Stephen Matera Photographer@stephen_matera

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Stephen Matera Photographer

I stumbled on this magical Ponderosa Pine forest on a recent trip to Central Oregon. I was anxious to get home to my family and had a six hour drive ahead of me. But I just couldn't pass this up and stopped to shoot in the forest for over an hour as the light changed from sunny to cloudy and back again, watching the insanely light snow fall from the branches like it was snowing for the second time. It made for a long day but was worth the stop. Lesson learned...never pass up a chance to shoot a scene like this. I'll probably never see this area in this light and snow conditions again. #ponderosapine #easternoregon #oldgrowth #forest


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Happy New year to everyone! I hope you are enjoying New Years eve with the people you love in a special mountainous wonderland. Thanks for all the great feedback and Iove in 2018! #newyearseve #2019herewecome #newyearseve #northcascades


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Merry Christmas everyone!


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Time is so fluid. I look at this photo I took in April and it seems like yesterday and years ago at the same time. Busy lives make for a crazy warping of our sense of time. These days I have the milestones in my kid's lives as markers of time passing. Without that, it would all be a timeless blur. #timewarp #slotcanyon #desert #wilderness


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(swipe to see the full image) I recently became an ambassador for @drobostorage. I've been using a Drobo drive for years and loved it, so I'm stoked to now be a Drobo Pro. They're a great way to store and keep your photos and videos safe. Here's a panoramic shot from Colorado last winter. #winter #panorama #drobopro


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Alaska was hit today by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake. That's a pretty serious earthquake. I hope nobody was hurt and the damage is minimal. Stay safe Alaska and I hope you have a speedy recovery. #eathquake #anchorage #ruthampitheater #denalinationalpark


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On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much. My family first, but also thankful that I live in such a beautiful part of the world, and for all of you who have been so supportive of me. What are you thankful for? I hope you are spending the day with the ones you love. #thanksgiving #sunrise #givethanks


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No matter how many times I see Mt. Rainier, I am stunned by how beautiful it is. Usually this area is buried under a few feet of snow by now but autumn has been warm and dry in the Pacific Northwest. Now I'm just waiting on the snow... #sunset #glacier #wilderness


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Here's one more photo from our fall colors workshop last month. It's so fun to visit and share these hidden gems on the workshop. The east slope of the Cascades have some amazing fall colors! #photographyworkshop #fallcolors #autumn


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My friend and amazingly talented photographer Paul Souders @paulsouders has just released his book Arctic Solitaire, about his search for the ultimate polar bear photo (spoiler alert...he got it!). It's an entertaining read about what life is like hunting solo for epic photos of the apex predator in the arctic of Canada's Hudson Bay. Check out his work on his Instagram page, give him a follow, and definitely check out his book. Photo above is the book cover. #arcticsolitaire #polarbear #hudsonbay


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Scalloped ice beneath a glacier, Alaska. The melting patterns in an ice cave are surreal, especially when the light catches it just right. I was not comfortable being beneath the ice so was in and out of the ice cave quickly. Finding a strong composition quickly was challenging! #icecave #sonyalpha #brrrrrr #ancientice


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I love comparing still images and video from the same time next to each other. Here's one of each from a chilly and windy August evening in the Cascades. #sonyalpha #fog #sunset


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