I always wanted to wander Seattle at night capturing time-lapse videos of certain buildings and streets. Well, I finally took the time to do that and captured a few night scenes and I plan on working on more as I get time. For this time-lapse I captured photos of Kerry Park, Pike Place Market, the Great Wheel on the waterfront, the Seattle Central Museum and numerous spots around Seattle that had some decent movement. If you are looking for time-lapses to use in your project feel free to contact me at! Prints are available along with commercial licensing for all of my photos. You can purchase prints of my photos, cell phone cases, t-shirts, bags and even shower curtains on my Pixels.com account here: http://pixels.com/profiles/matt-mcdonald.html Also, make sure to follow along on: Instagram Twitter Facebook Tumblr
The Seattle Waterfront is getting revitalized and SG3 Strategies has a huge role in the project. We recently worked with them to capture some unique images for their website and marketing efforts. We always love working with Seattle business owners and entrepreneurs to help to tell their story. Here’s just a few of the photos we captured for John and Scott of SG3 Strategies. ✓Captured portraits of the clients ✓Took photos of the unique imagery of Seattle for their website ✓Created images that were centered around water to be used in marketing material ✓Captured photos of the two SG3 work sites currently in process ✓Created general stock photos for web use Those are just some of the photos we captured for SG3 Strategies and we are excited to continue to document their projects and the evolution of the Seattle infrastructure.
My longtime friend Ben is moving back to the East Coast next week. I have known Ben since high school and he was also my roommate in college. Ben, and his dad Jeff, are both longtime surfers and I have been lucky to go on surf trips with both of them over the years. Yesterday Ben, Jeff and myself made the trip out to the Washington peninsula for a surf session. The surf was nothing special, but the company and time away from a computer was. Jeff is nearly 70-years old and surfs better than most people in Washington. Surfing keeps the mind and body young. He grew up in Southern California and started surfing in 1959 and has always had amazing stories to share about surf culture in California. He also was one of the first people surfing the coast in Washington state and may have discovered most of the main spots people surf today. The morning started out cold and foggy, but there were moments of sun breaks along the Strait of Juan De Fuca. Once we got to Hobuck in Neah Bay we drove back and forth watching waves and debating where we should paddle out. After […]
I was recently contacted by Petco to help with their Halloween social media campaign. They wanted me to create a video about shopping for pet Halloween costumes at their stores. The kicker is I had to also be in the video and have a complimentary costume to my dog. Watch the video of Charlie being a shark and myself being a kooky bodyboarder aka shark bait. Although it was somewhat embarrassing to film myself it was a fun project and something I have not created before. In fact, I really enjoyed it and would love to make more videos like this in the future of the opportunities arise.
For the past two years I have been working for DB Longboards and DB Skimboards. The job entailed long hours, lots of traveling, little sleep and a few injuries along the way. I got to live out some childhood dreams of working in the action sports industry and work with some amazing people along the way. It was all worth it though including when I get to release a video like this: For this video, we spent two days filming outside of Seattle. During the first day I was actually passing a kidney stone. Since the shoot was planned I decided to just deal with the pain and work on the project. The second day of filming I worked with Michael Dyrland, of DP Drones, to get the aerial footage we wanted along with some additional b-roll shots like the macro flower and sun fly by shots I captured. All in all I think this is my best work as an action sports videographer. It was a great experiment to try and make something different with a longboard video while also creating something the core longboard market would enjoy. I still plan on being involved with the action sports industry, […]
Jason Woo contacted me about filling in for him at Q Nightclub in Seattle for a night. It has been a very, very long time since I have been in a night club or captured photos inside of one. Overall, it was fun to get out of my comfort zone again and test out some new diffusors I recently acquired. The music and vibe of Q was actually really fun and if you are trying to go our and dance the night away it is the first place you should go in Capitol Hill. Here’s a few of my photos and you can see them all on Q’s Facebook page.
I recently built a website for long-time friend Sam Price who lives in New Zealand. He stayed with me when I lived in Bellingham to skimboard and I have worked with him on several projects over the years. Recently, Sam contacted me about building a new website to sell prints and show the world his video, photo and drone skills. I just finished up on Sam’s new website OXSenterprieses.com. It was fun bringing Sam’s idea to life and I took a few minutes to talk with him about his business once we launched the new website. Q. What does OXS stand for? A. OXS came from the logo design. OXS Skimboards was originally named Omax Skim. A lot of the locals called Omaha (my home) Omax. I drew the logo up, really liked it, it stuck and 8 years later here we are. Q. What’s your favorite part about capturing video and photo in New Zealand? A. There’s three things really. One is being able to show people what we have here right under our noses, it’s beautiful. Another is being able to look back in years to come and watch a trip over and reminisce about the good old […]
A few months ago I was contacted by by Paisley and Parsley Designs to see if I was interested in licensing some of my photos to their Seattle and 12th Man collection. Paisley and Parsley designs focus on Tumbled Marble Tiles available in both 4×4 coasters and 6×6 trivets. Paisley and Parsley were very easy to work with and I sent them over 30 different options to choose from. They narrowed down there choices to the five below. All of their tiles are printed in the USA and the marble tiles are quarried in Turkey. I have a few of the coasters myself and they are great and my images have not dulled at all. They offer a wide array of options to choose from and you can see more of their products at: Paisleyandparsleydesigns.com. If you are interested in any of my photos for product use and/or licensing do not hesitate to contact me. I offer affordable prices and I am always interested in going out and capturing specific unique photos for custom work. Prints are available along with commercial licensing for all of my photos. You can purchase prints of my photos, cell phone cases, t-shirts, bags and […]
I have now been capturing photos of the DB Pro/AM skimboarding contest for 8 years. This year was one of my favorites due to the light hearted nature of the contest due to making it rider judged. Thanks to the help of Tyler Myers and Above Seattle I was able to capture and edit one of the better DB Pro/AM edits I have released. Along with the video I captured quite a few photos. Here’s a few photos from the day at Dash Point, in Federal Way, Washington. You can view all of the photos by CLICKING HERE.
I lucked out due to working at home in Seattle on Thursday and Friday and had the opportunity to capture photos of the Blue Angels for a couple days. This year was special because a 24 flag, in celebration of Ken Griffey Jr’s induction into the hall of fame, was atop the Space Needle also. I also am very luck to have my photo featured on KOMO 4 news for several days thanks to Shannon O’Donnell at KOMO. A composite version of the photo where I slightly fixed the flag also made the rounds on social media getting posted on LiveWashington, Seattle.NW, Do206 and even Yahoo sports. My favorite Mariner, Hall of Fame member Ken Griffey Jr had his jersey retired tonight at Safeco. Photo by @equalmotion of the Blue Angels flying by the @spaceneedle. #LiveWashington to be featured! #BlueAngels A photo posted by Washington State (@livewashington) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:11pm PDT Epic shot of the @USNavyBlueAngels flying through Seattle captured by our good friend @equalmotion, be sure to visit his account and show him some community kindness! Hope y'all are enjoying the week and filling your days with unforgettable adventures. Keep tagging #igers_seattle on your new and […]