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35 Examples Of Beautiful City Photography

More people across the world are living in cities than ever before. Cities are both places of historical significance and the engines of the world’s economy. They’re also home to some of the greatest treasures and buildings that mankind has created. Cities are wonderful subjects for photography. They offer a variety of subjects suitable for both straight and HDR photography1, including architectural, street and night photography. The structure, angles and texture you get with architectural photography make it unique and very engaging. [Content Care Nov/28/2016]

From the energy of Cairo to the canals of Venice, Smashing Magazine celebrates the diversity of the world’s cities by presenting you 35 beautiful city photos. Be sure to check out the portfolios of the talented photographers whose work you see here. We’ve also included some useful links at the bottom of the article.

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35 Beautiful City Photos Link


Beautiful City Photo7
Cairo, Egypt


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Rapanui, Chile

Gaston Batistini10

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Paris, France

Joan Leong12

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Rome, Italy


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Machu Picchu, Peru

Thomas Ebenhan3418
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Lisbon, Portugal


architectural photography21
Badalin, China

David Giral22

Beautiful City Photo23
Bastide du Village de Monpazier, Périgord, Dordogne, France


Beautiful City Photo25
Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow, Russia

Juanma Alvarez26

Beautiful City Photo27
Valencia, Spain

Ævar Guðmundsson28

Beautiful City Photo29
Reykjavik, Iceland

Giuseppe Finocchiaro30

Beautiful City Photo31
Oia, Greece

Alex Marlowski32

Beautiful City Photo33
Haram al-Sharif, Jerusalem


architectural photography
Paris, France

Thomas Ebenhan3418

Beautiful City Photo35
Berlin, Germany

Franco Farina

Beautiful City Photo
Barcelona, Spain

Colin Allan

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Carrbridge, UK

Katarina Stefanovic36

Beautiful City Photo37
London, UK

Joaquim Granell 38

Beautiful City Photo39
Pisa, Italy

Razu Ryza40

Beautiful City Photo41
Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Eric Toriel42

Beautiful City Photo43
Marrakech, Morocco

Ben Visbeek44

Beautiful City Photo45
Zugspitze, Germany / Austria

Joep Roosen5946

Beautiful City Photo47
New York City, US

Andrea Kamal48

Beautiful City Photo49
Hamburg, Germany

Franco Farina

Beautiful City Photo
Barcelona, Spain

Andrey Permitin50

Beautiful City Photo51

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Moscow, Russia

Ruben Seabra54
Beautiful City Photo55
Madrid, Spain

David Rocaberti

Beautiful City Photo
Tokyo, Japan

Jasbir Singh56

Beautiful City Photo57
The Great Mosque, Makkah, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Sean Mantey58

Beautiful City Photo
Newcastle, UK

Joep Roosen5946

Beautiful City Photo60
Rotterdam, Netherlands


Beautiful City Photo62
Giza Plateau, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt


architectural photography64
Pisa, Italy

Istvan Kadar

Beautiful City Photo
Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, Bali

André Luiz Martins65

Beautiful City Photo66
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fulvio Pellegrini67

Beautiful City Photo
New York City, United States

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Mark Bowman68

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Lilla Torget (Little Square) Malmo, Sweden

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Andrew Gibson is a photographer and writer. He runs Magical Places Fine Art, an online photography magazine and another great photography resource.

  1. 1

    An Amazing set of pics luved them all

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    Superb. My wish list this year to have a Digital SLR. And take up photographing courses.

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    Great Collection Andrew…… all of them are really stunning, specially The Great Mosque, Makkah . Thanks for sharing.

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    Lex van de Oudeweetering

    February 2, 2009 12:27 am

    The photo’s are Ok. A lot of them are spectacular a few are beautiful and too many are just buildings and too few are city’s. Thus I think your title is misleading and not correct. They are spectacular photo’s of buildings.

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    Whooh, great collection. I am inspired to get out in my own city some more. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    A very beautiful n stunning photography. Egypt one is best,

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    Harsimran Kaur

    February 1, 2009 8:15 pm

    This is awesome!!!

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    Nice Collection Andrew…… Some of them are really stunning. Thanks for sharing.

    DKumar M.

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    breath taking pictures. I like them a lot. :D

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    Brian Gottier

    February 1, 2009 8:29 pm

    Those are certainly beautiful photos. I wish I could take photos like that! I have a nice camera, but I have the feeling it’s not the camera, its the photographer!

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    These are amazing. Smashing magazine makes me want to quit my job because it’s so bland! I’ve been to a lot of these sites in Europe however I couldn’t capture them anywhere as beautiful as this.

