Renowned National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally, had the unique opportunity of photographing himself on top of the world’s tallest building, called Burj Khalifa.
Burj Khalifa is world’s highest man-made structure, thanks to its height of 829.8 meters. The architectural height of the building actually stands at 828 meters, while the observatory deck stands at 452.1 meters.
Joe McNally Instagrammed a foot shot from Burj Khalifa’s rooftop
Not all people can afford to get a view of Dubai from the building’s observatory because the tickets are pricey. Even fewer people have access to the rooftop, but photographer Joe McNally, who paid a visit to Dubai, courtesy of Gulf Photo Plus 2013, is among those few lucky guys.
The annual GPP photography festival gathered a number of renowned photographers in Dubai. The list also included McNally, who is a photographer for the National Geographic Society.
Joe has been providing photos for the magazine for more than 25 years. He will definitely remain in history as one of the few people to reach the rooftop of the highest building in the world and take a photo from there.
National Geography’s photographer picture tops all foot shots ever posted on Instagram
Taking feet shots is a common practice on Instagram and other social networking websites. Most users uploaded photos of their feet taken at the beach, in the park, or on a mountain somewhere. While they are pretty common and “cool”, Joe’s photo shows his “old battered shoes” on top of the Burj Khalifa and rises above every other feet shot ever captured.
The image had been posted on Instagram and it received thousands of likes in just a few hours.
It will be very hard for someone to top this foot shot, especially considering the fact that Felix Baumgartner missed his chance before skydiving from an altitude of 39 kilometers in 2012, while such poses were not very popular in 1969, when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon’s surface.
A good photographer is also a person who likes to risk and take his chances. Most people would give an arm and a limb to get the unique opportunity of taking a photo from such a height.
Unfortunately, not all of us have a portfolio, which includes shooting for Fortune, TIME, Newsweek and Men’s Journal and which would allow us to take a photo from Burj Khalifa’s rooftop.