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When I was in Dubai a couple of months ago, with GPP, I took a few days for myself to shoot some tall buildings. At the top of my list was the Burj Khalifa, currently the tallest building in the world, at 829.8 meters (2722 feet) tall. That’s well over half a mile, folks.
Just for sense of scale, the buildings clustered nearby range from 40 to 60 stories, making them as high as the highest buildings in San Francisco.
Burj Khalifa was designed by the venerable Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM), and completed in 2009. Below is a mix of dawn, evening, and mid-morning photos.
Across from the lagoon is the Souk al Bahar (tan buildings) which is a mix of retail, private residences, and restaurants. It’s connected via a footbridge to the Dubai Fashion Mall and an outdoor promenade.
The fountains are (of course) the world’s largest choreographed fountains; done by the same company that did the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
All of these shots were made from the Address Hotel, situated across the lagoon from the Burj:
All of the hero shots were made with the Canon 17mm TSE – a truly fantastic lens. Even with a vertical shift of about 6mm, the resolution and sharpness is really incredible. Below are a few crops so you can see what I mean:
This shoot is pretty close to my heart. A lot went into it, and I got a lot out of it…in ways I didn’t expect.
Stay tuned….more tall buildings to come!