Our 4th assignment for our photo class is OUT. We learned about shooting in the middle of the day using open shade to get great pics. I kind of have a habit right now of being inspired by the theme before I read the tips... But, hey, I am still learning! I took several pictures this morning, All on my manual setting again! They are far from perfect, that's for sure. But to me, they show sparks. Little sparks promising me it will be worth it for me to keep trying and learning.
My original thought for today's theme was to take my kids out to a particular spot and get their picture. However, that changed last night. I went for a wonderful walk last night. Came home and started to wind down watching TV while my hubby fell asleep on the couch next to me. Right when I was ready to go to bed, the thunder started. I got up and went to the restroom where I found my sweet Shelby asleep and just starting petting her and listened as it started hailing. It hailed for about 15 minutes straight. Maybe even a couple minutes longer. Lots of pea sized hail, mostly quarter sized, and larger than that. It got loud enough the last 5 minutes that it woke my hubby. All the kids slept through it though! I wanted to get a picture of our street so bad. It was just weird looking. Our street looked like it was made out of ice. Like bags of ice from the gas station had been poured out onto our street (and yards as well). The yards were crazy too. But the street. It was something else. I wasn't going to take my camera out in the rain though! So I decided to snap a pic of our trampoline this morning. This is the best one I got on manual. I could have stayed out there all day until I got all the setting right and got the perfect pic, BUT, I have a house to clean, children to take care of, sewing to do, ect.
On my way back in, I noticed our old turtle pond. For those who don't know, this was a very small little spot we dug in our backyard for our turtle a couple of summers ago. Clearly we've been neglecting this little spot now. Much to my surprise, there was hail in it still! So today, I share 2 pics!