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    Nice pictures, but about seven of them are landscape shots, not city shots.

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    I feel Greece & Russia are two most beautiful countries under the sun, all there city images i have seen so far looks amazing!

    Great collection!

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    some great photographs in there, I wish some people could leave HDR pictures alone though

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    so nice… All cities.. makes me wanna travel more.. hahhaa

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    Great list as always. :)

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    Fantastic photos. One small note, the country name is missing in the Jerusalem shot.

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    Great photos,
    thank you

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    Dileep K Sharma

    February 2, 2009 1:01 am

    Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    Absolutely amazing set of photos here. The one of the leaning tower of Pisa was stunning capture with amazing color and perspective.

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    this is amazing photography

    i like it

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    Yikes!! I am the first photo :)

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    If you’re a fan of HDR images and mega colour corrections in post-processing, then some of these shots are nice. I wouldn’t say they’re impressive shots, since its very easy to HDR and colour correct any picture to make them look good.

    But this is coming from a person who doesn’t like the whole fake looking thing. I think this set is a good example of skill being determined by the equipment, and not by the photographer, which I think photography is really about.

    However the Pisa, New York, Morocco and China entries deserve special mention. Really like those shots.

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    @Arri Kafoor: my photo isn’t HDRed, BTW

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    realy nice!

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    I am the photographer of the ‘Tour Eiffel”
    I am proud and honored to be on your site which is for me one of the best dedicated to creativity.
    Thanks a lot
    Gaston Batistini

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    stunning !

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    Didn’t know that Zugspitze was a city, always thought it was a mountain…..

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    Under every photo you wrote the city name then comma then the country name.
    For example: “New York City, United States”
    So, what reason you have to not write “Jerusalem, Israel”? but just “Jerusalem”..?
    It’s start with this little antisemitism issues and ends with 6,000,000 Jews murders by Nazis in holocaust.

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      You are a spong bob and will always remain one. Dude what happened to jews is got nothing to do with this stunning photography. Stop politicalizing everything and enjoy these pictures and be grateful to the person who has so painstakingly put these pictures up and shared it. Just stop bitching.

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    Mosques are beautiful places. Nice collection.

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    @Spongebob : they probably left it out as not to offend anyone, those pro-Palestine, or pro-Israel. The problem is that you are apparently offended by anything that isn’t pro-Israel.

    Extra kudos to Smashing Magazine for being politically correct.

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    heather van de mark

    February 2, 2009 9:50 am

    Makes me want to travel. Some really beautiful photos/places–china, greece, sweden, peru and japan.

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    @Spongebob: yup, thanks for the correction. The title should’ve been “Jerusalem, Palestine”.

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    some of these are really stunning… but… some of them are altered to the point where the super-saturated colors and highlights are more distracting than actually adding to the image. i am all for editing photos, and i do like some hdr photography, but when it starts to look too “fakey” i feel it sometimes is more about showing off the photographer than it is about showing off the actual place.

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    @Asrar : The country called “Israel”, not “Palestine”. I live in Argentina and don’t have any opinion in this issues of middle east, but the fact is that this place is in Israel, no doubt…
    So I can’t see how writing “Israel” can offend anyone, all pro-Palestine will agree it still Israel, nobody thinks that there is anywhere country called “Palestine”…
    So not writing “Israel” is the thing that can make peoples offend. If it’s good enough for the UN and most of the world mark Jerusalem as part of Israel, it shall be enough for this post.

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    Fantastic photoshopping. Personally, I like more realistic photos.

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    These are amazing. Very nice!

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    Thanks for posting my New York and Rotterdam photo’s.

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    beautiful pictures!

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    @Spongebob : I see your point. But to mention Nazis and the holocaust was unnecessary.

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    Claudio Cárdes

    February 2, 2009 1:02 pm


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    Morocco :)

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    Nice shots but more city shots and not landmark shots was what I was hoping to see.

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    Thanks for the great collection and the Haram al-Sharif Mosque in Palestine.

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    ridiculously awesome!

    i can’t wait until my photography gets there.

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    Great Selection and truly fab shots!! My favs in flickr just got a big update!!!! Sad my Rome shot still didn’t make there, but who knows… …maybe in City Photography 2.0 I’ll do it!!?? ^_^

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    excelente galeria.

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    wonderful !!!!!
    loved the Marrakech alley pic !! but it still need some extra effects !!!!!

