Photographer of the Month

The club’s Photographer of the Month for September, 2019 is Mel Martin. Following is her bio:

Mel Martin has lived California’s Central Coast since 1984 and has begun to transition to her retirement in Twain Harte.   She first learned photography in High School and began a more serious effort in her late 30’s.   Her very supportive husband enthusiastically encourages her efforts, accompanies her on photo travels, and carries her equipment for her.  

Mel considers herself very lucky to have a natural eye for composition.  The technical aspects she employs to achieve the desired results have been learned with many hours, days, and years of practice. Recent efforts include work using her photographs in digital art pieces.

She views her work as successful if the viewer can experience her feelings and those of the environment at the moment the image was captured and the art created.   

She was a founding member of the Paso Robles Art Association Photography Guild and credits that involvement with helping her expand her vision and improve her technical skill.  She is now enjoying her recent membership in the Sonora Photo Club and looks forward to her new experiences with this talented group of people.

You can see more of her work at
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