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Focus Northwest

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

Posts Tagged ‘Outdoors’

The Blue Angels under a grey sky | August 6, 2010

August 6th, 2010 at 8:08 pm by Chad Coleman

Today the U.S Navy Blue Angels flew a “flat” performance under grey a grey sky that prevented them from doing any high aerial maneuvers. I ventured out onto the bridge deck of Interstate 90 on the Mercer Island side of the Eastbound lanes. This is a quick post, that I will update early next week. Enjoy the weekend! MORE PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP…

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…

Golf on the Eastside

July 30th, 2010 at 8:00 am by Chad Coleman

The August issue of The Scene is out now and the cover feature gives the dish on golf around the Eastside. Above is China Creek Hole No. 16 at the Golf Club at Newcastle in Bellevue. Needless to say the assignments were rough — err, not too shabby — traveling around to area golf courses and photographing some of the hardest holes. Also part of the package was a golf fashion piece to showoff some of the trends for looking good on the fairway. More photos after the jump…

A Night at the Velodrome

July 27th, 2010 at 10:30 am by Chad Coleman

Friday night found me on assignment shooting the FSA Grand Prix races at the Veldrome at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Between the beautiful summer evening and a subject matter I had only heard about from friends in cycling circles — but had never photographed — meant I was actually happy to be working a night shift to start my weekend. More images after the jump…

Emergency first responders get gas fire training

July 20th, 2010 at 9:05 am by Chad Coleman

Glenn Huden, a Puget Sound Energy gas first response PI inspector, sprays a fire extinguisher during a live gas fire demonstration for emergency first responders from agencies including Overlake Hospital Medical Center, and the Bellevue and Redmond fire departments at the PSE Georgetown facility in Seattle on Monday, July 19, 2010. More images after the jump…

Summer time at Idylwood Park in Redmond

July 15th, 2010 at 1:55 pm by Chad Coleman

“Could you get me some summer time photos from Idylwood Park?” asks my editor. Some days it’s just that easy, and I always appreciate an assignment out in the sunshine in the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather. Here are to panoramic images of the Idylwood Park swimming are that were stitched together in Photoshop. Enjoy!

Raising the Big Top for Cirque du Soleil | Time-Lapse

May 28th, 2010 at 10:37 am by Chad Coleman

Yesterday I was assigned to photograph the raising of the big top tent for the new Cirque du Soleil production of KOOZA at Marymoor Park in Redmond. As I pulled up to parking lot it dawned on me to try to make a time-lapse of the raising. Not to shabby for a first attempt, but definitely learned a few things, including a”duh” moment when I forgot to lock my focus ring. You can see a few changes of autofocus in the last part of the time-lapse. Check it out, and I hope to find an assignment that will provide the opportunity to try again.

Osprey return to Bellevue

May 14th, 2010 at 12:41 pm by Chad Coleman

The osprey have returned to a new roost at the Hidden Valley Sports Park in Bellevue. In January, City of Bellevue Parks and Rec workers moved the existing osprey nest to a dedicated pole at the park during an upgrade of the field lights, hoping the birds would return and accept their new location. More photos after the jump…

Deer in Bellevue

March 25th, 2010 at 10:09 am by Chad Coleman

Sometimes you just have to stop for a photo opportunity. Sometimes we’re reminded nature is not that far away. Both come together in this quick snapshot of a trio of deer in the 100 block of W. Lake Sammaish Parkway NE in Bellevue on Wednesday, March 24.

Mount Si Trail Faces Closures

January 6th, 2010 at 2:54 pm by Chad Coleman


A shortfall in state funding has made the Washington Department of Natural Resources look to close amenities, and possibly access, at several popular trails in the Snoqualmie Valley and Cascade foothills. I recently photographed the Mount Si trailhead and facilites for a story in the Snoqualmie Valley Record. More images after the jump…