Dawn to Sunrise - 6 August 2018 (Original Video/Photos)

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Clouds always add dramatic effects to any sunrise. On this morning I thought the clouds may be too thick to let the sun shine through as it rose. I watched the blue tint of the clouds change as time passed to reveal some dramatic effects. Eventually, the sun did peak through the clouds.

Photographs taken on 6 August 2018.

Sunrise Video

As the photographs were stitched together into this video, I noticed a slight shift from one frame to the next.

All the photographs taken have been compiled into a short 4 minute 27 second video. Music: "The Temperature of the Air on the Bow of the Kaleetan" by Chris Zabriskie.

Dawn to Sunrise Photographs in Sequence

This is a representative sample of the photographs in the video.

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 3.2 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1.6 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1/2 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1/4 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1/5 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1/5 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm

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Original Photo: Canon EOS 7D; f/20; 1/6 sec.; ISO-100; 50mm


When I think about how wonderful it is to capture these moments, I often realize how little I had to do with making these wonderful moments. For I am just the guy behind the camera.

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Indudablemente su trabajo es algo especial, es como fusionarse con la naturaleza, viajar a través de la luz y estar presente en esos preciosos segundos; donde una nube, un reflejo de luz o una sombra, brindan espacio al astro rey, para que éste ilumine nuestra vida con su belleza sonrisa. @etcmike tus fotos son una belleza, permiten ver los cambios imperceptibles a una mirada normal; pero dichos cambios no escapan de tu constancia y dedicación. Simplemente usted es una artista que plasma con su cámara fotográfica momentos naturales de inmensa belleza que invitan a estar en armonía con los elementos de la naturaleza.

Undoubtedly his work is something special, it is like merging with nature, traveling through light and being present in those precious seconds; where a cloud, a reflection of light or a shadow, give space to the king star, so that it illuminates our life with its beautiful smile. @etcmike your photos are a beauty, they allow to see the imperceptible changes to a normal look; but those changes do not escape your perseverance and dedication. Simply you are an artist who captures with your camera natural moments of immense beauty that invite you to be in harmony with the elements of nature.

La Sonrisa del Sol

Con mucha timidez las nubes
Ante el desespero del Sol
Hablan con el viento
y le dicen con amor
Por favor, ayúdanos
No queremos tapar más el Sol
Porque necesita con urgencia
Sonreír al mundo
Y brindar algo de calor

The Smile of the Sun

With very shyness the clouds
Faced with the desperation of the Sun
They talk with the wind
and they say to him with love
Please help us
We do not want to cover the Sun
Because you urgently need
Smile to the world
And provide some heat


Thank you! Your very kind words are greatly appreciated.

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beautiful photographs of the sunrise . looking photos colourful &excellent it is amazing sunset looking beautiful, morning sunrise look like beauty of nature really had a great work i really love it and thank u for sharing.


Very nice view

One of the greatest thrills of being a nature/life/wild photographer is when the sky or conditions change into something amazing, and you know you only have minutes or seconds to capture it. What a thrill. Your incredible work really impressed to the viewer.

Thanks for sharing @etcmike.
Spectacular images!


Thank you! Your kind words are greatly appreciated!

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You show others it is consistency and tenacity that gets the great images. No wonder you are highly recommended to watch. Your philosophy of really just showing you make the magic in your pictures in camera instead of heavy Lightroom work! It is a real enjoyment watching you grow as an image maker. Keep pushing, you are becoming a GREAT photographer!

Stunning sky indeed! Love the blog/ vlog. Thanks for sharing @etcmike all the best.


Thank you! I am greatly humbled by your kind words. Your words are greatly appreciated. I will continue on my quest to improve my photography.

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Yup @etcmike, made the mistake as well on thinking I got the best of the morning sunrise only to be surprised a bit later that it was so much better! Luckily was still set up to take the better scene, cracking video as usual. Goes to show you nature sometimes rewards well those that are persistent and patient. As the saying goes, "hurry up and wait".

Great video/photography as usual @etcmike
Love from, @a-0-abul


I encountered such a situation just this morning while watching the sunrise. I was very glad I was patient. When I have a chance to put the pictures together into a slide show, you will see what I saw on the morning of 18 August 2018.

Thank you again!

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@etcmike, In my opinion nowadays nature became more expressive, and these colours are telling that aspect effectively.

And literally I've never seen these Blue clouds and that's why I've said nature is becoming expressive and it's expanding it's Art.

