Lake Sylvan, South Dakota

 Within the Black Hills of South Dakota lie some incredible sights, including popular tourist destination Lake Sylvan. This lake is neatly tucked away on the famous "Needles Highway" and features many amenities such as a swimming beach, a "novice" walking trail around the lake, picnic areas, a store, along with many other points of interest. A main feature are the extensive hiking trails that surround the beautiful landscape, some of which I got to experience on my last visit, this past August. Here are some photographs that I captured during my day at Sylvan!

Note: I have visited this area of the Black Hills many times throughout my life. Because of this I have shared images from the lake prior to this posting. Thanks for looking! - Wyatt


The Interwoven Art of Human Emotions and Light

Most know that possibly the single most important aspect of quality photography is a powerful use of light. Add in human emotion that plays off of the present light and it can create bold imagery. Here are some brief examples of work that I have done with my beautiful girlfriend Alyssa. 


California Daydreaming

Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
It is getting cold here in Minnesota...so naturally I am making a post NOT about the pending winter months, rather me fantasizing about my trips to California. I enjoy visiting California very much and shamelessly look like a tourist while I am there; carrying around all of my camera equipment (of course I look like a tourist EVERYWHERE I go because of this). With this said, I look forward to the upcoming winter photography opportunities for me...which are right around the corner!

Red-eared Slider, Azusa Pacific University Turtle Pond, Azusa, CA
Pacific Ocean with Pelicans, Santa Monica, CA
Palm Trees, Pasadena, CA


Foggy Reflections

Fog and sulfur steam, Yellowstone National Park, WY
This past August, early one morning in Yellowstone National Park, I was lucky enough to photograph this stunning lake within the park. "Fog" hugged the treeline, making for absolutely beautiful imagery. Interestingly, it is not just fog, yet a mixture of fog and sulfur steam from vents in the ground. The smell of sulfur was quite strong - as is the case with many areas in this park - as the volcanic earth beneath you leaks through the surface.

Fallen Tree, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Reflection, Yellowstone National Park, WY
 My girlfriend photographing the gorgeous landscape, Yellowstone National Park, WY