I like your picture!
Yea, Venus has been the brightest in the predawn hours for about a month now. It is brighter than anything else in the night sky really catches your attention.
There is an app you can download to your Iphone, "Sky guide" Just hold your phone up to the night sky and it will tell you the names of the planets, stars, & constellations.
The first 5 days after the Weekend are the Hardest.