Panorama Shot from the Tallest Man-Made Structure

photo of the top of the burj khalifa the tallest man-made structure in the world

Remember that scene in Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol of Tom Cruise rappelling between the 112th and 134th floors of the 160-story-tall tower of the Burj Khalifa? Dubai-based photographer Gerald Donovan’s panorama atop the highest building in the world gives us an excellent idea of what it was like for the actor. That’s 2.6 GB of glass, concrete, steel and a whole lot of sand.

This amazing panorama celebrates the second Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award (HIPA) which will take place in Dubai this March. The HIPA is the world’s richest photography award whose grand prize winner will be awarded $120,000. Prizes total $389,000 with entrants from 99 countries worldwide.

Composed of over 70 individual photos, this panorama must have been a headache to make—for anyone with a stock computer, at least. Donovan used a mechanized panoramic tripod head for the 48 panoramic images all shot at a resolution of 80 megapixels. But that’s not all. These 48 panoramic images, along with some manually shot images, were combined and stitched together to avoid any gaps caused by the equipment. This resulted in an interactive panorama that can be tilted, rotated and zoomed to your heart’s content. From this vantage point, you will be able to see the Dubai mall (the world’s biggest shopping mall), the Burj Al Arab hotel and the Meydan Racecourse.

Imagine being somewhere so high up that you can watch two sunsets in the same day! And if you think that’s impressive, China has already set out to build something that’s supposed to take the Burj Khalifa’s place as the tallest in the world. The Sky City, which will stand at a staggering 2,749 feet, should be another awe-inspiring vantage point. Talk about man-made marvels!

Just looking at that panorama is making me a little squeamish, and I’m not even afraid of heights.

Click HERE to see the interactive panorama for yourself and let us know what you think! Would you be able to rappel down the side of that building?

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.