My Messy Little Pics – Sunlight & Movement

My Messy Little Pics - Sunlight & Movement

Sunlight and Movement

This week I wanted to focus on shooting into the sun and movement. I have 3 boys and they’re always on the move! I want to be able to know my settings well enough that I can have them frozen or showing motion by my own choice. I also want to be able to control the look and feel of water or other moving objects easily.

I love photos that are shot into the sun. I want to be able to shoot into the sun and feel comfortable doing it. I’m sure that mine are not perfect right now but with some more practice I’m hoping that they will be!

Walk Behind The House

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2One day this week I took the 2 little boys for a walk behind our house. We walked the 3 acres of property that a vacant house sits on. The family that most recently lived there had made some trails around the perimeter of the property, so we were walking through the back where I shot this photo. I loved how the sun was shining between the trees and highlighting the leaves. I know that the colored orbs are probably just dust or something on my lens, but I like to believe that they’re my grandfather and cousin who are no longer with us. I don’t think that I would have done anything differently with this one.

ISO 200



Going For a Jog

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2


My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

My oldest son is really starting to get into cross-country running so I took him and a couple of his friends to a trail near our house so that they could go jog together while I walked with the two little boys. While we were walking I saw this plant in a little garden and thought that it may make for a pretty cool picture. I was right! I got right down on the ground, almost on my stomach and shot through the plant into the sun. I’m really happy with how it turned out. I’m sure that we’ll probably go back again this week and I may try shooting with a higher aperture so that the clouds come in a little more clear and possibly get some rays from the sun.

ISO 100




My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

While you’re walking down the trail you have to go over a few little bridges since a river runs right through our town. I loved how the sun was shining and tried to use the bars on the bridge as a sort of natural frame. I think that the picture is ok, but I’m in love with the rays from the sun!

ISO 400



My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

This little mini waterfall is in the water from the last picture that I showed you. There is a little rustic trail that you can walk down to get closer to the water. I could still see all the boys from where I was, because it’s not far from the sidewalk at all, so I went down and really wanted to get a good picture of the water movement. I’ve wanted to get a water movement picture that wasn’t shaky or terrible looking for weeks now. This is the first time that I knew where to put my settings and I nailed it! I love how the water looks soft as it flows over the rocks. I know that it’s not the “prettiest” picture but I’m so proud of myself for knowing where to set my camera to accomplish the look that I was going for.

ISO 400



Veteran’s Day

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

I took this picture after I dropped my sons friends back off at home. I had found one of those cheap little flags on a stick that you get at parades and things like that sitting in the bottom of the stroller. I went into a parking lot that faces downtown and held the flag up. The sun orbs that you see is a reflection off the windows on the top of a building. There is absolutely no editing done to this picture! I’m super thrilled with how this one turned out!

ISO 200



Nature Preserve and Arboretum

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2ISO 100     f/11     1/50

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

ISO 100    f/ 5.6     1/200

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

ISO 100     f/11     1/400

The boys and I went to a nature preserve about 30 minutes from our house on Saturday to get out of the house and go discover. We found this cool little windmill that’s next to the treehouse they have. These 3 pictures are all the same windmill, right around the same time. Our 9-year-old was also taking pictures so I didn’t take these all at the same time. I’m not a fan of the first picture, showing the movement. I don’t like the stickers that are showing and when it’s in color it’s kind of dull and just blends in with the trees in the background.

I don’t hate the second picture. I like how the color of the windmill came through and I don’t think that the composition of it is too bad. I just wish that it had better contrast in the background.

I think that the last picture is pretty cool, with the sun and the jet line in the sky. I did put a filter on it.

My Messy Little Pics - Week 2

I mean… I couldn’t go an entire post without showing you at least ONE of our handsome boys! Truthfully… this was the only good picture that I got of any of them this week. They just don’t like to listen to me when I have the camera out, they think that it’s funny to make silly faces and run away from me.

He actually climbed up in this tree and did this pose kind of joking but I told him to stay there and not move lol. I think that it turned out really well! The only editing that I did to this one was the “auto enhance”. Man… I’m going to need an entire wall for their open houses!

ISO 200

f/ 5.6



I hope that you enjoyed seeing my progress this week and were inspired to go out and shoot in manual mode!

I just wanted to let you know that these have very little editing. Any editing that I do, I use PicMonkey because it’s free!

I also want you to know that I’d love to see your photos on Instagram! Just use #mymessylittlepics

As I said last week… I would love any comments, constructive criticism or helpful hints!