Weekly Photography Challenge – City Skyline


Whether you live in a big metropolis or a small town, your urban center will have a skyline of some kind. The outline of the buildings that make up the main part of town make up the skyline.


By barnyz

Rennett Stowe

By Rennett Stowe

Weekly Photography Challenge – City Skyline

You can see 25 more example of city skyline photos here.

If you browse online for skyline photos you may notice a common thread among the images – many of them are shot at dusk, or at night. That’s because cities look great just as daylight is fading away and the lights of the city illuminate. It’s the magic of blue hour.

You get to decide how you want to tackle this week’s challenge and shoot your city’s skyline. Maybe go out a few different times during the day and see how the light changes.


By trevorklatko

Fèlix González

By Fèlix González


By sdh_zh

If it’s a city near a body of water, try and capture a reflection of the lights at night. Or make your own reflection by finding a large rain puddle and a low camera angle.

If you live in a city that’s been photographed a million times like NYC or San Francisco, try something different like:

  • Shoot with a fish-eye lens
  • Convert to black and white
  • Shoot straight up and get just building tops
  • Put something in front to frame the city with
Louis Raphael

By Louis Raphael

David Yu

By David Yu

Maciek Lulko

By Maciek Lulko

Geoff Llerena

By Geoff Llerena


By rytc


By ehpien

Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

Michael Matti

By Michael Matti

Harshil Shah

By Harshil Shah

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • Tiffani Grewe

    Washington DC

  • Edwin Rosario

    Old San Juan

  • Imran M

    London Skyline
    Hey there,

    Just throwing my hat in the ring. I hope you enjoy my image.

    It is a shot of the London Skyline taken from Primrose Hill at sunset. In the distance you can see famous London buildings such as St.Paul’s, London Eye, The Shard, and more.

    If you would like to see more of my photographs, please visit;

  • Shreeharan

    Power cut in Sri Lanka’s capital

  • Morto

    This is a very nice picture. How long was the shutter speed?

  • Dominic Camilleri

    Photographed from the air Tigne a newly build modern mine city

  • Bittu Sah

    View from Toronto Center Island

  • Iain Mckeand

    My first posting. Swindon UK in the evening.

  • Eugene Shuler

    Tampa, FL

  • Benoy Stanley


  • Jude Vincy

    Al Ruwaiz, Doha – Qatar

  • Jude Vincy

    Doha, Qatar

  • Jude Vincy

    Al Wakra, Doha Qatar

  • Jude Vincy

    Sunset, Doha Qatar

  • Nathan

    Hi Morto: 1Sec f/4.0 iso 100 canon 6D, EF 16-35mm f/4L is usm, B+W ND 3.0 1000x

  • Craig

    NYC skyline from Lincoln Tunnel Helix

  • Eugene Shuler

    Another shot of Tampa

  • Richard A. Phillips

    A Lady
    Single flash backlit with white cardboard sheet as a reflector.

  • Richard A. Phillips

    Urban Sunset

    Birds flying home at sunset with mobile towers in the foreground.


  • Farrukh Shah

    New Delhi

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