches would have been lost if I went down the route of monochrome so I kept the colour image. It’s almost impossible to predict how a judge will react to a photo like this in a club competition so a felt pleasantly surprised when it was awarded 10/10 and a Seal of Merit.
I have a couple more body building shoots lined up soon but this time it will be men. When you get subjects that through disciplined training and years of dedication become extraordinary you have a great opportunity for very striking photos. It’s something that I truly respect which is why I like this genre. Watch this space.
Before Christmas I had the great pleasure of working with Zoe Davison. Zoe is a young international Modern Pentathlete representing Great Britain in various age groups with huge potential and huge ambition. Not only does she look great in front of the camera but Zoe is very enthusiastic about trying unusual concepts. Combine this with the superb props and locations that Modern Pentathlon can provide and I’m really looking forward to many great images in the future.
I’ve been playing a bit with my editing. It’s early stages for me with this kind of imagery so my ideas are only just developing. The photo of Amber originated from an underwater image taken in a swimming pool. The wings are taken from a dragonfly and the fly agaric is the fairy toadstool before adding a few extra editing effects.
Today I wasn’t keen on going for a run. It was raining and my injured Achilles still didn’t feel great but my daughters Viszla Vincent needed to go out and my wife Jo insisted. Rather glumly I went but half way round I accidentally scared up a Short Eared Owl. These are pretty rare anyway but even rarer for this part of the New Forest. This was the first one I had seen in this location in the 35 years of living here. Half an hour later, armed with my favourite wildlife kit, with the sun starting to break through I found him again. I hope he stays for the winter but I don’t think this habitat will give him enough food so I expect he will move on.
But before you go, many thanks for brightening up a rainy day.