Welcome to my About Me page, I’m Will Swinnea, a published/commissioned Texas landscape photographer in which my work is focused on that of my hometown of Austin, with other landscape subjects consisting that of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.
Growing up, I was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, for which I earned the rank of Eagle.
In those days, we did a lot of camping, a lot of hiking, and saw a lot of Texas vistas. We also went to the mountains in Mexico outside Monterrey and did an extended stay in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Being surrounded by those environments is why landscapes became my photography niche.
My journey with photography started back in my high school and middle school days, however, It wasn't until my early twenties that I picked up photography again, this time a Nikon D80 DSLR camera.
My work is intended to be displayed in homes, offices, hospitals, and wherever photographs inspire you.
At the end of the day, my goal and purpose of my landscape images are to help shatter the stereotype that some people out there may have about Texas. This is something that I myself have grown to appreciate and evaluate more throughout my own travels as a photographer.
When it comes to the artist's side of photography, I want the viewer's reaction to feeling as though they were there experiencing the scene with me. I try to see a location view from every angle within the space I have to work with before the final composition is chosen. I try to think about how processing will work with each image and compliment it.
My Definition of Fine Art: I would like to clarify my stance in regards to "Fine Art". For me, Fine Art is photographs that are made by professionals or the very few, with the individual processing methods with the added input of the artists.
Unless it's a Black and White Fine Art or Day To Night (photos that are taken in the day that I convert to a nighttime mood) all other photos on here are what occurred at that moment.
Software and Gear
ON1 Photo 10
ON1 Effects 2019
Lightroom Classic CC
Nikkor 12-24mm wide-angle lens
Nikon 18-55 mm kit lens
Promaster 77mm variable ND filter
Manfrotto 055 Tripod
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control (Infrared)
Publication credits, Commissioned work, and recognition.
*Three 27"X40" Installations at Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas at Austin.
*Article published "Inside the mind of a landscape photographer" edited by Bill Hedrick, for The Photographer Online Dec/Jan 2016 issue. Feel free to read it here
*Featured on the official Fstoppers Instagram page. Link