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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…

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.

 

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…

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.

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!

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…

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…

Quick hits, a sports feature portrait

September 27th, 2011 at 2:25 pm by Chad Coleman

The ability to adapt and think quickly are traits that will serve a photojournalist well… from a breaking news scenario to a simple deadline assignment dropped in your lap. Last week I had one of those photo assignments that cropped up at the last minute and had to form a plan on my drive to the location. The photo was slated as the main art for a two part sports feature about concussions in youth sports for the Bellevue Reporter.  The subject was no longer able to play football but was helping assist the coaches of his high school football team. I wanted to show the football aspect as well as the student-athlete, and had the the idea that looking out of a helmet may add visual pop. I think it worked out well. Above, senior Blake Miller photographed at Issaquah High School on Monday, September 19, 2011. Oh, and to follow up on a prior post on environmental portraits, this was all natural light.

 

A youngster peers over the front row as fifty-one naturalization candidates from 23 countries listen to a speaker during a United State citizenship ceremony held at City Hall in Bellevue on Friday, September 23, 2011.  On Friday I documented the first ever naturalization ceremony held in Bellevue for the Bellevue Reporter, and wanted to share a few of the faces of our new countrymen here on the blog. More photos after the jump…

Retro Fabulous | A fashion photo story

August 26th, 2011 at 3:23 pm by Chad Coleman

As a staff photojournalist for a news group, I am called upon to photograph a wide variety subjects and this is my turn as a fashion photographer. The fashion piece for The Scene featuring styles that give a nod to the past was brought together visually in a collaboration two lovely ladies Jaymee Espinueva, above, and Mollie Ruiz-Hopper, below. To say the shoot was fun is an understatement, and I do believe we were nearly waist deep in wardrobe! Thanks Mollie and Jaymee for bringing a great attitude to the project!