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Focus Northwest

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

Posts Tagged ‘High School’

Swim and Dive | State Championships 2010

February 22nd, 2010 at 4:01 pm by Chad Coleman

The 2A/3A boys swim season finale was held at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way on Saturday. I’ve covered this event for many years now and watched as Mercer Island High School claimed their fifth consecutive 3A team state title. I did have the pleasure of *finally* shooting from the underwater viewing tunnel. NOTE: I’ll be adding more caption info, descriptions and links to the associated stories soon, but wanted to get this posted as they are fresh. More images from above and below water after the jump…

Sports Feature Portrait | Behind the lens

December 21st, 2009 at 3:35 pm by Chad Coleman

I was assigned a sports feature this past week about a local tennis player Michael Schaeffer that took online courses for high school to follow his tennis dreams. More about how the portrait was made after the jump…

Rain & Football

October 19th, 2009 at 11:53 am by Chad Coleman

Foul weather is part of the Pacific Northwest in the fall and winter, and that can make for some interesting evenings under the lights. Newport hosted Eastlake for their homecoming game on Friday night, and as luck would have it for this photographer, some of the more nasty shooting weather in recent memory. Personally, I’d rather have the snow than the torrential down pour, but the bright side was it was a warm rain. The following images are some quick favorites that showcase the conditions for players and fans… Be sure you have an umbrella handy before viewing.


Katy, TX Football | Audio slideshow

October 16th, 2009 at 2:51 pm by Chad Coleman

I worked up this audio slideshow from the road during a trip to cover Bellevue High School at Katy, TX, and to experience high school football in the Lonestar State. The sports editor at the Katy Times, Nick Georgandis, was great tour guide and obliged a quick interview to get some town and football history. Admittedly, I am learning on the go for audio and video capture, but enjoy the challenge none the less.

Two stereotypes were lived up to during our trip: the people of texas are very friendly and they are serious about their football.

Fall Sports Portraits

September 17th, 2009 at 3:01 pm by Chad Coleman

Fall sports season is here and the local high schools are gearing up for back to school and big dose of Friday Night Lights. One staple of a newspaper’s sports section is a preview of the high school football season. As a photographer, I have developed stylistic tendencies –and while keeping with that– I strive to create a “different” portrait for each team’s preview. I readily admit to favoring a wide-angle lens, shot from a low vantage point for sports portraits, as I feel it lends to the bigger-than-life, heroic view of athletes by much of society. The following take is my attempt to differentiate… Feel free to let me know your thoughts in the comments.


Nikon D300 | 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 28mm | ISO 100 | 1/250th sec | f/10 | SB-800 Flash @ camera right