A 360 degree panoramic view from Dubai – Is this the greatest image on Earth?


Thursday 31 January 2013
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Here is a 360 degree panoramic view from the very top of the tallest building on earth, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The giddying image shows the view across the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from 828 meters above sea level captured in high resolution using some of the most advanced techniques in digital photography.
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Dubai based photographer Gerald Donovan created the shot using a mechanized panoramic tripod head to take a series of 48 panoramic images, each shot at a resolution of 80 megapixels. These were then stitched together with manually shot images to ‘fill-in’ gaps caused by equipment installed at the top of the tower such as the lightning conductor and aircraft beacons. The result is an image that can be zoomed, tilted and rotated, giving viewers a sense of how it must feel to sit atop the world’s highest building.
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