What I Read

As I look back on 2016, and my past in general, I find one of my favorite reading topics is on happiness and positive psychology.

Recently, I finished reading 10% Happier, which is about the news anchor, Dan Harris, and his personal path to discovering meditation and Buddhism. I read Tuesdays with Morrie twice, most recently this last December. I read the popular book Grit by Angela Duckworth. It was a great read. Definitely recommend it. I’m also a fan of Shawn Achor, having read both Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage. One of my favorite positive psychology books is Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. And I’m currently reading The Happiness Project.

However, I don’t know if it’s because I’m happier after reading these books or is it because I’m unhappy and that’s why I’m reading them. It’s like the chicken and the egg paradox.

Another thought is that maybe it’s just my interest. I do remember I wrestled with the questions of happiness when I was younger. What it means and how to attain it. It’s an aged question but the pursuit for the answer has always fascinated me.

I suppose the simple answer is to just do what makes me feel happy, like photography, writing, web development, guitar, and reading.

I hope to share other interesting books on this blog. Meanwhile you can find me on Goodreads.com. It’s a great website for tracking all the books you’ve read, been reading, and wants to read.

First Picture of the New Year

First Sunrise
First Sunrise

I captured the above photograph on the first sunrise of the new year near where I live in North Wales, PA.

I used Aperture Priority mode on a Nikon D7000 DSLR, shot in RAW. I set the aperture to f/5.6 and the ISO at 200. Next time, I would decrease the aperture to something with a greater depth of field. The shutter speed was at 1/8000 of a second.

The development was done in Lightroom 5.7. The major adjustments were increasing the exposure one step to brighten the image a little and dialing down the clarity to give a softer feel. I also increased lens vignetting around the photograph.

There is some blurring of the tree branches but I think that’s OK. Next time I would like to play with the shutter speed a bit more. But I think if I slow down the shutter speed too much I might not get the roundness of the sun as it rises. Also the branches will be blurred even more since I was hand holding the camera. I would get my tripod next time.

Let me know what you think of this photograph so I can improve on my next shot!