Stephen Matera Photographer@stephen_matera

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Stephen Matera Photographer

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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We had a great fall colors workshop in the Cascades last weekend! Thanks to all the participants for a great time and we hope we can do another one next year. #autumn #fallcolors #aspens #sonyalpha


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Some more Cascades autumn goodness. #larchmadness #autumn #sonyalpha #wilderness


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The colors are popping in the Cascades right now! On another note I am one of a lineup of great speakers at @ampersand.live in Seattle on October 25th. I'll be speaking about the effects of social media on the outdoors. I have plenty of examples of negative impacts but would love to hear if you have any stories of positive effects of social media on the outdoors. If you have a good story, please share it in the comments section. #sonyalpha #autumn #cascademountains


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I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation about life as a professional photographer with @nickwhiteinstagram at @pitchedindustries. Nick is a photographer himself and asked some great questions beyond the usual stuff, which made for an interesting conversation. Have a listen to hear about my take on creativity, insecurity, and what life is like as a professional photographer. Link above in my bio. Photo above from a trip through the desert of Southern Utah a few years ago. #professionalphotographer #podcast #interview


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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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