See the Salar de Uyuni mirror effect after rain

After rainfall, Salar de Uyuni becomes a huge mirror.

After rainfall, Salar de Uyuni is covered with water, which can give it a great mirroring effect. If the circumstances are right you can make an exceptional photograph. Try for yourself!

Most people’s photographs of these Bolivian salt plains show people jumping in the air, or and attempt at optical illusions where someone stands in the distance making seem as if one person is standing on top of another. If you want to soften the brightness of the white salt you can underexpose the photograph by one or two stops.

Best time for the Salar de Uyuni mirror effect

A couple in the mirror of Salar de Uyuni after rain.

Most of the year Uyuni is very dry. There is rarely rain. Except for a few months, but not every day. Planning is therefore difficult, because you depend on the weather. Or rather, from a rain shower.
The rainy season of Salar de Uyuni is from December to March. But this does not mean that it always rains, and a shower can be very local. If you miss it, don't worry. A visit to Uyuni is always magical.
So you have to be lucky to see the mirror of Uyuni. You can keep an eye on the weather forecast, but you can also ask the locals. They know the clouds well and know when to hit the road, and when to leave again.

Taking photos of the mirror

Capturing the image of a salt plain in a photograph is very difficult. Especially with so much light around you. Here is a tip on how you can capture that mirror-effect in your picture after the rain: first of all, you need an object to create perspective and depth so you can capture the immensity of the plain.

For instance by making sure there are rocks, a cactus, a car, or maybe even yourself in the foreground. Having an object in the photograph will also give you the mirror-effect after the rainfall.

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