In pictures: 30 stunning cityscapes and skylines

Cloudy sky in Tokyo #3, Mitsu Miya

City skylines are at their most photogenic when they are set against the backdrop of dramatic skies; think dark clouds and dramatic sunsets/sunrises. This often makes dawn or dusk the best times to capture the most dramatic lighting for your cityscape.

Light trails are also popular in cityscape photography (check out our tips to getting the perfect exposure for light trails) to portray the busy flow of traffic and adds an interesting element to the shot.

Here we’ve featured 32 stunning photographs of cityscapes and skylines to inspire you. We’d also recommend a visit the photographers’ portfolios for some more fantastic photography!

Urban Flow © Danny Seidman – Seattle

Triangulation © Daniel Cheong – Dubai

The Junction © Kevin Gu – Shanghai

Sky is the Limit © Yosuke Kobayashi – New York City

Paris at Dusk © Richard Pardon – Paris

The View © Tristan Le Blevennec – Dubai

Sailing at Night © Jens Fersterra – Hong Kong

Cloudy Sky in Tokyo #3 © Mitsu Miya – Tokyo

Ocean Heights © Sebastian Optiz – Dubai

NYC Downtown © Nina Papiorek – New York City

New Horizon © Aimish Boy – Tel Aviv

Morning View © Michael Lanzetta – Detroit

Lass die sonne rein © Jens Fersterra – Berlin

Cloud City © Sebastian Opitz – Dubai

Lake Michigan Bolts © Chris Allen – Chicago

Kuala Lumpur at Dusk © FM 2012 – Kuala Lumpur

Havana © Social Butterfly – Havana

Good Morning Jakarta © Hengki Koentjoro – Jakarta

Golden City © Jinna van Ringen – Paris

Futebol de Praia © Isac Goulart – Rio de Janeiro

Fishing the City © AJ Fotografia – Abu Dhabi

Dubai. Aerial. One © Johannes Heuckeroth – Dubai

World of Lights © Johannes Heuckeroth – Dubai

Detroit © Jon DeBoer – Detroit

Dark City © Navid Baraty – New York City

Cloud Gate II © Isac Goulart – Chicago

City Lights © Patrick Smith – San Francisco

Chicago Cityscape © Joerg Piechotka – Chicago

Boston at Sunrise © Rich Williams – Boston

Balmoral Hotel Clock Tower, Edinburgh Princes Street © Daniel Peckham – Edinburgh

After Typhoon © Coolbiere A – Hong Kong

A View of Prague © Mike Hutch – Prague

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