Bethany Plonski


I am a nature photographer who loves it all, from birds to botanicals and intimate landscapes. For me, photography is as much about connecting with the natural world as it is about the images themselves. Everything I do begins with respect for the beauty of nature and all that it can teach us.


My approach to photography is rooted in exploration and discovery. When I go out with my camera, I'm not on a mission to find a specific animal or create any particular kind of image. Instead, I have one simple intention: to be attentive and wait for nature to speak to me.

This means I must be flexible in terms of technique. Even if I’m shooting at a location I’ve visited many times before, it's always a new experience. I never know what kind of animals or plants I will encounter, and I love the challenge of responding to different conditions and finding the best way to make use of available light.




As a detail-oriented person, I like to look closely at the world around me. I love telephoto lenses, which allow me to zero in on specific aspects of the environment and frame each image more intentionally.


I tend toward minimalism and strive to create images with a clear central subject and few distractions. I want to let nature speak for herself in my photos, so I do the majority of my composition in camera followed by basic post-processing similar to what might be done in a traditional darkroom.

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