The Most Spectacular New Year's Eve Fireworks Are Definitely In Dubai

Sometimes I think Dubai exists in its very own dimension, an alternative over-the-top world where everything has to be the best of the best. This amazing photograph by Gerald Donovan is proof: the biggest and tallest firework show in the world, shot on New Year's Eve 2013 at the Burj Khalifa, the highest man-made structure in the world at 830 metres.

Gerald told us how he shot it:

It was taken from The Address Downtown on the 40th floor. Phase One IQ180 medium format digital back (80 megapixels) on a Hartblei HCam which pairs the sensor up with a Canon 17mm TS-E lens. This gives the widest possible rectilinear field of view on a medium format sensor. Basically, an impossible shot with any other kit.

He sent us two more photos, taken as the show was starting:

Here's the official video of the show. It's crazy.


    So what were the people inside that tower doing?

    Bloody dubai, to much money for their own good... Give some to the poor of the world!

      prob cost as much as sydney fireworks.. 2 x 30 minute sessions at like 4 different locations would not be cheap, but you don't ask Sydney to give out money. Just let the fireworks happen, its enjoyable for everyone, even the poor!

        Its a waste of money, isn't good for the environment and scares the shit out of wildlife/pets... For those 30 minutes of your enjoyment your causing plenty of harm in a whole host of ways that people seem to conveniently forget because it looks "pretty".

    This is probably one of the ONLY times where you'd wanna make an exception and shoot video on your mobile in 'portrait' orientation (ie. [] < this way). Every other time..? Just don't do it!! :P

    it's only nice photography, the video (or the real thing) is not that any more impressive than anywhere else in the world

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