When I set my New Year’s Resolutions 11 months ago — 7 New Year’s Resolutions I Invite Others to Steal — #4 was:
Start Developing Some New Hobbies Beyond Internet Trolling. Something New Each Season Sounds Like a Good Goal.
I’m not sure when it began but this year I’ve really started getting into photography much more. I think the effectiveness of the iPhone camera and the ease of use of Instagram are the main culprit. It’s now just so quick to snap the image you want, crop and adjust it, throw on a caption and some categories, and send it out to the world moments after it happened.
One of my favorite things both to photograph and see of others is a great sunrise photo. I’ve gotten in the habit of trying to take them every morning when there’s something that seems worth sharing. It seems like Sunrise is usually the best time of day for me to be able to break for a few moments. Taking the photo and thinking about it tends to double as a time to slow down and meditate and mentally prepare for the day. In an ideal world I’d also take photos everyday at Noon and sunset too.
When I can’t or when the weather doesn’t bless Southern California with something worth remembering then others around the world help out.
There’s something kind of strange and comforting about seeing many images of the sun rise or set from different points around the world at the same time. It’s as though for a moment human beings can stop and though they may have nothing else in common at that moment they at least share that common uniting experience of awe at seeing the sun rise.
So I’m going to try and start sharing more of my best sunrise photos here at PJ Lifestyle. I also invite all the PJ Lifestyle and PJ columnist regulars to share their beautiful images of the sun rising, setting, or standing high at noon too. Just a photo and a sentence or paragraph or inspirational quote or something uplifting to accompany the image. If you haven’t started playing around yet with Instagram you should — it’s very easy and can be a helpful tool for blog posts.
I’m also intrigued to experiment with opening this New Media troublemaking up to PJ Lifestyle’s readers. Please send your photos to [email protected]
I request that you include:
1. The image itself as a JPEG formatted for web. (Not super large or the raw image from your camera. 700 width across maximum.)
2. The time/date and (approximate) place it was taken.
3. A brief, positive statement or sentiment. (This can be as mundane as “I hope everyone has a great day today!”)
4. Your preferred attribution — and if you have a link to a website or twitter account or something then that’s fine to submit too.
Here are my 10 favorites from this month, the first three (one up top and two below) are from this morning:
December 1, 2013:
I was sitting at my computer this morning editing a delightful Rhonda Robinson parenting post for tomorrow morning when I looked up and gasped at the sunrise above.
Just spending a few minutes each morning focusing on beautiful images like this makes all the difference in the world.
And this range of sunrises is just in one month from one window in Southern California. I bet there are plenty of readers out there with vastly better views and photographic abilities. PLEASE EMAIL ME YOUR BEST!