Joe McNally Climbed the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa – would you do this for a shot?

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You wouldn't get me up there I say! Joe McNally Climbed the Burj Khalifa – would you do this for a shot? This is an excerpt from the NYTimes article where Joe was interviewed and they also showed some photos from the shoot and a video (see below).

Would you do this? I couldn't imagine doing it myself – heck, the climb would probably kill me! HA!

Joe McNally Photography- Climbing the Burj Khalifa (The World's Tallest Building)

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From the NYT article

There are few things more satisfying to a photographer than taking a camera where few professionals have been before. But there aren’t many places like that left on Earth.

Joe McNally seeks out these rare spaces. Recently, he made it to the very top of the tallest building in the world — the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The good news for adventurous photographers is that, while Mr. McNally may have beaten you to the top of the tallest artificial structure in the world, there will probably be a different tallest building next year, and he is more than willing to share his climbing and shooting secrets.

He has relentlessly pursued opportunities to photograph hard-to-reach urban areas, going to the top of the transmission antennas on the World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. Now he has gone even higher — about 2,700 feet high. And he made a very popular Instagram photo while there.

So how did Mr. McNally photograph his feet half a mile above Dubai?

First, he rode elevators to the 163rd floor, where he was already much higher than the Empire State Building. Then, he climbed about 300 feet of interior stairs to reach the tower section of the building. In 95-degree heat, he put on a safety harness and climbed straight up a ladder inside a narrow, sauna-like tube for another 450 feet.

Make sure you read the whole interview! Joe McNally Climbed the Burj Khalifa –

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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