Thank you for your comments and recommendations Steve, and I will do my best to apply your suggestions next trip out.
Originally Posted by Wirefox
Regarding the second image, that was a moment of opportunity and I took the best available shot. I hate having the shrubs in there too, and next time will be better prepared. Even made myself a note to toss a limb saw in the back of the truck (if for no other reason than getting some revenge..)
BTW, thanks for the new word: "shrubistic"...
After seeing your comments I went back and processed the photo's taken immediately before, and after the first one posted above. Here they are with the relevant data, including times taken; I think you'll like them both, except that the sky is weak. (Can that be improved in PP with Lightroom?)
Both are best viewed at full size (F11 and click image). This first one (09) was taken at 6:35:48 AM:
1/125s, f/8.0, at 70.0mm, ISO 200
The next pic (10) was the one in the first post; it was taken at at 6:37:11. Details are 1/15s, f/22.0, at 70.0mm and an ISO of 1EV under 200
For the image (11) immediately following at 6:38:09, I switched back to F/8 as conditions were changing fast, and it seemed like the right thing to do. (I was using the 70-300mm lens, and Mr. Dave Humphries had suggested I stick to F/8 as he had good results there; I take direction well..)
1/80s, f/8.0, at 70.0mm and an ISO of 1EV under 200
I did crop the first pic slightly to remove some of the extra sky and another cloud that was even more of a nuisance than the one I had to leave in.
What I've learned is that in order to get the longer exposure I have to increase the F/stop, and in this case it resulted in capturing much more of the sunrise glow, plus the Sun rays. Once I get a decent filter or two hopes are to improve dramatically on the these.