Dubai based photographer Gerald Donovan was lucky enough to be given access to take a panoramic image from the top of the tallest building on earth, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The images were taken from 828 metres above sea level creating a spectacular view of the unique city.
Many of Dubai’s landmarks can be seen within the panoramic, including the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, the Dubai Mall and the Meydan Racecourse.
The images were shot using a mechanised panoramic tripod head and each image making up the final panoramic has a resolution of 80 megapixels. Once reaching the 160th floor of the Burj Khalifa by lift there was still a steep 200 metre ladder climb up the spire before reaching the pinnacle of the building.
Donovan is no stranger to heights, in 2010 he created the world’s largest ever digital panorama from the 42nd floor of the then under-construction U-Bora Towers in Dubai’s Business Bay. He said, “I shot a 45 gigapixel panorama of the Dubai skyline in April 2010 – at the time, the world’s largest ever digital panorama, and thought that a panorama from the pinnacle of the Burj Khalifa would be a great way to top that. The Burj Khalifa is a perfect building for shooting a 360 degree pano from the top of, because its ‘roof’ is only 1.5 meters across.This means that you can shoot from a single location and capture the entire view, without the building itself getting in the way”
Woman on a ledge:
If heights are your thing or you just like to scare yourself Jun Ahn has created a series of self portrait photographs of herself dangling off the top of some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world.
The fearless artist from from Seoul, South Korea, started the project in 2008 and has scaled around 14 skyscrapers and apartment blocks in her native city as well as New York and Hong Kong to pose at the dizzying heights.
The images of Jun’s feet dangling hundreds of feet above the busy city streets below creates a stomach churning sensation to those viewers who are less partial to heights.
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