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Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Eagle Eye Focus

My friend Mike spent his career in Hollywood on camera crews making sure every moment of every shot was in focus. This position is called the First AC - often regarded as the most important job on set. Because if the shot is out of focus, it doesn't matter what anyone else does on set - all that work would be for naught. Mike had a very successful career and if you have seen a movie or TV show in the past 30 years, you have most likely seen his work. Last year, Mike finally retired to Northern Idaho were he's spending more of his time behind a still camera. After HOURS of watching and waiting silently in the freezing conditions, he got these truly stunning photos.


Nature photography requires an amazing amount of patience and skill in forecasting where the perfect shot is going to take place. It requires going after something that isn't there yet and trusting that it will be eventually.

WOW! What a shot!!

We can all learn a lot from Mike. Whether you're passions are with nature photography or any other field of interest, Mike shows us that success at any endeavor requires a tremendous amount of focus.

Pun intended. ;-)

All Things Possible,


  • At 5:32 AM, February 10, 2011 , Blogger agilevs said...

    Awesome pictures. It is so cool to see eagles making a comeback. Here in Illinois, the Bald Eagles congregate along the rivers in winter where the water stays open. I saw one sitting in a tree not to far from my house.

  • At 10:47 AM, February 10, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank you so much for sharing these Chris. Cute pun. Does Mike have a web-site? I would love to see more of his brilliant work.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 9:00 PM, February 10, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello Tanya, and welcome Agilevs:)

    I was thinking the same about the website, and was going to ask, as it would be fun to share more of his beautiful photo art.

    The pictures remind me of an article I wrote last winter about eagles. Last year seemed to bring eagles into my awareness a lot. This post seems to be continuing that. Thanks for sharing...Sue

  • At 3:25 PM, February 14, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Valentines Day.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 7:32 PM, February 14, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    I'll add my Valentine wishes, to Tanya's. Hope you all had a beautiful day.

    I remembered how much I enjoyed the eagle cam from Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge last year when I wrote my article. Here's the link...I believe there are three eggs this time;)

    I agree with agilevs about the comeback of these awesome birds. Neighbors had seen a pair in their tree just around the corner from me last winter. So, that's what set me off on the eagle -- both the love of the birds in Nature, as in the beautiful photos here, but also the power of the eagle as a symbol. If agilevs is in Illinois, perhaps Tim, you've seen eagles, as well. In any case, hope your animals are doing great as the snow melts! ATB!
    Sue would be great to see more of Mike's nature photography:)

  • At 4:59 PM, February 15, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    I saw two juvenile bald eagles today in down town Elgin, Il along the river. They lacked the traditional plumage of the adults but were soaring about. So very cool. I instantly thought of this blog posting.

    Sue, I am "agilevs". Why that came up this time I have no idea. In the future I will make sure to sign my posts.

  • At 6:34 PM, February 15, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Tim, thanks for clearing that up!:)

    We'll be in Florida for awhile soon, so I hope we're lucky this year to see some. The ones spotted here last winter probably were on their way somewhere, although there are places in Michigan where they are now. Magestic birds. Amazing you saw them today, just when I mentioned it. We can call you the eagle guy, since they are close by! Keep us posted on them. You may soon have your own pictures to post:)

    Hope you, dogs and horses are enjoying the snow disappearing!

  • At 6:39 PM, February 17, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I don't check in for a few days and what do I find when I do? A new topic and amazing photos! Mike's pictures sure do make me wonder why Ben Franklin wanted the turkey to be the symbol of the USA.

    Thanks for sharing them Chris and for the mini-lesson on the job of the first AC.


  • At 11:18 AM, February 23, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue, hope you are having a wonderful time.

    Dave, what's wrong with turkey?

    Tim, isn't the web wonderful? You never know what's going to come up.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 9:11 PM, March 06, 2011 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Guys!!

    Thanks for your great comments and interest in Mike's photography. By popular demand and with Mike's cooperation, we have 10 more eagle pics from Mike on the Fan contribution page under the new heading PHOTOGRAPHY!! Thanks Kurt Ahrens for help in augmenting the site to accomidate this new feature!! If you have a moment, please check out the new pictures under Gallery>Fan_Contributions>Photography>Mike F

    Hope you're all having a great March so far - and get ready to SPRING FORWARD next Sunday (3/13)

    Have a great week!!!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 4:02 PM, March 08, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh no we loss an hour sleep! Oh well all is good.

