Stephen Matera Photographer@stephen_matera

Never ending curiosity to explore and see what's over the next hill.
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📷 🌲Larch Madness Photo Works

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Stephen Matera Photographer

Following up on my lake and fog panoramic photo from yesterday, here is a video from the same morning back in July. It was truly mesmerizing to watch the fog roll across the water as the sun rose. #sonyalpha #fog #sunrise #tranquility


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(swipe to see the full image) I'm usually drawn to more dramatic beauty in a scene, but lately am finding the more subtle things that are getting my attention. The scene looking to the right of this shot was incredible (see my post from July 24th) but I was kept coming back to this shot of the fog rolling across the lake and subtle contrast of light and shadow on the trees. #sonyalpha #sawtoothmountains #sunrise #panorama


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There are only a couple of spots left for our golden larch/fall colors photo workshop in the North Cascades in early October this year, co-instructed with my good friend and outstanding photographer @scott_kranz. It will be a three-day workshop based out of the Mazama area, involving sunset and sunrise hiking and backpacking in the mountains, and will cover technique, composition, gear, business, and much more. Join us and learn together in a world-class mountain setting. For more details check my profile link! #larchmadness #fallcolors #washington #workshop #methowvalley


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The last two summers have been pretty disappointing for wildflowers at Mt. Rainier. I'm not sure why but the lupine have barely flowered at all and the paintbrush was sporadic at best. Anybody know why it has been like this? We've had a couple of warm and dry summers but snowpack has been pretty much about average the last two winters. I wonder if it is a result of the bad snowpack we had three winters ago and has somehow affected pollination? This shot is from Monday evening at Rainier and was just about the best group of flowers I could find, in an area than usually has literally carpets of wildflowers. #wildflowers #nationalpark #sonyalpha #wilderness


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Morning light on the Sawtooth Range on a recent trip to Idaho to shoot for @obozfootwear. After a 10 hour drive from Seattle plus a flat tire just as we were about to drive into the mountains, we pulled into the campground after midnight and setup the tent by headlamp in complete darkness. I set the alarm for 5:45am not having any idea what the view would be like. We rolled out the tent before sunrise, still half asleep and walked over to the lake and were blown away by this scene. I'm a night owl and hate getting up early, but will do it for photos. I was grumpy after only 5 hours of sleep but happy that I did! @scott_kranz and I still have a few spots available for our fall colors photo workshop in the North Cascades in early October. Link in my bio for more details. #sawtoothmountains #idaho #sunrise #sonyalpha


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Aerial view of the Juneau Ice field in summer. It's hard to comprehend how much ice lies below. This was a particularly bumpy flight that we almost didn't take as the atmospheric conditions were a bit sketchy. But sunny days are all too rare in southeast Alaska and when the light is good, I'll endure the rough ride for the photo opportunity! #glacier #aerialphotography #wilderness


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I'm excited to offer a golden larch / fall colors photo workshop in the North Cascades in early October this year, co-instructed with my good friend and outstanding photographer @scott_kranz. It will be a three-day workshop based out of the Mazama area, involving sunset and sunrise hiking and backpacking in the mountains, and will cover technique, composition, gear, business, and much more. Join us and learn together in a world-class mountain setting. For more details check my profile link! #larchmadness #fallcolors #washington #workshop #methowvalley


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Pacific Northwest friends, I am doing a hiking and lifestyle photoshoot near Ketchum, Idaho in mid-July. I am looking for some models for the shoot that fit the following description: one man and one woman ages 25-35 old. Also, one man and one woman 35-45 years old. For the 35-45 year age range, the shoot will be a 3-day/2-night backpack trip in the Sawtooth Mountains. For both shoots, you must be comfortable in the outdoors and have experience hiking. And here's the final important detail, the women must fit a size 7 shoe and men must fit size 9. This is paid modeling work. Contact me for me details and if you're interested. Feel free to forward this or tag a friend who you think would be a good fit. Photos are from last year's shoot for this client.#sonyalpha #photoshoot #hiking #wilderness


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Thanks to all those who participated in my sponsored contest with @cotton_carrier. The participation was amazing! The winner is @terrajayy. Congrats and I hope you enjoy the print and Cotton Carrier! Photo above from a trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park from last March during the superbloom. So beautiful there after a wet winter. I hope to get back there again for the next superbloom. #sonyalpha #superbloom #cholla #lookssoftbutitsnot


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(swipe to see the full image) It isn't all sunshine and lollipops being a full time photographer! This was a beautiful sunrise I shot in April after the 8th night in a row of sleeping in the back of my cramped rental car. And my air mattress had a leak so it would be flat each morning. I was ready for a real bed but wanted to shoot sunrise from here while I had the opportunity. And as you can probably tell, there weren't any hotels nearby! #sonyalpha #desertsolitaire #sunrise


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I've been using @Cotton_Carrier camera harnesses for a while now and truly love them. I've used them on many shoots, including the Ptarmigan Traverse, where I shot the above image of sunrise over Dome Peak last year. I've partnered with @Cotton_Carrier to giveaway two great prizes. The contest winner will receive a canvas print of the Dome Peak sunrise photo above along with a Cotton Carrier Strapshot Camera Harness system.

To enter the contest:
1: Follow my page @stephen_matera and @Cotton_Carrier
2: Like this photo and Tag your friends in the comments of this post

To see their products, swipe right on the above photo. Head to their website (‪cottoncarrier.com‬) to see the rest of their products. The contest ‪ends June 15th at 9PM PST‬. Good luck! #harnessyourphotography #sonyalpha #wilderness


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(swipe to see the full image) I love shooting on the Northwest coast. It's rugged, beautiful and remote. When I first began trying to shoot there, I would wait for a nice sunny day and try and catch sunset. I'd drive all the way out to the coast from Seattle, which is about 3.5 hours with the ferry ride, and hit a wall of fog right on the coast. Skunked. No sunset. So I reached out to someone whose weather opinion I respected, meteorologist Larry Schick. Amazingly he was responsive and super helpful. He told me to look for offshore flow. That's when the wind is blowing off land and out towards sea, blowing the fog away from the coast. Even more amazing he emailed me a few days later to let me know that offshore winds were setting up. Now I know. On the day I shot this panorama, there was. Weak offshore winds, keeping just the right amount of fog around as the sun was setting. Thanks Larry! #sunset #panorama #olympiccoast #fog


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