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

Posts Tagged ‘Kirkland’

Jumping rope goes high action

July 19th, 2011 at 10:21 am by Chad Coleman

To be honest when I received a short email assignment requesting me to photograph a jump rope team for the Kirkland Reporter, I immediately thought of 9-year-olds on a school playground. What I found  was a group of dedicated athletes with some high-flying moves that just happened to incorporate jump ropes. To be sure this is not your momma’s Double Dutch. Above, members of the Hot Dog USA fusion team work on their routine prior to the World Championships, held over the July 4 weekend in Washington D.C. The team includes Jake Anderson, Nick Woodard, Colleen McCary, Chris Brown, Farris Rae and Robbie Csontos. More photos after the jump…

Baseball and Softball | Washington State Tournament 2011

May 31st, 2011 at 2:44 pm by Chad Coleman

The Mount Si High School Wildcats celebrate two early runs after Trevor Lane (2) beat a throw to the plate during the WIAA 3A state baseball championship game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, May 28, 2011. Mount Si beat Shorewood 5-4 for the state title.

It was prep spring sports state tournament time this past weekend, and I covered baseball at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, and softball at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. Here are some of my favorite images and moments from the weekned. More photos after the jump…

Portraits to start 2011

February 3rd, 2011 at 4:02 pm by Chad Coleman

Theater owner Arif Amaani stands in the seats at the Totem Lake Cinemas in Kirkland. The theater specializes in Bollywood films, and was featured as part of an ongoing series on Totem Lake Mall by the Kirkland Reporter. In this series of portraits you find a lot of underexposed (read: black) backgrounds. This is an easy way to clean up clutter or less than optimal backgrounds that I find myself subjected to all the time. It also adds drama and attention to your subject. More photos after the jump…

Clearing Roads. Helping Drivers. | Multimedia

January 27th, 2011 at 3:18 pm by Chad Coleman

A multimedia piece on the WSDOT Incident Response Team from a recent ride along. It was a nasty, wet morning commute with few incidents, which was a great thing for drivers, but definitely low drama for visuals. That said, it is always a good day when everyone makes it home safely.

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.

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!

Soccer | Mercer Island at Juanita

October 14th, 2010 at 10:44 am by Chad Coleman

I’ll be the first to admit that soccer is not my favorite sport as a fan, but it is a challenge to photograph. Fast ball movement, limited scoring opportunities and a lack of regularly set plays add up to make it difficult for a photographer to anticipate where the best image will happen. My advice to any aspiring sports photographer is to go shoot soccer to sharpen your skills following fast action with the camera, and then adapt that to any other sport. The image above was made on the closest thing to a set play  in my opinion, the corner kick.

Above, Rebel goalkeeper Niki Fausset, in blue, blocks a shot on goal as teammates Tori Lee (19), Rachel Richardson (2) and Mercer Island’s Tara Nielson (11) work for position during a game at Juanita High School in Kirkland on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. Juanita beat the Islanders 1-0.

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…

Transition Academy Graduation | Multimedia

June 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm by Chad Coleman

Here is a recent multimedia piece I produced about the Lake Washington School District’s Transition Academy Graduation on June 10. This was the final piece in an ongoing series about the program by the Redmond Reporter that started in the fall of 2009. I photographed several assignments this spring for the series including a recent graduate on his work out regimen.

I have much to learn and improve during my transition from a photojournalist to visual journalist. It is an ongoing, self-taught process gleaning knowledge from blogs and people established in the field, mixed with a bunch of trial & error. It is a bumpy road these days, but I hope that will smooth out with time invested and experience.

Tent City 4 | Kirkland

April 27th, 2010 at 12:19 pm by Chad Coleman

Tent City 4 moved to a new home at Lake Washington United Methodist Church in Kirkland over the weekend and I was out to see the encampment on Monday. Above, residents repair a fence boundary around the camp. To get the high point of view I used the self-timer on my camera body and exteneded it on top of my monopod at arms length above my head. More images after the jump…