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Is This The Greatest Image On Earth? 360 Panorama From The World’s Tallest Building…

By Leo Hoang on January 31st 2013


On a personal note, I absolutely love panoramic photos! So I was blown away when I saw this.

The image was taken from the very top of the tallest building on earth, Dubai’s Burj Kahlifa. This is the same building that Tom Cruise was climbing in “Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol”.

Dubai based photographer, Gerald Donovan, used a mechanised panoramic tripod head to take a series of 48 shots, each one at a resolution of 80mp. These were then stitched together with manually shot images to fill-in gaps that were caused by equipment installed at the top of the tower such as the lightning conductor and aircraft beacons.

In total, there were 70 images used at a resolution of 80mp, which then created a final image at 2.5 GigaPixels.

Check out the video to give you a tour of the image.

The 360* view from really does give you the sense that you are actually sitting on top of the tallest building!

I do hope that they recreate this image, but do a night version, as from a point this high up I can imagine the skyline looking amazing with all the lights on throughout the city.

To view the image in its full form and to have fun zooming in and out, click here.

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Leo Hoang is a professional photographer based in London who shoots Weddings, Events and Real-Estate.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Nice .

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