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

Posts Tagged ‘Mercer Island Reporter’

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…

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…

Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon 2010

March 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm by Chad Coleman

Runners break from the starting line during the annual Mercer Island Half Marathon on Sunday morning, March 21. My assignment was to focus on cover art for the print edition of the Mercer Island Reporter, and decided a vantage point on the hill across from the start area would do the trick. More images after the jump…

Basketball 3A State Tourney | Bellevue and Mercer Island

March 18th, 2010 at 12:34 pm by Chad Coleman

A quick photo recap of the Bellevue boys and Mercer Island girls tournament runs at the Washington State 3A Basketball championships at the Tacoma Dome last week. Above, Bellevue’s Will Locke flying high for two points against Glacier Peak. More photos after the jump…

Curling | Video

February 9th, 2010 at 3:23 pm by Chad Coleman

As the Olympic Winter Games are upon us at our neighbors to the north in Vancouver, I had the opportunity to check out the sport of curling at the Granite Curling Club in Seattle. The club is the only  ice dedicated to curling in the Western United States. Besides winning a friendly a wager of coffee for best rock throw from Mercer Island Reporter sports writer Megan Managan, I dusted off the video camera that I seemed to have shelved in recent months and put together a motion piece. I’m always learning as this is a new arena of storytelling for me, and definitely some areas to improve. Favorite shot — near the middle of the video — was the poor man’s “Steadicam” as gracious club member Tom FitzGerald pushed me in a chair down the adjacent sheet of ice for a full length view of a curling shot. For for more local Winter Olympics news check out our company blog Passport to Vancouver 2010. Enjoy!

People and Places 2009

December 31st, 2009 at 2:41 pm by Chad Coleman

It is that time of year where everyone reflects on the past year and best-of and top story lists dominate the media landscape. In this spirit I’m adding my personal .02 cents on my favorite people, assignments and places for 2009. Maybe not always a big story, but things that I’ll remember past the calender page turn. In no particular order of importance let’s roll back the clock… More after the jump.

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

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