Sunrise on 2018

I don't really do New Years Resolutions anymore, I have found that they mostly do not work.

What I try to focus on instead is changes of mindset and routine that can lead to more permanent change. This year my focus is going to be on improving my skillsets. I want to become proficient with my handgun, I want to learn first aid skills, and I want to become healthier. All of these things will require discipline and I think the best way to acquire discipline is to do things that take discipline. So the first thing I am going to work on this year is getting up before the sun everyday....starting today. 

I woke up and drove to the prettiest place I could find to watch the sun rise and welcome in the new year. It was a perfect start to 2018 for me. I hope to do a lot more exploring this year, it is one of the few things that brings peace to my soul. I hope you had a great start to the new year and I hope you have the discipline to make some awesome things happen for yourself this year. 

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Brainard Lake at Sunrise (also today is my birthday)

Today is my birthday! I am officially 28 years old. Unfortunately Courtney had to work today so I decided to wake up at 3:30am and drive to Brainard Lake to shoot the sunrise. Landscape photography has been a love of mine for a long time but I just don't get out to shoot like I should. I think that is going to change though. It was so beautiful and peaceful out there. 

This was also my first real outing with the Sony/Zeiss 16-35mm f4 and holy crap that lens is awesome. It's one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used and it is just as sharp at any aperture. 

The image below was one of the first ones I captured. The "blue hour" light is probably my favorite light to shoot in. I am so happy with this image. I think it is one of my best landscape images ever. A perfect birthday present. 

I got several other "keepers" from this outing but I think I am going to save them for future posts instead of sharing them all at once. I really need shoot in the mountains more. Maybe from here on out I will try my best to get out once a week. I think that would be good for me.