Danny McDonald

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My Quick Portfolio

For my Senior Seminar course that I am taking this semester. Our professor had us create a portfolio with works that we want to expose about ourselves that we have done throughout the last four years. I decided to focus mainly on my photography since it is one of my main passions. For the last two years that I have owned my Nikon D60 I have taken a total of 15,832 photos and had to pick about 70 pictures to feature myself.

This portfolio feature two main portions about myself. It shows a series of pictures that I took during my internship in Peru. My trip to Peru started out in the City of Lima, then to the Andes Mountain and Ruins of Machu Picchu and finished up in the plains of the North. It was truly a memorable experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

My other tab featuring mainly my photography shows pictures that I have taken from several different travels, family, friends, landscapes and much more. I have learned so much about using my camera and will continue to do so. Hopefully though I plan on getting a new camera soon so I can expand the possibilities for my future portfolio. The camera that I am currently looking at is the Nikon D5100 and hopefully with the 18 – 105 mm VR lens.

Any type of feedback I can get on my portfolio and quality of my images would be greatly appreciated! I personally don’t like wix that much and plan on changing it soon. For now, lets view this as a concept site of what is to come. Anything helps!



Amazon 5000

I got to meet the videographer of this amazing project that is going to happen, called The Amazon 5000. The project features Mickey, who is a melanoma cancer survivor who desires to push his body to new goals. The expedition will start from Ecuador and be a 5000 mile hike all the way across the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Jungle to the ends of Brazil.

This last Saturday there was an opportunity to meet Mickey at Frescos by the Pier and the whole crew along with fun festivities and giveaways! The event began at 11:00 a.m. and went until 7:00 p.m.

I got really motivated after meeting Matt Saxman, the lead videographer for the travels, to start really getting into film. I have been saving up money to get my new DSLR which will also have video capabilities. The one that I am currently looking at is the Nikon D5100 and hopefully I will get the 18 – 105 mm lens with it as well.

Nikon D5100

The idea of having a camera filming right up next to all of the action that is happening, especially in extreme situations, is the best way to grab the best footage and create amazing content. Although the quality of videos is very important, I feel that content will over ride the quality any day of the week. Going on an adventure like the Amazon 5000 is something that I would only dream of doing one day in my life and documenting all of it through a great quality video camera. It all had to start somewhere, and first I need to raise the needed funds to get there!

Be sure to like the Amazon 5000 on facebook here.

If you can’t make it to their fundraisers or just want to help the cause for the cure! You can donate right here!

Check out their website and be sure to watch the trailer as well!

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Mighty Mongo

For the last four years I have been a very big fan of local St. Petersburg band, Mighty Mongo. The band comprises of two University of South Florida St. Petersburg students that I have known since my freshman year. Throughout the years and going to their shows, I have met the other two members as well and have become friends with them.

Mighty Mongo comprises of Alex Card, Anthony Isoldi, Scotty Chmura and Lindsay Vitola. Each member is incredibly talented and together they make amazing music that ranges from rock, reggae and a very unique style of a combination of more genres.

Card plays the bass as well as vocals. Isoldi is an amazing lead guitarist. Vitola has an incredible voice and also plays the keytar. Chmura brings it all together with high energy drums that are flawless. Together they comprise of Mighty Mongo and have been working really hard to get where they are for the last four years.

The band have frequently played around the Tampa Bay Area and also playing at the campus a couple of times. One will find several Mighty Mongo gear around St. Petersburg that are worn very proudly. Recently Mighty Mongo found out that they are going to be on the Vans Warped Tour 2012. Through dedication and strong amount of effort, they are achieving closer to making a well recognized band throughout more levels.

I have add several pleasures of being able to watch Mighty Mongo perform. Whether it was back in the old Paddy Burkes or Sloppy Pelican days, watching their album release party at Vintage or just having them perform for a good cause on campus. Throughout the years I build up a database of Mongo Photos to share with everyone!

Please be sure to check out Mighty Mongo at the Warped Tour this year. They got a couple stops in Florida including Orlando and St. Petersburg so don’t miss out!

Alex Card of Mighty Mongo.

Lindsay Vitola and Anthony Isoldi.

Anthony Isoldi.

Scotty Chmura.

Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas

Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas is a non-profit organization that began in St. Petersburg by Maria Johanneson. The mission that Maria set out is to uplift the needy in poverty without judgment by giving them hope and confidence to succeed.

