Wild Wild West in Laramie, Wyoming
Laramie is known for its history and adventure, and Kyle Spradley brings it to life through his amazing photographs. Get ready for a wild ride through the images of Wyoming’s beautiful open space. Check out his vibrant landscapes and be sure to follow him on Instagram here: @kspradleyphoto
Place you live: Laramie, Wyoming
Place your Instagrams were taken? Laramie, Wyoming
Can you sum up Laramie? Nestled among the high plains of southeastern Wyoming, the town of Laramie resides at 7,220 feet elevation and is an outdoors man’s paradise. From the nearby high alpine landscape of the Snowy Range Mountains to the unique rock formations of Vedauwoo, the scenery of the Cowboy State surrounding the University of Wyoming is also a photographer’s dream.
What is a perfect day in Laramie? Sunrise along the banks of one of the several alpine lakes of the Snowy Range Mountains.
If Laramie was a person or character who would it be and why? A hippy, ski bum that has multiple degrees and is a published author. (A good mixture of a college town with an outdoor problem. Haha)
Do you shoot with your phone or other cameras or both? Both. I shoot with both Nikon and Canon SLRs, GoPros, Sony FS5 and iPhone.
What is your editing process? I like to make things as simple and natural as possible with my image processing through organization in Bridge and processing through Photoshop.
Can you give a couple tips to aspiring Instagram photographers? Do exactly what this site encourages — explore the area in your backyard. I get more amazing images from revisiting places close by than one-off visits. You really have to work a location at different times of the year and different times of day. Study how the light falls on a scene and how it can evoke emotion. From there, you will create great images.
What is the most amazing travel experience you’ve ever had? In the fall of 2011 I visited Grand Teton National Park just before the peak fall color season. After a great morning of catching sunrise at Schwabacher’s Landing with the Teton Range reflected into the Snake River, I took a back road that follows along a ridge above the river. Perched above the river bottoms aglow I sat back and listened to the bugles of elk in their fall rut. It was one of my first times witnessing such an amazing annual event in the West. It was a pivotal moment that helped convince me to move out West. Now I reside in the state that I once longed to visit.
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