Surreal Dubai And A Hefty Buzz

No 3D modeling, no tilt and shift, no tricks that I can detect. Crazy part about this photo is that those skyscrapers sticking out of the clouds are huge, towering 70+ stories tall each. Even crazier is that this image (not mine) is shot, not from a plane or chopper, but from another building! This image is shot from the world’s tallest building which happens to be just down the road from where I’m currently working. I’m in Dubai, UAE.

Speaking of crazy, I’ve got a CRAZY internal body clock going right now. My head feels like it’s full of the same puffy clouds as the ones in the photo. I literally just hallucinated. Completely sober, I just attempted brushing my teeth with the travel case still on my tooth brush – got the thing all the way to my mouth with toothpaste on the outside of the case and everything. I need to get some sleep. Although I’m totally brain dead, a good sleep deprivation buzz is a really GOOD time. Trust me on this one. Read more after the jump – click the ‘continue reading’ link below …

If you’re interested in replicating said buzz, no problem, it’s easy. Here’s how: Spend 12 long days working on the road for back to back to back to back trips to San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Phoenix, and back to Seattle. Take 48 hours of respite and then throw in a quickie to Cincinnati, a Washington DC leg, and a London jaunt for good measure. For icing on the cake take that 777 trek out to the quaint little town here in the Middle East called Dubai. Stay up late and get up early for a couple of days, and bingo, you’re there. Glad I don’t trouble you with too many RWAV’s, aren’t you?

BTW, I’ll spare you the details of what’s going on here in Dubai, and instead steer you toward a handful of great photographer friends that blog who are already here and posting. Drop in on Chromasia, Joe McNally, Strobist, and Ben Willmore – they’ll tell you all you need to know about Gulf Photo Plus.

[Thanks to my new good friend and recently appointed GPP head honcho Mohamed Somji for sending me this image. He doesn’t know the creator of this image, nor do I – and our research on line came up empty handed. This is just one of those shots that’s getting circulated around these parts via email. FWIW, I’d love to find whomever shot it. If it’s you, please confess ;)]

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Stef says:

The Lady: You either misunderstand me or didn’t read my post. Please copy & paste the link I posted into your browser & have a look see. It opens several photos from that shoot. You’ll notice that he already mentions there they were taken from the Emirates Tower- THAT’s why I said it’s not a chopper shot (As some people presumed). I’m a Dubai resident too by the way & recognise the view.

Just thought of something: If you are a Dubai resident, it’s possible you cannot open the link, as it points to a (Etisalat banned) Flickr page. Try checking it in the free zone.

I accept beers as apology, but also Mastercard & Visa ;)

The Lady says:

Sorry Stef,

As a Dubai resident, I can tell you these pics are shot from the other side of the highway – they’re taken from the Emirates Towers, which is clearly visible in the pic Chase has displayed.

Good try though. :)

Stef says:

Edit: Doesn’t look like the link in my post above is showing. Hey I’m no coder, but just remove the space I put between ‘photos’ and the slash.


Stef says:

Sweet photo! I don’t think Tracer’s nailed the original poster though. I’ve traced that one doing the rounds from circa 2005, & the closest I can get to the source is this guy right here. He’s got a few of them, some even with the photographer reflected in the window. (Not a chopper shot aparently). I reckon this might be it..

What do I win? ;)

Fred Egan says:

Wow that is a view! I was just at the apparently former tallest building in the world (Taipei 101) and I thought that was stunning…this one is Dubai is twice as tall. Babylon here we come.

That is one of the coolest photos I’ve seen in some time. Your schedule sounds insane! Hopefully you’re getting a few moments of enjoyment out of it all.

Hey Chase – Thanks for showing that photograph – quite awesome shot this one ;) Greetings from Germany, Martin

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Strangely, I embrace jet lag and hallucinations while traveling. It’s after I return home that they become tiresome…

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what a busy schedule.

I wish some of those superb photog conferences would be held somewhere just a little closer to home.

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Chase Jarvis says:

Way to go, Tracer! Nice detective work.

Sweet photo, whatever way you slice it.

Hey guys, I live in Dubai and I’ve shot a few travel guides there (stayed in several of the hotels along Sheikh Zayed rd which is in the photo) and that is almost certainly shot from the top of the Burj Dubai or perhaps from a helicopter hovering near the Burj. Dubai (as well as Abu Dhabi) does get fogged in — sometimes bad enough to hold up flights for a couple of hours. There’s plenty of shots around of a foggy Burj Al Arab (the ‘seven-star’ hotel), so it probably isn’t a fake.

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Have a great trip and travel safe!


Marty says:

It’s an awesome photo!
I found a higher resolution copy (that someone received via email) here, but despite some searching, haven’t found the source either…
Comparing it with other aerial photos of Dubai (such as these), it appears to be a real photo, and the view point is in about the correct location to be up the top of the Burj.

Chase Jarvis says:

Remember friends, to be clear this is NOT my image. It’s an image from one of those ‘forward this to your friend’ shots that’s gone viral (at least here regionally). That said, I’d love to track down it’s creator and shower them with praise !

JB says:

Great shot, I really like that picture. Get some rest!

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I did a Micro version here on the west coast after our San Diego trip I was in SF for 2 days then to the Sierras East of Fresno for a 4 day backpacking trip, then back to SF for that 2 day job with Vincent, then to SOCAL for a 4 day job; LAX, Lancaster, Downtown LA, and luckily the last day was in Los Olivos so I got to see me cat! I feel like the van is my new home. Nice shot by the way!

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What a freaky photo! Sorry to disappoint you chase but that will probaly be the last hallucination you will get. I was on the road in a convoy for around twenty hours. I flashed a skip to come out in the road lost my temper when he would not move. Saw a brakelight in the distance on a autobahn in Germany I stopped waiting for it to go green before I moved on. This was in the middle of a motorway. Last but not least I started talking to my reflection in the driver window.

We just could not stop had to keep going, I am amazed i did not kill myself. My doctor told me that would be the last time I will hallucinate when I am that tired.

Some wise ass will tell you to get some sleep, but you get to a stage that you are too tired to sleep. Been there man, have you got to the bit where you yawn and you feel like your mouth is full of cotton wool.

Tip if your breath smells of pear drops get as much sugar as you can down your neck and rehydrate as quick as you can. Look after yourself coz you will go man down pretty quick. Redxxxx just makes the comedown harder as well as proxxxx

I know I used to do endurance driving. Love that photo by the way. Wish i was over there enjoying the sun.

AC says:

That is a crazy photo. I had to get my kids come take a look at the photo and before I could even start reading you post to them my daughter say, “is that faked.”

It would be cool if you could post a wee-bigger size of that photo to look at.

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Brian Braun says:

This shot is the bomb! Love to have this as a back drop in my place.

Your schedule separates the men from the boys, and once again you have proven…..YOU ARE THE MAN!

Don’t Stop Believin!


Andrew says:

Wow. You’re a busy man, Chase! That is one heck of a picture!! Keep up the great work!

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