Video: Photographer Joe McNally Shoots From the Tallest Building in the World

Remember that crazy rooftopping photograph captured by photographer Joe McNally from the top of the tallest building in the world? The video above is an interesting 4.5-minute-long behind-the-scenes look at how McNally ascended the tower and held a photo shoot at the very top.

From the video above, we see that McNally was wearing a helmet cam to record the adventure from a first-person point of view, and that he had two workers assisting him with the shoot:



While at the top, McNally shot photographs of the workers to show their athleticism and to give a sense of scale to his photographs:


In case you missed it last time, here’s the vertigo-inducing photograph that made the rounds back in March:


The Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world, standing 829.8 meters (2,722 feet) tall, and McNally was right at the top for the photo above.

McNally had attended Dubai to teach at Gulf Photo Plus 2013, and says that he was given access to the Khalifa after three years of communicating with the building’s administrator (the fact that he has 26 years of shooting for the National Geographic definitely helped).

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Image credits: Photographs by Joe McNally and used with permission

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Fascinating. DigitalRevTV should send Kai up there with a D4 and a 1D X for a durability test.

  • Gunny

    I’d have to puke.

  • Vitor Pinho

    Looks like Legoland!

  • danny bailey

    Crazy footwear for a shoot that dynamic.

  • Matthew Neumann

    Joe McNally is great and all, but…couldn’t he have gotten a better shot? Wide angle would’ve been more interesting. To me, anyway. It’s all feet, minimal context.

  • karmaportrait

    oh! and we could have DxOMark do testing to see what is the sharpest lens at altitude.

  • Rolento Ong

    he did wide angle shots…

  • Matthew Neumann

    Maybe Petapixel should’ve included them in their article then.

  • Libby Stack

    Not the first time he’s been on top

    Joe on top of the Empire State Building

  • Miles

    The shots in the article all look like they’re stills from the helmet cam he was wearing. The video has plenty of nice wide shots but it wouldn’t have hurt to show one or two in the body. Maybe you post what you’re given :S

  • Monteraz

    Man, there is a whole video at the beginning, watch it :/

    That photo you talk about is an instagram teaser, read the text, too…

  • Rabi Abonour

    Unreal. I am freaking out just having watched that. I can’t imagine hanging off like he did.

  • watsit

    Read, its a photo site. as if you can expect someone to read here!

  • Guest

    Notice the love note he wrote to his wife in the first picture on the left side.

  • Chris Renton

    I got vertigo just watching that video!

  • Ana GR

    it had to be McNally! Awesome!

  • Martin

    Awesome project – i am jealous- ;-)

  • JstAnotherAnimal

    We’ve been to Dubai and Burj Khalifa several times and never get tire of these images. The always make my feet and legs tingle and my hands sweat! Outstanding imagery!!!