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41 City Skylines to Inspire You

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This morning I received an email from a dPS reader who was heading to New York for the weekend ahead. She was seeking a little inspiration and advice on taking cityscape shots. I pointed her to some posts in our archives but thought it might be fun to find some great cityscape images on Flickr too. Of course there’s so many different approaches to photographing a city – but here’s some of what caught my eye.

While not every shot will be to everyone’s tastes my hope is that this city skyline image collection might inspire some photographic explorations of the cities we live in and travel to.

Click the images to get information on who took them where they were taken (and to view them at larger sizes).

Empire State Pigeon

Renee's View III, Central Park at Night, New York City

Grossmunster Church, Zurich

The Neo Monoliths of Chicago

Multiple Reflections at The Singapore River

Chevron Tower, Houston, TX

Gold LA

Gardens by The Bay

11 September

To the roof

sheik zayed road fantasy

Shanghai | Hazy Lujiazui - PuDong, Shanghai

Shinjuku at Dusk

Midtown Manhattan at Night from Old Glory Park

Nelson

Mrs Macquaries point

Hong Kong International Finance Center

Handelskade

Urban Projection

Just behind those buildings lies the oncoming zombie horde.

Berlin Skyline

Vista desde la torre [ NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS ] Abril 2010

"A Tale of Two Skylines"

Navy Helicopter flying over Bangkok

A different view: Aerial Chicago loop night from the Hancock, hdr

Blazing Seattle Sunset

Not Lost in New York

Granite Reflections

Manila, Philippines - Golf Club

Sears (Willis) Tower, Chicago, USA: Tourist Attraction #1

Seattle Super Moon

London

Future city

Herald Sqaure in Manhattan

A Day of Remembrance

Seeing Lights

LXIII Windows, Pt. I

My love, Chicago!

Midtown Manhattan at Night, New York City

View to Kill for

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • rohan sharma

    August 16, 2013 05:00 am

    One of the beat collections of photos I have evers seen.. too good..

  • aljohrah

    August 24, 2012 02:48 am

    wonderful pictures, but i think it's missing this place

    [eimg url='http://www.google.com/imgres?start=316&um=1&hl=en&biw=1058&bih=433&tbm=isch&tbnid=b8M1eJCBKkPheM:&imgrefurl=http://www.islamicdiaa.com/vb/showthread.php%3Ft%3D13095&docid=A1TgzusimMmRcM&imgurl=http://im27.gulfup.com/2012-06-05/1338916291781.jpg&w=391&h=480&ei=Ulw2UN3GPM_H6AGD0oH4Bw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=485&vpy=2&dur=2971&hovh=249&hovw=203&tx=103&ty=35&sig=109415242098375769158&page=18&tbnh=128&tbnw=106&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:316,i:111' title='1338916291781.jpg&w=391&h=480&ei=Ulw2UN3GPM_H6AGD0oH4Bw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=485&vpy=2&dur=2971&hovh=249&hovw=203&tx=103&ty=35&sig=109415242098375769158&page=18&tbnh=128&tbnw=106&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:15,s:316,i:111']

    it is Makkah in Saudi Arabia :)

    [eimg url='http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&biw=1058&bih=433&tbm=isch&tbnid=TANjyBPckkyvWM:&imgrefurl=http://vb.n4hr.com/119988.html&docid=W39Q7-AiqNtCaM&imgurl=http://n4hr.com/up/uploads/860820e2ae.png&w=720&h=476&ei=vFs2UM1fgfrpAd-ogCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=165&vpy=120&dur=1340&hovh=182&hovw=276&tx=142&ty=111&sig=109415242098375769158&page=3&tbnh=116&tbnw=128&start=34&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:34,i:187' title='860820e2ae.png&w=720&h=476&ei=vFs2UM1fgfrpAd-ogCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=165&vpy=120&dur=1340&hovh=182&hovw=276&tx=142&ty=111&sig=109415242098375769158&page=3&tbnh=116&tbnw=128&start=34&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:34,i:187']

    and here is from the top

    [eimg url='http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&biw=1058&bih=433&tbm=isch&tbnid=qwN3fCo1MNHHmM:&imgrefurl=http://www.wrod-d.com/vb/showthread.php%3Ft%3D2488&docid=WAG1a-51IhkgBM&imgurl=http://up.qloob.com/upfiles/Uce30387.jpg&w=640&h=334&ei=vFs2UM1fgfrpAd-ogCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=480&vpy=140&dur=1476&hovh=162&hovw=311&tx=225&ty=75&sig=109415242098375769158&page=4&tbnh=122&tbnw=178&start=55&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:55,i:260' title='Uce30387.jpg&w=640&h=334&ei=vFs2UM1fgfrpAd-ogCA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=480&vpy=140&dur=1476&hovh=162&hovw=311&tx=225&ty=75&sig=109415242098375769158&page=4&tbnh=122&tbnw=178&start=55&ndsp=19&ved=1t:429,r:3,s:55,i:260']

    i didn't take these photos but my opinion it is the best place in the world
    thank you :)

  • Sander

    August 20, 2012 09:27 pm

    Some truly amazing skylines! Thanks for sharing! I saw a link to this post on www.shootnshop.nl, à dutch photography website.

