He Pointed His Camera Heavenward, What He Captured Is Beyond Breathtaking.
If you're a landscape or wildlife photographer, you know that the world isn't just a place to travel to and observe -- instead, many locations serve as the ultimate backdrop for your work. From imposing mountains to picturesque lakes to unbelievable tropical flora, there's no limit to what the world can provide for an amazing photo. The Salar de Uyuni salt flat, located in Bolivia,is one of those places, and when you see it, you're going to have a hard time believing that what you're looking at is actually real.
Of course, the beauty of this place exists on its own -- but Russian photographer Daniel Kordan takes it to the next level. He traveled to the flat to capture a set of photos depicting the Milky Way being reflected by the flat, and the resulting images seem like they're from another planet. See Kordan's incredible work (and more about how he did it) in the story below.
Salt flats are pretty amazing in and of themselves. They almost look like translucent panes of glass stretching across the ground -- but if you can believe it, what they really are is even more amazing.
They form on the ground, salts and other minerals converging in a flat space to shine and reflect light. Usually, they're found in the desert.
They're caused by naturally and quickly evaporating water, like this expanse of the Bolivian desert known as the Salar de Uyuni.
The salt flat here makes an amazing place for photos of the Milky Way, shot by Kordan on a Nikon D810A astrophotography DSLR and a 14-24mm f/2.8 Nikon lens. It's hard to believe that these colors are naturally occurring, but this palette is 100% nature-made.
Pretty unbelievable, right?