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    @Spongebob : you shouldn’t have started the Antisemitisme issue here @ Smashing Mag !! there is ; …..soo mlany forums where you can start this discusssion ; BUT NOT @ SM !!
    as a loyal visitor i felt very offenced by your comment ! and the 6 mill “BURNED” jewish by NAZIS , is not a joy in your hands , so you can use it whenever you want ! and to take someone else’s land , and TO BURN 1305 VICITM WITH A BRAND NEW WEAPON CALLED THE WHITE PHOSPHORUS BOMBS , its a new technology of makin’ easy and fast HOLOCUSTS !!

    anyways.. the title should’ve been “Al Qu’uds – Palestine” ( because Jerusalem is an intruding word)

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    pourquoi ne pas avoir indiqué ISRAËL a coté de JÉRUSALEM ???
    la capitale d’Israël est Jérusalem et Jérusalem est situe en Israël…. comme tout le monde le sait.
    en oubliant de mettre Israël a cote de Jérusalem et en montrant uniquement une mosquée pour représenter Jérusalem, on joue le jeu des musulmans, qui souhaitent prendre la terre des juifs pour en faire une terre musulmane. c’est le souhait des turcs, des iraniens, des pakistanais, des algériens… des peuples qui n’ont rien en commun si ce n’est une foi commune, l’islam, et le souhait de détruire les juifs et ISRAËL.

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    les musulmans sont des voleurs, c’est bien connus. ils ont construits leur mosquée a l’emplacement du lieu le plus saint des juifs, Le Temple de Jérusalem détruit par les romains. il faudrait déplacer (détruire ?) cette mosquée et reconstruire le Temple juif dont il ne reste que le mur occidental (mur des lamentations). Bientôt avec l’aide de Dieu.
    a bon entendeur……

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    I have been to Egypt. Its really beautiful city. Overall a masterpiece post.

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    Amazing photos!!!

    But where is something from Prague, Czech Republic?!

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    great and kool photo’s

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    Its Smashing!!

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    Great pics, but I cretainly don’t think labelling them as “City” pictures is very accurate.

    And by the way, Jerusalem is in Israel, as everyone knows.

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    Helmut Freydag

    February 3, 2009 12:21 pm

    Beautyful photos!

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    Wish Tajmahal was one of it

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    Farshad Palideh

    February 4, 2009 1:48 am

    how could we introduce beautiful IRAN?

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    The photo of Pisa is fantastic !!!!!

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    Jerusalem is in Israel, why didn’t you write it down? All other photos have the country near the city name….

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    Il love this one

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    Awsome list!!!

    A friend of mine does some amazing city photography HERE

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    I think every photographer should spend some time shooting black and white exclusively. Then they might learn the importance of drawing the eye to the subject (assuming there is one) rather than distracting them with supersaturated colors.

    I know this is the style-de-jure but come on, CSI Miami snaps get really old really fast. A few were quite good though.

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    what about Japan pictures!!?

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    Moscow rules, thanks Andrey

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    beautiful photos

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    nice pictures

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    Some beautiful photos here, thanks!

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    I live in Rio. Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, the best!

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    Angelo Panares

    February 5, 2009 11:08 pm

    I specially like the Bali and Sweden shot….. this is a good one SM, as always !

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    I like Istanbul shots, but can’t find it here:P

    by the way: all of them are great!

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    I think the photos are of a great quality, however that are not very original and just send us back to the touristic pattern! I have lived in almost all of those cities, I cant send you some pictures of me and my friends where you can really appreciatte the life of each city! I am a really city citizen addict!! By the way the Lisbon pic is wonderful, it was the most passionate and intense city I have ever lived, it brought me wonderful toughts!

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    where is istanbul?

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    Very Beautiful!!!

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    Uluwati, Bali is one part of beautiful Indonesia. Find more there…Thanks..

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    February 10, 2009 7:58 pm

    its greate

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    The pictures are amazing and the scenery is breathtaking. I love Cairo, Egypt, it is beautiful. Good job!

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    Beautyful machupicchu ¡¡

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    Simply Awesome!!!

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    wonderful , outstanding and mind blowing collection.

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    very nice and amazing photography-thanks for web

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    Great pictures. Especially love the Egypt one the best.

    On the whole Jerusalem being in Israel fiasco, kudos to Smashing Magazine for not only being politically correct but also historically accurate. Jerusalem does not belong to either state, Palestine or Israel, but is an international city. Israel has been trying to claim it entirely for itself, also the reason that they have shifted their capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and expelled a number of Arabs from regions of Jerusalem. I don’t want to start a political debate here but what I said has been thoroughly documented. In any case the name should be left there as it is without giving into either side on terms of neutrality.