  • Paul

    August 16, 2012 08:17 pm

    You were right, amazing skylines and I'm inspired..... but nothing like this in our neck of the woods :)

  • marius

    August 3, 2012 05:11 pm

    Romania, East of Europe
    http://marius-fotografie.blogspot.ro/2012/06/neatza.html

  • dinesh sharma

    July 30, 2012 02:21 pm

    verry nice photo

  • Johnny Essex

    July 30, 2012 05:43 am

    Quite a range of styles on display. Impressed with the Paris shot from Notre Dame and the Shinjuka Tokyo neons put Piccadilly to shame

  • Filippo

    July 30, 2012 05:13 am

    Thanks for including my pic of London-Trafalgar Square in this beautiful set!

  • Mitzie

    July 29, 2012 10:08 pm

    Missing pics of Seoul.....

  • DrBruilt

    July 29, 2012 09:21 am

    [b]order methox-400[/b]

  • Ben chapman

    July 28, 2012 05:38 pm

    I love hdr city scape images.

    I live in a rural town, there's no tall buildings around to photograph or to use as a vantage point.

  • Joanne Gardner

    July 28, 2012 04:30 pm

    The photos are amazing but also discouraging to those of us who are not photoshop pros. Even if we take an equally wonderful photo it pales in comparison to the heavy post production work. Stops me from entering contests even when I think my photo itself makes the grade.

  • Kevin Brine

    July 27, 2012 10:08 pm

    Wonderful compositions but the heavy processing, on all but a few, really diminishes what otherwise is great photography.

  • Sailingbill

    July 27, 2012 05:42 pm

    There are some great shots here but am I the only person out there who is sick to death of over photoshopped photos? It's like with music. The industry has given up quality for technology.... Perhaps it's me....

  • enfpwoman

    July 27, 2012 04:42 pm

    Absolutely awful collection of over saturated, over HDRed snapshots.

    What's the point? Some of these are beautiful cities with great personality and individuality... all of that is wiped out via manipulation for the sake of contrived "perfection" & uniformity. Its' not a joke that many of the cities in these snapshots are unrecognizable: they've been put through a blander! How very, very sad.

  • Mikhail Anand

    July 27, 2012 01:54 pm

    stunning stuff
    here s my share
    http://mikhailanand.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/lightworks-2/

  • Sonia

    July 27, 2012 11:39 am

    Great set of images! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tom Savage

    July 27, 2012 10:57 am

    Here is one that likely isn't familiar to most.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_I9ow640xxFE/TPBuP829ZqI/AAAAAAAACBU/1q1Z919A9dU/s1600/DSC_0648.jpg

    You can see it in context at http://tomandmargotsphotos.blogspot.com/2010/11/trip-to-beijing-and-tianjin.html

    Tom

  • Christina

    July 27, 2012 09:27 am

    some absolutely breath taking pictures!!! Ahhhh!!

  • Vince Brophy

    July 27, 2012 09:17 am

    One of mt most favorite photographic studies.
    Some fab work
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7099/7311147386_3abc6d8774_s.jpg

  • Vince Brophy

    July 27, 2012 09:14 am

    One of mt most favorite photographic studies.
    Some fab work

  • Luis

    July 27, 2012 04:49 am

    I f...ng hate bad tonemapped HDR images, and these are catastrophic.

  • Gustavo J. Mata

    July 27, 2012 04:43 am

    Photography seems to evolving into a new form of painting.

  • Tracy Poyser

    July 27, 2012 04:27 am

    Hey Darren - great to see my photogenic Chicago home represented so often in your collection! I happen to be lucky enough to look at that great skyline and Lake Michigan every day from my 34th Floor condo on the North side of town and love the play between clouds, water and city. Here's my favority after a Memorial Day storm 5/29/11! And by the way your great tips are terrific - keep them coming
    !

  • Alexander Catastroff

    July 27, 2012 04:17 am

    Wow awesome post! This is great! I'm going to be doing some cityscape shots soon and I was just thinking "I need to know how to do it well" and then this post is here.

    Thanks DPS!

    http://disney-photography-blog.com/

  • JP

    July 27, 2012 02:09 am

    Some nice ones but *yawn*, somebody wake me when vulgar HDR finally gets put to rest...

  • amit powar

    July 27, 2012 02:02 am

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RsZFiTMkfQk/S-UOwiCfi6I/AAAAAAAANGQ/pRsItUv4g9E/s912/snap%2520351.jpg

  • Suneesh

    July 27, 2012 01:50 am

    Wonderful ..... Good Job ....

  • tinyhands

    July 27, 2012 01:34 am

    So a single building shot up close now constitutes a skyline? I think it'd be ok to reject submissions once in a while.

