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

Anthropaws, on the ‘furry’ side of life.

August 13th, 2010 at 9:38 am by Chad Coleman

Not all business stories are created equal. Some may be fuzzy, but this recent assignment was downright furry. Above, Doug Brathovde, owner of Anthropaws, a Redmond costume-making business, puts the finishing touches on a hyena character, Nahia. More photos of Brathovde’s cosutmes and home workshop along with his ‘furry’ alter ego, Dyno after the jump…

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Track cyclist Jennie Reed | Multimedia

August 12th, 2010 at 1:20 pm by Chad Coleman

Once the “fastest woman in the world” track cyclist Jennie Reed  has come out of retirement in search of an Olympic medal in the women’s team pursuit at the London games in 2012. Sometimes on assignment you are just plain lucky, as was the case about Jennie. I was photographing the FSA Grand Prix races at the Velodrome in Marymoor Park when I over heard the announcer mention Reed was from Kirkland and had recently donned her race gear again. Reed had won the Women’s Elite class Keirin race that night, just three months after getting back on a bike.  And that’s it… the simple truth of how a story was born.

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The Blue Angels under a grey sky | August 6, 2010

August 6th, 2010 at 8:08 pm by Chad Coleman

Today the U.S Navy Blue Angels flew a “flat” performance under grey a grey sky that prevented them from doing any high aerial maneuvers. I ventured out onto the bridge deck of Interstate 90 on the Mercer Island side of the Eastbound lanes. This is a quick post, that I will update early next week. Enjoy the weekend! MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

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The Blue Angels take flight for Seafair | Aug. 5, 2010

August 6th, 2010 at 11:22 am by Chad Coleman

It must be Seafair when the windows rattle, the ground shakes and the I-90 bridge closes. Welcome to the annual U.S. Navy Blue Angels airshow! I have to admit I look forward to chasing fast planes across the sky with my camera each summer, as the jet engine noise pummels my eardrums. Today ‘s blog post is stuffed full of photos from the two practice sessions on Thursday. MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

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Portraits on a deadline

August 4th, 2010 at 11:00 am by Chad Coleman

Recently I was assigned to make portraits of three people in an hour and a half window for the Mercer Island Reporter, and of course they were all up against the press deadline for the print edition. The saving grace was Mercer Island is a small geographical area, so travel times were short. Above, longtime Island resident Beverly Johnson, 77, has been involved in ballet for the past twenty years and graciously donned one of her recent performance costumes for our portrait shoot. More photos after the jump…

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Golf on the Eastside

July 30th, 2010 at 8:00 am by Chad Coleman

The August issue of The Scene is out now and the cover feature gives the dish on golf around the Eastside. Above is China Creek Hole No. 16 at the Golf Club at Newcastle in Bellevue. Needless to say the assignments were rough — err, not too shabby — traveling around to area golf courses and photographing some of the hardest holes. Also part of the package was a golf fashion piece to showoff some of the trends for looking good on the fairway. More photos after the jump…

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At the Nate Robinson Basketball Camp

July 29th, 2010 at 11:51 am by Chad Coleman

Nate Robinson, a guard for the NBA’s Boston Celtics and former University of Washington Husky, held his annual basketball camp at the Community Center at Mercer View on Mercer Island this week. I dropped by with Mercer Island Reporter sports writer Megan Managan to check out the scene and this is what we found… a bunch of kids having fun learning the game of hoops as Nate wandered amongst the campers laughing, showing off his dance moves to a blaring music collection of “Jock Jams” and having good time.  More photos after the jump…

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A Night at the Velodrome

July 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am by Chad Coleman

Friday night found me on assignment shooting the FSA Grand Prix races at the Veldrome at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Between the beautiful summer evening and a subject matter I had only heard about from friends in cycling circles — but had never photographed — meant I was actually happy to be working a night shift to start my weekend. More images after the jump…

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Tyler Allen Racing

July 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 pm by Chad Coleman

Bellevue-based race car driver Tyler Allen has his sights set on making it as a NASCAR driver. I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Tyler at his home garage recently for a feature article by Joel Willits (who even dropped a behind-the-scenes  blog post on the process of writing a feature article). Check out the two good pieces by Joel to learn more, but I wanted to take a quick moment to share the photos here on Focus Northwest. More images after the jump…

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Sgt. Leonid Milkin stands on the unfinished porch off the master bedroom overlooking Forbes Lake during the rebuild of the his home in Kirkland on July 14, 2010.  Four family members, including his wife and two sons, were murdered at the site four years ago and the house set on fire. “He thought about the memories he had of his two sons playing and swimming there during the summer months.” writes Kirkland Reporter contributor Kevin Opsahl in his article on the rebuild. More images after the jump…

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