Friday, May 06, 2011

"Sunrise – Texas Style"

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"Sunrise – Texas Style"
©David A. Ziser

We were up bright and early yesterday morning so we could be at the instructor breakfast by 7:00 a.m.  That meant a pretty early wake up call.  As we were getting ready, LaDawn called out to me that it was looking like it might be a really beautiful sunrise. 

I wiped the sleep from my eyes, grabbed the camera and recorded the sun as it made it’s early morning appearance.  The vantage point from the 15th floor of the hotel sure helped the composition.

The challenge was to keep the sun itself from “blowing out” completely but still maintain detail in the clouds.  As luck would have it, as the sun rose, it did so, not to an open sky, but rose instead into low hanging cloud cover.  The cloud cover blocked just the right amount of the sun’s bright rays for the exposure to capture it’s brilliance and still fill the sky with radiant color – Texas style.

Camera specs: Canon 7D fitted with 18-200mm Lens at 190mm, F8.0 @ 1/1000 second (camera on manual), ISO 400.  Enjoy!  -David


Hey gang, that’s going to it for today.  It’s been a long week and LaDawn and I are looking to take the rest of the day off after our class wraps around noon today. We had a great time at Texas School and sure have some wonderful memories. I’ll post a more complete week wrap up on Monday for you.

We make the trip home tomorrow and are looking forward to a few weeks at the same address ;~)  How about I plan to see everybody bright and early on Monday hailing from the great state of Kentucky.

Have a great weekend everybody.  Keep your pixels smilin’ and I’ll see you then.



  1. This is very beautiful! Hello pretty sunrise!

  2. Very nice! Beautiful shot!

  3. Beautiful shot, and we Texans sure enjoyed having you and LaDawn here at Texas School this week. As our classmate Pat stated not only are you a master photographer, but a master teacher and communicator as well. I have risen to a new level of technique and understanding due to your passion and sharing. Thank you and LaDawn so much!
    A Forever Fan,
    Jennifer Heylmun

  4. I had a hard enough time getting up at 6:30 to make it to the Trade show by 8! I don't know how you do it David, but I'm glad you do! Thank you for sharing SO MUCH information with us! I took your class because it was said you can so us exactly how to get the quality you show in your work and you didn't disappoint. You and LaDawn worked very hard for us and we really appreciated it! I went to the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens after we finished class on Friday and found 3 bridal shoots going on. I'll just say there are a lot of photographers out that that need your class! :)
    Thank you,