The Altiplano by Daniel Kordan

Daniel Kordan is a landscape photographer based in Moscow, Russia. He has been fascinated by the possibilities of photography since early childhood. Nature is Daniel's main inspiration, with all the beauty and variety of colors and compositions.

There are not so many places in the world where you can enjoy absolute dark sky. Light pollution is in the cities and even small villages. Besides, it's hard to get the very clear sky. Altiplano suits as the best possible place on Earth to observe stars. So I planned a month-road trip for astrophotography.

The most incredible experience was on the flooded Uyuni! It was hard to believe our eyes and senses. It seemed that we float in the open space. Our spaceship is parked in a distance, and stars are blinking with blue, red and yellow colors. You stand in the deep night with stars above you, aside from you and underneath! It's space on Earth, isn't it?

Of course we expected difficulties on our way. First of all, high elevation. Photography session was on 4000 - 5000 m above sea level! We needed 5-6 days to acclimatize and next spent 2 weeks at Altiplano, full time at 4000 - 5000 m! Of course, its hard to move and hard to breath. But due to proper planning, we were safe and healthy.

It was incredible experience to drive in the night on the flooded Uyuni salt flats. Literally you can't see a thing, just absolutely black tunnel in front of your car. What you feel is just how your car going through the mess of water and salt. It's very easy to get stuck on the dangerous surface. Usually it's up to 5-10 cm of water above the salt, but sometimes it go deeper. We made a gps track during the daytime to this exact place and followed it precisely in the night.

I am currently going to Faroe islands and Greenland to guide my photo workshops there.

All photos by Daniel Kordan