stephen_matera

Stephen Matera Photographer

Never ending curiosity to explore and see what's over the next hill.
www.materaphoto.com
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Layers of mountain-ey goodness.  #marinelayer #clouds #sunset

Layers of mountain-ey goodness. #marinelayer #clouds #sunset - 2 days ago

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Alaska in the winter? Nope, this incredible mountain scene is in the North Cascades National Park. As one of the most beautiful national parks (IMHO), it's surprising that it is one of the least visited parks in the country. Last year less than 30,000 people visited the NCNP. Even more surprising when you realize it's only a 2-3 hour drive from Seattle. But you know, I'm not into crowds, so lets keep it on the DL. šŸ˜€šŸ˜‰ #winter #aerialphotography #wilderness

Alaska in the winter? Nope, this incredible mountain scene is in the North Cascades National Park. As one of the most beautiful national parks (IMHO), it's surprising that it is one of the least visited parks in the country. Last year less than 30,000 people visited the NCNP. Even more surprising when you realize it's only a 2-3 hour drive from Seattle. But you know, I'm not into crowds, so lets keep it on the DL. šŸ˜€ #winter #aerialphotography #wilderness - 4 days ago

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(swipe to see the full image) There is nothing like solitude in the wilderness. And this experience was nothing like solitude. I was next to the road with cars flying by, standing shoulder to shoulder with about 25 other photographers. While that's not the experience I generally choose, it was still a worthwhile place to be shooting. When I see a gaggle of photographers, I usually run as fast as I can the other way! But I'm glad I didn't as I'm pleased with the results of this particular morning. What about you? Do you find comfort in being around other photographers or do you prefer solitude? #colorado #fallcolors #sonyalpha

(swipe to see the full image) There is nothing like solitude in the wilderness. And this experience was nothing like solitude. I was next to the road with cars flying by, standing shoulder to shoulder with about 25 other photographers. While that's not the experience I generally choose, it was still a worthwhile place to be shooting. When I see a gaggle of photographers, I usually run as fast as I can the other way! But I'm glad I didn't as I'm pleased with the results of this particular morning. What about you? Do you find comfort in being around other photographers or do you prefer solitude? #colorado #fallcolors #sonyalpha - 10 days ago

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I shot this photo less than 3 weeks ago. Now it's hard to believe this is all now buried under a few of feet of snow. It was snowing in Seattle today and the North Cascades Highway is closed again for the second time this fall. Usually the Washington DOT keeps the highway open until after Thanksgiving. Looks like we're off to  great start for winter in the Northwest! #winteriscoming #sonyalpha #shortestfallever

I shot this photo less than 3 weeks ago. Now it's hard to believe this is all now buried under a few of feet of snow. It was snowing in Seattle today and the North Cascades Highway is closed again for the second time this fall. Usually the Washington DOT keeps the highway open until after Thanksgiving. Looks like we're off to great start for winter in the Northwest! #winteriscoming #sonyalpha #shortestfallever - 14 days ago

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The Methow Valley in autumn. It really doesn't get any better. #sonyalpha #mountainbiking #dogsofinstagram #optoutside

The Methow Valley in autumn. It really doesn't get any better. #sonyalpha #mountainbiking #dogsofinstagram #optoutside - 18 days ago

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(swipe to see if the full image) Sunset over the Chilkat Moutains and Lynn Canal, Southeast Alaska. Reminder: A couple of months ago I posted about the Eagle Creek wildfire that was recklessly started by some teenagers. I was (and still am) very upset that such a beautiful area was needlessly burning. Now is our chance to do something about it. Iā€™ve partnered with @gorgefriends to raise money for the Friends of the Gorge, aĀ local non-profit in responsible for the caretaking of the Columbia River Gorge. Iā€™ve donated a print of Metalocalypse Falls to be auctioned with other amazing photos of the Columbia River Gorge by other talented local photographers including @steveschwindt @andy_best @k.d.s.photography @danhawkphotography @discover_the_light_photography _photography @richbacon @Nicholas_steven_ @Terenceleezy @Romingralph @Andrew.studer Ā Donā€™t just hit the like buttonā€¦do something. Participate, organize, and help give back. Thanks! 
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The Auction event is tomorrow, Saturday October 28th. Follow Facebook link in my bio and here are the details:
-event is October 28th, 2017 from 4pm-7pm atĀ @bazipdxĀ which is located in SE Portland.
-There will be a blind auction of 9-10 prints
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-all proceeds from auction to go towards theĀ @gorgefriendsĀ , plus a portion of restaurant sales that day will be donated as well.

