Mariposa Photo Club Member Spotlight

Please join us in celebrating the amazing individuals at the heart of Mariposa Photo Club.  Learn more about what inspires us as photographers as you get to know our diverse members.

This month meet Peggy Plumley. Peggy has been an enthusiastic member of the Mariposa Photo Club for 6 years.  Peggy was also our Secretary in 2020, so thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peggy served in the year that was weird!      

Let’s learn more about Peggy.

How long have you been a photographer?

I’ve been pursuing my love of photography for about 10 years now.

What subjects inspire you?

I love flowers and landscapes. Sunsets.

What camera(s) do you use? 

I have a NIKON CoolPix that launched my passion. I shoot mostly with my NIKON D3300. When I want to challenge & frustrate myself, I try to succeed with my NIKON D700!

Besides your camera, what is your favorite photography tool and why?

My favorite photography tool are my mentors and shooting friends! And my tripod! And my chauffeur/sherpa/dog handler, Jim.

Who or what has influenced your photography the most?

Growing up, I was obsessed with LIFE magazine. Always subscribed to Nat Geo, and to this day I never miss an issue of VOGUE. I took Photography in High School, but don’t remember much of what I learned…I owe so much to the F/Stop program provided by the ARTS Council of Mariposa for providing access to teachers and programs here in Mariposa, and introducing me to my like-minded photo friends! Shout out to Mariposa Photo Club!

Is there an element in art or photography that you enjoy working with the most? 

The element of art/photography I enjoy the most is being outdoors. I’m a camper, beach goer, horseback rider, gardener…I struggle shooting indoors. So that’s an area I need to work on.

What’s your favorite part of the process?

My favorite part of the process right now is the surprise factor! I get so excited when a picture downloads and looks like what I saw with my eyes. I don’t do much post production on my shots. A little highlights, and lots of cropping! Cropping solves so many issues! 

Bonus: Photography forced me to learn how to make better use of my computer. Who knew?

Here’s a selection of Peggy’s photographs:

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