Cities Around the World at Night Photographed by Jakob Wagner [Big Picture]

NEW YORK | Monday, December 17th, 2012 3:30am EDT

German photographer Jakob Wagner is a master of nighttime cityscape photography. For his series titled Nightscapes, traveled to various countries all over the world, shooting gorgeous images of urban environments that are teeming with points of light from buildings and cars.

  • The Freedom Tower construction site in New York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob WagnerThe Freedom Tower construction site in New York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • New York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob WagnerNew York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • New York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob WagnerNew York, USA, 2012. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • Duesseldorf, Germany, 2012. Photo: Jakob WagnerDuesseldorf, Germany, 2012. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2011. Photo: Jakob WagnerDubai, United Arab Emirates, 2011. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • Cape Town, South Africa, 2010. Photo: Jakob WagnerCape Town, South Africa, 2010. Photo: Jakob Wagner
  • Shanghai, China, 2011. Photo: Jakob WagnerShanghai, China, 2011. Photo: Jakob Wagner

German photographer Jakob Wagner has photographed many cities around the world at night. He scouts each city location for a perfect vantage point before setting up his tripod and capturing long-exposure photos of the cityscape.

Wagner has traveled to countries including the United States, France, China, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates.

When photographing each city, Wagner spends hours scouting the environment and choosing just the right vantage point for a photograph. He then sets up his tripod and captures a long-exposure photograph of the scene.

Some of his images offer a relatively close-up look of the cityscape, highlighting certain skyscrapers and famous features, while others observe the cities from a distance, depicting them as a field of lights covering the landscape beneath clouds and around landforms.

“At 16 I began to realise that I wanted to be a photographer. During a long period of experimenting I found that with long exposure at night, things you can not see with the naked eye. could be visualised. That fascinated me and I started my Nightscapes series.”

He says: “I think the most important thing is to be in the right spot at the right time. I was lucky to work as an assistant for a few renowned photographers while they were working all around the globe.”

He plans to start a new series of aerial photographs, shot from a hot air balloon: “At the moment I’m doing the post production of a new series. It will be a collection of very different aerial shots from all over the world.”

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