Bright lights, city nights

The latest Readers Photo Challenge assignment is “cityscapes.” Most of us live in cities or towns and while we don’t often consciously think about it, we deal with architecture every day. To find the beauty in the urban landscape one has to see the forest for the trees. Too often we’re busy with going about the business of our daily lives and ignore the photographing possibilities around us. We need to open our eyes and widen our view to see the overall beauty in a city scene. That’s what the readers who entered the challenge did. Eight people sent in 21 photos. Here are some of the best examples.


Sam Doan showed that when it comes to photographing cityscapes, nighttime is the right time. With a Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR camera Doan used a time exposure (30 seconds) to capture the lights of the City by the Bay from Pier 14 on the waterfront. His use of the pier and its railing in the foreground helps to lead the viewer’s eye to the skyline. There’s just enough blue in the sky to add some color to the photo and the long exposure captures the motion of the clouds giving some visual movement to his picture.


Most cities have some sort of building work going on all the time. New ones are built and old buildings are repaired or renovated.

Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera to photograph the new National Museum of African American History and Culture under construction on Capitol Mall in Washington, DC. He captured a worker, dressed in light colors, amidst the patter of the darker decorative exterior panels.


Inclement weather can be an ally to a photographer. Janet Baniewich of Stockton used a Nikon D3300 DSLR camera to photograph the Harvey’s Hotel and Casino at Stateline, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She photographed the building as storm clouds moved in capturing them in its reflective glass windows, making for a dark and moody photo. She says a few minutes later a thunderstorm opened up with a big cloudburst. It shows that even though it was a dark and stormy night, that beautiful photos can still be made.

Go to to see a gallery of all the photos. Stay tuned for next Thursday for a new challenge assignment.

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