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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.

Full Lunar Eclipse on December 20, 2010.

December 21st, 2010 at 12:24 pm by Chad Coleman

A sequence of the full lunar eclipse through a thin cloud cover over Shoreline, WA, on December 20, 2010. We had a lot of clouds and even rain showers around the region last night, and I thought for a bit I was going to miss the event, but in an attempt to perservere I laid the seat back in my car in the driveway and watched through the moonroof, sporadically opening it to capture a frame between clouds and rain drops. Then as the full eclipse hit, I got about two minutes of clear sky providing just enough frames to stitch a little sequence together in Photoshop. For gear heads, I used a Nikon D300 and 400mm f/2.8 lens, and cropped the image tighter in post production. Below a single of the full lunar eclipse.

Sunrise over Mt. Rainier

October 19th, 2010 at 11:21 am by Chad Coleman

It’s good to remember your surroundings while waiting for a meeting or event, as is the case with this photo of the sunrise over Mt. Rainer. I was waiting to photograph singer John Legend on the fourth floor of the Meydenbauer Center in downtown Bellevue on Monday when I captured this view.

Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley

October 14th, 2010 at 4:25 pm by Chad Coleman

Greetings from the Snoqualmie Valley! As a staff photographer for a regional newsgroup, I am tasked with a variety of assignments all across the region. Recently, I worked the Snoqualmie Valley Record on their annual visitor’s guide and got to visit a couple farms near Fall City. This post highlights some of my favorite images.

Coyote at Farrel-McWhirter Farm in Redmond

October 7th, 2010 at 11:57 am by Chad Coleman

I spent some time looking for a stand-alone photo at Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park in Redmond yesterday afternoon, when I flushed this coyote while wandering one of the trails. Only had a moment to snap a couple frames as it darted through the brush. You can see a little motion blur as I was not set up for capturing action in the “dark” forest trail. A random occurance that I was happy to have a camera at the ready…

A return from Island time…

October 5th, 2010 at 10:27 am by Chad Coleman

A little quiet here on Focus Northwest of late as I was off for a little family vacation and a good friend’s wedding on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. I’ve got several photo posts in the works as I get back into the flow. Of course I packed a small camera kit for my vacation as Hawaii is a beautiful and diverse place. Above, is an underwater photo I shot during a one of my snorkel outings at Poipu Beach using a Canon G9 in waterproof housing. Mahalo.

The night before the super harvest moon

September 23rd, 2010 at 10:59 am by Chad Coleman

A near full moon rises behind the lights at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island on Tuesday, September 21, 2010. Last night, September 22, was a Super Harvest Moon, an event that won’t occur again until 2029. Of course we had a regional cloud cover here that blocked the moonrise, and I get to chalk another in a string of astronomy photography misses for myself including the “bombing” of the moon and the recent Northern Lights that were weaker than expected.

Prep Football Preview | Bellevue Edition

August 27th, 2010 at 8:30 am by Chad Coleman

Friday Night Lights is upon us, a season that myself and a throng of like-minded folks smell fall in the air and get a little excited.  Above, the Newport High School football captains, from left, Louie Jachim, Matt Murray, James Dupar, Kevin Martin and Nick Clifford happily obliged a location I had spotted AFTER last year’s preview photo. More photos after the jump…

Teen sailplane pilots take gold at F3J World Championships

August 19th, 2010 at 11:52 am by Chad Coleman

Sailplane pilot Connor Laurel, a Redmond High School senior, hand launches his remote-controlled glider at 60 Acre Park in Redmond on Wednesday, August 18, 2010. Laurel and teammates Michael Knight and Brendon Beardsley each won gold medals for the U.S. Junior Team at the F3J World Championships in Dole, France earlier this month. MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

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.