Guest post !! Welcome to Tracy The Cool Mom

*I met Tracy on a Sony NEX dedicated web forum that I used to hang at. She’d joined a bit after I did, and started posting portraits of her (beautiful) chidren. She posed herself as a photo noob, which was pretty hard to believe looking at the truly fresh and compelling pictures she shared. Being both at home, moms, slave to our dog(s) and cameraholics brought us together, and pretty soon we had a real (albeit virtual) friendship budding.

I’ve been struggling with finding inspiration for feeding the blog beast lately, so I thought I’d ask my friend to give me a hand by sharing a little of her photo journey, and family story. She was kind enough to indulge, so please sit back and enjoy her first contribution, hoping she’ll get bitten by the blog bug, and will be back for more !*

1st post by Tracy :

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Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
ISO
400
Camera
SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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400
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
ISO
400

You’re right, Its not the camera…..its the portraitblographer.

   There are of course key requirements, the first being models, and I have them in spades. With five children and three dogs (honestly I never said I was sensible) I decided almost a year ago that i wanted to take ‘better’ photos of my children, how hard can it be, right?

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Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
800
Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
800
Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
800
Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
ISO
800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800
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SLT-A57
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1/60s
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800I thought I could buy a ‘proper’ camera and the rest would come naturally (ok, I never said I was clever either). After buying and discarding a couple of cameras based on the fact that I couldnt get an unblurry shot out of them even in ‘auto’ I started reading books, checking out websites and blogs, youtube videos and researching what I actually needed from a camera o achieve my lofty goal. Good IQ, especially in low light, as flash is a whole ‘nother ball game. Portable size, given that every time I leave the house everything but the kitchen sink has to come with me, and a flippy screen, because my iphone can’t do that. I ended up on a Sony NEX forum with my brand new Sony NEX 5n where i met the ultimate portraitblographer, ‘Nianys’, friend, ally and fellow Nexer, with the virtues I lack; skill and experience, and amazing shots of her daughter to show for it. I was hooked. I wanted photos like that of my kids.

   I thought I could buy a ‘proper’ camera and the rest would come naturally (ok, I never said I was clever either). After buying and discarding a couple of cameras based on the fact that I couldnt get an unblurry shot out of them even in ‘auto’ I started reading books, checking out websites and blogs, youtube videos and researching what I actually needed from a camera o achieve my lofty goal. Good IQ, especially in low light, as flash is a whole ‘nother ball game. Portable size, given that every time I leave the house everything but the kitchen sink has to come with me, and a flippy screen, because my iphone can’t do that. I ended up on a Sony NEX forum with my brand new Sony NEX 5n where i met the ultimate portraitblographer, ‘Nianys’, friend, ally and fellow Nexer, with the virtues I lack; skill and experience, and amazing shots of her daughter to show for it. I was hooked. I wanted photos like that of my kids.

13JAN

Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
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1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
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1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
400

   I’ve come further than I thought I could, spent lots more money than I imagined and developed an afflcition called GAS (Gear Acquiring Syndrome) and its fun! Everywhere I go I see in photographic terms, every pose and smile is a potentially captured moment. I dont have a natural eye for photography but some (er, lots of) swotting about the exposure triange, practise with composition and a dedication to pulling one decent shot out of the bag every day during 2013 has me on my way.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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E-PM1
Focal Length
42mm
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f/5.6
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1/60s
ISO
1600
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E-PM1
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42mm
Aperture
f/5.6
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1/60s
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1600
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E-PM1
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42mm
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f/5.6
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1/60s
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1600
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E-PM1
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42mm
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f/5.6
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1/60s
ISO
1600
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Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
200
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
200
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
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1/100s
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200
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
200
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SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
200
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Camera
E-PM1
Focal Length
14mm
Aperture
f/7.1
Exposure
1/320s
ISO
200
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E-PM1
Focal Length
14mm
Aperture
f/7.1
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1/320s
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200
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E-PM1
Focal Length
14mm
Aperture
f/7.1
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1/320s
ISO
200
25JANTY

Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50s
ISO
1600

19FEBCASEY2

Camera
SLT-A57
Exposure
1/100s
ISO
200
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50s
ISO
1600
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50s
ISO
1600
Camera
NEX-7
Exposure
1/10s
ISO
1600
Camera
NEX-5N
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
500
Camera
NEX-5N
Exposure
1/60s
ISO
500
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50s
ISO
1600
Camera
SLT-A57
Focal Length
50mm
Aperture
f/1.8
Exposure
1/50s
ISO
1600

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About marla2008

Shutterbug. Shallow DOF nut. Mother of Child. Student of the Horse.
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