    Thank you Chris and of course Mike for sharing more wonderful pictures.

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 6:27 PM, March 08, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Chris, thanks for the additional pics. They are great as well.

    I just got this link sent to me

    They were sleeping when I checked.


  • At 6:58 AM, March 15, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Hello from Florida eagles yet, only a stuffed one for my "focus" reminder:) Thanks for all the thoughts about my whereabouts, it made me feel great. Eagle pics are stunning. I love nature photography, need a new camera. Hope to hear from Mike in his own words on the forum the new category, Chris, and maybe I'll come up with something. Hugs to all and ATB and P! Sue

  • At 3:31 PM, March 16, 2011 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi everyone!

    I'm very glad to read you all are fine despite of all the extreme, dangerous weather events and Global Climate Changes

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the people who are going through difficult times and all kind of tragic, disastrous events and situations in the world.

    Good to read again your thoughts here Chris; thanks Mike and you for sharing all those awesome pictures.

    Thank you Sue, Tanya, Tim and Dave for the great comments. Sue, hope you're having very good times in Florida; thank you for sharing that link again. Tim, that webcam is absolutely fantastic as well; thank you for sharing the link here!

    Stay safe and take care everyone!


  • At 12:30 PM, March 22, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Thanks Alex and everyone for the warm wishes. Home safe and sound from a month of minimal internet, only my simple phone and a couple of days an my father-in-law's.

    Just now got to look at the supernova eagle photos and the webcam. Tim, you're lucky to have eagles close by. Wishing you well in the weather roller coaster tonight and tomorrow:)

    Ha, I do love my plushy stuffed eagle, though. I'll have to send a photo:) He's just high enough to watch over my laptop and remind me to "focus." ATB2U/Sue

  • At 9:30 AM, March 24, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Tim, thanks for the link!

    Alex, thanks for the comments!

    Sue, so glad you made it home. Good to have you back.

    Love you here what everyone is up to. I'm going to Sonoma CA this weekend for trapeze practice. We start filming April 3rd.


  • At 8:38 PM, March 28, 2011 , Blogger SusanGail said...

    Dear Chris and forum family,
    Thanks again everyone for your kind thoughts of me while in Florida. Tanya, keep us posted on your filming! So exciting and enjoyed your training clip on Facebook.

    Wanted to share this link while the eagle post is still up. Perhaps you have heard of Jeff Guidry's book. I had not, until I got the March/April issue of Angels on Earth magazine and saw this beautiful story. There is a link on the website with an article, and also if you go to this link, you'll find a neat video of Jeff and Freedom. A miraculous kind of story about man and eagle:)

    May our visions soar on eagles' wings...ATB/P to all...Sue

  • At 7:26 AM, March 30, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sue it's so great to have you back, here and on facebook. I love hearing your insights. And my prayers are with you whether you are at home or in FL. Your link is great

    Thanks for the kind words about my clip - like the back flip onto my head (he-he). The show must go on.

    It would be nice to hear what our host is up to!

    Come fly with me - Tanya

  • At 8:12 AM, April 01, 2011 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Chris I'm so excited for you about "George vs George". Congrats!!! Need any stunt women? - Tanya

  • At 10:38 AM, April 01, 2011 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hi Guys!

    Thanks for all your generous (and undeserved) congratulations. Today is April 1st and my team thought it would be a good April fools joke to post that there is a new George movie coming out on my Twitter page. The truth is, if there is any big moves like that, you will find out about it on this site first.

    I really appreciate your continued support - you guys are the best!

    And Happy April Fools Day! Be wary of all those pranksters out there!

    All Things Possible,

  • At 12:56 PM, April 04, 2011 , Blogger Tim said...

    Hi Folks
    Just stopping in quickly with an eagle update. The eggs of the eagles at the link I posted have started to hatch. Should be interesting to watch the progress.

    Hope all is well with everyone.


  • At 9:58 AM, April 06, 2011 , Blogger tanyashand said...

    Well don’t I have egg on my face. (no pun intended) I don’t usually get caught in April fool’s jokes.

    Just back from filming music video for “House on Black Lake”. So keep your eyes open for it. Also look for outtakes to include an awesome wipeout on the trapeze. Lesson learned, doesn’t matter what look the director wants, you DON’T wear gloves, when you fly on the trapeze.

    Come fly with me - Tanya


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