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    February 17, 2009 5:31 am

    Yes no any dout A very beautiful n stunning photography. Egypt one is best,

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    amazing. Specialy Barcelona, Spain and Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

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    i am from Pakistan from the city of love Jhang

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    Aman khan dubai

    February 19, 2009 5:39 am

    Great efferts. and i want to visit these counteries and see these places with my own eyes

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    Rio de Janeiro inspires me. But the other cities are also beautiful and these pictures are awesome!

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    Abdulmalik Althari

    February 22, 2009 9:44 pm

    It’s so cool pictures specially The Great Mosque in Makkah
    thanks a lot

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    nice pics i have ever seen.

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    Nice shoots

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    Noor Badshah Yusafzai

    April 6, 2009 11:49 pm

    Exilant Picture. espacialy Haram e Makkah & Haram e Aqdas. From Noor Badshah Yusafzai of Khunda, Swabi, Pakistan

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    “Haram Al Sharif”? Why don’t you call the site by its real (and original) name – Temple Mount?

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    Very nice pictures! What I would also like to see is pictures of standard city houses made in some sort of special way.

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    The oldest city of the world is Damascus, but we did not find a single photo.

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    all pics are excellent, EXCEPT a few with HDR. Those idiotic pictures with artificial colors, artificial skies and clouds look not real with a really bad bad bad taste and esthetics.
    This is not photography, but digital manipulation, has nothing to do with photography – all photoshopping.
    Enough of this crap!.. Arc of Triumph with million of stupid clouds….????…come on, be real.

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    yes Mark, #109, agree, people are fed with lies from our own regular media. You know the saying…repeat a lie 100 times and it becomes truth.
    About the oldest city, Damascus is one. But Jericho and Hebron also.
    Also Damascus wasn’t a city until 3000bc

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    Simply amazing pictures. Most i love is “Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia”, because I like the blue.

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    Wow, these were awesome and inspiring!

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    July 17, 2009 5:19 am

    execellent selection.

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    July 17, 2009 5:23 am

    Execellent selection but all of u are missing the most beautiful place on earth, MADINA UL MUNAWARA, KSA.

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    Oh my God. These photos are wonderful. I’m sure there are plenty of cities that have been missed but those that are there make one wonder. The world is beautiful

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    I love Rio de Janeiro, Brazil………anyone inviting me for a visit to Rio?

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    Unas fotos fantásticas, da gusto verlas, además los retoques les han quedado geniales….. ¡que envidia!, en fin a seguir aprendiendo.

    Felicidades por la colección.

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    A great, great, great, photos

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    I wolud like to watch the original RAW’s files

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    good photo

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    marichu españa

    October 12, 2009 2:33 pm

    impresionante, me encantan vuestras fotos… espectacular.

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    i love ur pics its so amazing …. the view is so beautiful ….. i really ur pics
    keep workin … amazing …………….ohhhhhhhhhhhhhwwwwwwwww……
    i i i really like it …
    i wanna go in that place .. i wanna be like u someday ..

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    So much beautiful collection in series.
    Really appriciate to all ….

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    wow wow wow wow

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    Allamdar Hussain

    February 14, 2010 10:14 am

    Its amazing and nice pictures ,,, beautiful work. . . . .. Awsome

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    LittLe LearneR

    February 23, 2010 4:22 am

    wow great work!!!! : 0 what awesome pictures…..

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    wow…… Its amazing and nice pictures.

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    spain madrid city very beautıful

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    Very very beautiful as well as amazing……………..!!!

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    thanks,very good
    i ‘m architect .there are Very very beautiful .

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    mesmerizing shots.

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    I have amazing photos about Rio (Brazil) in my flickr!

    this is not a duplicate comment, I just sent back to correct my email is wrong

    Thank you.

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    Amazing pics…
    I like it…

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    Stunning work- I love the London shot and the 2 New York ones. I work as a City Photographer and love the images you can capture in London. Grant

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    wonderfull i have no any word gd vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv gd

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    super this is fantastic wonderful wow this is the world beautiful picture

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    these are great photos and its got just great things and you just captured the very beauty of the photo

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    Fathalla gaara

    December 25, 2011 7:46 pm

    I felt that I have visited the beautiful place around the world.
    thanks from Cairo

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    Muhammad Nadeem

    July 16, 2012 7:44 am

    All Pictures are very nice

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    sahin H kite ahmed

    April 30, 2013 8:50 pm

    like on all place right it awesome imagination picture

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    Breathtaking pictures. Love them ! What is your advise to beginner photographers on taking good pictures ( fairly good nothing like yours for sure)!

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    Lucan Newland

    November 6, 2013 9:15 pm

    The Temple in Bali is a beautiful shot. Its actually Heavenly :)


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