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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!


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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I had the good fortune to be the replacement for my friend’s very pregnant wife and attend the U2 concert at Qwest Field on Saturday, June 4, 2011. An enormous production top say the least, with “The Claw” over the stage, made for an impressive visual presentation along with great music performance of the renowned Irish rock band and 74,000 fans. It was not a working night, so the ol’ beat up iPhone camera got to fire off a few frames to commemorate the night, and wanted to share a few here on the blog. Can’t take the photojournalist out of me, as I like crowd shots. More photos after the jump…

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I ran across this video from last nights snow in Seattle, which many are calling “snoverrated” after much media hype, and it looks like some folks were out having some fun. Enjoy!

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.

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.

Skillet Street Food founder Josh Henderson dished his tips for the tailgate grill in the November issue of Seattle Met. I got the assignment call right before a recent trip to Kauai and was stoked for a fun portrait session before hopping on the plane. Photographed on location in the Montlake parking lot outside Husky Stadium at the University of Washington in Seattle, it was just a small crew of Dawg fans firing up the BBQ wishing it was actually a college football Saturday! -Continue reading photo post…>

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