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#1 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:27

What It Really Looks Like Atop the World’s Tallest Building




In January, Dubai photog Gerald Donovan showed us what the earth looks like from the pinnacle of the world’s tallest building, thanks to a 360 degree panorama that was ‘shopped to remove the Burj Khalifa itself. But today, Donovan released the original, undoctored image—and it’s even better than the original.

The reason Donovan chose to doctor the original panorama, you see, was because the pinnacle of the Burj is home to dozens of sensors and antennae, which block the view of the ground. For example, there’s a lightning conductor, multiple aircraft beacons, cameras, and dozens of other sensors. There were also people blocking the view—like the head of another photographer,Joseph Hutson.

“So I then manually shot around these objects, plus a set of images looking vertically down around the pinnacle,” Donovan explains. He ultimately stitched together 48 individual photographs, creating a haunting panorama that was completely free of evidence of the Burj itself, except for its spindle-like shadow. In this image, though, we get to see the guts of what’s going on atop the pinnacle—which is far more interesting. [Gerald Donovan]



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I so want to be there. :cry: :s


#2 +Nik L

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:33

What it really looks like IF YOU USE A FISHEYE LENS?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:42

I so want to be there. :cry: :s


Just thinking about that makes me queezy!

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:45

Would have rather seen a shot without a fisheye

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:50

that could be a bit awkward if either of those guys had to drop a duece

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 17:55

Send my stomach up ! :o

#7 Growled

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 18:51

I think I will pass on that.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 18:59

Would have rather seen a shot without a fisheye


Its not shot with a fisheye lens. It's a 360-degree panorama mosaic.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 19:06

i would have rather seen a regular panorama pic, instead of the 360, it's too curved into a circle

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 21:41

I am pretty sure that while a 360, it's also still been taken with a fisheye...

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 21:45

Nope :|

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 23:50

I think I will pass on that.


Come on -- you know you want to hang-glide off of that building with me. :p

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:00

Or What it really looks like atop the worlds tallest building, inside of a dome ;)
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#14 Marshall

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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:06

Or What it really looks like atop the worlds tallest building, inside of a dome ;)


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And a video...



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Posted 14 June 2013 - 01:12

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And a video...



That gave me chills watching that!