Photo Gallery – Utah’s Capitol Reef and Dirty Devil Canyon

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Utah’s Capitol Reef and Dirty Devil Canyon

Photos by Stephen Matera

It’s time to look for the sun. Time when many of us look to other locales for our backpacking adventures. Here are some images and activities to inspire you.


Stephen Matera is headed to Utah’s canyons, a great place to catch sun when we are a little short here in Seattle.


Matera  is a Seattle local and professional photographer who has been actively capturing the outdoors for 15 years. He has shot for outdoor brands like Sierra Designs, Jansport, Cloudveil, and Cascades Designs and his photography has graced the pages of Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker, Runner’s World, and Trail Runner magazines.


Matera’s landscape images emphasize strong composition and show a mature understanding of light.




He holds travel workshops in amazing locations including the Utah desert in and around Capitol Reef as well as the Pacific Northwest.stephen_matera_Utah-005

Steve will be leading a 3-day workshop in Utah’s Capitol Reef from October 25 to 27, and he will lead a backpacking photo workshop of Dirty Devil Canyon from October 30 to November 1. Details, cost and more info can be found on this page of his website. We’re certainly inspired.

Stephen Matera’s photographs capture the wild character of the West. Traveling to some of the most remote and rugged regions of the western United States, Stephen captures this impressive landscape in dramatic light, stunning graphic composition, and fleeting atmospheric conditions. The three pillars of landscape photography: clouds, form, and light interact to create stunning images of many unseen areas of the West, as well as some unique perspectives on other more accessible areas. Many of these images are captured after physically challenging backpack trips with a heavy overnight pack. The only way to capture these fleeting moments is to spend extended periods in the wilderness and to be ready when the three elements converge.

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