We visited the vast Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia twice: once in dry conditions and again when seasonal rains leave a mirror-like coating of water on the salt. The natural beauty is stunning, but the flat, uniform, and seemingly endless landscape of the world’s largest salt flat (it covers 4,300 square miles or 11,000 square km) also creates the perfect conditions for playful photography that fiddles with your sense of perspective like the shots in this photo essay.
Pro tips for Uyuni Salt Flat photography
- Bring props. We used a toy Godzilla, our road trip mascot Grady, boots, bottles, our truck, and much more to help us mess around with perspective on the salt flat.
- Use the phone on your camera. Believe it or not, most of the shots Eric took using his DSLR Canon didn’t work nearly as well as shots taken with a phone camera that handles the perspective better.
- Ask your guide to take photos. Many guides who take travelers onto the Uyuni Salt Flat have become experts in setting up and taking shots like these.
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