City Skyline Pictures - Anshar Photography

City Skyline Pictures and Landscapes

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Anshar Photography focuses on city skyline pictures and landscape images. I love to shoot city skyline during twilight to capture unique mood of the city illuminated by amazing mix of natural and artificial light. I often use panoramic technique to get wider perspective and allow viewer to experience more of the city. The unique quality of panoramas is their ability to truly show specific location and magically wrap the different reality around you. Many of my pictures were taken during traveling to the most interesting cities of the world. I am always excited about the history of our civilization and love to capture historical landmarks in the context of modern urban skyline. I have a passion for dramatic weather conditions such as rain, storm, fog and their ability to miraculously change the mood of the cityscape.

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City Skyline Pictures

My urban photography includes city skyline pictures, historic landmarks and architecture, panoramas within city streets, views from bridges, buildings and other elevated points. I often travel to the famous European cities such as Paris, Rome, London, Venice, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon and shoot most interesting places and landmarks at the best available light.


My landscape photography includes a variety of seascapes and coastline pictures, beaches, lakes and rives, waterfalls, mountains and ski resorts, captured in Europe and worldwide. Sometimes I like to escape bustle of the city and travel to a distant quiet place to enjoy wild nature and meditate with my best friends - tripod and camera.

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Most Popular Photos

  • Aerial View on Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak at Dawn, Switzerland

    Aerial View on Zermatt Valley and Matterhorn Peak at Dawn, Switzerland

  • Grand Canal Embankment and San Giorgio Maggiore Church at Dawn, Venice, Italy

    San Giorgio Maggiore Church mainly sits empty and only occasional tourist ventures here across the water. Inside of the walls is unspeakable beauty and history. The church saw many great men come and go; one of those was Pope Pius VII, who was elected on the ground of San Giorgio Maggiore Church. Like many of the world leaders of the time, Pius VII spent a good portion of his leadership dealing with Napoleon Bonaparte. Pius VII was even held prisoner by Napoleon where he was dragged across the Alps then imprisoned for five years where he was subjected to cruel treatment including being drugged with morphine by a fake doctor, all so the Pius would bow to Napoleon. Napoleon did not only want to rule the world, he wanted the Catholic Church. In the end, we know he would get neither. Pius story all starts here in Venice where I’m capturing this photo early in the morning among many other photographers. The main object, San Giorgio Maggiore Church, looks especially isolated with the water and sky from this angle. Though color and texture of the church are the same as the foreground giving some relation between the shore and the church. The church and shore pavers warmly contrast against the cool sea. The blue light of the fleeing night contrasts with the warm glow of the lamp. Also the pavement contrasts starkly with the smooth water surface. The sense of history, the composition and the lighting makes for one of the strong photos from this set. March 2014, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 21mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 4 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.

  • Aerial View on Saint Julian and Spinola Bay at Dawn, Malta

    Aerial View on Saint Julian and Spinola Bay at Dawn, Malta

  • Panorama of Queen Elizabeth Clock Tower and Westminster Palace in the Morning, London, United Kingdom

    This spontaneous shot upon Westminster Bridge reminded me of the poem by William Wordsworth. I thought I’d share it to kick off this post: Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH “Earth has not anything to show more fair: Dull would he be of soul who could pass by A sight so touching in its majesty: This City now doth, like a garment, wear The beauty of the morning; silent, bare, Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie Open unto the fields, and to the sky; All bright and glittering in the smokeless air. Never did sun more beautifully steep In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill; Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep! The river glideth at his own sweet will: Dear God! the very houses seem asleep; And all that mighty heart is lying still!” I’m so lucky to visit the city which inspired the likes of Williams Wordsworth and countless others to create beautiful art. As I was crossing the Thames river after a shoot on Parliament Square, I was inspired like Mr. Wordsworth must have been by the beauty of London. The sunrise colors were nearly faded. Luckily, the first ray of the rising sun came from behind the clouds and illuminated the Clock Tower. The Clock Tower started to radiate fantastic orange light as the rest of the sky also began to glow. Although it was an unplanned shot, I just could not pass by. Another luck: an iconic red, double-decker bus happened to move right into the frame during my shot. The long exposure blurred the bus and gave it additional energy and sense of motion. Although such perspective has been captured many times I feel the moving bus and spectacular light make for a great photo! October 2014, panorama from 4 vertical images, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, exposure 0.6 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.

  • Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar and Ebor River in the Evening, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

    On the way from Costa Brava to San Sebastian, I stopped late one afternoon in Zaragoza, a sacred space along the Ebor River. It’s difficult not to be impressed by the imposing structure, particularly with the pastel hues of sunset reflecting on its brightly colored tile domes. The basilica has an ancient history. The faithful believe that it was here, in 40 AD that St. James the Apostle sat along the Ebor River, contemplating his failure to bring Christianity to Spain. According to legend, the Virgin Mary appeared to him atop a pillar of jasper. She told him that his determination to bring Christianity to Spain would not be in vain and asked that he consecrate a church in her name. The result is the baroque Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, a fascinating work of architecture that is vaguely Byzantine in its sensibility. Numerous churches have been built on the spot, each one larger and more ornate than the last. Begun in 1681, the structure was considerably modified in the following century. The sacred pillar — the one on which the Virgin appeared — is tucked away inside with only a small portion visible. Over the centuries, the faithful — popes and peasants alike — have lined up here to see the sacred stone, its surface polished smooth by years of supplication. I was fortunate enough to arrive in Zaragoza at the end of the day as a brilliant pink sunset fell over the city. For the most beautiful view of the basilica, I set up my tripod on the Puente de Piedra bridge and framed the shot so that the striking building was the focal point. With the sunset falling over its brilliant tile domes, the basilica was awe-inspiring. June 2016, single image, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/8, shutter speed 30 seconds, ND 5-stop filter, ISO 64, tripod.

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