(swipe to see if the full image) Sunset over the Chilkat Moutains and Lynn Canal, Southeast Alaska. Reminder: A couple of months ago I posted about the Eagle Creek wildfire that was recklessly started by some teenagers. I was (and still am) very upset that such a beautiful area was needlessly burning. Now is our chance to do something about it. Iā€™ve partnered with @gorgefriends to raise money for the Friends of the Gorge, aĀ local non-profit in responsible for the caretaking of the Columbia River Gorge. Iā€™ve donated a print of Metalocalypse Falls to be auctioned with other amazing photos of the Columbia River Gorge by other talented local photographers including @steveschwindt @andy_best @k.d.s.photography @danhawkphotography @discover_the_light_photography _photography @richbacon @Nicholas_steven_ @Terenceleezy @Romingralph @Andrew.studer Ā Donā€™t just hit the like buttonā€¦do something. Participate, organize, and help give back. Thanks! ________________________ The Auction event is tomorrow, Saturday October 28th. Follow Facebook link in my bio and here are the details: -event is October 28th, 2017 from 4pm-7pm atĀ @bazipdx Ā which is located in SE Portland. -There will be a blind auction of 9-10 prints ________________________________ -all proceeds from auction to go towards theĀ @gorgefriends Ā , plus a portion of restaurant sales that day will be donated as well. - 22 days ago

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A couple of months ago I posted this photo of Metlako Falls because this area was burning in a wildfire that was recklessly started by some teenagers. I was (and still am) very upset that such a beautiful area was needlessly burning. Now is our chance to do something about it. Iā€™ve partnered with @gorgefriends to raise money for the Friends of the Gorge, aĀ local non-profit in responsible for the caretaking of the Columbia River Gorge. Iā€™ve donated a print of the above image to be auctioned with amazing photos of the Columbia River Gorge by other talented local photographers including @steveschwindt @andy_best @k.d.s.photography @danhawkphotography @discover_the_light_photography _photography @richbacon @Nicholas_steven_ @Terenceleezy @Romingralph @Andrew.studer Ā Donā€™t just hit the like buttonā€¦do something. Participate, organize, and help give back. Thanks! 
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The Auction event is this Saturday October 28th. Follow Facebook link in my bio and here are the details:
-event is October 28th, 2017 from 4pm-7pm atĀ @bazipdxĀ which is located in SE Portland.
-There will be a blind auction of 9-10 prints
________________________________
-all proceeds from auction to go towards theĀ @gorgefriendsĀ , plus a portion of restaurant sales that day will be donated as well.

A couple of months ago I posted this photo of Metlako Falls because this area was burning in a wildfire that was recklessly started by some teenagers. I was (and still am) very upset that such a beautiful area was needlessly burning. Now is our chance to do something about it. Iā€™ve partnered with @gorgefriends to raise money for the Friends of the Gorge, aĀ local non-profit in responsible for the caretaking of the Columbia River Gorge. Iā€™ve donated a print of the above image to be auctioned with amazing photos of the Columbia River Gorge by other talented local photographers including @steveschwindt @andy_best @k.d.s.photography @danhawkphotography @discover_the_light_photography _photography @richbacon @Nicholas_steven_ @Terenceleezy @Romingralph @Andrew.studer Ā Donā€™t just hit the like buttonā€¦do something. Participate, organize, and help give back. Thanks! ________________________ The Auction event is this Saturday October 28th. Follow Facebook link in my bio and here are the details: -event is October 28th, 2017 from 4pm-7pm atĀ @bazipdx Ā which is located in SE Portland. -There will be a blind auction of 9-10 prints ________________________________ -all proceeds from auction to go towards theĀ @gorgefriends Ā , plus a portion of restaurant sales that day will be donated as well. - 25 days ago

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Autumn mosaic on the east slope of the Cascades from a couple of years ago. The colors on the drier east slope are more intense than the west slope where yellows dominate the more muted fall colors. #autumn #wenatcheenationalforest #lakewenatchee #fallfoliage

Autumn mosaic on the east slope of the Cascades from a couple of years ago. The colors on the drier east slope are more intense than the west slope where yellows dominate the more muted fall colors. #autumn #wenatcheenationalforest #lakewenatchee #fallfoliage - 30 days ago

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Bash Bish Falls in autumn, Bash Bish Falls State Park,Ā located in theĀ Taconic MountainsĀ of southwesternĀ Massachusetts. Bash Bish falls is made up of a series of cascading falls totalling nearly 200 feet. The fall colors are pretty muted this year but there is still color to be found. #sonyalpha #waterfall #autumn

Bash Bish Falls in autumn, Bash Bish Falls State Park,Ā located in theĀ Taconic MountainsĀ of southwesternĀ Massachusetts. Bash Bish falls is made up of a series of cascading falls totalling nearly 200 feet. The fall colors are pretty muted this year but there is still color to be found. #sonyalpha #waterfall #autumn - 1 month ago

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(Swipe to see the full image) Happy Friday! Here's a 4 part panoramic image from Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway from a few days ago. The #larchmadness is crazy right now! #deciduousconifer #autumn #sonyalpha

(Swipe to see the full image) Happy Friday! Here's a 4 part panoramic image from Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway from a few days ago. The #larchmadness is crazy right now! #deciduousconifer #autumn #sonyalpha - 1 month ago

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Winter is coming. I can feel it. I'm not ready. Yet.

Winter is coming. I can feel it. I'm not ready. Yet. - 1 month ago

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A reminder that for those who will be in Seattle today, I'm showing some of my landscape work (including the above image) at the Mithun Architects office on Pier 56 in Seattle (behind Argosy). My images will be on display for a couple of months, but I'll be there for the Art Walk reception from 5-7pm. Please stop by and say hello! #firstthursday #artwalk #seattle

A reminder that for those who will be in Seattle today, I'm showing some of my landscape work (including the above image) at the Mithun Architects office on Pier 56 in Seattle (behind Argosy). My images will be on display for a couple of months, but I'll be there for the Art Walk reception from 5-7pm. Please stop by and say hello! #firstthursday #artwalk #seattle - 1 month ago

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