You are correct that I was aiming for a brighter image thinking it would produce better results. Made the contrast and brightness adjustments and it darkened the image up a fair bit but as you mention it still picks up movement very well. Backlight is off and white balance is on auto. Will slowly make other adjustments and work on the adjustments slowly. No snow is forecast for a few days so would like to wait for that to try and get to many changes going. I had tried to follow some of your setting recommendations from other posts but appears I was aiming to much for a brighter image as you mention. Appreciate the detailed post with more elaboration on points, will be very helpful. Will update with results along the way. Thank you again wittaj you are always very helpful.