And at the same point of time in the sky we can see so many faces of nature and it reflects as nature is applying great colour Collaboration.

And in my opinion nowadays we can see lot of changes in nature and one of the changes is reflecting by the clouds.

Wishing you an great day and stay blessed. 🙂

Fantastic! I like it :)

Excelente trabajo muy bueno de verdad que me gustó gracias por compartir. Slds


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these were taken with an EOS 7D ? You can tweak settings more and make it a lot more impressive. Your framing is also off, pay attention to line up your shots dead straight and follow rule of thirds.

Example work with Canon EOS 7D by @britcoins 2011

Hint - ISO 100 in darkness? Are you ok? Dig into settings and try 800-1600 ISO in low light situation like your sunrise. Then you can also drop the F-stop right down and increase shutter speed with them experiment

Keep going! you'll soon find some tweaks like I suggest and blow your own mind with results ...




Thank you for the tips!

In some of my older photographs posted on SteemIt I was always using the "full auto mode". When the ISO increased the photographs became grainy. I had a few people who wanted to use my photos are screen savers. To provide the best possible photographs I started using ISO 100 for the sunrise photos and other daylight photos.

In the near future, I will be posting some photographs taken inside where there was low lighting. For some shots I stepped up the ISO to much higher settings.

I am still experimenting. In my attempts to remove the slight shifting from one still photo to the next I turned off the "AF" and "Image Stabilizer" on the lens. I have everything locked down tight on a tripod. I hope to eliminate the slight shifting effect with the sunrise photos taken this morning.

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Thank you for replying, really glad you had a chance to not take my harsh advice badly ... the fact i did do this comment late, on a bad day even!

I think I might have spotted it now tho, what you can do different really simple.

Before I reveal, you can try to shoot up to 400 ISO which will leave some grain, but it can be part of the image and not too much 'digital' noise. You can try 100 then 200 then 400 and do that in combination with the next technique, which is ...

Metering Modes. Leave that autofocus on, set for spot/touch focus and exposure. Try one shot with the focus on the brightest part of the image. This is where you are previewing shot on LCD, and touch any part of the image to focus and expose there. Then try all sorts of shots by picking different areas. Focus+expose for the grey clouds, the sunlight rays and colour should burst ... . This will give completely different images and dramatic results.

Further observation: shots in post are all F20. This explains the dulcit, pastel tones. Lower is always better / sharper at lower F stop. Lower the stop = more light into the lens and more data for the sensor to work with.

I'm no pro either.... I know nothing, really ... this is from my memory trial and error!


Getting carried away now ... last tip ... ditch the filters from that kit lens, unless shooting into blue sky bright light or water ...


Again, thank you for the tips. Looks like I have some more experimenting and manual reading to do.

I used an f-stop of 20 (and higher) to improve the depth of field. There are trees in the photo that are much closer than the far horizon. My limited experience in optics for photography has proven that the higher f-stops improves the sharpness of the images. I compensate with the exposure time (up to 30 seconds).

This morning I was also experimenting with the different metering. I haven't downloaded those pictures yet, but they looked great on the camera's screen.

As for the filters, the circular polarizing filter always enriches my colors and aid in getting good shot of the sun as it rises just above the horizon. The clear filter is mainly for protecting the polarizing filter and the camera lens. It has saved my lens on more than one occasion. The window I have my camera setup in to take bird photos has been broken by golf balls.

I have several sunrises in the can to process and post. I will read up on the selecting the focus points today.

Thanks again for you tips and advice.

Have a great day!
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I used an f-stop of 20 (and higher) to improve the depth of field.
It won't make any difference to anything beyond infinity range of lens. Dopf will have an importance from < 6-20 ft away only. For sunrise you should set to infinity and go from there with the exposure/metering points. Sharpness will be very good at f8 and you'll need a shorter exposure than f20 = less noise
filters - fair enough! I would say, priority is saving up for non-kit lens. 7D is really nice, better lens, no need to spend too much - Tamron or Sigma are good budget brand - will whip your results even higher. If you can't afford that, pretty much you could sell/swap kit around for lesser Canon body and better lens.

So beautiful nice Views

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Thanks for sharing beautiful photography. I am really inspired to follow you-- lover of nature.

Nice pic

nice photography. hope you had to wait for the sunset for long hours. good to see such nice photography.
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I use the following website to know when the sunrise and sunset times are each morning. I usually try to wake up about 30 minutes before sunrise to get setup for the photo shoot.


