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What It Really Looks Like Atop the World

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Muhammad Farrukh    1,079

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

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Nefarious Trigger    6,771

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

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+warwagon    9,647

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

Just thinking about that makes me queezy!

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Osiris    802

Would have rather seen a shot without a fisheye

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timster    1,316

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

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Hum    6,929

Send my stomach up ! :o

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Growled    3,880

I think I will pass on that.

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a.mcdear    24

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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Buttus    873

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

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Nefarious Trigger    6,771

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

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Damo R.    29,656

Nope :|

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Hum    6,929

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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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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

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Marshall    15,353

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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Atomic Wanderer Chicken    1,585

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And a video...

That gave me chills watching that!

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Muhammad Farrukh    1,079

EVQXieG.png

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And a video...

This is now officially in my 'to-do-things-in-life' list

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chrisj1968    1,415

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

it probably is a fisheye but photostitched.

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Shiranui    1,677

Shame its in a dump like Dubai.

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MtnDewCodeRedFreak    144

Oh God - just seeing that ... my eyes!

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Muhammad Farrukh    1,079

Shame its in a dump like Dubai.

:s

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