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Mars Valley Sunset Take 1 - San Pedro de Atacama, Chili | by cedric_g
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Mars Valley Sunset Take 1 - San Pedro de Atacama, Chili

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Technical: Nikon D3x, 0.45x GND,15s at f16, 28mm


Sometimes you discover a location and you just do not want to leave beacause you think it can't get better and so you wait for something to happen. The Valley of Death or Valley of Mars depending on who you ask is such a location. I have so many similar shots with all the changes in light. Loved it so much I returned the next evening hoping to get better...but that is another story.


The story has it that the real name of the valley is the Valley of Mars (Marte in Spanish), but is popularly referred to as the Valley of Death (Muerte in Spanish) because a jesuit priest one day got confused.


It is located next to the ever popular Moon Valley, which attracts the tourists for the afternoon and sunset. It's difficult in this area to find yourself somewhere with all that many people, but I must confess that I prefer having none...which is why I came here early afternoon to scout the location.


There was so much wind (had a three day sand storm in the area) that it blew almost all the clouds to smitherenes just before sunset.


The vista is just surreal with the Licancabur volcano as a backdrop some 40km away, sand dunes sloping down off the ledge towards the massive moon like formation valley. The pre-sunset colors are superb. I was fortunate that the moon was close to full as it helped light the scene.


I am know off for a week to discover the land of ice and volcanoes, will catch up when back.


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Check out the set:


- Altiplano Set


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Taken on April 23, 2010