Happy Holidays and My New Adventure

Hello and welome to My View for Wednesday, December 29, 2010.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones, friends and family and are thoroughly looking forward to the new year.

As many of you may be doing, I am making some changes in my life for 2011. You may have heard by now that I am backing out of my responsibilities of administering all of the workshops for The Mindful Eye and with assisting Craig Tanner with his workshops. You can see the announcement that Craig posted to The Mindful Eye Community.

Working with and teaching with Craig for the past four years has been a wonderful opportunity, great fun and an awesome learning experience — one for which I am forever grateful to Craig. I’ve learned so much assisting Craig and about running a workshop program. However, the amount of time required for these responsibilities was taking more and more time away from that which I love — being a photographer, developing my own workshops as a photography teacher, and having more time to spend with my family and friends. In September of this year, it became very clear to me that I was burning out with all the duties of administering the Inspirational Weekends and the workshops, running the workshop program for The Mindful Eye, as well as traveling and assisting Craig with teaching his workshops (nine in 2010) and Inspirational Weekends (six in 2010). At that time, Craig and I began discussing transitioning me out of these duties so that I could return to being the photographer I want to be and to developing the workshops I want to teach.

I cannot thank Craig enough for the opportunities he’s given me these past years, first working with him at Radiant Vista and, then, with The Mindful eye. Assisting him and teaching with him has been an experience that I will always treasure. His support of my photography and photography career since meeting him almost 10 years ago has been invaluable to me.

I am very much looking forward to this new adventure. For 2011, I have two workshops planned, one in and around Callaway Gardens in Georgia and one in New Mexico. Craig has graciously allowed me to list these workshops on The Mindful Eye under the Other 2011 Workshops heading. I am and will continue to be an ardent supporter of Craig Tanner and The Mindful Eye. You will see me there, participating in the Community and doing whatever I can to support the site.

For the future, I am looking forward to conducting a few selective location workshops each year, teaching locally and offering customized instruction to individuals and very small groups . I am also looking forward to spending more quality time with family and friends. My house is very much looking forward to some tender loving care from me and to being a real “home” once again!! :)

Over the next couple of months, my site will get a much needed and long overdue facelift to update it with more recent images and to include more information about my workshop program. I will let you know when this update is complete. In the meantime, please refer to my Workshop section for more details on the two workshops I have planned for 2011 and for any others I may announce.

I would dearly love to hear from you with any advice you may have for me as I work toward creating workshops in the future that you would enjoy. You can either post to this entry on my blog, or reach me via the contact form on this site.

Thank you for all the support you’ve given me in the past years and as I begin this next adventure in my life.

Wishing you and your families a warm and wonderful holiday season and a bright and and wonderful 2011.

Today’s image is taken at the home of my former mother-in-law when I was visiting her this past September. I awoke early one morning to see the warm light of the sunrise on Lake Logan Martin in Alabama streaming through my bedroom window. Each morning when I awake, I think of starting again — enjoying the things I did well the day before, gently directing myself to review those things I want to do differently and to make those changes for the new day. The upcoming new year allows us all to do that. I encourage you all to focus on the wonderful person that is you, loving yourself for those things you do very well and gently encouraging yourself to make changes that you want to make in your life.

As always, your comments and critiques are most welcome. They make me a better photographer, aid my growth as a person and offer me new experiences.

Logan Martin Sunrise

Lake Logan Martin Sunrise

Pell City, Alabama
September, 2010

Canon 5D Mark II, 16-35mm 2.8 lens at 32mm, ISO 5000, f/3.5, 1/180 second shutter speed, hand held.

Thank you for visiting My View.

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14 Responses to Happy Holidays and My New Adventure

  1. Pat says:

    Hi Marti; What a beautiful image-thanks for posting it. How easy it is to overlook something so common but so beautiful. Best of luck this New Year on your new path. And thanks for the gratitude reminder-it’s an great New Year’s resolution.

  2. geekamy says:

    This is a very romantic image. I can almost smell the sand and surf that I’m sure is just outside the window.

    Happy New Year! Well be seeing you!

  3. DELBRAJAN says:

    Hi Marti – This is a beautiful image. I hope you have a very happy 2011, and that your new adventures will be all you hope they will be — and more.

    Looking forward to seeing you in April.

  4. Usha says:

    Hi MArti, this is a very soft, feminine, romantic image. Very moody and evocative. I love it.

    My very best to you as you embark on your new adventure. Happy trails!

  5. Pixelle 2008 says:

    I really like the soft curves of the curtain against the straight lines of the Venitian blind. The warm light and color mimic a change from night to day, a soft and happy wakening for the sleeper. The opened curtain on an outdoor scene, that we cannot see yet, perhaps symbolizes the transition you are living now.
    A good picture to evoke the new year coming and the changes we wish to do in our lives and in ourselves.
    May all your wishes come through, Marti. I hope 2011 will be “warm” and full of discoveries.

  6. mikeh says:

    Marti, Congratulations on starting a new chapter, I’m sure you’ll have fun and prosper.
    Love the image, warm and inviting. Happy New Year!

  7. wes says:

    What a great way to wake up to a new day, Marti. Love the lacy textures and the folded curtains.

    Of course I wish you the best for your new adventures. Just be excited about it and have loads of fun.


  8. Will says:

    Lovely image Marti! Wishing you much success on your new (ad)venture ;-) And thanks for this-

    “I encourage you all to focus on the wonderful person that is you, loving yourself for those things you do very well and gently encouraging yourself to make changes that you want to make in your life.”


  9. martijeffers says:

    Happy New Year, Everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by. I really appreciate all of your good wishes and will carry them with me into the new year. Thank you so much for all of your support.

  10. Sara says:

    Marti, I’m excited for you in your continuing rebirth in the new year! This is a lovely image capturing the beauty of everyday life that so many people miss or take for granted!

  11. LakeLady says:

    Marti, this is why I am looking forward to a workshop with you – your awareness of the specialness of the “everyday”. Beautiful image and thought to a new day and a new venture. Blessings to you for the New Year. – Becky

  12. aprilS says:

    A beautifully evocative photograph. You’re an inspiration, both as a person and through your work. I’m very much looking forward to following your new experiences through MyView.

    Wishing you all the best in the coming year!

  13. Chuck says:

    Happy new year and congratulations on your new direction! You certainly have made your mark in the TME community. Thanks for all your help on my two workshops.
    I really enjoy the mood that the photo evokes.

  14. martijeffers says:

    Sara, Becky, April and Chuck — Thank you so much for your kind comments and encouragement. Along with your friendship, it means so very much to me.

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