The values of Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas revolves around that meals should be provided to everyone and done so through love, offering hope, mercy and compassion. They believe that everyone has the potential to go through a spiritual transformation that comes from strong faith in the love of a powerful community.

Homelessness is a temporary condition that can be overcome when desired through personal healing and support. So the organization is set to take care of their own community and help create lunches for all the homeless in Pinellas County.

The brown bag lunches include peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with applesauce, granola bars, baby food and bottled water. Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas have seven local shelters that they deliver to and feed.

The organization has about 35 registered active volunteers and on March 24, 2012 Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas partnered up with Student Government of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg to make 1,500 lunches to be distributed to different shelters and parks throughout the county.

The pictures that I took were not to challenging since there was good lighting going on and the colors were not too bright. I simple put the ISO pretty low and an f-stop at about 1/100 and the pictures came out pretty nice!

The event was a great success and we had a lot of volunteers come out and have a good time. The amount of people we had show up and help out made it a lot easier to make the sandwiches really quick and pack them up to have them ready to deliver. The relationship between USFSP and Brown Bag Lunches of Pinellas is just going to continue to grow and help feeding the needy, one brown bag at a time.

College Daze Radio Show

I have been a part of a weekly online radio show that airs from Rhino Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is hosted by Mark Lombardi-Nelson, Joey Catalano and Taylor Upchurch. I have been working on their social media and kind of the “unofficial” honorary fourth member and make guest appearances on the show. All of the hosts are current college students and the show is meant to talk about the best and worst parts of college. The show is very entertaining, a lot of fun and has a pretty good amount of listeners. It has been averaging at about over a 1,000 listeners per week from all around the world.

The live recording of the show happens at Rhino Studios on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. In the back of the studios, Rhino has their own station called Rhino on Air which has shows that are hosted from people in the community. Joey met the one of the owners of Rhino Studios and pitched him the idea and after a very successful pilot, the show starting making its mark in the Rhino on Air.

The show begins with the word and phrase of the day that is taken from a website and discussed among the three. Joey is usually pretty blunt about what he has to say and usually has the unique extreme opinion that will ignite conversation. Mark seems to have more of a general opinion that will lighten the mood. Taylor represents a strong side but breaks down conversation very well.

Each week the show features a live musical guest or a panel to give their opinions. The musical guests range from acoustic guitar players who sing to rappers who perform over their own beats they made. Usually each guest is from the local area, but they have had one guest stop by from Colorado when she was in town.

The show will make you laugh, think, criticize and learn from the discussions about life during the time of college. Listeners who are currently in college will learn new stuff to do while graduates will reminisce about a period where their youth was ignited.

The lighting in the studio is pretty simple and I love how the walls are painted green. I can usually get some really nice shots without ever using flash and I post them on the facebook page for College Daze.

The tagline for Rhino on Air is “For the arts, by the arts” that is painted on a board and sat next to the studio so everyone who is on the air can see. The studio is also pretty intriguing with some creative designs such as guitars sticking out of the walls and will catch someone’s eye.

You can listen to College Daze every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. at http://www.rhinoonair.com and can visit their facebook page here.

Behind the studios.

The lovely Taylor Upchurch from College Daze.

Guitars sticking out.

The whole crew.

Dayspring Tree

This was my last Student Government retreat. I enjoyed coming to Dayspring in Ellenton, Florida so much these last four years.


Cusco Bread

Last summer I got to go to Peru for a photography internship. It was one of the best times of my life. I have uploaded a good amount of pictures in my blog I kept while I was there, here. I am going to upload more pictures here and some that I haven’t posted on that blog as well. So be ready for some neat shots of Peru! This is the bread that they make in Cusco and the small towns around them. It is amazing and delicious! It goes so good with soup and I tried to eat this bread every day. Image


This is a picture of a Chihuahua named Chi Chi that I took at the St. Petersburg dog park in downtown. This shot was back in my photography course at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and took first place for the week voted on by my peers. Image

Richmond Park

This is a shot from a very nice park in Richmond, Virginia. The park is called Maymont Estate. You can find more information in how to visit it here. There are tons of lakes and very nice things to see. It is huge and highly recommend to check it out if you are in Richmond.Image

The St. Petersburg Pier


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