Winter Plant Life, Part 2

by Bethany Plonski March. 12, 2020 204 views

More winter plants with less colorful edits. :)

Winter roses

Winter roses

I had no idea cattails did such interesting things in winter

I had no idea cattails did such interesting things in winter

I debated whether to include this one. I was trying to focus on the flowers when I noticed this tiny spiderweb. I hadn't quite dialed in the focus yet when I got distracted chasing after a bird and forgot to come back.

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Tsao T-F 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Good! You always control light very well.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

Thank you! We have had a very wet winter this year, lots of overcast days great for photos. It helps to be out on days when it isn't so bright outside. smile

2 months, 1 week ago Edited
Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 months, 1 week ago

Ha ha, I have no idea how to photograph on overcast days. I still have many things to learn.umbrella

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Lynn F Medley 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Soo serene,, love the subjects and color ,, lol! Leaving the scene and for  getting to come back, I do that too, 🙂

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Lynn F Medley 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one. smile Birds are my biggest distraction, and they're everywhere!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

A true feast to the eye. Love them all my friend

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! smile I have to admit I'm sad to see winter go!

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Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Getting ready to usher in the new growing season! Love the mono treatment, tight foci & lovely bokeh! +1

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Jay! I love that about plants, and I wish we humans would do better at learning the lesson that "downtime" is actually a hugely important part of productivity. smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

My pleasure! Always a pleasure to see your fine images, my friend! +1smile+1

I agree, wholeheartedly! More is not always better......
In fact, too much of anything can prove destructive & unnatural.......no????

grinning

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Jay Boggess 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Absolutely! I am a big believer in "less is more."smile  Thanks again!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Amen & Amen, Sister!!!

+1grinning+1

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Sherry Hill 2 months, 2 weeks ago

you debated on the spiderweb, yet it's tie for my fave of this series.. i love how the background is just missing in so many of your shots.. just highlighting the subject.. 
i could see a series of these on a wall.. matching frames.. i love the beautiful solitude from them..

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Sherry Hill 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much, Sherry. I appreciate that more than I know how to say. blue heart 
Sometimes I feel frustrated with myself for keeping an absurd amount of stuff in my Lightroom catalog and never wanting to delete things, but I never know when I'm going to come back to a photo with a different attitude. Sometimes I need to let go of my hope for "the perfect capture" and try to see what did work.

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Buster Bruce 2 months, 2 weeks ago

#12 my favorite as well- but that is only to highlight as all of these, are once again, worthy of artist praise! The soft reflective properties of the web filaments just adds so much to the realism and closeness of these fine captures.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Buster Bruce 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Buster, for your kind comment, and also how you worded it - when I read "realism and closeness" it was like a light went off in my head. I have to write an artist's statement for a class I'll be taking soon, so I've been thinking about how I could characterize my style, and that really resonated with me. You've just been a big help! Many thanks!

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I am glad you included #12 because this is actually one of my favorites. I like the clarify of the web. Also, you seem to pick the perfect shade of  coloring for these plants, really makes them stand out.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much! It's been fun focusing on tones and trying to figure out what types of photos need what type of edits. A lot of these I really hated in color, but with some split tones or monochrome they were completely different. smile

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

I like the sepia treatment of these images in this set. I think it is very fitting for the winter plant life.

2 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I've gone a little sepia crazy lately, but I agree it fits the mood of winter. smile

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John Teti 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Very nice Bethany!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to John Teti 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you! I'm sad to see winter go after getting into this project.

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