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Red Altiplano by AndyMumford
Red Altiplano
It was hard to take this photo...we were shaking so much from laughter at the time.
After spending most of the day under thick cloudy skies (rare in the Altiplano), late in the day I noticed a tiny crack between the clouds and the ground on the western horizon.  We were 3500m up on the side of a ridge, and below and to the west of us was the valley of San Pedro de Atacama.  I was hoping that as the sun dropped into the small area of blue sky, the days last rays of light would bounce off the bottom of the clouds and illuminate the side of the ridge and the peaks above us with beautiful warm light.  As it turned out, that's exactly what happened, but then a few minutes later, the sun touched the western horizon and painted the sky the most amazing colours.  Everything was red, the clouds, the peaks...even our skin looked red in the amazing light and we just couldn't stop laughing at being in such a an astonishingly beautiful place bathed in this amazing light and colour.  
A wonderful memory of one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
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Touch Down by AndyMumford
Touch Down
Something a bit different...I don't usually do wildlife photography, but Laguna Colorada in Bolivia, with it's brilliant red water (caused by algae) full of pink flamingoes was impossible not to photograph.
We stood next to the lake high in the mountain watching the flamingoes land and take off.....it was a pretty peaceful place, and another landscape that is pretty unique to Bolivia.
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Lascar by AndyMumford
Lascar
The peak of the incredible Lascar Volcano on the Chilean altiplano.  We were blessed with one of the most spectacular sunsets I've ever seen, stunning red light everywhere we looked as the sun dropped into a tiny clear patch of the sky below thick clouds just before it disappeared below the horizon.

The light at this altitude - we were at 5000m, the peak in front is a massive 5990m - can be stunning in it's clarity and warmth,

This is a 3 image stitch.
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Tunupa by AndyMumford
Tunupa
From the first time I saw images of Salar de Uyuni, the massive salt lake high in the Bolivian Altiplano, it's been a dream to visit the place.  We finally spent a couple of days there when we travelled through southern Bolivia and it didn't disappoint.  The massive scale is breathtaking, this endless blinding white that disappears to the horizon in every direction has to be one of the most incredible places on the planet.

At the end of our first day there, we crossed the salar heading to our hotel (made of blocks of salt) at the base of the massive Volcano Tunupa.  The surface of the salar is fragmented into a network of polygonal shapes, formed by the evaporation of salt water through cracks on its surface, which catch the light as the sun gets lower and lower in the sky.

We sat here for an hour or so as the sun set, not another living soul to be seen anywhere, and as the sun sank towards the horizon I took a series of images.  The is one of the last, when the light was practically horizontal, kissing the tops of the fragmented salt shapes and the very top of the volcano
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Altiplano Light by AndyMumford
Altiplano Light
Late light in the high Altiplano, northern Chile.
I've been busy with weddings and commercial work and life in general since getting back from South America, and haven't had a lot of time to go through the photos I took there.  
This was taken on our 3rd night on the Altiplano.  We'd rented a jeep and headed south east from the plains around San Pedro de Atacama towards the southern lakes and high volcano peaks.  San Pedro is at the relatively moderate height of 2500 meters, but as soon as you head anywhere north, south or east, you start to ascend very quickly to the Altiplano.  We'd spent the day exploring at around 4000 meters under a solid blanket of cloud, but all the time I could see that back towards the west above the lower plain, the sky was relatively clear and as the afternoon wore on it became clear that as the sun started to drop towards the horizon it would pass through the clear part of sky and illuminate the side of the mountains and underneath the clouds.
We came back west along a bumpy dirt track crossing the pass and descending to the plain just as the sun broke through and painted the whole valley with the warmest, most golden light I have ever seen.  Everywhere we looked was just lit up with this amazing golden light.
The peak here (I think it's Volcan Chumisa) is bordering on 6000 meters....pretty high!
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AndyMumford
Landscape and travel photography
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Portugal
Current Residence: Lisbon, Portugal
Favourite photographer: Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite, Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe, Steve McCurry and David Noton
Favourite style of art: Landscape and travel photography
Operating System: Mac OSX | iMac i7 quad | Macbook Pro
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Whenever I write a journal on DA now it seems to be apologizing for not participating in the community, writing journals or submitting work.

Apologies.

It's just no longer possible for me to keep up with various social sites with the workload I have at the moment.

In the meantime it appears I got a DD for a shot from Tuscany I submitted a few years ago.  Thanks so much for that, it's always an honour.  And thanks for all the people who've faved or commented on my work, or added me to their watch last (only to discover that I haven't added any new work).
Also, apologies to all the people I watch who have been submitting work and I haven't commented on it.  I'll try to remedy that this month.

Anyway, I've just got back from 2 and a half weeks in Iceland.....what an AMAZING country. The weather was, for the large part, crap (2 or 3 degrees above freezing with high winds, rain, hail, and occasionally snow....and it's their summer!), but even so, the place is just astonishing in it's diversity and just plain jaw dropping epic-ness!!!

I'll be posting images over the coming weeks.

The best place to keep up with my work is my blog www.andymumford.co.uk/blog/

But I also submit at Google+ plus.google.com/11049676601815…
and 500px 500px.com/andymumford
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:iconlenjaminbang:
lenjaminbang Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome pictures! Ur just awesome :3
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JamesCombridge Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
fantastic works! some really beautiful stuff here i'd love to use a reference to practice painting landscapes :) 
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DurgaTruex Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Freaking incredible travel photography, Andy!
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Happy Birthday, Andy! Have your cake and eat it too
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Phraggle Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   General Artist
:party::icongigglecake::party:
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday!!!
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B-Skipper Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy birthday!!
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xbastex Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday
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my-shots Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Happy Birthday Andy!!!!:peace: :handshake:
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smallsofthamish Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Happy birthday - hope you're having a great day!

:iconcakeplz: :iconwineplz:
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