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

Basketball, a remote camera journey.

January 20th, 2011 at 2:16 pm by Chad Coleman

Islander forward Brian Miller drives to the basket over Sammamish Totem’s John Steinberg during a game at Mercer Island on January 18, 2011.

This week presented a photographic first  for me, as I had the opportunity to mount a remote camera to the backboard for a basketball game. I know this is old hat for some, and the technique  has been around for a while, but it’s like buying a used car — it’s new to me. Continue reading after the jump… View the entire photo story

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Henry’s Taiwan

January 6th, 2011 at 1:11 pm by Chad Coleman

I was recently assigned to photograph Henry’s Taiwan in Bellevue for an article on the rise of Chinese food on the Eastside. Above, a couple enjoys lunch at the small restaurant – a text book hole in the wall eatery – in the Lake Hills Shopping Center.

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Pictures of the Year 2010 | Bellevue and the Eastside

December 28th, 2010 at 2:17 pm by Chad Coleman

Sergeant Kurtis W. Bennett, looks on as son Austin, 2, inspects his father’s  the Purple Heart medal during a presentation ceremony by Sen. Patty Murray at the Jackson Federal Building in downtown Seattle on January 7, 2010. Sgt. Bennett, of Iron Company, 3D Squadron, 2D Stryker Calvary Regiment was awarded the medal for wounds received in action in Iraq in 2008.

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Full Lunar Eclipse on December 20, 2010.

December 21st, 2010 at 12:24 pm by Chad Coleman

A sequence of the full lunar eclipse through a thin cloud cover over Shoreline, WA, on December 20, 2010. We had a lot of clouds and even rain showers around the region last night, and I thought for a bit I was going to miss the event, but in an attempt to perservere I laid the seat back in my car in the driveway and watched through the moonroof, sporadically opening it to capture a frame between clouds and rain drops. Then as the full eclipse hit, I got about two minutes of clear sky providing just enough frames to stitch a little sequence together in Photoshop. For gear heads, I used a Nikon D300 and 400mm f/2.8 lens, and cropped the image tighter in post production. Below a single of the full lunar eclipse.

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Laughter Yoga is the best medicine | Multimedia

December 4th, 2010 at 3:29 pm by Chad Coleman

I recently was assigned to photograph a Laughter Yoga group for the Redmond Reporter. Once there I realized that this would be better served as a multimedia piece and quickly formed a mental plan to gather audio and some video snippets. Always a learning process, as I’m teaching myself these new media skills as I go. Fun group of people to say the least!

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A salute to Eastside veterans

November 11th, 2010 at 2:57 pm by Chad Coleman

Retired Air Force servicemen Col. Merle Fister, left, and Warren Olson honor the flag during a Veterans Appreciation ceremony at Rosa Parks Elementary School in Redmond on Wednesday, November 10, 2010. On this Veterans Day, we remember those that have served our country, and today I remember my grandfather that served in World War II. Today’s post shows military service members and their families from around the Eastside and a nod to some veterans I have been honored to photograph in the past. Thank you again!

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Republicans gather for election returns in Bellevue

November 4th, 2010 at 1:50 pm by Chad Coleman

Republican senate candidate Dino Rossi addresses supporters gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue on Tuesday, November 2, 2010. I was assigned to cover the Republican gathering for election returns in Bellevue this week. This photo post highlights some of the local faces and supporters of the party.

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Diversity in Bellevue | Slideshow

October 28th, 2010 at 2:37 pm by Chad Coleman

When I say “Bellevue” to people, I believe many people picture the growing high priced retail of downtown, expensive cars and a homogenous culture. That is not the case I have found, most notably in the Crossroads neighborhood. I’ll admit I like to people watch, and as a photojournalist, I am encouraged to do just that. One of my favorite places to take in a good meal and a diverse range of people is at the Crossroads shopping center. I pitched the idea of showcasing diversity to the editors of The Scene as a photo piece showing the different faces you will see and they picked it up and ran with it… I would love to have had many sessions over a month or more on this project, but in today’s publishing world I was happy to get two sessions on different days talking to people and inviting them to participate in the photo project. Enjoy the “the many faces of Bellevue.”

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John Legend in Bellevue for Hopelink

October 20th, 2010 at 10:55 am by Chad Coleman

Grammy Award winning singer John Legend performed and spoke at the Meydenbauer Center for the Hopelink annual charity  luncheon in Bellevue on Monday, October 18, 2010. Bellevue Reporter staff writer Lindsay Larin and myself were granted a short interview and portrait session prior to the luncheon. -Continue reading photo post…>

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Sunrise over Mt. Rainier

October 19th, 2010 at 11:21 am by Chad Coleman

It’s good to remember your surroundings while waiting for a meeting or event, as is the case with this photo of the sunrise over Mt. Rainer. I was waiting to photograph singer John Legend on the fourth floor of the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue on Monday when I captured this view.

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