A view from high up on the Isla de Pescado in the centre of the Salar de Uyuni, looking northwards.


Long shadows are a rather fine feature of late afternoon on the salar and I liked the way these small islands' shadows were racing across the salt surface. The whole process was rather rapid: those shadows were moving at a speed, when I took this shot, such that the frame three seconds later fails to capture the rightmost points!


The foreground lines are tyre tracks, as can be seen in the larger version, though this is highly compressed and the rocks are a kilometre or two away. It's something in the order of 40Km. to the edge of the salt from here.


Some thoughts on pre-visualising too much:

Musings on: the futility of [over-]planning

  • Ray Wise 3y

    another extreme landscape.. love the layers in this.
  • Nalo Souleyman 3y

    Fascinating structure !!
  • Raymond bradshaw 3y

    Original and striking composition here mike , love at first sight .
  • Joe Rainbow 3y

    What a crazy landscape that is Mike. Something I would like to see for myself one day.
  • guido ranieri da re 3y

    grande Mike!



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  • David O'Brien 3y

    Really intriguing...love the simplicity to the fg and the density to the hills....lighting above the mountains is superb and helps contrast with the fg shadows.
  • Johnathan Barber 3y

    Great capture!
  • Mark 3y

    Wow, fantastic shapes and tones.
  • TablinumCarlson 3y

  • Curren Frasch 3y

    Beautiful composition.
  • oOo Bev oOo 3y

    o0o a great effect Mike .... I so like the silvery icy appearance and artistic
    feel to this ... its superb oOo
  • michael 3y

    super shot.
  • ouldm01 3y

    Stunning landscape Mike...
  • Ricardo Gomez A Very busy 3y

    Simply a fantastic landscape!!!!
  • nna:2006 3y

    Wonderful !!!!!!!!!!!
  • Thorsteinn Egilson 3y

    Outstanding shot.
  • MNFISH 3y

    Difficult to choose a favorite but this one gets the edge. Great work again.
  • Huub Zeeman 3y

    can keep pressing the F
  • mikmas101 3y

    ...such an astounding set - each one with it's own particular character and colour set...

    - this one attracts me through the layered contours of the mountains
  • JeremyRambles 3y

    Stunning composition by half!!!
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Taken on July 2, 2012
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