One of my photos from Artist Point landed on the cover of Whatcom Magazine. I also wrote a story about skimboarding for the issue and they ran a photo of myself skimboarding as a double page spread along with one of my photos of DB Skimboards team rider Casey Gackle. You can read the skimboarding story I wrote by CLICKING HERE. I still actively freelance since leaving my job as a full-time photojournalist and love the opportunity to still write outdoor stories for Whatcom Magazine and The Bellingham Herald.
Some people may not know, but I am the team manager for DB Longboards, DB Skimboards, Atlas Trucks and Cloud Ride Wheels. I recently added Seattle longboarder and skateboarder Devon Dotson to the DB Longboards team and am pretty excited about it since he is really fun to skate and shoot with. Here’s some recent photos of him I captured at the skate park and smashing through local hills along with a fresh edit of him I shot and edited that was released today.
I had a fair amount of requests for print options and t-shirts of my planet Seattle design and you can no purchase both along with pillows, sheets, canvas prints and more over at my Pixels.com account. I created this design using about 5 different photos I captured and lots of pen tooling in Photoshop around the Seattle skyline. [CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PRINT OPTIONS]
Although I no longer work for The Bellingham Herald I am still freelancing for their Whatcom Magazine publication. Here’s a photo I captured of Bellingham kiteboarder Patrick Harber that accompanied a story I wrote about kiteboarding. You can read the full story here: bellinghamherald.com/ Follow along on: Instagram Twitter Facebook Tumblr Also, some of these photos are available for prints and commercial use on my 500px account that you can get to by checking out here: 500pxart.com/equalmotion You can also see more of my professional work at: http://mattmcdonaldphotos.com
The Washington Park Arboretum sits along Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington and it is a beautiful place to explore in the Seattle time. I recently took a walk with my girlfriend Alyne and dog Charlie along the Marine Trail and captured a few photos. The parks 230 acres offers a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else and this trail was beautiful. The trail weaves around the shoreline and underneath the I-90 bridge. You can see lots of boats, canoes and jet ski’s roaming the lake along with a great view of the Montlake Bridge that carries State Route 513 (Montlake Boulevard) over Seattle’s Montlake Cut—part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal—connecting Montlake and the University District. The Montlake Bridge is celebrated as the site of boating season’s “opening day” festivities the first Saturday in May and today it was obvious boating season was in full-effect. Anyways, if you haven’t walked along this trail and live in Seattle make sure to.
Last week I captured photos and video for DB Skimboards of their annual DB Skim Camp at Dash Point in Federal Way, Washington. Not only were these kids unbelievably stoked to be at the beach all day they were also just adorable. Here’s some photos and a promo edit I made during one day of the skimboard camp. They still have one skim camp session open this summer and you can learn more at DBskimcamp.com!
When I still lived in Bellingham and was looking for places to live in Seattle my main objective was to find a place close to Volunteer Park with a view. I did find that perfect apartment and have really enjoyed my placement in the city and roof access. It’s where I have captured a vast majority of my Seattle cityscapes photos this year. Saturday and Sunday I took advantage my rooftop view and captured a few photos and video of the Blue Angels flying around the Seattle skyline. All the dogs in the apartment also had a small party while the humans watched jets fly by. Next year I need to rent a 400mm f2.8 and try to capture photos from a different vantage point.
In all honesty I was not planning on capturing photos of the Blue Moon since I new it was not going to be actually blue and I have plenty of photos of past super moon’s already. But once the sun went down and I knew the moon was about to rise I could not help myself. Here’s a few photos I captured of the Blue Moon rising over the foothills out side of Seattle, Washington.
The first two weeks of July I was on a road trip filming, driving and not sleeping very much. It was a rad experience and I got a ton of great photos and video for an upcoming series and magazine from DB Skimboards. Long hours and no-days off are all part of the job and that is why down time is so important. The only issue with downtime at my job is I still want to capture photos everyday. I finally got a few days off and decided in-between sleeping / relaxing I would only use my Nikon D7100 and 105mm f2.8 macro lens. It was fun to focus only on the little things with a camera. I started off capturing some flowers right outside of my apartment in Capitol Hill while walking my dog Charlie. Flowers are an easy subject to capture with a macro lens and usually a crowd pleaser. I know I look like a crazy person when I stop walking my dog and sometimes lay on the ground to capture a photo of a flower and/or weed, but it is worth it. The cool part about this post is everyone of these photos was captured within […]
Last week I met up with Mercer Island high senior Graham to capture some senior portraits. When his mom contacted me about capturing photos she also asked if I could capture some photos of him longboarding also. Naturally, the answer was yes. I met up with Graham and his brother and parents and the Washington Park Arboretum to capture the traditional portraits. After that we ventured to one of my local skate spots to capture another unique set of photos for him. It was a blast and it really gives some diversity to the photos that he can use in graduation announcements, yearbook photos or just to keep for memories. Anyways, if you are looking for senior portraits for your son or daughter and live in the Seattle area feel free to shoot me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org