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 […]
Spring has been very busy trying to create media and marketing campaigns for new products for DB Longboards and Cloud Ride Wheels. Here’s three of my favorite recent skate videos I have created over the past couple months. CoreFlex Compound Spring Maryhill Freeride Cloud Ride Wheels Slusheez In between all of this media production and long work days I have actually been skateboarding more, which has been a huge stress reliever although it does take a toll on my body at 34-years old. Capturing marketing media has been a huge shift from being a photojournalist and web developer, but I am really enjoying it. I have learned so much about how to create more engaging and useful media and how to properly track, analyze and and repurpose it. I am excited for what opportunities might be next!
I spent a lot of time during the month of May shooting skateboarding and a wedding and I didn’t have that much time to explore Seattle and capture city and landscape photos, which I love doing. I did manage to get out a few days and here’s a few of my favorite photos from the month of May. An evening at Gas Works Park I drove around Fremont looking for some new photos of the Aurora Bridge and didn’t see anything I liked due to the construction on the bridge. With light disappearing for the day I decided to dash over to Gas Works Park and managed to get two kinda cool photos of a sail boat and the city. What made one of the photos unique was the sun reflecting off of the buildings in downtown hitting the sail of the boat and creating a shadow of the sail. The Space Needle The Space Needle is always around me and I can’t resit capturing photos of it. If there are shoes hanging in front of it, a plane flying by it, a flag on it or just a beautiful sunset more often than not I am going to capture […]
I have always seen photos of the Quad at the University of Washington and due to traveling in the spring in the past have never got a chance to see it or photograph it until this year. I ventured to the University of Washington during a busy late winter day to get a lay of the land and checkout some photo options and snapped a few photos. People were everywhere taking selfies and the lighting was harsh, so I planned on getting there at sunrise the following weekend in hope of finding better light and less people. I showed up a 7am on a Sunday and there were about 12 other photographers there and a King 5 news crew (I was the photographer with long hair and a beard on the morning news that day) there capturing the morning spring scene. Unfortunately the sun never came out that morning, but I still got some great photos that I have always wanted to capture and even one that might be print worthy for my own wall. Anyways, I hope you enjoy my photos below and all of these photos are available for print and commercial use. Prints are available along with […]
I captured photos of the Space Needle at midnight in 2015 and really wanted to capture a time-lapse video from the same location in 2016 along with capturing portraits of the Space Needle. To do this I setup three cameras one shooting vertical portraits and two other cameras (one with a 300mm lens and the other with a 100mm lens). I setup all three cameras to shoot every 10 seconds and here are the final results. The Seattle cityscape treated me very well in 2015 and I am very excited to start capturing photos in 2016. My first gig of the year will be shooting TJ Miller from HBO’s Silicon Valley to kick off the Leafly Comedy tour at the The Crocodile in Seattle for Do206. The Space Needle was magenta last night due to T-Mobile sponsoring the fireworks show I believe and I captured a few photos of that after sunset without the fireworks to add to my Space Needle photo collection. After hitting up a few parties I ventured back to my apartment where I had my three tripos setup on the roof to capture the fireworks show. Below you can see my favorite photos and the full […]
Welp. It’s that time of the year again where everyone picks their favorite something of the year and puts it into a click bate top 10 list. That is exactly what I am doing here! Here are my top 10 favorite photos I captured last year around Seattle. I can’t see these are my top 10 best photos of the year just my top 10 favorite photos. #10 Lopez Island Sunrise We had to catch an early morning ferry to Anacortes from Lopez Island and we got to the ferry landing early to watch the sunrise. It was worth it. Here’s a photo of my girlfriend Alyne and dog Charlie enjoying the sunrise in the San Juan Islands. #9 12th Man City The night before the Super Bowl I ventured over to West Seattle to capture this photo. There was so much stoke and hope in the city that weekend this photo brings back fond memories of how most people felt before that Super Bowl. Let’s not talk about what happened though… #8 Double Helix Bridge at Sunrise This is one of two self portraits I captured this year that are in my top 10. It’s not because I like […]
I have now worked at DB Longboards, Atlas Trucks and Cloud Ride wheels for one year. Here’s some of my favorite clips captured for all three companies. Some of the riders featured in the video are Jackson Wells, Devon Dotson, Spencer Smith, TJ Joo, Sean Woolery, Garrett Creamer and a bunch of others in the Whistler section. Enjoy and you can also checkout some of my favorite longboarding photos of 2015 below! Learn More at: DBlongboards.com Atlastruckco.com Cloudridewheels.com
I am very excited to say that I recently partnered with CenturyLink to show off the beauty of Seattle in their new Go From Here To There website. Below are the images I captured to represent five different Seattle neighborhoods. You can checkout some of the photos below, but make sure to head on over to the website to get the full experience. Website: moving.centurylink.com/author/mmcdonald/ West Seattle Learn More Capitol Hill Learn More Beacon Hill Learn More South Lake Union Learn More Ballard Learn More Make sure to checkout the new website for more: Website: moving.centurylink.com/author/mmcdonald/
I have not been to a live show or taken photos at one since last spring, but that all changed last night. I ventured to Chop Suey to watch Flavr Blue along with DJ 100 Proof and it was well worth the trip. DJ 100 Proof warming up the crowd above. “It’s like he is playing my Soundcloud playlist,” said Austin Santiago of D0206 about 100 Proof music selection. Geo of Blue Scholars was also in attendance as a special guest host of the show. Casey of Sensebellum made these photos possible with his expert lighting skills and you can checkout some of those photos of Flavr Blue below. About the Flavr Blue: After a summer of major milestones, the Seattle-based trio the Flavr Blue is about to deliver their most anticipated release yet: The Love Notes EP, a collection that marries the group’s crackling energy with a soulful musical wisdom inherited from influences ranging from Cut Copy and Miike Snow to Feist and Sade. Within just this year, the band put on a show-stealing main stage performance at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party that landed them on the front page of the Seattle Times, has seen their single “We […]
I have been editing so many longboarding and skimboarding videos I captured last summer it is seriously making me miss the summer weather, actives and vibes. I had to hold all of this media for winter product releases and I just released my first media package for the Atlas Trucks Touch Enabled Slide Gloves last Wednesday. You can find out more about those wonderful gloves by CLICKING HERE. I really enjoyed filming editing this video and we did the whole shoot in one day, which was great. Atlas Trucks team rider Jackson Wells and I ventured to Everett to find some new longboarding spots that have not been overshot and we did find a couple of great spots. Check the video and photos below.