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50 Beautiful Examples of City Skyline Photography

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Today we're taking a look at fifty beautiful examples of city skyline architecture. Some images are captured at night, some in the day, and some in twilight. There's plenty of inspiration for any urban, city photograph project!


Why Shoot a City?

There are hundreds of beautiful city skylines in the world. Some take their beauty because of the architecture itself, while others are complemented by their natural surroundings. In either case, the way a photographer chooses to capture a particular skyline has just as much impact on the final image as the skyline itself. Even a less-than-stellar skyline can be a work of art in the hands of a skilled photographer.

Below are fifty great skyline photos. There's a mix of daytime, nighttime, and twilight shots. Some have extensive post-processing while others do not. Not all are professionally taken—it's obvious some are simply snapshots—but they all capture the essence of the city they feature. Some are taken from odd angles, and while some may argue that they're not traditional skyline shots, they still have a similar look and are worth inclusion.

Please feel free to share links to your favorite city skyline photos in the comments.


San Diego Skyline 2 by WouteR

City Skyline Photography

Tower Bridge & Skyline - London, England by Trodel

City Skyline Photography

Skyline - Hong Kong, China by Trodel

City Skyline Photography

The lighting and long expsoure time here really make the lights of the city stand out and create an almost ethereal look.

Jakarta Skyline Part 2 by yohanes budiyanto

City Skyline Photography

Richmond Skyline and James River by taberandrew

City Skyline Photography

Don't disregard the foreground when taking a skyline photo. The river and trees turn what might have been a very ho-hum photo into something more special.

Louisville Skyline by The Pug Father

City Skyline Photography

A Night View of Skyline of Portland, Oregon by Curt Deatherage

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Toronto Skyline by ChoudhrySaab

City Skyline Photography

The Living Skyline by kennymatic

City Skyline Photography

Shanghai Pudong Skyline by pamhule

City Skyline Photography

New York Skyline by wwarby

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Skyline - Paris, France at Night by Trodel

City Skyline Photography

Singapore Skyline by redeye^

City Skyline Photography

Skyline - San Diego, California at Night by Trodel

City Skyline Photography

Manhattan Skyline (Panorama) by Francisco Diez

City Skyline Photography

Skyline. by Sarah Jane

City Skyline Photography

Hong Kong Skyline by das farbamt

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New York City Skyline by ajagendorf25

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SF Skyline by angeloangelo

City Skyline Photography

Weather patterns, like the fog here in San Francisco, can often add extra depth and interest to your photos. The tower in the background appears larger than it actually is since its base is obscured.

Frankfurt Skyline by icarus_shift

City Skyline Photography

Seattle Skyline with Mount Ranier From Kerry Park Stitch by Walakazoo

City Skyline Photography

Sydney by Corey Leopold

City Skyline Photography

Sydney Skyline by jemsweb

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Seattle Skyline by papalars

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New York Skyline by geoftheref

City Skyline Photography

New York Skyline Sunset 2 by thenails

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City of Gold - Hong Kong by Dennis Wong

City Skyline Photography

From the North Shore by kennymatic

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Dark City 2 by fehlart

City Skyline Photography

Another fantastic example of how weather can really add depth and interest to a photo.

City of Lights by paul (dex)

City Skyline Photography

Good Morning Toronto by purplepick

City Skyline Photography

Puget Sound Just Before Dawn by joiseyshowaa

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Boston Back Bay at Night by Werner Kunz

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Chicago HDR 1 by dielotr

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The Needle & Rainier by papalars

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California San Francisco by Benjamin Rossen

City Skyline Photography

Southbank Waiting 12 by Looking Glass

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Sunset Skyline by Sienar

City Skyline Photography

Just Beautiful by gyverchangphotos

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Calgary Skyline by LipBomb

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Buenos Aires - Night Pano by lrargerich

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Saint Paul from Mounds Blvd by StArHaCkT

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Hong Kong Island Light Show by calloutLOUD

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Brisbane Skyline at Night by slord

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Skyline - New York City, New York at Night by Trodel

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New York City Skyline by hyunlab

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City Skyline by jordanpermenter

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The skyline itself stands out more here because of the expanse of sky above it.

The Skyline by ecksunderscore

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San Fransisco by TenSafeFrogs

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