Photo review - "Skyscrapers" by Liz Sanders



This photo is great a one for a lot of reasons:

Wide Depth of Field (Sharpness Till Infinity)

The photographer adopted an extremely wide depth of field which is very accurate in general Landscape Photography. The sharpness of the photo went from the photographer’s standpoint to infinity; bringing in a lot of details into the photo. This is exceptionally great.

Undistorted Lines


I love the fact that all the skyscrapers stand upright, undistorted. The view brings us close to the realities of the buildings without lens interference. Although many photographers believe that converging lines in cityscape photography makes their photos look extra creative, it all depends on your intention for the viewer. So for me, this works just fine – I can see the city in its natural form. Thank you!

Leading Line


The leading line by the lower right of the photo is such a great element which helps the narrative of this photo. So while we could become lost viewing a very large city, the road leads our eye pointing us to another Island by the right side of the photo. The line literally guides our eyes and saves us from wandering around all of the details in the photo.

Visual Weight


It is also commendable that the photographer used the frame well to convey her message. She simply apportioned enough space to the city against the sky which makes us pay more attention to the message of the photo.

Now notwithstanding the above points, there are a few things that would have made the photo even better....

Photo Dimensions

Generally, any landscape photo is better appreciated in a wider dimension. This is because the human eye naturally wants to see more from the sides of the frame, especially when the elements in the frame are not concluded. It could be tricky to do this, but somehow dissatisfaction sets in when the viewer is restricted by a shallow dimension. The wider geometry of the landscape photo replicates a human’s vision which is horizontal (wide), and thus is usually “more pleasing to the eye”. So in this photo, I suggest a little cropping to balance the dimension properly. See reference below:


Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds is a composition rule in photography which suggests that we divide our shot into nine equal grids and place the most interesting areas of our photo on the lines or where the lines meet. The rule of thirds generally helps to organise all the elements in a photo properly. In the case of this photo, these areas appear as the most interesting part of the photo;

  • The vivid skyscraper in the centre of the city

  • The Island to the upper right

  • And the horizon​


So as a result of this, the photo would be better composed as shown below:


Conclusion and Recommendation

This is a great photo, but next time, spend some extra time composing the photo paying attention to the rule of thirds. Composition is a very important aspect when it comes to landscape photography (or indeed cityscape photography and its importance cannot be over emphasised.

#photoreview #photocritique #cityscape

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