Morning on the Chattahoochee

by Bethany Plonski September. 10, 2018 1802 views

This set highlights two of my photography struggles: landscapes and getting up early. I am a pretty consistent failure at waking up in time for the first golden hour, but at least on the morning these were taken I was out early enough to catch some of the mist over the river.

Something about landscapes intimidates me. Maybe it's a matter of feeling like there are too many possibilities. Even when I think about composition rules, there are a lot of things that don't occur to me until I get back and look at the pictures more closely. For example, in #1 I wasn't paying attention to where the tops of the trees cut off.

Cutleaf coneflowers growing along the bank

Cutleaf coneflowers growing along the bank

Rudbeckia laciniata

Rudbeckia laciniata

I like the way the petals are turned in this one. With the spiderwebs and dewdrops, it almost conveys a sense of motion.

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Yoshi Saura 11 months, 1 week ago

I really like the dew drops in #5 !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Yoshi Saura 11 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! Finally, Georgia's humidity is good for something! grinning

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Radha Mistry 1 year, 1 month ago

Beautiful pictures. X

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Radha Mistry 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you for your kind comment! :)

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Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

I like #4, Bethany!
For me, I never could get the hang of landscapes as "Grand Scenic Panoramas".
 I much prefer what's called the intimate landscape, which rarely shows the full sky or big sweeps of scenery. 
It's worth looking up if you're interested, it gives you sort of a different take on what "landscape" means.
As far as "the golden hour", I suck at waking up in timegrinning

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you, Joe! I will definitely look into that. It seems much more in line with how I usually look at things. Excited to check it out!

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Joe Zink Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

You might look at this page:
https://improvephotography.com/51468/top-10-tips-for-photographing-intimate-landscapes/
or google Eliot Porter.
I hope you have fun with it if you decide to try it! grinning

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 2 months ago

Thanks so much! Great article. It’s definitely a good style to know considering the geography of where I live.

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Radha Mistry Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 1 month ago

Cool website. X

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

It was worth it to wake up early. Same problem here smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you! Glad to know I am not the only one. :) And I got a kick out of your mad cow post, by the way. What a story!

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Very nice series.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

Nice shots, Bethany. I disagree with your personal assessment about shooting landscapes. You seem to do just fine. Regarding image one, missing the tops of the trees is not an issue (in my opinion). As a matter of fact, if you cropped the top to eliminate the sky altogether (even through the tree on the right) and then brought the bottom up to remove the bright spot in the lower right, it may make for an even better picture. That's only my opinion, however.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Greg Blaney 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you, Greg! I played around with the cropping and liked it a lot that way. It gave the scene a difference sense of balance, and I think it made the mist more of a focal point. Thank you for your thoughtful suggestion!

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

Lovely scenes......

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you! It's a very peaceful place.

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 2 months ago

My pleasure!

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