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I’m not into politics, but I do think politicians are definitely interesting folks to photograph. They are all characters of some sort. I photographed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a visit to the Microsoft campus last fall while I was still in a staff photographer position for a newspaper group. After taking the obligatory images I knew the editors wanted, I made a visual character study that I believed would have a longer shelf life than the local visit that day. As we enter the final throes of an election year, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites… and yes, those are sheep on his tie.

 

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A selection of new work from a couple recent projects commissioned by Seattle Pacific University. Photographs by Chad Coleman – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

 

Just wandered out into the street in front of my house tonight to check out the Super Moon, narrowly missing the silhouette of a commercial airliner at upper right… oh well. No big plans to make images of the event, just a camera at hand. I’m settling into being a dad of two — my daughter just celebrated her first week of life — and plotting a course from the staff work behind me, into the freelance waters ahead. Wish me luck!

Taking a minute to share some recent frames from my Holga. Kodak Portra 400VC for you film geeks. Lately I’ve had the urge to shoot some film again and keeping it simple. I recently became another statistic in the decline of newspapers as I was laid off from my staff photographer position. I’m looking at it as a blessing to pursue a some ideas that I have not had time for, and motivation to get rolling on some personal projects. More photos after the jump…

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When most people think of hip hop and rappers, Seattle is not the first city to come to mind. And even if you do think of Seattle’s hip hop scene, I’d bet a few pennies that the city’s Eastside suburbs that house companies the likes of Microsoft, would not be in the conversation. Seattle-grown hip hop artists currently making a buzz include Macklemore and Blue Scholars, and I’d be remiss not to remind you of Sir Mix-A-Lot. I recently photographed three rappers in various stages of their careers that are breaking through this affluent suburb stereotype. Above, rapper Neema performs a live show in Everett, WA. Portraits after the jump…

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Recently spent some time unwinding with my family along the Washington coast in Ocean Shores. A few of my favorite snaps from a blustery January day after the jump…

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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 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. 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.

The full lunar eclipse photographed at 11:43 p.m. as momentarily viewed between a shifting cloud cover in Shoreline, WA, on Monday, December 20, 2010. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

It’s that time where we have an onslaught of “best of” lists and trips down memory lane. It’s a given that I’m going to click through just about an gallery that involves photography and thought I’d round them up here on the blog so I could have a spot to find them again, and so you could check them out too. I’ll give an update note when I add more picture links to the list. Enjoy the feast!

UPDATED: 9:43 pm on Dec. 15, 2010, added Life, Golf Digest and The Big Picture (Part 2).

LIFE – Pictures of the Year

GOLF DIGEST – 2010 Pictures of the Year

TIME Magazine – Portraits of the Year

TIME Magazine – Pictures of the Year

REUTERS – Pictures of the Year

NASA – Photographs of 2010 via The New Yorker

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Photo Contest 2010 via The Big Picture

LOS ANGELES TIMES – The Year in Pictures

THE BIG PICTURE – 2010 in Photos, series of three: Part 1, Part 2

Winter is upon us here in the Pacific Northwest and mountain pass road reports are essential. The WSDOT has a free app for iPhone and Android that has traffic, pass reports, ferries and more for the whole state of Washington. For iPhone users I hear there is an update in the next week or so that will also include pass camera to see that fresh snowfall! Truly useful source of travel info.

I wanted to thank take a moment and thank all the veterans we have served our country. I’ve spent part of today thinking about and remembering my grandfather who served in World War II. Above, is a veteran, Hu Riley, that I have had the honor to photograph more than once who is the subject in late photographer Robert Capa’s D-Day image of a soldier in the surf. Again, my appreciation to all who have served.

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