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Me encanta la manera en que enfocaste las nubes y la claridad que tienen las foto es increíble, gran trabajo. Felicitaciones

Que hermoso, realmente la naturaleza es mágica!

Very good video, well-combined photo photos, this is a very cool work to watch

Amazing Photography!

I love, love, LOVE this! So beautiful, and you made such a nice presentation of these moments. Thank you very much for sharing!

Felicitaciones eres un experto profesional de la fotografía. El vídeo quedo genial la música hace contraste con las imágenes y da sensación de relajación , de verdad me encanto te felicito.

That's beautiful

good morning @etcmike
thanks for upload your beautiful work.
I alwaya enjoy your photo shoot's & videos.

I love this pic. keep uploading such beautiful shoots.
have a nice day friend.


Thank you!

That is one of my favorite photos from that morning too.

There are several more sunrise series to come soon.

Have a great week!
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Amazing Photography... Excellent Shot... Beautiful scenery...

Wow thats amazing photography my friend.. excellent colour combination...It looks as the universe has given a new look and color to the sky...☺️
Keep supporting me my friend @kanhiyachauhan

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Amazing photography its very hard to capture these amzing sunshine

Awesome captured ...clouds are looking wonderful ...good work..

Nice photography you did... A gift from me to you.IMG-20180805-WA0016.jpg

amazing photographs

Masterly photography I must say.
You have captured the hues in all their splendor.Sunrise photos are very inspiring to anyone and if they are shot with such an artistic manner the ability to inspire rises manyfol
Thank you for posting such lovely captures.

Wow good photography & video sunrise all pic perfectIMG-20180812-WA0021.jpg

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I like sunsets... They always have this strange effect on me...
Great camera work... I am first timer to you blog... Great Pro work...

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Nice pictures brother. Amazing...
Appreciate your art...

You are very creative photographer.

Beautiful images

Add some breakfast pictures too with this.

Nature always attracts

Amazing shots. Very creative and pure work. Keep it up buddy.

Perfect and those lovely moments they sure are indeed worth it :)

i love your work and i also like that you explain how you took the shot and the settings you used following your work one will learn how to shoot beautiful shots like this. thank you

thanks, sir, for sharing so amazing cloudy weather video and photography.

que hermosas fotos y un muy buen amanecer.
muy buen trabajo. saludos

Your shots look so fantastic! I really love how the clouds and the sky look at the start, it looks like a painting with a shade of orange. This makes me miss the sun sooo much because it's been raining here for the past weeks. Anyway thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a great day ahead!


It rained all day here too, but before the rain started there was a sunrise I captured. It will be posted as soon as I work through my backlog.

Thank you!

Have a great week!
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That's cool, I'll definitely check that out. Thanks for all the upvotes!


Awesome photographs sir i am so glad to see them again.

Wonderful moment of photography.
Thank you for sharing this well details pictures.

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Nice photos. Keep it cool. Love it though.

Hi photographs and video looks amazing, congratulation for awesome photography.
I also love photography so this is really inspirational.

hi mike, that blue color is beautiful, for something blue is the favorite color in the whole world. The nuances that heaven has speak of your producer and director, they speak of their wisdom, but this photo also speaks of you, your sensitivity and your talent. Congratulations and a hug

Great experience good job sir

Little giant lighting the world but of course displayed by a powerful camera-operator.
Sourcing motivation from you, am putting in my efforts and once I hang my own camera, I'll still be here to ask for tips on perfect captures.

thanks for a nice post.You are a great photographer

Whoa!!!!! I like the shades of blue... Mesmerizing

A very nice time You have a very good post. Both blue and sky images and posts made my mind happy. Thanks so much for sharing the post among us..💜

It is great to present a sample of the photographs. Probably we all have lots of photos to choose from, but it's great to look at everything. My favorite is the first photo!

A very nice time You have a very good post. Both blue and sky images and posts made my mind happy. Thanks so much for sharing the post among us..💜

spectacular views of dawn to sunrise, well photographed.

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Waw that amazing 😉

Very nice

Good photographs you show the real beauty of nature..

Awesome photos beautiful view

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Kota yang penuh warna saya suka

sunrays looking very soft 👌 very gorgeous sunrise.❤ awesome and the beautiful colors~ awesome photograph you present ❤ wonderful video too

what a magical moment to explore this is beautiful and amazing to explore :D

See this also in the post of @ashok25

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