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‘Reflections from Uyuni’ – Stunning Timelapse Featuring The Endless Skies of the Salt Flats

By Hanssie on April 29th 2015

There is a place where the sky and the earth meet. An endless array of clouds, cracked ground, and salt, the Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and a place unlike anything you’ve seen before. Stretching over 4,000 square miles in the province of Potosí in Bolivia, the ground is a blanket of white. Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tons of salt and was formed when the water from the surrounding mountains pooled to form a lake, but the sun and high salinity have long since evaporated the water, leaving a salt crust behind.


At almost 12,000 feet above sea level, the salt flat, when covered with water, is reflective. The resulting view is something out of Inception, a mirrored image where there is no beginning and no end. When it rains, the salt bed is covered in a thin sheet of water only a few inches deep, allowing people to walk on it.  In the following time-lapse, Enrique Pacheco captures the stunning beauty of Uyani, a favorite place for photographers for its unique and ethereal look.


Using Sony A7 and A7s cameras with  Zeiss FE 16-35mm f4 and 70-200mm f2.8 lenses and a Kietacam slider, this 3-minute video with its sweeping views of this natural phenomenon will make you want to add Bolivia to your travel list.

Watch ‘Reflections from Uyuni

You can see more of Enrique’s work on his website here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Scott Kretschmann

    Adding this to my must see places list for sure!

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  2. Jesper Ek


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  3. Cristian Corvalán

    Nice images!! wow

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  4. Jason Boa


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  5. Paddy McDougall

    Beautiful images

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  6. Ed Rhodes


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  7. J. Dennis Thomas

    The imagery is very nice, but the video moves too slowly and not enough. I’d prefer to to look at a gallery of hi-res stills where I could study the photos rather than see a few seconds of minimal movement.

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    • Thomas Horton

      I have to agree. Still photographs, in my opinion, are better appreciated as single shots than in a video. There are some shots I want to dwell on and other I want to glance at.

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    • J. Dennis Thomas

      I mean to be honest, the only real movement is slight panning and/ or rising and the only changes are the clouds. And who hasn’t already seen a time-lapse featuring clouds forming and/or dissipating. That kinda ceased to be amazing when I turned 10.

      No offense to the guy who made the video. Im sure it was a lot of work and it looks cool, but in the end great effort doesn’t always yield great art.

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  8. Paul Empson

    very nice…

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