The Burj Khalifa :: From The Air

March 9, 2010 | Misc. Photos

I’ve had such a great time here in Dubai that Delta decided to blow a circuit card in an engine so we could stay just another day or two.

Thanks to fellow GPP teacher, Chris Hurtt, for hooking us up with an aerial view of Dubai a few days ago. I was able to get this photo of the Burj Khalifa. It is the tallest building in the world stretching about half a mile in the sky. When you are on the ground you can tell that the thing is huge but to really grasp the scale you have to see it from the air. This image was shot at 1,500 feet. All of those buildings around it are your typical city sky scrapers. 40, 50, 60 story buildings. I think the Burj is 160 something stories.

Ok, now I have to get on the horn with Delta to see if we are going home today or tomorrow. I should be making this post from home.

Cheers, Zack




Discussion

  • Kit said on March 9, 2010

    That’s cool Zach. Was awesome in the opening too. :)

  • ThomasMN said on March 9, 2010

    Holy crap. That’s ridiculously tall compared to the surrounding buildings.

    Nice picture by the way :)

  • Rosh said on March 9, 2010

    How did you get such clarity from the window of the plane?

    Stunning shot, as always.

  • Brian Hirschy said on March 9, 2010

    Dear Lord that thing is huge – is the top actually higher than the altitude of the plane?

  • Steven said on March 9, 2010

    That’s crazy. Looks like a scene from Star Wars or something.

  • James McClean said on March 9, 2010

    Super moody shot. I love the black and white processing. Hope you get home ok!

  • Navin Khianey said on March 9, 2010

    You tend to appreciate the size of this beast of a building from a higher vantage point.

    Apparently they hired construction workers from Nepal for the upper parts of the building since the “Sherpas” of Nepal don’t really have a fear of heights.
    Still, nerves of steel to go to work on top everyday.

  • Kasia Znana said on March 9, 2010

    I hate huge agglomerations but this looks impressive!

  • Howard Haby said on March 9, 2010

    Love this shot, Zack. Really nice. Have a safe trip home.

  • Eli Silva said on March 9, 2010

    Great shot Zack.. you guys have a safe trip back home….

  • denise varnadoe said on March 9, 2010

    that makes me woozy.

  • Sean said on March 9, 2010

    That’s awesome!

  • daniel said on March 9, 2010

    that is so bad ass. It is like something straight from Star Wars… i didn’t realize earth was being transformed into Coruscant. I can picture the Emperor living at the top of that tower… sorry for the geek rant. But yeah amazing image.

  • Joe Justice said on March 9, 2010

    Whoah!! Awesome shot!

  • laura said on March 9, 2010

    that is amazing! i love dubai!

  • Seth Likens said on March 9, 2010

    Very nice, Zack! The B&W conversion really sets it off.

  • Aubry C said on March 9, 2010

    I had to double take this! This scene looks like something from the movie Wall-E! Travel safe….. Crossing my fingers that the big D takes good care of you.

  • Amanda said on March 9, 2010

    Wow!!! That is incredible.

  • Dammike said on March 9, 2010

    Fantastic shot, Zack

  • Martin said on March 9, 2010

    Nice contrast. One light?

  • mike said on March 9, 2010

    @Martin: hah!

    Zack, so glad you got up in the sky to shoot this. Thank you!

  • Roman said on March 9, 2010

    Hi, Zack!

    I love your photos and films, you’re best, but now here is better one photographs of this place in the same time in colour:
    http://sergeydolya.livejournal.com/98888.html

    Your russian reader Roman.

  • Glyn Dewis said on March 9, 2010

    Now when an aircraft goes ‘technical’ and your return home is delayed…is there really anything better to be doing???

    Fantastic shot; looks awesome!!!!

    Looking forward to getting out to GPP in 2011.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • Nicholas Collister said on March 9, 2010

    INSANE

    I’m in Toronto right now,
    trying to compare the largest building here with this thing. Half a mile high. I cant even compare.

  • Adam said on March 9, 2010

    Great shot! When is dedpxl gonna get some love man? Was DH right?

  • corey said on March 9, 2010

    Man Zack that camera takes you everywhere,, doing it in a major way worldwide I can dig it man!!! this photo is cool

  • Nathan Clendenin said on March 9, 2010

    I love shots from the air – that’s freakin’ cool!

  • Jamie said on March 9, 2010

    I saw the Burj while it was still called the Burj Dubai and still in progress. It was already the tallest building in the world when I was there in 2007 and it wasn’t close to be completed.

    This shot is a great capture of the scale. Makes me want to go back!

  • Emily Sopha said on March 9, 2010

    AWESOME PHOTO!!

  • Evro Moudanidis said on March 9, 2010

    Wow, that’s a real documentary shot, my eye kept wandering around it for a couple of minutes.

    When will you be doing another critique, I really miss them.

    Cheers,
    Evro

    Moudanier Pictures
    Sydney|Australia

  • saajid said on March 9, 2010

    hmmmm looks like something out of some sci-fi story.

  • Dave said on March 10, 2010

    Amazing image, a bit unnerving really when we see an image like this that shows us just how crazy we can be, building these huge structures.

    Black and white does this image justice!

    -Dave (Microstuck.blogspot.com)

  • katy gray said on March 10, 2010

    wow, that is incredible! it hardly looks real.

  • josh said on March 11, 2010

    Zack i just googled your name to find your site, and according to google your site is selling viagra.
    Here’s a screenshot
    http://img706.imageshack.us/img706/1530/19993000.jpg
    good luck fixing that!
    love your work.

  • Tim said on March 11, 2010

    Let’s see McNally take a shot of a guy changing the lightbulb at the top of that one :-)

  • Nico said on March 11, 2010

    Looks good as a solar clock too!

  • Eric said on March 12, 2010

    That thing is HUGE!!!

  • Alistair Kerr said on March 12, 2010

    So you didn’t fancy Base Jumping the tower? That’s amazing…

  • Olivier Borgognon said on March 12, 2010

    nice shot zack, impressive tower, hope you had great fun there.

    can’t believe i’m searching everywhere for your “used films” logo on each of your shots now though… :)

  • Ryan Ralph said on March 16, 2010

    LOL! You went to Dubai and flew Delta??!! People travel to Dubai and Qatar just to enjoy the service of Emirates or Qatar Airways! Maybe next time.

  • zack said on March 17, 2010

    Ryan – ATL – DXB direct! To fly Emirates we would have to connect to NYC. We did get to fly Emirates from DXB to London though and it was a better experience than Delta. Usually though, that Delta trip7 does a fine job.

    Cheers,
    Zack

  • Györffy said on March 17, 2010

    Insane! Nice shot though.

  • Natascha said on March 17, 2010

    absolutely amazing. Great shot!!

  • ArenaCreative said on March 17, 2010

    Dang, that thing is nutty. Amazing how skinny it is. There’s a 6 flags roller coaster in New Jersey that something around 1/4 the height, and standing below it I felt like an ant. http://www.sixflags.com/greatAdventure/rides/KingdaKa.aspx So I can’t even imagine how big this Burj Khalifa looks from the ground.

    Awesome shot from the window seat. I hate it when I get stuck in an aisle and the person in the window seat either shuts the blind or doesn’t care to even look out, so they sit there reading or something. I can count on one hand how many times I’ve ever flown anywhere, though.

  • Momchil said on March 25, 2010

    Now I want to see Joe McNally changing the light bulb on this thing :)




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