Readers Photo Challenge: Big city, bright lights

“While the city sleeps
Men are dreaming
A world enlightened…” – Robert Lamm/Chicago

Cityscapes was the subject of the latest Readers Photo Challenge. Most cities are more than just an assemblages of buildings. They had a feel and personality to them. The best examples sent in reflect this. Twelve readers scenting 65 pictures, Here are some of the top examples.


Oran Schwinn of Stockton used a Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera to photograph the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline from Treasure Island.

Stocktonian Oran Schwinn’s photo is the epitome of a cityscape. From a vantage point on Treasure Island across the bay from San Francisco, he took a panoramic night shot of the city with his Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera. It starts with the Bay Bridge on the left and stretches across to the sparkling lights of San Francisco with the blue-topped Salesforce Tower shining like a beacon.


Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to photograph the Institut De France from an entrance of the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

Steven Rapaport of Stockton also sent in a night shot but traveled a bit farther than San Francisco to get it. On a trip to Paris, France, he got a picture of the Institut De France. Rather than just walking up and photographing the exterior of the building, his vantage point was from an entry hallway at the Louvre museum, across the Seine River. Rapaport set up his Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera on a tripod and took a timed exposure of 15 seconds. The institute’s domed structure is framed by the arched entry of the Louvre. The building is illuminated by the warm orange glow of streetlights which makes it stand out against the blue-hour sky.


Linda Rapaport of Stockton used an Apple iPhone 7 DSLR camera to photograph a busy intersection in the Marais area of Paris, France.

Rapaport’s wife Linda accompanied him on their trip to France but approached her photo differently. With her Apple iPhone7 she photographed a street scene in the Marais area of Paris. Often when photographing a city one forgets one of it’s most important parts: people.
Linda Rapaport captured the hustle and bustle of daily life in Paris as it’s residents go about their business on a busy street.


Sonia Avila of Stockton used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph the Bank of Stockton building in downtown Stockton.

Sonia Avila of Stockton took her picture closer to home. She used a Nikon D750 DSLR camera to photograph the old Bank of Stockton building on Main and San Joaquin streets in downtown Stockton. The beige/tan color of the building stands out against the bight blue sky and her perspective from near the bottom of the building combined with a wide-angle lens gives the building a dynamic look.


Anne McCaughey of Stockton used a Canon SX500 Power Shot digital point-and-shoot camera to photograph a street scene in front of the Juarez Furniture store on Wilson Way in Stockton.

Stocktonian Anne McCaughey’s image of the Juarez Furniture Store in Stockton shows that cityscapes can be more than just famous or recognizable landmarks. I like how the vanishing point lines of the storefront leads the viewer’s eye from the left side of the frame to the man walking and a cyclist beyond him. The repeated colors of red, yellow and blue help to unify the elements in the photo.



Dave Skinner used Nikon D5100 DSLR camera to photograph a fisherman near the Stockton Marina in downtown Stockton.

Dave Skinner of Stockton shows us that a cityscape can also include more bucolic scenes. In most cities there are oases of ruralness within their borders. Skinner grabbed a shot of a fisherman castling his line at the head of the deep water channel in Stockton. You can see the trees lining the waterway and also some of the buildings beyond them.


All of the photos sent in can be seen in an online gallery at A new challenge assignment will be issued on October 1.

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