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Visual stories from the Eastside and the Pacific Northwest by Chad Coleman

Football collision | Photo of the Day

November 12th, 2011 at 8:25 am by Chad Coleman

Eastside Catholic Crusader DB Markell Sanders, left, and LB Zane Allen collide helmet-to-helmet while attempting to tackle Wolverine Jack Meggs during a 3A state playoff game at Bellevue on Friday, November 11, 2011. Sanders was briefly shaken up on the play. Sometimes you don’t know what you have until the play is over, and this elicited an audible “whoa” from me on the sidelines. I’m very happy both players were ok.

Note: This is a part of my effort to share single images here on Focus Northwest in the a “Photo of the Day” style, but it will admittedly be sporadic – aka not daily – with my work responsibilities. Hope you enjoy…

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Indoor climbing gym Stone Gardens opens in Bellevue | Photos

November 2nd, 2011 at 3:18 pm by Chad Coleman

 

Stone Gardens indoor climbing gym’s¬†roped climbing space at Crossroads in Bellevue on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. The gym also has two large bouldering (unroped) climbing spaces, as well was a weight lifting and exercise area. I got to check out the new business for a piece in the Bellevue Reporter. More photos after the jump… View the entire photo story

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The ghouls and haunts of Nightmare at Beaver Lake

October 20th, 2011 at 1:31 pm by Chad Coleman

Just to get you into the late October mood, here is a series of portraits with cast members from the Nightmare at Beaver Lake for the current issue of The Scene. More photos after the jump…

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Pumpkin patch at Serres Farm in Redmond

October 19th, 2011 at 4:07 pm by Chad Coleman

Above, Sally Roos, age 4, takes her picks to a wheelbarrow at the pumpkin patch at Serres Farm in Redmond on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. Sure as the seasons change, I got the call to photograph a stand alone feature photo of a pumpkin farm. I have to admit it was a nice, quiet afternoon in the country as nearly every other area photojournalist was crowding along a walkway at Sea-Tac airport for the return home of Amanda Knox. More photos after the jump… View the entire photo story

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Sunset over the Eastside | Photo

October 14th, 2011 at 11:14 pm by Chad Coleman

I’ve said it before and it bears repeating… sometimes you just have to turn around. That’s the case of this blazing sunset image I snapped prior to kickoff of the Issaquah vs. Eastlake football game in Sammamish tonight.

 

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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney talks trade at Microsoft

October 14th, 2011 at 2:25 pm by Chad Coleman

Above, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about trade during an appearance at Microsoft in Redmond on Thursday, October 13, 2011. The media was out in full force for Romney’s stop here in Washington state yesterday. Not knowing if members of the press would be restricted in movement around the room, I carried the big glass — a 400mm, f/2.8 — that is most used on the sports sidelines. Surprisingly, we photographers had good freedom of movement, but I had hauled the heavy glass, so I was going to shoot it. I know a personal habit is to shoot a wide angle lens a lot, so going ‘tight’ was good mental exercise. I enjoyed making some nice detail shots of the candidate. More photos after the jump… View the entire photo story

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Worker scraping window, feels like Halloween | Photo

October 12th, 2011 at 11:34 am by Chad Coleman

A worker scrapes a layer of tinting off an external window during the construction remodel of the new grocer, Your Local Market, at 410 Bellevue Way NE in downtown Bellevue on Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Just in time for October, I made this ghostly image during an assignment this morning… reminds me of a horror movie poster.

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Fun in the rain | Photo

October 12th, 2011 at 11:24 am by Chad Coleman

I’ve thought many times about a “Photo of the Day” series here on the blog, but since I run this photo blog solo for the news group it just isn’t feasible. I’m going to make an effort to share more single frames without painting myself into a schedule. We’ll see how it goes… Above, is a photo from an upcoming piece in The Scene. Thankfully no camera bodies were hurt in the making of this image. Happy splashing!

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Photographing food, learning every time out

October 4th, 2011 at 1:05 pm by Chad Coleman

Above, bulgogi bibimbap (beef) before it is stirred prior to eating at Oma Bap in Bellevue for a Dine column in the September issue of The Scene. I have to admit when I came onboard as a staff photographer with the Reporter newspaper group six years ago I had never¬†photographed food once in my life. Part of my work was to shoot art to accompany a monthly food column for the Mercer Island Reporter (which continues today), so I ran to the bookstore and leafed through a handfull of illustrated cookbooks to get and idea of what was out there. Since then I’ve shot a couple food assingments a month, each with their own challenges. I always strive to improve and really present the food in an interesting or appealing way. Still lots of room to grow, but my batting average is rising. More photos after the jump… View the entire photo story

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Horse riding meets therapy at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center

September 29th, 2011 at 10:13 am by Chad Coleman

Andrew (last name withheld) rides a horse during an indoor hippotherapy session as Deb Peet Walker, of Bear Creek Children’s Therapy, center, instructor Kara Quigly, in green hat and volunteers Galen Mickelsen, at far left, and Andi Davis assist at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Woodinville on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. This image was made during an assignment about Little Bit’s expansion into the city of Redmond. I really enjoyed learning about the therapy and watching the riders – I could have photographed all day – but alas welcome to the world of deadlines. More photos of riders at the current facility and the new construction after the jump… View the entire photo story

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