  • Jeff E Jensen

    July 27, 2012 12:57 am

    Another favorite:

    http://blog.jeffejensenphotography.com/2011/06/new-york-city-panorama.html

  • Jeff E Jensen

    July 27, 2012 12:56 am

    Amazing collection! I think that the one with the buildings poking through the clouds. Very cool!

    One of my favorites:

    http://blog.jeffejensenphotography.com/2011/06/top-of-world.html

  • Steve

    July 26, 2012 06:35 pm

    Hey Darren - thanks for including my photo of Sydney in this great collection! It's an honour mate :)

  • Maik-T. Šebenik

    July 26, 2012 05:12 pm

    Check out my set of photos from La Défense in Paris:
    http://photographr.net/wordpress/?p=1350
    It's a real paradise for architecture-lovers!

  • TIA International Photography

    July 26, 2012 03:22 pm

    Splendid collection of cityscapes near and far. I like all the different styles of presenting our cities through the eyes of so many photographers, including my own of Hong Kong. Thank you. I am in the business of making exciting cityscapes in photography, so please visit my website for more international and American cityscapes! A feast for the eyes, especially if you love urban landscapes and aerial photography of different cities!

  • amir paz

    July 26, 2012 02:39 pm

    very beautiful photos

    HDR works wonders on these :)

    i have recently been to Zalsburg in Austria

    made some photos of this beautiful city from the fort in the old city:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/7267463386/in/set-72157629789258364

    i especialy like this one, the composition and the HDR effect:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/amirpaz/7272586428/in/set-72157629789258364

    lovely post, always nice to travel the world on the net :)

    Amir

  • dave

    July 26, 2012 12:31 pm

    Here's the link:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/daveterry/117865851/
    ...dave

  • raghavendra

    July 26, 2012 11:26 am

    splendid photographs,
    provides inspiration to all,
    I liked the pic of one with pigeon.

    Here's mine
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2011/08/train-comes.html

  • Mei Teng

    July 26, 2012 10:46 am

    Wonderful set of images. They are all inspiring!

  • Russel

    July 26, 2012 09:35 am

    my share

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7014/6725026515_de13b85451.jpg

  • dave

    July 26, 2012 09:26 am

    Hey Darren, not sure this constitutes "inspiring city skylines" but many have commented at flickr that they have enjoyed it. It was shot pre-digital as a double in-camera exposure. Maybe your readers would also enjoy.

    ...dave

  • Boris

    July 26, 2012 09:05 am

    It is missing pictures of San Francisco!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/meandfrenchie/7111757769/in/photostream
    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7085/7111757769_db3713973c.jpg' title='7111757769_db3713973c.jpg']

  • Scottc

    July 26, 2012 09:01 am

    Incredible set of photos, I especially appreciate the perspectives of Paris I've never seen before!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/5431477442/

  • John

    July 26, 2012 05:10 am

    Cool set of shots - I've never been much into cityscapes though - but these are certainly cool. I prefer heading out to where the lights aren't so darn bright and shooting the night sky - http://www.phogropathy.com/kayaking-under-the-stars/ :)

  • Frank Kautz

    July 26, 2012 04:58 am

    I love the pictures, but I don't know what cities they are of. Sure, some are hard to miss, such as New York City, Paris, London, Sydney, Dubai, etc., but some I just cannot make out or don't have any iconic landmarks that I recognize. Naming them would have been useful. I know I could have clicked on each file, looked at the original Flicr image, and then know where they are, but that is pretty time consuming 49 times.

    Despite the comment about too much HDR, I have to admit that I like some of it. Sometimes it is necessary and sometimes adding extra colors in helps the image jump off of the page. Of course, like everything else it is subjective. :)

    Frank

  • OsmosisStudios

    July 26, 2012 03:53 am

    So much bad HDR.

  • Clicknlearn

    July 26, 2012 03:28 am

    Ohhhhh what wonderful pictures! Amazing. I wonder what were the vantage points for the NYC snaps

  • Steve

    July 26, 2012 03:18 am

    The London Eye at night is impressive:

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/London-scenes/G00006G6EmXMr9Ac/I00005INHqMB2ULI

  • spike

    July 26, 2012 03:02 am

    Really nice but only one shot of Hong Kong? No other skyline comes even close! May I humbly offer:

    http://spikesphotos.com/2012/07/24/heres-one-i-missed/
    http://spikesphotos.com/2012/07/05/fei-ngo-shan-july-3rd/
    http://spikesphotos.com/2012/05/04/another-hong-kong-harbor-shot/

    Sorry if this is too many or deemed to be self-promoting, which I suppose it could be. But I do shoot the HK harbor and skyline pretty often and I don't think any other skyline matches it, even New York!

  • Average Joe

    July 26, 2012 02:36 am

    Stunning images! They really are inspirational. Thanks for the post!

  • Mridula

    July 26, 2012 02:22 am

    Amazing and some of them unbelievable!

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/

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